DECADE- Graduate Mentoring Communities

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DECADE- Graduate Mentoring Communities

Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) is a joint program overseen by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Division. Faculty Mentors and graduate student Representatives collaborate to improve Ph.D. and terminal M.A. program climate, equity, and diversity.

Graduate students:
To learn about DECADE resources and events, visit
Graduate Division DECADE.

• Share best practices in graduate admissions and work with programs to recruit students who contribute to UCI's diversity
• Serve as an additional resource for graduate student concerns
• Collaborate with graduate students to put on professionalization workshops and community-building events that focus on equity and inclusion
• Work with other Mentors and Equity Advisors to address systemic inequities impacting graduate student success in their units

Contacts in OIE:
Associate Vice Chancellor Angela Jenks ( - Primary contact for DECADE Program
Josh Block ( - Project and Policy Analyst, Secondary contact for DECADE Program

2023-24 DECADE Mentors

DECADE Targeted Activity Award

Starting in 2023, the Office of Inclusive Excellence will offer competitive awards to current and former DECADE Mentors to implement a specific plan to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in their graduate program(s). Below are the funded projects:

History of DECADE Graduate Mentoring Communities

Founded in 2010 by Graduate Dean Frances Leslie, DECADE was originally funded through a Department of Education grant. The grant combined student programming with faculty mentorship into a comprehensive program aimed at improving the overall climate in graduate education at UCI. Provost Enrique Lavernia institutionalized the DECADE program in 2015. In 2016, the Office of Inclusive Excellence appointed Professor Roxane Cohen Silver to direct the DECADE Faculty Mentor Program. Starting in 2021, Sharon Block, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, oversees the DECADE Faculty Mentors. In September of 2023, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Angela Jenks began leading the DECADE Faculty Mentors.

Since its inception, DECADE has involved more than two hundred faculty Mentors and hundreds of graduate student Representatives. It has hosted a variety of programs, including lecture series, a book club, and numerous workshops.