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DECADE, founded in 2010 by Graduate Dean Frances Leslie, was originally funded through a Department of Education grant. The grant combined student programming with faculty mentorship in a comprehensive program to improve the overall climate in graduate education at UCI. The DECADE program is now funded by Graduate Division and the Office of Inclusive Excellence. In 2016, the Office of Inclusive Excellence appointed Professor Roxane Cohen Silver as the Associate Director for the ADVANCE Program, with a primary responsibility of directing the DECADE Faculty Mentor Program.
The term DECADE, Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience, reflects the campus aspiration to achieve diversity parity in graduate programs with undergraduate education within ten years. Since the founding of the program, however, undergraduate enrollment has grown, while graduate enrollment has stagnated. Faced with the challenges of fostering access to graduate school admission and retention and the growing enrollment gap, a great deal of work remains to meet the program’s original goal.
Provost Enrique Lavernia institutionalized the DECADE program in 2015. It is now housed in the Office of Inclusive Excellence, where Associate Director Roxane Silver oversees the DECADE Faculty Mentors, with a focus on graduate admissions, mentoring current students, and engaging faculty with the graduate student population to create an inclusive environment. UCI Graduate Division continues to manage the student portion of the DECADE program including the DECADE Student Council, DECADE Press, DECADE Speaker Series, and the DECADE Journal Club, among other programming.
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DECADE Mentors are committed to fostering and inclusive environment within their academic programs, and promoting diversity within the student population. They serve as a resource to graduate students and faculty alike, collaborating with Equity Advisors and Graduate division to accomplish the program’s goals. The DECADE Mentor Program is directed by Professor Roxane Cohen Silver, Associate Director of the ADVANCE Program.
There are currently 38 DECADE Mentors campus wide, each covers a specific graduate program within the school.
Find out who your DECADE Mentor is:
|School||Graduate Program||DECADE Mentor|
|Arts||Art||Daniel J. Martinez|
|Biological Sciences||Molecular Biology & Biochemistry||Ray Luo|
|Ecology & Evolutionary Bio||Ann Sakai|
|Neurobiology & Behavior||Norbert Fortin|
|Business||Schoolwide||Cornelia (Connie) Pechmann|
|Engineering||Biomedical Engineering||Jim Brody|
|Chemical Engineering & Materials Science||Martha Mecartney|
|Civil Engineering||Farzin Zareian|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering||Ozdal Boyraz|
|Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering||Lorenzo Valdevit|
|Grad Division Sponsored Programs||Network Systems||Amelia Regan|
|Nursing Sciences||Lorraine Evangelista|
|Public Health||David Timberlake|
|Transportation Sciences||Priya Ranjan|
|Humanities||Comparative Literature||Annette Schlichter|
|Film & Media Studies||Bliss Cua Lim|
|History||Mark le Vine|
|Spanish & Portuguese||Ivette Hernandez-Torres|
|Information and Computer Sciences||Computer Science||Amelia Regan|
|Statistics||Hernando C. Ombao|
|Medicine||Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Experimental Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology||Hoda Anton-Culver|
|Biological Chemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Physiology and Biophysics||Rob Steele|
|Physical Sciences||Earth System Science||Charlie Zender|
|Physics & Astronomy||Tammy Smecker-Hane|
|Social Ecology||Criminology, Law & Society||Sora Han|
|Planning, Policy & Design||Martha Feldman|
|Social Sciences||Anthropology||Tom Boellstorff|
|Chicano/Latino Studies||Ana Elizabeth Rosas|
|Cognitive Science||Emily Grossman|
|Logic and Philosophy of Science||Jim Weatherall|
|Political Science||Simone Chambers|
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Doctoral students across campus may get involved on a larger scale by working with the UCI Campus DECADE Student Council to put on events and produce a quarterly newsletter. To get involved please contact Jason Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five schools on campus currently have a school-based DECADE Student Council, reach out to your DECADE mentor to get involved:
- Claire Trevor School of the Arts and the School of Humanities
- Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences
- Henry Samueli School of Engineering
- School of Education
Interested in starting a DECADE Student Council in your school? Please discuss with your peers and your DECADE mentor, and reach out to Jason Cruz at email@example.com.
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Upcoming DECADE events – open to students and faculty
Faculty interested in getting more involved, please contact Samantha Anderson-Mekhail in the Office of Inclusive Excellence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- The Graduate Division will provide annual funding to support graduate program diversity efforts. One-year grants of up to $30,000 each will be awarded to support activities that improve recruitment, climate, academic progress and career success for a diverse student population in Ph.D. or M.F.A. programs.
- Eligibility: This program is open to faculty members in any doctoral or M.F.A. program. The principal investigator must be a faculty member who has been designated as a DECADE mentor. In the past, students have written proposals supported by the faculty mentor.
- Permitted Use of Funds: Awards may be used only for graduate student support. Staff salaries, operations or other expenses, if needed, must be provided by another source (note: SoE has traditionally matched funds). We encourage plans that incorporate student perspectives/ input in evaluating the current environment for diversity in the program(s) and in developing innovative approaches for improvement.
Differences between PDY and GDDF:
- Amount of funding: PDY pays $21,600 plus fees. GDDF pays up to $18,000 plus fees.
- Eligibility: PDY is a diversity fellowhip that has criteria similar to the Faculty Mentor Program. GDDF is a merit fellowship open to all students.
- You can apply to both but can only receive one.
*Typically announced in February
**Typically announced in March
DECADE Student Travel Awards – Graduate students who actively participate in DECADE are eligible and encouraged to apply for funds to support their travel to professional development or research conferences. Awards of up to $1,000 are available. [/fusion_toggle][fusion_toggle title=”Find Out More” open=”no”]
Students looking to find out more about the campus wide DECADE Student Council, please contact Jason Cruz at email@example.com. To find out more about forming a school-based DECADE council in your school, please contact your DECADE Mentor.
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