frances leslie

Former Graduate Division Dean Frances Leslie had a vision years ago to create the DECADE mentor program. Since its inception, over 115 faculty members have served in this role, committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion – and to ensuring an inclusive environment for graduate success.


Beginning in 2019, the Office of Inclusive Excellence solicited nominations from across campus for the DECADE Mentor Excellence Award, and has named this award after the woman whose vision made this all possible: Former Graduate Dean Frances Leslie.

2020 Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award: Dr. Sora Han

Dr. Sora Han, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society (CLS), the School of Law, and the Department of African American Studies, and the Director of the PhD Program in Culture and Theory in the School of Humanities, is the 2020 recipient of the Frances M. Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award. Among her many activities, as DECADE Mentor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, Dr. Han developed programming that impacted students from the undergraduate to graduate level in her department, school, campus, and beyond.  For example, in 2015-2016, she received a Graduate Growth Incentive Award to establish a Race and Justice Studies emphasis in CLS as a means of supporting students with these research interests. In 2016-2017, she launched the new emphasis and created a graduate diversity recruitment effort focused on California State University campuses, many of which are Hispanic Serving Institutions. Finally, Dr. Han established a CLS Diversity and Justice speaker series to support junior faculty and doctoral students. The legacy of this transformative work makes Dr. Han highly deserving of this award.

Congratulations Professor Sora Han for your commitment to diversity and inclusion!!

ann hironaka

2019 Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award: Dr. Ann Hironaka

The inaugural awardee of the Frances Leslie DECADE Mentor Excellence Award is Dr. Ann Hironaka, Professor in the Department of Sociology and DECADE Mentor for Sociology since 2011. Dr. Hironaka was nominated by both students and her peers for the extraordinary support she has provided for numerous students as a DECADE Faculty Mentor. Dr. Hironaka has worked tirelessly to institutionalize practices that promote and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities within the academy. Her approach to supporting underrepresented scholars is exhaustive: she provides rich, individualized mentoring to students and junior faculty while serving in leadership positions to develop meaningful institutional interventions.

Congratulations Professor Ann Hironaka for your commitment to diversity and inclusion!!