DECADE stands for the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience. In collaboration with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, this program provides a diverse group of UCI graduate students with a supportive community consisting of faculty, staff, and students; resources tailored to fit specific needs, and a wide variety of professional development and leadership opportunities. DECADE seeks to improve inclusive excellence by increasing the participation and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate programs. As part of the program’s mission to promote inclusive excellence in graduate education, DECADE provides a wide range of resources and leadership opportunities that all graduate students are welcomed to take advantage of. Learn more at

DECADE Mentors:

  • Ann Marie Carlton,, Department of Chemistry
  • Claudia Czimczik,, Department of Earth System Science
  • Natalia Komarova,, Department of Mathematics
  • Mu-Chun Chen,, Department of Physics

DECADE Graduate Student Representative:
Contact the DECADE mentor of your department for their contact information.

ADVANCE Program for Equity and Diversity

The mission of UCI ADVANCE is to promote an inclusive culture for faculty and graduate student excellence. A dedicated team of faculty Equity Advisors and graduate program DECADE mentors carry out this mission in the general campus schools. This distinctive model of peer to peer collaboration is designed to advance excellence through an intentional commitment to equity and diversity in three areas critical for the success of current faculty and professoriate of the future. These are: recruitment and admissions, advancement and degree completion, and an affirmative climate for all faculty and graduate students.

PACE Program

PACE (Physics & Astronomy Community Excellence) is a graduate student-led program for peer mentoring in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. Learn more

CAL Bridge

The Cal-Bridge program is designed for California State University (CSU) students interested in pursuing a Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related field. The program utilizes research-validated selection methods to identify students from underrepresented groups who display strong skills along with academic potential - and provides them with the support necessary to successfully matriculate to a Ph.D program, ideally at a UC campus. Learn more