Diversity Programs

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The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences recognizes that a diverse student body is vital to producing future leaders, creating innovative technologies, and serving society. In order for our department to meet our mission we emphasize an inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, identity, socioeconomic status, and country of origin. Creative technologies and an enhanced academic experience for our current and future students arise from exposure to a diverse array of perspectives. The EECS department has a dedicated budget to support programs and initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion in our department.  Our faculty and students collaborate on a range of programs, from undergraduate and graduate outreach to academic support and pre-professional advancement.Tiffany Reardon, our EECS Director for Diversity and Achievement works closely with staff in the EECS Center for Student Affairs (CSA). Professors Ana Arias and David Culler serve as our Graduate Equity Advisers, and Professors Kathy Yelick and Ming Wu serve as our Faculty Equity Advisers.

 Campus Diversity Website

Featured Programs

Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley-Information Technology for Sustainability (SUPERB-ITS)

Since 1990, EECS has invited a diverse group of undergraduates to spend 8 weeks on campus conducting research with supervision by EECS faculty and graduate students. Nine former SUPERB students have earned Ph.D. degrees. SUPERB is supported by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.

SRC Intel Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

EECS undergraduates may participate in the Semiconductor Research Corporation Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SRC-URO), piloted in Spring 2006 (then called the Intel Undergraduate Research Program). SRC-URO matches undergraduates with EECS faculty mentors for summer or academic year research.

The Berkeley Edge Program

The annual fall Berkeley Edge Conference brings underrepresented students who are competitively eligible for our Ph.D. programs to the Berkeley campus. The conference introduces prospective students to physical science faculty members. It provides pragmatic advice about Berkeley's graduate program application process and the process for winning fellowships. Five of the 2013 "Edgies" are now EECS PhD students!

Engineering Preview Day

Engineering Preview Day is a on each spring by Berkeley's College of Engineering. Engineering Preview Day is designed for juniors interested in applying to Berkeley Engineering Ph.D. Programs.  Students selected for this program meet individually with faculty members and receive guidance about how to put together a competitive application to Berkeley. To receive more information please contact: Meltem Erol merol@berkeley.edu

CS KickStart

This is a one week introduction to computer science designed for entering undergraduate female students. In this student-led program, incoming students learn how to program and about different areas of computer science, and meet computer science students and professionals. This program targets incoming students to UC Berkeley who are curious about computer science and are interested in math, science or engineering. Students need no prior skills in programming. The goal is to show participants the creativity and power of computer science and to give them a hands-on experience in programming.

CS Scholars

Launched in Fall 2013, CS Scholars offers a "home" within Cal for students interested in Computer Science. In this program, students receive comprehensive support based on their individual needs, including a cohort-based discussion section for CS 61A and CS 61B, advising, study groups and a community of fellow students interested in computer science. CS Scholars is a community of Berkeley students - diverse in terms of their ethnic, academic, cultural and economic backgrounds - and committed to each others' success.  Priority is given to applicants who are low income and first generation college students.

Berkeley Science Network-Berkeley Science Connections

The Berkeley Science Network-Berkeley Science Connections is a recruitment, retention and advancement program of the College of Letters & Science designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority students and first generation college students who acquire doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Berkeley Science Network-Berkeley Science Connections is supported by generous grants from the Kapor Center For Social Impact and the National Science Foundation.

Student Organizations

Undergraduate Student Organizations

Association of Undergraduate Women in EECS AWE is a student organization at UC Berkeley that supports fellow undergraduate women interested in CS or EE to succeed in all aspects.

Black Engineering and Science Students Association
Berkeley Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers

Hispanic Engineers and Scientists Berkeley Student Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers Berkeley Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics oSTEM is the Berkeley chapter of the national OSTEM organization.

Graduate Student Organizations

Women in Computer Science and Engineering
(WICSE) Graduate women's group in EECS, meets each Friday at noon.

Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students (BGESS) Graduate group, founded in 1987 by a group of African American graduate students enrolled at Berkeley. BGESS has dedicated itself to the nurturing of academic and social support systems for students of African Heritage, whose contributions to the fields of Graduate Engineering and Physical Sciences have been historically underrepresented.

Latino Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Science LAGSES provides a cohesive group for incoming and continuing Latino/a graduate students.

Queers in Computer Science and Engineering (QICSE) QICSE is the organization of queer graduate students in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley. QICSE is a social group that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, or queer grad students and their allies within the EECS department by offering them opportunities to connect to each other and with the broader campus community.

Full list of EECS student organizations

Outreach Programs

List of campus and national outreach programs.

Rising Stars

A workshop that brings together women who are interested in careers in academia.

EECS Faculty Alumni

Many graduates of Berkeley's EECS Program are now faculty.

EECS Women Faculty

Fourteen outstanding women faculty teach and conduct research in EECS.

National Engineering Diversity Efforts