Diversity Services

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Our Mission

The mission of the D.R.E.A.M. Office (Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism Office) is to increase diversity in the public health workforce by encouraging students from historically underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue graduate degrees in the health professions. We work to reduce barriers to entry into graduate school and to help those interested in working with vulnerable populations to succeed in their goals.

Increasing the diversity of our student body and the public health workforce will help to:

  • Ensure a sufficient health workforce capable of meeting the needs of our increasingly diverse population in California;
  • Increase the cultural and linguistic humility of leaders, professionals, and students from all backgrounds; and
  • Reduce or eliminate health inequities over time.

Student Body Snapshot 

At the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, we have a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as pathways to excellence at all levels of the School—via recruiting, mentoring, and inclusively engaging with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

Here's our student body snapshot:

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Body Snapshot: The information below is a snapshot of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduate student community for 2018-2019. Percentages are based on a total School enrollment of 717 graduate students. Please note: Numbers may not add up to 100 because of rounding.

STUDENTS OF COLOR

East/Southeast/Other Asian 16%
South Asian 6%
Pacific Islander 0.14%
Mexican American/Hispanic/Latino 8%
African American/Black 5%
Native American/Alaska Native 0.56%
TOTAL STUDENTS OF COLOR 37%
White 32%
International 9.8%
Decline to State 22%

GENDER

Female 71%
Male 29%
Decline to State 0.4%

Undergraduate Students

The information below is a snapshot of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduate student community for the Spring 2018 semester. Percentages are based on a total School enrollment of 405 undergraduate students. Please note: Numbers may not add up to 100 because of rounding.

Female 318  79%
Male 87 21%

STUDENTS OF COLOR

East / Southeast / Other Asian 32%
South Asian 12%
Mexican American/Hispanic/Latino 19%
African American/Black 8%
TOTAL STUDENTS OF COLOR 71%
White 21%
International 6%
Decline to State 1%

The Office of Diversity Services has a director and an outreach coordinator who provide admissions advising, career workshops, and application assistance. There is also a group of student volunteers, the Graduate Advising & Diversity Services (GRADS) Student Ambassadors, who work with prospective students during the application process. Learn more.

Our Team

The Office of Diversity Services has a director and an outreach coordinator who provide admissions advising, career workshops, and application assistance. There is also a group of student volunteers, the Graduate Advising & Diversity Services (GRADS) Student Ambassadors, who work with prospective students during the application process. Learn more.

Programs and Services

We Support Student Groups

The D.R.E.A.M. Office supports several campus groups including the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Women’s Circle, Multicultural Health in Action, and DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, Equity). Learn more.

Summer Preparatory Seminar

This week-long program is intended to help create and foster a network for underrepresented students that will serve as a support system for them while in graduate studies in public health. The seminar prepares students for the transition to graduate level studies and to life at UC Berkeley. Learn more.

Graduate Advising and Diversity Services (GRADS)

The GRADS program provides prospective and current students with a team of student volunteers who can give advice, offer support, foster connectedness, and share their own experiences at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. GRADS Ambassadors are available via email, phone, or by appointment. Learn  more.

Other Services

In addition to the above, we offer the following services to prospective and current students:

For Prospective Students: 

  • One-on-one advising
  • Admissions information sessions
  • Application assistance
  • Open library

For Current Students:

  • One-on-one advising/mentoring
  • Snacks
  • Quiet space to do work
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics tutoring for PH142 and PH250A
  • Office hours with the SPH librarian