Promoting a Diverse Graduate Community

Proposals Sought on Innovative Strategies and Approaches

Despite the passage of Proposition 209, Berkeley remains committed to maintaining a diverse graduate student population.

In keeping with this goal, the Graduate Division is requesting proposals of three types that present new strategies and innovative approaches to recruiting and retaining a diverse graduate community.

All proposals are due by Nov. 28, and will be reviewed by the Graduate Affirmative Action Advisory Research Committee. Winning proposals will be funded for up to $5,000. Awards may be made to a department or a faculty member in a department. A faculty member could also sponsor a proposal from a graduate student or professional staff member, in which case the faculty member would be responsible for supervising the overall effort.

The three types of awards follow.

Programmatic Awards

Proposals of this type should outline a specific new approach to recruit and/or retain a diverse population of graduate students at the departmental or group level. Up to $5,000 will be awarded for implementation and evaluation.

Proposals are limited to five pages, double spaced.

Prior Practice Research Awards

Projects of this type would examine graduate admissions procedures used in the past at this or other institution(s) to identify factors that have contributed to success or failure in recruiting and admitting underrepresented minorities.

Projects should closely examine and document the procedures and criteria for admissions, including but not limited to outreach, recruitment and financial support. Up to $5,000 will be awarded.

Proposals of this type will be accepted from individuals, departments or from a group of departments interested in comparing admissions procedures. Departments wishing to collaborate on larger comparative studies might be eligible to receive more than $5,000. Selected research will be presented at a conference on diversity in graduate admissions and education to be held in fall 1998 on campus.

Proposals should be no longer than five pages double spaced, not including references.

Symposium Awards

This type of proposal is designed to solicit novel ideas on maintaining graduate diversity. Proposals are limited to written statements of up to five pages, double-spaced.

After a preliminary evaluation by the advisory committee, finalists will be interviewed. Those whose ideas are selected for presentation would receive a $500 honorarium for participation in the conference on diversity in graduate admissions and education to be held in fall 1998 on campus. There is no limit on the range of ideas acceptable for proposals of this type; they will be evaluated based on originality and feasibility.

Deadline for Proposals

Application forms for all three awards can be picked up at the Graduate Opportunity Program Office, 316 Sproul Hall.

A completed form and four copies of the proposal should be submitted on or before 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, to Z. Renee Sung, Associate Dean, Graduate Division, 4th floor, Sproul Hall, MC 5900.

Awards will be announced Friday, Dec. 19. For information, contact Anna Basallaje, 424 Sproul Hall, MC 5900, 643-9236.



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