Graduate Student Outreach & Diversity

Welcome to the Outreach and Diversity Office of the Arts and Humanities Division in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley. If you are a prospective or continuing diversity student interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in any of the arts and humanities departments at Berkeley or beyond, this office is set up to meet your needs.

I am Dr. Alberto Ledesma. As the Graduate Diversity Director for the Arts and Humanities, I can help you develop a successful plan for gaining admission into the top-ranked arts and humanities programs in the nation. I can do this by providing you with advice regarding your academic trajectory, sharing key strategies as you compose your graduate application materials, and I can also help you procure funding support. Contact me right away to set up an individual appointment.

While our office is primarily geared to assist first-generation postgraduate students, underrepresented students, students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, students of color, and disabled students, any student queries about graduate school in the arts and humanities are welcomed.

If you would like to be added to our outreach database of interested students, and if you want to receive information about programs such as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, please click here.

  • Alberto Ledesma, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Diversity Director
  • Division of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Letters & Science
  • University of California
  • Office: 158 Barrows Hall
  • Telephone: 510.642.5575
  • Fax: 510.643.6762
  • Mailing address: 101 Durant Hall, #2920 Berkeley, CA 94720-2920
  • E-mail:

Alberto Ledesma grew up in East Oakland and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley. He earned a PhD in Ethnic Studies in 1996 and is a former faculty member at CSU, Monterey Bay and a lecturer in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He has held several staff positions at UC Berkeley during the last decade, including the position of Director of Admissions at the School of Optometry and Writing Program Coordinator at the Student Learning Center. 

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