Welcome to the Arts and Humanities Diversity Director’s Office. Our mission is to support all prospective and current Arts and Humanities students, staff, and faculty at Berkeley. Guided by a commitment to inclusion and advocacy, primarily for students who are first-generation, historically underrepresented, with disabilities, or who have overcome significant educational disadvantages, our office is here to provide comprehensive support as described below.
Statement on current climate:
This past summer our country witnessed historic protests that focused on the disproportionate use of police violence against Black people. Because our society was already feeling restless after many weeks of sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many young people decided to act. These protests also affected the Berkeley campus as students, and particularly BIPOC students, wondered about the role our university and departmental communities have played in challenging the very structures that fueled the protests.
Our office affirms the right of all students, and particularly those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, to pursue educational opportunities at gateway institutions like UC Berkeley. We affirm that Black Lives Matter, that in light of the historical neglect of African American communities the university can be a mitigating force against the pervasive marginalization that is still endemic in the United States, and that only by being proactive and holistic in our approach, can we be responsive to the diverse educational needs of our entire society.