COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
The College of Environmental Design is committed to attracting talented students with diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives. We strive to cultivate an inclusive environment for our faculty and students that respect and reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work. The intellectual exchange of ideas, learning to interact effectively with each other, and developing attitudes of responsibility for leadership in society and decision-making, are enhanced through a student community that respects and values the insights gained from various points of view.
Our focus is to engage faculty and students in the critical examination of the intersection of race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, power and privilege, poverty and inequality, restorative justice, and other aspects of human identity and relations within the built environment. Our faculty and students create opportunities for action and the implementation of theory into practice.
Our Dean, Jennifer Wolch, works closely with department chairs, faculty equity advisors and our CED Staff Diversity Officers Kathleen Pera (Graduate) and Omar Ramirez (Undergraduate). Whether you plan to be a scholar, or work in the environmental design professions, we welcome you to join our community!
The CED Admissions Ambassador Undergraduate Internship Program is a leadership opportunity for current undergraduates. The Ambassadors aid the college's effort to increase visibility of CED-related fields, especially to underrepresented communities, encouraging prospective students to apply to our degree programs. The Ambassadors gain personal and professional skills by reaching out to local, national, and international communities. Outreach is done through high school and community college visits, hosting prospective students on campus, panels, presentations, phone banking, Cal Day, development of multimedia tools, and more. Through training and participation in these outreach activities, Ambassadors facilitate community-building within the college, interacting with fellow undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Ambassadors work closely with advisers in the CED Office of Undergraduate Advising.
- If you are interested in more information about the program or would like to connect with a current CED Admissions Ambassador, please contact Omar Ramirez.
- For more information on applying to our programs, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.
CED is committed to promoting and supporting inclusion, social justice, and equity within the environmental design disciplines. Prospective students who are from a social or cultural background underrepresented in design/urban planning graduate education, or those who have faced challenges due to cultural or family background, economic resources, age, or other circumstances, are strongly encouraged to apply to our graduate programs.
If you are interested in more information about our specific graduate programs, the admissions process, or connecting with an advisor or current graduate student, please contact our Graduate Student Affairs Officers directly using the information below. You may also complete a Prospective Student Interest Form.
- For more information on applying to our programs, please visit Graduate Admissions.
- For more information on resources and services for Graduate Students, please visit the Berkeley Graduate Division website.
CED Graduate Recruitment Ambassador (CED-GRA) Program
In alignment with this commitment to inclusion, social justice, and equity in the environmental design disciplines, the mission of the CED-GRA program is to increase visibility of the CED master's degree programs and to provide direct support to all prospective students. To schedule a time to Skype with a CED-GRA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program: Master of Architecture (MArch)
About Me: I am currently in my second year of the three year M. Arch program, which I highly recommend! I applied to this program because of its connections to the Bay Area's architecture firms as well as its strong history in design. I also got my BA in architecture here at UC Berkeley. Before beginning the M. Arch program, I was part of CED's architecture program as a researcher working with a professor on biologically inspired material systems. Last semester I began working as a GSI (graduate student instructor) for the Architecture department. I am very happy to answer any questions interested applicants and newly admitted students might have.
Program: Master of City Planning (MCP)
About Me: I grew up in Portland, Oregon and hold a B.A. from Wellesley College in Environmental Studies. In the MCP Program, I focus on racial equity, affordable housing, and access to economic opportunity. Prior to coming to Berkeley, I conducted energy efficiency program evaluations, and before that I worked for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, a nonprofit in Boston focused on affordable housing development. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Oakland by bike, pub trivia nights, and making homemade pizza.
Program: Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
About Me: I am in my second semester in the 2D MLA program. I finished my Bachelors of Architectural Studies majoring in Landscape Architecture at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Coming to Berkeley was my first time in the United States and what an experience it has been. I originally was born and raised in Hong Kong to a Filipino mother and a New Zealander father, before moving to New Zealand to finish High School and eventually my Bachelors. Finally, I have found myself in California where my interests are broad but have been heading in the direction of hydrological systems both coastal and riverine, and their intersection with urban to rural landscapes.
The Diversity Platforms Committee (DPC) was formed in 2014 as part of an ongoing efforts to advance equity and inclusion in the CED, as called for in the College’s strategic plan, CED Frontiers.
The DPC is supported by the Arcus Endowment, the result of a generous gift to the CED in 2000 by the Arcus Foundation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The founder of the Arcus Foundation, Jon Stryker, is a graduate of the CED’s M.Arch program. More information about the Endowment and projects funded by it in the past can be found here.
Each year the DPC issues a Request for Proposals, inviting faculty, students and staff to submit applications for awards to fund creative activities that promote and enhance the critical examination of the intersections between race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, power and privilege, poverty and inequality, restorative justice, and other aspects of human identity and relations within the built environment. You may find a list of currently funded projects on the Diversity Platforms section.
CED is a research institution. Our faculty's research is multi-disciplinary and focuses on issues such as social and environmental justice, equitable design, community change and advocacy, and domestic and global poverty. In addition, the college houses research centers that study the dynamics of design, communities, schools, and the environment at local, regional, national, and global scales. Detailed information about our research units and faculty projects is available here.
Students can become involved in research at CED in several ways. They can contact faculty directly to see if graduate student research (GSR) positions are available or if they can receive independent study credit for assisting faculty with research projects. Students should contact their program advisers for guidelines and restrictions on independent study. The Undergraduate Research at Berkeley website also lists campus-wide research opportunities.