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, fellowships please connect with our Graduate Student Affairs Officers directly using the contact 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.
The Diversity Platforms Committee (DPC) was formed in 2015 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.
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.