Diversity: Student, Alumni, and Professional Organizations and Groups

Student, Alumni, and Professional Organizations and Groups

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CED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND GROUPS

CED sudent organizations and groups offer important services and activities for that support our graduate and undergraduates students. We value the co-curricular activities and experiential learning provided by our organizations. A portion of our student groups are listed below. To view the full list, please visit our Student Organizations and Groups Directory.

ALUMNI ORGANIZATIONS

Our alumni are transforming the environment and our communities with education, innovation and passion. Alumni can serve as a key resource in the development of students’ academic and professional careers. 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Our students are involved in professional organizations to cultivate their networks, to gain financial and career resources, and to stay informed about the trends/issues related to their fields.

ARCHITECTURE

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

  • American Planning Association (APA): Provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning: A consortium university departments and programs offering planning degrees as well as programs that offer degrees affiliated with planning. ACSP connects educators, researchers, and students, to advance knowledge about planning education and research.
    • Committee on Diversity: The purpose of the committee is to carry on the work of the Diversity Task Force by working with and encouraging planning schools to develop specific programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity as well as expanding diversity in the curriculum.
    • Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG): The POCIG recommends projects and initiatives to the ACSP annually.
  • Planners Network: An association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas, who promote fundamental change in the current political and economic systems.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA): The Society’s mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship. Sustainability has been part of ASLA’s mission since its founding and is an overarching value that informs all of the Society’s programs and operations. ASLA has been a leader in demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure and resilient development practices through the creation of its own green roof, co-development of the SITES® Rating System, and the creation of publicly-accessible sustainable design resources.
    • ASLA Commitment to Diversity: For the profession of landscape architecture to remain relevant and responsive, it must better represent the communities and people it serves. Greater diversity brings new perspectives and thought leadership, strengthens professional/community connections, and supports social equity. The undersigned organizations hereby make a commitment to increase resources and actions that: recruit and retain underrepresented students to landscape architecture programs; help mentor graduates into professional life and leadership; and foster an inclusive and welcoming practice environment. Together, we pledge to work toward a diverse profession fully reflective of our nation. By 2025, we will endeavor to achieve a professional profile that correlates with the 2012 population-share estimates*, while working toward the longer-term goal of parity with 2060 projections for the nation as a whole.
    • Diversity Summit: In 2013, ASLA convened its first Diversity Summit with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of why landscape architecture is failing to attract a more diverse profile. Each summit has brought together a group of experienced and emerging landscape architects who identify as African American or Latinx to develop strategies that address diversity issues in the field.
    • Professional Practice Networks: Groups that help support practice and provide a forum to make connections: Environmental Justice, Sustainable Design and Development, Women in Landscape Architecture.
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP): An interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions. Members are public and private sector professionals who promote excellence in decision-making in light of environmental, social, and economic impacts of those decisions. NAEP provides the access and network for individuals to grow as professionals.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

  • Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility: Advocates for a society where investments are made in buildings that lift people up, and where willful human rights abuses are a thing of the past. They believe that the design professions can help provide leadership to achieve a just, peaceful, and equitable world.
  • Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN): An international federation committed to improving the quality of urban life through the contribution of the arts, culture and creative industries.

UC BERKELEY RESOURCES

  • Graduate 

    • American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP): Seeks, through outreach, individual recruitment, and student services, to counteract the barriers that prevent the full participation of American Indian and Alaska Native students in graduate education.

    • Office of Graduate Diversity (OCD): The Office for Graduate Diversity serves as a resource for the admissions process, academic support, financial advice, and professional development. It also provides a forum for ideas and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of underrepresented students, including those who are undocumented, first generation college students, and those who are educationally and financially challenged.

    • Support for Student Parents: Student parents make up about 10% of Berkeley’s graduate population. Berkeley is committed to supporting policies, programs, and services to help student parents meet their family care obligations while they pursue their academic goals.

    • Undocumented Graduate Student Resources (Office for Graduate Diversity): The OGD plays a central role in advancing the university’s mission to foster academic excellence through diversity. OGD provides support services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community. OGD serves as a resource for the admissions process, academic support services, financial advice, and professional development. It also provides a forum for ideas and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of undocumented students. Constantly a work in progress, we are working towards creating an evermore vibrant community of undocumented graduate students. We urge you to get plugged in right away to experience the benefits of UC Berkeley graduate community support!

  • Undergraduate 

    • The Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence: Ensures non-traditional students excel at the top public University in the world. By respecting every undergraduate as a unique individual, CE3 programs empower UC Berkeley students to achieve and lead. CE3 is comprised of several programs and centers. 

  • Graduate/Undergraduate 

    • Cal Veteran Services Center: The Cal Veteran Services Center is dedicated to providing programs and services in support of the academic and personal success of student veterans. As a supportive and inclusive community, they are committed to increasing student veteran access to and awareness of campus resources and enrichment opportunities. The center also promotes campus and community engagement and leadership development that enrich and support students' academic and professional goals. The Cal Veteran Services Center carries out the University commitment to access and equity for students and plays a key role in campus outreach and recruitment of student veterans.

    • Disabled Students' Program (DSP): The Disabled Students' Program promotes an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. They equip students with appropriate accommodations and services to achieve their individual academic goals. They are dedicated to supporting students and collaborating with the campus community to remove barriers to educational access and embrace the University’s values of equity and inclusion. They believe that an accessible environment universally benefits everyone.

    • Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq): GenEq, is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality