Seeking to improve diversity and strengthen UC graduate programs by investing in relationships between UC faculty and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The University of California's reputation as a premier research and teaching institution rests on its capacity to serve the State of California, and nation, at the highest levels. This requires attracting and graduating scholars who reflect the communities of the world.
At the graduate level, African Americans/Blacks are extremely under-represented in UC graduate and professional programs. The five-year average (2011–2015) for enrollment of African Americans in UC academic doctoral programs is 2.9 percent.
Through the UC-HBCU Initiative, the Office of the President encourages UC faculty to actively engage in collaboration and cooperation with faculty and students at HBCUs. Such efforts serve to strengthen and enrich our mission of teaching, research and public service.
An average of 38 percent of submitted proposals have been selected for funding. During the Initiative's first five summers, UC hosted over 315 scholars across nine UC campuses. Twenty-seven Ph.D. students and two academic master’s students are currently enrolled at UC — and three master’s students have already graduated — as a direct result of this Initiative.
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The Evolution and Ecology Graduate Admission Pathways (EEGAP) Program at UC Davis, led by PI Rick Grosberg, provides Howard University undergraduates with summer research at UC Davis and joint mentoring by Howard University and UC Davis faculty. The EEGAP program takes a comprehensive approach to student intellectual development through seminars, video conferences, site visits, and mentoring to prepare students for summer research at UC Davis and competitive applications to graduate programs in ecology and evolution.