The EECS delegation at the 2019 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

Commitment to Diversity

EECS recognizes that a diverse student body is vital to producing future leaders, creating innovative technologies, and serving society. Our faculty and students collaborate on a range of programs, from undergraduate and graduate outreach to academic support and pre-professional advancement. In November 2019, the Hopper-Dean Foundation awarded the EECS Department $2 million to support computer science diversity initiatives.

Learn about the $2M grant

Outreach and Retention

Creative technologies and an enhanced academic experience for our current and future students arise from exposure to a diverse array of perspectives.  We have a dedicated budget to support programs and initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion in our department. In order for us to meet our mission we emphasize an inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, identity, socioeconomic status, and country of origin.   Audrey Sillers, our EECS Director for Student Diversity works closely with staff in the EECS Center for Student Affairs (CSA). Professors Boubacar Kanté and Armando Fox serve as our Graduate Diversity Officers, and Professors Josh Hug and Robert Pilawa-Podgurski serve as our Faculty Equity Advisers.

Undergraduate Diversity

EECS sponsors a number of undergraduate research and support programs geared to underrepresented groups. Our two affiliated colleges also offer special graduate recruitment programs.

K-12 Outreach

Our faculty and students collaborate on a range of activities to engage with students from kindergarten through high school.

Groundbreaking Achievement

Our faculty, staff, and alumni have consistently won praise for their efforts to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

A Message to Prospective Women Students

Messages from some of our women faculty and students, and some resources available to support women in EE and CS.

Peer Support Groups for Undergraduates

Berkeley campus support organizations created by and for undergraduate students:

Peer Support Groups for Graduate Students

Berkeley campus support organizations created by and for graduate students:

Student Outreach Organizations

Berkeley campus organizations created by students to either educate the campus community about diversity issues or provide community outreach to promote diversity in the future EECS student body:

  • Bias Busters
    A group formed to address implicit bias issues in the EECS department.
  • FEM Tech
    A group to promote gender diversity and inspire women from all majors, backgrounds and sexual orientations to excel in technology careers.
  • Pioneers in Engineering (PiE)
    An outreach organization that promotes STEM education in high schools through mentorship.
  • ANova
    An outreach organization dedicated to improving CS education for middle and high school students in under-resourced communities across the Bay Area