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.

Undergraduate Student Organizations

Graduate Student Organizations

  • Women in Computer Science and Engineering (WICSE) Graduate women's group in EECS, meets each Friday at noon.
  • Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students (BGESS) Graduate group, founded in 1987 by a group of African American graduate students enrolled at Berkeley. BGESS has dedicated itself to the nurturing of academic and social support systems for students of African Heritage, whose contributions to the fields of Graduate Engineering and Physical Sciences have been historically underrepresented.
  • Latino Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Science LAGSES provides a cohesive group for incoming and continuing Latino/a graduate students.
  • Queers in Computer Science and Engineering (QICSE) QICSE is the organization of queer graduate students in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley. QICSE is a social group that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning, or queer grad students and their allies within the EECS department by offering them opportunities to connect to each other and with the broader campus community.