Admissions & Outreach

The Graduate Scholars Program



The mission is to provide a community of diverse doctoral scholars with the academic, professional, and social support systems that will allow them to reach their educational and personal success. The ultimate goal is not only to diversify the academic and professional world but also to realize our potential as an integrated society. 

The UCSB Graduate Scholars Program is a comprehensive program designed to provide supports, mentoring, and services for incoming graduate students from populations that are traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

These groups include under-represented minorities, first-generation college students, students who identify as LGTBQ, females in departments with less than 20 percent female enrollments, DACA students, veterans or military dependents, disabled students, or any other students from non-traditional backgrounds.  

Cloe Gentile"GSP was a mini-community for me at a time when my sense of community was changing, evolving, and sometimes lacking. As a graduate student from a low-income background and a woman of color, it made a huge difference to be able to converse with other graduate students who could relate to my experiences on a deeper level and respond with empathy. My mentor was particularly validating and I felt I could confide in her completely - she was/is an invaluable resource for me here at UCSB."

Cloe Gentile
Department of Music

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The UCSB Graduate Scholars Program

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Mentoring to Build a Supportive Network at UCSB

The cornerstone of the Graduate Scholars Program is the "mentoring families," groups that pair three first-year students with an advanced doctoral student mentor. Those families then meet monthly in the winter and spring quarters. The students also have the opportunity to meet individually - over lunch - with faculty mentors of their choice, giving them the opportunity to experience "layered mentoring."

Professional Development and Resources 

The Graduate Scholars have direct access to professional development workshops, panels, and an orientation to resources provided  by the UCSB Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Resource Center, and other campus groups. Throughout the year, scholars are invited to special networking opportunities, lectures, and performances with other scholars from across disciplines, or to meet distinguished faculty and alumni from diverse backgrounds. 

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Doctoral students who would like to join this program, or who would like additional information, should contact Michele Johnson, Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate Division, at Advanced doctoral students wishing to mentor our incoming students can also contact Michele.