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Diversity and Inclusion: DREAM Office

DREAM Office

The Dream Office focuses on the recruitment and retention of historically excluded populations. The mission of our office is to prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in creating a public health workforce that mirrors the demographics of our communities. The Dream Office is dedicated to encouraging prospective students and supporting admitted students from all communities and especially those who have experienced historical inequities to pursue graduate degrees in public health at UC Berkeley.

Our services and programs include:

Recruitment activities

  • Tabling events and recruitment fairs
  • Hosting/giving tours to community partners and organizations working with minoritized students and diverse populations
  • Community connection: connecting prospective students to current students

Retention services

  • Summer Seminar: is a four day, pre-orientation program designed to support QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color), first generation, mixed race, and historically underrepresented incoming Berkeley Public Health masters level students transition to graduate school. During this program you will undergo an “R” bootcamp, participate in cohort experiences, and familiarize yourself with campus and resources available.
  • Monthly Pantry and Community Closet: each month during the academic year the Dream Office hosts a monthly pantry and community closet where residential school of public health graduate students can “shop” for groceries, perishable and nonperishable items, hygiene products, menstrual products, lightly used/new clothing, household items and more! *free service
  • Tutoring services: our office hosts weekly tutoring sessions for residential graduate public health students needing support in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Wanting to connect about these services listed or have any questions? Contact us sphdiversity@berkeley.edu

Student Body Snapshot

We have a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as pathways to excellence at all levels of the school—via recruiting, mentoring, and inclusively engaging with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

The information below is a snapshot of the Berkeley Public Health graduate student community for Fall 2020. Percentages are based on a total school enrollment of 740 graduate students. Please note: numbers may not add up to 100 because of rounding.

Students of Color*

6.2% African American / Black
24.5% Asian and Pacific Islander
15.9% Chicano / Latino

Gender

61.5% Female
24.5% Male
.3% Non-Binary

* International (not included in count) – 10.7%; declined to state – 4.1%
Declined to state – 11.6%

Source: CalAnswers student census counts

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History

In 2005, the Office of Diversity Services started as a result of student activism. Our office demanded that the school do more to increase student diversity. For the next ten (10) years, dedicated efforts were developed to increase the student diversity and in 2012, the office expanded in hiring an Outreach Coordinator. The office was and is composed of two staff members and also a cadre of student staff (GRADS Coordinators) and volunteers (GRADS Ambassadors) to ensure that DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) efforts are fully maintained. Outreach over the years has been targeted to a variety of institutions, such as California State Schools, other UCs, private colleges, community colleges, HBCUs, HSIs and high schools.

In 2005, the underrepresented minority population at BPH was 5%. In 2015,  that number increased to 17%.  Our goal is to have a student population that mirrors the demographics of the State of California, who will become shovel ready to tackle the pressing public health issues facing our most vulnerable community members.

Although what started with a focus in increasing the numbers of diverse students, the position expanded  to assist the institution in creating more equitable admissions policies as well as addressing the priority of hiring faculty of color. The office was also instrumental in the development of the first ever school wide committee called D.I.C.E, diversity, inclusion, community, and equity that has addressed school wide “dice” issues. Additionally, a Summer Preparatory Program was designed to help students gain access to academic, campus, and school resources before classes begin. Eventually, the Office of Diversity Services became the DREAM office and now serves as a model for the UC Berkeley campus on how to recruit, retain, and graduate a top class of diverse public health graduate students.

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