Berkeley Graduate Division – Leadership in Graduate Diversity Awards

The Cynthia Ladd-Viti Leadership in Graduate Diversity Award and the Carla Trujillo Leadership in Graduate Diversity Award recognize and reward graduating doctoral or professional school students’ contributions to diversifying the academy during their graduate careers and beyond. The two awards of $2500 each will be granted annually.


  • Eligible graduating doctoral or professional school students will have demonstrated a deep commitment to and made a significant impact on outreach, recruitment, retention, mentoring, and fostering equity, inclusion, and belonging for underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students at UC Berkeley.
  • Students whose research is aligned with the mission of the Office for Graduate Diversity will also be considered.
  • Preference will be given to research topics related to improving campus climate, retention issues, mental health and well-being of URM students, URMS in STEM, peer- to- peer academic/social support, alternatives to traditional forms of campus policing, and all research that will impact URM communities.
  • Candidates may be nominated by faculty, staff, or fellow graduate students. Additionally, students may self-nominate with one letter of recommendation.
  • Although only one nomination letter is required for a student to be considered for the award, we encourage nominators to reach out to others to provide supplemental letters of nomination.


All nominators must complete this form(opens in a new tab) and include a letter of nomination (PDF or Google doc).

One of these nominators must indicate if they are the primary nominator. Final selections will be made by a committee comprised of members of UC Berkeley faculty, Graduate Assembly, Graduate Division, and the Office for Graduate Diversity staff.

The deadline for 2023 nominations is Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PST.

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