• Dr. Terri Gómez
    Dr. Terri Gómez

    The keynote speaker, Dr. Terri Gómez, captivated the audience with her life story.  Although faced with numerous obstacles, Dr. Gómez prevailed, eventually completing her Ph.D. and is now the Chair of Ethnic and Women's Studies at Cal Poly Pomona.

  • Workshop: The Relationship of the Master's Degree to the Ph.D.
    Workshop: The Relationship of the Master's Degree to the Ph.D.

    Diversity Forum participants had a variety of workshops to attend throughout the day.  In this workshop, Susan Smith moderated panelists Wendy Acosta, Jerry Flores, and Dr. Carlos Grijalva, share their experiences and insight regarding the path to a Ph.D. by obtaining a masters degree first.  

  • Graduate Recruitment Fair
    Graduate Recruitment Fair

    Diversity Forum participants had exclusive access to nearly 200 recruiters representing hundreds of graduate programs across the country.

  • Diversity Forum Volunteers
    Diversity Forum Volunteers

    The Forum's coordinator, Rebecca Rivas (center), stands proudly with a cluster of Cal Poly's best!  Volunteers, such as these, are instrumental to ensuring a successful and smooth event of this scale.  Thank you!


The California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities from throughout California, have been designed particularly to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master's candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs. The groups include low-income and first-generation college students and especially African Americans, American Indians, Chicanos/Latinos, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, Asian American women, and Asian American men in the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

Each California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education will bring together approximately 1,000 pre-selected, high-achieving undergraduate and master's students. The students will explore graduate opportunities and resources by participating in numerous workshops conducted throughout the day. Universities and individual graduate programs offering academic master's and/or Ph.D. degrees are welcome to participate in the recruitment fairs that will take place concurrently with the other planned activities. Note that these events are for all disciplines except programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, pharmacy, veterinary science, and law, all of which have their own recruiting networks.


Fall 2017 Sponsors

We are thrilled to have committed institutions of higher education as sponsors of the California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education.  To learn more about these institutions and their exciting opportunities, please click on the banners below.