GRAD 210: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Academic Leadership

We're excited to announce a new course for UCSF PhD students offered by the Graduate Division Dean’s Office.

(Applications for the course closed on October 12 and accepted students have been notified.)

D’Anne Duncan, PhD
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Learner Success
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Dates: Winter 2021, January 7 – March 11

Course Description

On students’ journeys toward leadership roles in research, teaching, administration, or industry, understanding the value and implications of centering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is key. In this unique 10-week service-learning course, students will develop in-depth knowledge of DEI principles, build leadership skills, and gain experience designing and implementing a DEI project.

In the first seven weeks, students will be exposed to terminology, history, and theories from the DEI and leadership fields, and engage in self-reflection and critical discussion. In the final three weeks, students will apply these principles and gain knowledge and skills in program planning and evaluation as they develop and present their project proposals. Students will continue to receive mentorship as they implement and evaluate their projects over the course of the spring and summer.


Interested UCSF PhD students are invited to apply to join the course. Students selected for the course will receive a $1,000 stipend and up to $500 to cover project expenses. Students should expect to dedicate approximately five hours per week to the course during the winter quarter. Projects will be implemented during the spring and summer. 


  • Basic Science PhD students must have advanced to candidacy
  • Social and Population Science PhD students must have advanced to candidacy and defended their dissertation proposal

Application Process

The course application has two main components.

  1. Online application to be completed by the student. (Includes two essay questions and CV upload.)
  2. Faculty statement of commitment to be completed online by either your graduate program director or your faculty adviser/PI. The faculty member will be asked to address why they believe you would benefit from participating in the course and how your participation will benefit the program or department and fit with the program or department’s own work on DEI issues. If you have questions or concerns about submitting a faculty assessment, please reach out to Erin Johnson (course coordinator).

Essay responses in both forms are limited to 3,000 characters maximum.

Review Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following areas:

  • Prior DEI experience
  • Commitment to advancing DEI leadership skills and knowledge
  • Relevant project idea
  • Faculty statement of commitment


  • September 28: Applications open
  • October 12: Applications due (11:59 p.m. PDT) (Applications are now closed.)
  • October 26: Accepted students notified
  • November 1: Deadline for students to enroll in the course

Questions? Contact Erin Johnson (course coordinator).