GRAD 210: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Academic Leadership

We're excited to continue our popular course for UCSF PhD students and postdocs offered by the Graduate Division Dean’s Office.

Watch students from the 2021 and 2022 cohorts present their projects at our inaugural GRAD 210 Symposium held on September 14, 2022!

The Winter 2024 application cycle is now closed. The Winter 2025 application cycle will open in the Fall of 2024. 

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

Course Coordinator:
Berty DC Arreguin
PhD Candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Dates:
Winter 2024, January 11 – March 14
Thursdays, 9:30am – 12 noon (Pacific Time)
The course will be held on Zoom

Course Credits: 4

Course Description

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

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


Interested UCSF PhD students and postdocs are invited to apply to join the course. Students and postdocs selected for the course will receive a $1,000 stipend and up to $500 to cover project expenses. Students and postdocs 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
  • Postdoctoral scholars

Application Process

The course application has two main components. Please choose the appropriate application and statement of commitment.

  1. Online application to be completed by the student or postdoc (Includes two essay questions and CV upload.)
  2. Faculty statement of commitment to be completed by students' graduate program director or faculty adviser/PI. For postdocs, the statement of commitment must be completed by faculty advisor/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 JEDI issues. If you have questions or concerns about submitting a faculty assessment, please reach out to Berty DC Arreguin (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 JEDI experience
  • Commitment to advancing JEDI leadership skills and knowledge
  • Relevant project idea
  • Faculty statement of commitment


  • October 2, 2023: Applications open
  • October 30, 2023: Applications due (11:59 p.m. PDT) (potential extension to November 1)
  • November 8, 2023: Accepted students and postdocs notified
  • November 20, 2023: Deadline for students and postdocs to enroll in the course

See the Winter 2021 course syllabus.

Questions? Contact Berty DC Arreguin (course coordinator).