Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Our Diversity Commitment

The Goldman School of Public Policy's Statement on Diversity

America is founded on the principles of popular sovereignty, justice, liberty, and equality.  The American Constitution starts with “we the people” and the Declaration of Independence declares the “right of the people” to form a new government.   The Constitution goes on to proclaim the need to “establish justice” and to “secure the blessings of liberty.”  The Declaration says that we are all “created equal” with “certain unalienable rights” and “that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

Throughout its history, America has worked—sometimes haltingly and sometimes more vigorously—to develop a diverse and inclusive society that realizes this vision of justice, liberty, and equality.  As a school devoted to public service and to the idea and the ideals of America, we seek to embrace diversity in all its forms.  We believe that public service education must recruit from diverse communities, that it must foster inclusion, that it must promote opportunity, and that it must help everyone understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in American life.  

With these goals in mind, the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) has an unequivocal commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion as defined by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and UC Berkeley’s Office of Equity & Inclusion.   We believe that diversity includes supporting and respecting the personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. These differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, political diversity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more.  

We seek to provide an inclusive environment where everyone is treated fairly and has equal access to opportunities, a commitment that lies at the heart of Berkeley’s mission as a public university and is a continuation of the campus’s longtime role in advancing principles and policies for a democratic society.

The Goldman School is committed to recruiting the most diverse students, faculty and staff which enhances our mission, community, and academic excellence.  As the only public policy school in the nation that has hosted the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute over the last 35 years, GSPP has been at the forefront of educating diverse individuals for graduate school and public leadership positions both throughout the U.S. and around the world.  

See below for university-wide and GSPP-specific diversity resources and programs:

University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Diversity Statement

As approved by the University of California Regents, the Goldman School support this diversity statement.

UC Berkeley’s Diversity Statement and Strategic Plan -  Division of Equity & Inclusion

The University of California, Berkeley’s Division of Equity & Inclusion provides leadership and accountability to resolve systemic inequities through engaged research, teaching, and public service, and by expanding pathways for access and success. Read the E&I’s Diversity Strategic Plan.

Student Diversity Resources & Programs

The Goldman School is proud to support a wide array of resources, student organizations, and programs that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • See the full list of student groups here.
  • Read about the Public Policy and International Affairs Program here.
  • Students of Color in Public Policy's Peer Advising Program here.
Resources for International Students

The following is a short list of helpful online and campus resources for international students. UC Berkeley offers a range of resources to help international students make arrangements to study in the US:

Finding Housing
Financial Aid
Campus Support

Berkeley International Office
Phone: 510-642-2818
Email: internationaloffice@berkeley.edu 

International House
Phone: 510-642-9490
Email: ihres@berkeley.edu 

Bonnie Johnston
Executive Assistant to the International House Executive Director
Email: ihousefinancialaid@berkeley.edu

Undocumented Student Programs and Resources

The following is a short list of helpful online and campus resources for students who are undocumented. 

Campus Support

Meng So
Director, Undocumented Students Program
Phone: 510-642-7224
Email: someng@berkeley.edu 

Lupe Gallegos-Diaz
Director, Chicano Latino Student Development, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion
Phone: 510-642-1802
Email: lupeg@berkeley.edu

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities. Read the full policy here.