On September 27, Graduate Dean Carol Genetti hosted dozens of new graduate students, faculty, and administrators at UCSB’s first-ever Diversity Matters reception.
Incoming graduate students for the 2016-2017 academic year mingled with faculty from departments as varied as Linguistics, Global Studies, and the Bren School, and both Dean Genetti and Chancellor Henry T. Yang gave brief remarks.
Dean Genetti welcomed what has been described as UCSB’s most diverse class of graduate students ever and introduced many of the faculty and administrators on campus that support diversity. Dean Genetti stressed that the increasing number of graduate students from diverse backgrounds is essential to expanding the scope and applicability of UCSB research to outside communities. Chancellor Yang also joined in welcoming this year’s crop of diverse graduate students.
The enthusiastic crowd was introduced to Professor Miroslava Chavez-Garcia of the History Department, who will be the Faculty Director of Graduate Diversity Initiatives as well as serve on the advisory board to Dean Genetti on diversity-related issues.
The incoming graduate students got one of their first chances to build community with each other, share experiences, and exchange diverse research ideas. Attendees also enjoyed refreshments and classical guitar from a live musician, all while conversing about the how to continue to diversify UCSB’s graduate student body and, ultimately, its research productivity.