Mission Statement

The Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Group (DIGG) is a graduate student-led group in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department (EEB) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Our overarching goal is to increase the level of diversity in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. Our definition of diversity is intentionally broad and encompasses racial, sexual, economic, and geographic diversity.  Increased diversity fosters innovative intellectual exchange of ideas and promotes a more inclusive and productive academic environment. Despite a growing consensus of the benefit of increased diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, women and minorities are still underrepresented in the highest levels of academia. To facilitate our goals, EEB-DIGG arranges campus visits by underrepresented students from community colleges and helps coordinate mentorships between underrepresented undergraduates and graduate students.



Contact Us!

Vikram Baliga (vbaliga@ucsc.edu)

Chris Law (cjlaw@ucsc.edu)

Katherine McClure (kmmcclur@ucsc.edu)

Juliet Oshiro (jroshiro@ucsc.edu)