Diversity and the Arts & Humanities

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Our Mission

Our mission is to support all prospective and current Arts and Humanities students, staff, and faculty at Berkeley. Guided by a commitment to inclusion and advocacy, primarily for students who are first-generation, historically underrepresented, with disabilities, or who have overcome significant educational disadvantages, our office is here to provide comprehensive support as described below.

Contact Us

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Alberto Ledesma, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Division of Arts & Humanities
Office: 2411 Dwinelle Hall
Telephone: 510.642.5575 | Fax: 510.643.6762
Mailing address: 101 Durant Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2920

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Maria Faini, Ph.D.

Program Manager for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Division of Arts & Humanities
Office: 2411 Dwinelle Hall
Telephone: 510.642.5575 | Fax: 510.643.6762
Mailing address: 101 Durant Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2920

Welcome to the Arts & Humanities Diversity Office

While all of us on this campus continue to experience the stresses related to the pandemic and recent social upheavals, we have assembled a team of dedicated and talented staff to support your educational and campus-life success. All of us in the Arts & Humanities Dean’s Office are committed to providing you with the most accessible educational experience we can. The values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice inform our work as we pursue policies and outcomes that are anti-racist, non-abelist, and sensitive to LGBTIQ+ experiences and perspectives.
The Arts and Humanities Diversity Director’s Office is a one-stop shop that works with all members of the A & H Community in providing support to maximize access and inclusion. Among the services Dr. Ledesma and Dr. Faini offer are the following: 

  • Advice on dealing with writer’s block or research writing strategies. 
  • Connection to contextually appropriate resources such as the Tittle IX Office, Disabled Students Program, GenEq Center, and Undocumented Students Program. Help in identifying and connecting with faculty mentors.
  • Information about upcoming fellowship opportunities. 
  • Support with time management techniques, invitational discourse strategies, and struggles against imposter syndrome and stereotyping. 
  • Confidential advising, counseling, and conflict resolution. 
  • Coaching for academic interviews and presentations. 
  • Anti-racist resources and discussion materials. 
  • Strategies for inclusive pedagogy.