AGEP - The California Alliance
The California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (California Alliance) focuses on increasing diversity in the academic fields with the greatest national underrepresentation of minorities: the mathematical, physical, and computer sciences; and engineering (MPCS&E).
The California Alliance consists of Caltech, the University of California, Berkeley (lead), the University of California, Los Angeles and Stanford University. It was established to provide a clear path for underrepresented minority (URM) PhDs from California's top research institutions, in much larger numbers, to aspire to and populate the ranks of the postdoctoral population, the faculty at competitive research and teaching institutions, the federally-funded national laboratories, and scientific think tanks. Together, the California Alliance institutions have great potential for preparing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for the positions in which underrepresentation is most pronounced and seemingly the most intractable nationally.
The program is built on a foundation of research in the social psychology of belonging, identity, and achievement and that of the social anthropology of learning.
All activities are strategically designed to meet program objectives to: