Welcome to the GCDE at UC Santa Cruz

It is the mission of the Graduate Student Committee on Diversity Enhancement (GCDE) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) to increase the level of diversity in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Here we use the term diversity to include racial, sexual, economic and geographic diversity.  We believe that increased diversity fosters innovative intellectual exchange of ideas and promotes a more comprehensive academic environment.  No individual should be discouraged from pursuing a career in ecology and evolutionary biology because they are underrepresented in the field.