Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

As a department we are committed to fostering a community of shared intellectual inquiry that respects and welcomes the perspectives of people of all backgrounds and experiences . Our mission to study and learn together is only possible in a warm and welcoming atmosphere of shared respect, understanding, and inclusion encompassing students, staff, and faculty alike.

On a vibrantly multicultural campus where, both geographically as well as demographically, East Asian traditions are particularly relevant, we recognize and celebrate that, for many of our students, our course offerings and our community afford an opportunity to explore their own heritage language and cultural traditions. We are equally committed to making the study of East Asian cultures available and compelling to a diverse student body, and are particularly aware that students from historically underrepresented groups have not been afforded access to and encouragement along the academic pathways that might lead to an interest in East Asian cultures. We are thus committed to ensuring that our courses and programs are engaging for all students, particularly those who have been and continue to be marginalized.

In the service of these community and academic goals, we welcome input on any matter relating to departmental climate to our departmental Equity Officer. In addition, please find below a listing of further departmental as well as campus-wide resources for learning more, for providing feedback, or for reporting problems relating to climate and equity concerns.


I. Departmental Resources 

Department E-mail:


Department Equity Officer: Jacob Dalton


Department Chair: Mark Csikszentmihalyi


Head Graduate Advisor: Andrew F. Jones



II. Campus-wide Resources

a. General Matters Relating to Equity and Inclusion

Division of Equity and Inclusion

Office for Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination

Berkeley Connect

The above home pages for all these campus offices provide very helpful overviews, with links, of available campus resources. All UCB students, regardless of their health plan, can access confidential counseling via the University Health Services.

b. Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH)

If you have experienced SVSH, you can talk to a confidential resource at the UC Path to Care Center (510 642–1988). They will be able to provide confidential support and advice about accessing care and further steps. To report SVSH, you should contact the Office for Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, a non-confidential resource.

c. Resources related to campus grievance procedures and other useful information:
L&S Student Support & Advocacy page