Diversity at the Division of Biological Sciences

Message from the Director of Mentorship and Diversity

Gentry Patrick, Director of Mentorship and Diversity

Gentry Patrick, Director of Mentorship and Diversity

In Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s Strategic Plan for UC San Diego, Diversity is listed as a top priority. The Plan cites as a goal;

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful open dialogue, and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible and affordable for all.

In alignment with Chancellor Khosla and his vision for UC San Diego, the Division of Biological Sciences considers Diversity as paramount to our success. It is a culture that creates a foundation of respect and provides for vision and innovation within our Division. We believe that diversity and academic excellence are not divergent, but rather greatly depend on each other...

Continue reading Dr. Patrick's vision and goals for diversity in the division.


Patrick sitting down at a table and speaking to a group of students

Widening the Pathway to a STEM Career

Drawing from an impoverished upbringing, neurobiologist Gentry Patrick launches an innovative STEM program for students from historically underresourced communities

At the moment he was born, the odds already tilted against Gentry Patrick. The percentages said an African-American from South Central Los Angeles was not likely to become a tenured neuroscience professor at a major research university… Not likely, having been born to a mother who was 16 years old ... Not likely, having grown up in Compton and attended high school in Watts.