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Berkeley’s Multicultural Education Program increases campus dialogue and helps build bridges of respect, understanding, and belonging.

Program Overview

Established in 2011, the Multicultural Education Program (MEP) provides diversity workshops, resources and consulting services to the campus community with the goal of fostering a more welcoming and inclusive environment.

Featured topics include identity, unconscious bias, cross-cultural communication, and creating inclusive classrooms and workplaces. The program uses a collaborative peer-leadership model, in which 20 trained campus staff members serve as workshop facilitators and a volunteer team of expert leaders is available to conduct additional needs assessments, consult with departments, and help with the design of new workshop modules.

To date, more than 4000 staff, students and faculty have participated in MEP programs.

Workshop Offerings

  • Looking In & Looking Out: Exploring Workplace Diversity
  • First Take, Second Look: Exploring Unconscious Bias
  • Let's Talk: Engaging in Cross-Cultural Communication

Workshops are offered both campuswide (on an open enrollment basis) and within specific divisions or departments. Staff members have the option to earn an MEP Certificate by participating in all three primary sessions, excluding our supervisor/manager training.

Departments can also request customized workshops on emerging diversity issues. Click here for more information about MEP workshops.

Department Consultations

MEP is also available to support campus units in addressing diversity challenges or climate concerns on a consulting basis – or in weaving issues of equity and inclusion into orientation and departmental efforts.

Other Resources and Services

MEP’s website includes additional resources related to inclusive teaching and learning, campus climate, and discrimination reporting.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Amy Scharf at ascharf@berkeley.edu.


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