PhD Experiential Programs


Community College Diversity Mentoring Program

The UC Berkeley Career Center and Santa Rosa Junior College  have collaborated to offer a program for graduate students interested in exploring diverse careers  in higher education leadership. Mentees are matched with management/staff mentors from SRJC.  Participants gain both mentoring support and an introduction to the range of career paths within higher education. 

The 2023 program will be held again virtually during the spring (Feb-April)

  • Student Services
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction               
  • Health Services
  • Human Resources
  • Workforce Development        

Program Elements

- Experiential Component and Knowledge Sharing -

Mentees may engage in projects, case study exercises, observations, and/or program governance activities.  Topics may include: overview of career pathways, best leadership and management practices and the shared governance structure at California community colleges  

- Mentoring Sessions -

Mentor and mentee pairs coordinate their schedules for meetings and professional development activities, typically 1-2 times per month

Eligibility and How to Apply

Currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students are eligible. To apply,  please complete the form below.  Review the mentor list and indicate your  mentor preference on the application form. The deadline is December 6th.

2023 Mentors


1.       Vice President, Student Services/Assistant Superintendent

2.       Director, Human Resources    

3.       Manager, Human Resources/Employment Equity The HR Mentorship will provide an opportunity for two mentees to work with two HR mentors in exploring HR leadership roles in a community college setting, from  Manager and Director perspectives.

4.       Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

5.       Dean, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Culinary Arts

6.       Director, Student Health Services

7.       Dean, Workforce Development

8.       Dean, Instruction and Strategic Program Development

9.       Dean, Kinesiology, Athletics and Dance/Athletics Director

10.   Director, Southwest Santa Rosa Center



PhD Externship Program

The PhD Externship Program is on hold until visits can be conducted in person.  The “Day in the Life” job shadowing experience connects PhD students and postdocs to professionals for an insider view of organizational cultures.