American Indian Graduate Program

As part of UC Berkeley's mission to foster academic excellence through diversity, the American Indian Graduate Program (AIGP) seeks, through outreach, individual recruitment, and student services to remove perceived barriers which prevent the full participation of American Indian and Alaska Native students participating in graduate level research at UC Berkeley.

Native & Indigenous graduate group of 2019

The AIGP Advisory Committee of the American Indian Graduate Program is composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni and tribal community representatives committed to advancing American Indian/Alaska Native graduate education. The committee advises and supports AIGP's efforts to recruit, retain and advance American Indian Graduate students at UC Berkeley, and enhance university educational climate to achieve these ends. The committee fulfills these functions by supporting:

  • Faculty, student, staff, alumni and tribal commitment to AIGP goals.
  • University and complementary programs that enhance the academic and professional success of American Indian graduate students.
  • Respectful integration of American Indian knowledge, cultures and issues in the mainstream of campus life.


Outreach and Recruitment

AIGP seeks to overcome barriers that prevent American Indians and Alaska Natives from applying to graduate programs at UC Berkeley by identifying, contacting, and encouraging interested individuals regarding Berkeley’s programs and the process of admission.

Advice and Advocacy

AIGP assists the UC Berkeley Graduate Division and individual departments and schools in identifying and addressing barriers that prevent American Indians and Alaska Natives from full participation in Berkeley’s graduate programs.


AIGP provides and promotes services to identify and eliminate barriers that may prevent American Indian and Alaska Native students from the full opportunity for academic success at Berkeley.


AIGP promotes the inclusion of Native American history, culture, and perspectives in Berkeley programs and curriculum.


American Indian Graduate STUDENT Association Co-Chairs

Ataya Cesspooch

Sierra Edd

AIGP Advisory Committee

Contact us

Mailing Address

327 Sproul Hall # 5900
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900

Office Location

598/597 Barrows Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Phone(510) 642-3228

Patrick Naranjo   
Program Director