Posted February 03, 2019 11:17:53 A year after graduating from UC Berkeley, Justin C. S. Anderson, a student and part-time freelance writer from Brooklyn, New York, wants to pursue his dream of starting a new business.
“I don’t want to be a teacher, I want to start my own business,” he says.
But before he can, he must apply to a UCB program.
The UCB’s new Diversity and Inclusion Equity (DEO) initiative, launched in February, is aimed at ensuring that every UC Berkeley student is qualified to get a job and has access to a wide range of employment opportunities.
“This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to get into this field, to be able to take advantage of the opportunities that are out there,” says Amy L. Johnson, an associate dean for diversity and inclusion at UCB, who helped design the program.
“To be able and able to use your talents to create a career, you have to be part of a diverse group of people.”
To apply to the program, applicants must be at least 18 years old.
They must be a US citizen and a permanent resident, have a high school diploma or GED, and have at least one year of post-secondary work experience.
The requirements are outlined on the UCB website, which also allows applicants to submit résumés.
“It’s really the easiest way for anyone to get in,” says Anderson, who has a master’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley.
“They just have to go to the website, they just have a few questions and they can just fill out their application and send it in.”
Anderson, an avid photographer, started posting his work on social media in September, and soon he began receiving requests for freelance work.
“That’s when I realized how popular I could be and that it would be a good way to earn a little extra income,” he said.
He was able to pay off his student loans, attend school, and even pursue a graduate degree through the program at UC Berkeley.
Anderson’s business, a photo-sharing app called MyDodo, now has more than 7,000 members and has received more than $1.4 million in revenue since its launch in April 2018.
Anderson is a self-employed business owner, and although he is still in the process of securing a permanent position, he is optimistic about his career.
“If I get hired and it’s my first job, I’m really excited,” he told New York magazine.
“And then if it’s a full-time job, then it’s pretty awesome, too.”
How the program works The Diversity and inclusion Equity program requires applicants to apply to enroll at UC-Berkeley, an independent, public institution of higher education that accepts federal financial aid.
“As a UC student, you are in the program because of the financial aid you receive, and we’re providing that same access to other students as well,” says Johnson.
“So that’s a big part of our program.”
Applicants can apply online at the UC Berkeley website.
UCB says the diversity and inclusiveness equity program helps ensure that each UC Berkeley campus has at least 100 qualified applicants.
Students who apply must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and be employed full- or part- time for at least two years.
To be eligible for the program’s scholarship, applicants have to meet the UC-BCDAS (American Board of Graduate Certificate of Education) and UC-BADAS (Advanced Certificate of Educational Development) standards.
Applicants must also be able demonstrate that they have the following skills: English is a second language,