At the University of California, San Diego, diversity is a core component of excellence that further enhances our quality and achievement. We seek a diverse graduate student body to ensure that all of our students gain the educational benefits that result from being exposed to a broad spectrum of ideas and perspectives. These include the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region and more. We wish to broaden and deepen both the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. We also want all of our students to contribute to the campus community in a manner that enhances campus diversity and inclusiveness, consistent with the University of California Principles of Community.