Doctoral Summer Bridge Program

The GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program is a part of the GANAS Graduate Pathways Project and includes interventions positioned to address the need to overcome institutional barriers that impede Latina/o graduate student preparation, retention, advancement to candidacy, and completion.

The GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program aims to prepare incoming Latinx, POC, first-gen, and low-income background students by providing a week-long program focused on best practices, campus resources, and student strategies to be utilized during their time with UCSC.

During the course of the week, students will be in community with the 3 GANAS Graduate Doctoral Summer Bridge Mentors, as well as the GANAS Graduate Services Counselor. Students will engage with various presentations and workshops highlighting the vast array of resources available to them as incoming graduate students. Students will also be given an introduction to various campus spaces and points of contact throughout the week in order to create a grounding sense of familiarity with their new environment.  

Program Dates: August 21st - 26th, 2022

  • On-campus housing and meals are provided for all program participants.

Learning Outcomes 

Students will work to develop preparatory skills and strategies to be successful graduate students in their respective departments and fields of study. Students participating in the Doctoral Summer Bridge Program should feel prepared to begin their first quarter at UCSC with a sense of confidence and community. 

The Doctoral Summer Bridge program aims to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Build community, 

  • Prepare for their new academic setting and research, 

  • Familiarize with campus resources,

  • Get introduced to faculty, staff, and resources on campus.

Please visit the GANAS Graduate Pathways page to learn more about the grant supporting this program.

*Please note that unfortunately, we are unable to accept international and/or undocumented graduate student applications at this time due to the nature of the funding source.

Any and all questions regarding the GANAS doctoral summer bridge program can be directed to the GANAS Graduate Services Counselor Angel Dominguez,


Participant applications are due by June 19, 2022.

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