UC Berkeley has a history of embracing diversity. The Center of Computational Biology has taken numerous steps to bolster our diversity recruitment and retention. The CCB PhD Program at UC Berkeley seeks to recruit and train the best computational biologists, including historically underrepresented students. We see a direct connection between diversity and excellence, and make it priority to recruit and meet with students from historically underrepresented backgrounds by participating in annual conferences such as ABRCMS and SACNAS. Each year we send our current students and staff to table at these diversity outreach events and to meet and talk with prospective students who are interested in the field.