Dean of Students
ASUC Student Union Has New Name and Charter; New Home on its Way
The ASUC Student Union (the Berkeley Art Studio, Event Services, the LEAD Center, and Facility and Fiscal Administration) participated in writing a new charter document signed by the Chancellor and the ASUC President that officially changed the organization’s name from the ASUC Auxiliary to the ASUC Student Union. The new charter expands the group’s scope and charge to more fully reflect its duties as the campus student union, which is currently under construction and slated to open in fall 2015.
Students Get Credit for Summer Internships, Thanks to the Career Center
In addition to its ongoing work of researching employment trends and promoting Berkeley students, the Career Center developed significant partnerships with several graduate student organizations to deliver major career events; attracted a record number of employers and revenue for its “Berkeley Circle” VIP program; developed a Memorandum of Understanding with UC Berkeley Extension to provide resources to 800 first-semester freshmen; launched a successful medical school review tool; and, with Summer Sessions, created an academic mechanism for students to earn credit for their summer internships.
Center for Student Conduct Streamlines Handling of Sexual Misconduct Cases
The Center for Student Conduct created an Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy that: a) brings the adjudication of these complex cases into compliance with new federal guidance and legislation; b) streamlines the handling of these cases; and c) grants sexual misconduct survivors equal rights to case information, appeals, and support/assistance within the conduct process.
Joseph Greenwell Named Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean Of Students
Joseph Greenwell began his tenure as UC Berkeley’s new Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students in May 2014. He earned his M.A. in Higher Education and B.A. in Music degrees at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and previously held student services positions at San Francisco State University, Stanford University, Colgate University, and Vanderbilt University. He has taught courses at both Stanford and Colgate. Joseph is responsible for the Dean of Students Immediate Office, ASUC Student Union, the Career Center, Center for Student Conduct, New Student Services, Public Service Center, and Student Legal Services.
New Student Services Overhauls Cal Student Orientation (CalSO)
New Student Services implemented programmatic overhauls to Cal Student Orientation (CalSO) to empower students to succeed and ease their transition to life at Berkeley. The Golden Bear Express initiative provides charter buses from and to Los Angeles for incoming fall 2014 Pell Grant-eligible students and their families so that they can attend CalSO events on campus. In partnership with the university’s Advising Council and all undergraduate colleges’ advising offices, all students attending CalSO will have individualized advising with academic advisors from their intended colleges.
Public Service Center Launches Research Justice Symposium
The Public Service Center held the first Research Justice Symposium in April 2014, as part of its partnership with the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) program; the symposium featured 40 workshops and engaged 100 students, faculty, and community partners in dialogue about university-community partnerships, focusing on how this work can support movements for social justice. The Center also distributed more than $500,000 in student scholarships, work-study funding, AmeriCorps awards, and stipends to students with financial need from low-income backgrounds, enabling them to participate in service; engaged 4,500 students in more than 200,000 hours of service; and launched five new courses through the ACES program.
ASUC Student Union
- The ASUC Student Union has, in the past year, had several employees retire from the organization with years of service reaching into the two- and three-decades range, demonstrating their loyalty and dedication to the organization.
- Many staff members won awards this past year, including Katherine Walsh, who received a Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award; Katelyn Nomura-Weingrow and Jamie Riley, who each received an Achievement Award; and Monica Duran, Kelly Lough, Jeff Woods, Marissa Reynosso, Millicent Morris-Chaney, Amanda Ridel, Chris Wong, Rob Jittrikawiphol, Vivi Nordahl, Gabby McGrath, and John Scroggs, who each received a Spot Award.
- Kelsey Finn co-hosted a highly successful national conference for Student Union tradespeople.
- Cal Debate coaches took their team to some of the toughest tournaments of the year and won a spot at the National Debate Tournament (the “Super Bowl” of intercollegiate debate), where they won three of the debates.
- The Career Ladders program received an honorable mention as one of the “most innovative programs” by the National Association of College and Employers.
- Andrew Green and Debra Behrens, Ph.D. counselors, were invited speakers/participants at several major national scientific conferences, including the Experimental Biology Conference (14,000+ attendees); the American Society of Human Genetics Conference; the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference; and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the largest professional development conference for students from underrepresented groups interested in pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
- Andrew Green and Debra Behrens also gave invited presentations at the first UC-wide The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work Conference (supported by the Mellon Foundation); the Career Development Initiative in the Physical Sciences series; and this year’s two-day Beyond Academia Conference, which was mentioned in the New York Times. In addition, Debra Behrens presented at the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance Conference.
- Manisha Lakhotia and Anna Carideo presented at the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Conference.
- Sarah Bang, Sarah Backes-Diaz, and Dinorah Meyer presented at the National Career Development Association Conference.
- Achievement Award: Santina Pitcher, for creating a new staff organization on campus, the Berkeley Peer Advisor Network, that provides information and support to peer advisors across campus, as well as their supervisors.
- Spot Awards: Santina Pitcher for outstanding service to the College of Engineering; Sharron O'Connor and Janet White for team leadership for the inaugural CareerFest for the College of Letters and Science.
- Career Counselor Sharron O'Connor developed a career series to contribute to a new campus initiative, the UC Berkeley Center for STEM Innovation, Leadership, and Diversity; the series reaches out to highly qualified, low-income, diverse students preparing for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Nancy McFarland presented a workshop at the annual NACElink Symposium in Washington, D.C.
Center for Student Conduct
- Hallie Hunt, Director and Assistant Dean of Students, received an Achievement Award for her work related to the state audit. She also has been recently named to President Janet Napolitano’s Title IX working group and chairs the policy subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Enterprise Risk Committee on Title IX. She is completing a certificate program in Higher Education Law and Policy hosted by NASPA and Stetson Law School.
- Erin Niebylski, Assistant Director, serves as the California State Representative for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA). Erin collaborated with Maria Jaochico to facilitate a session on restorative justice at the Sigma Phi Epsilon regional leadership retreat.
- Maria Jaochico, Senior Student Conduct Specialist, collaborated with the LEAD Center to create the first ever Greek Peer Review Board to better streamline the work that the LEAD Center does and to move the Greek system toward a values-based community that holds their peers accountable.
- Becca Lopez, Student Conduct Specialist, presented on Bias Incident Response Teams at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) national conference.
- Terrance Range, former Student Conduct Specialist, led a strong collaboration with Intercollegiate Athletics to create marketing materials and presentations for students.
Dean of Students Immediate Office
- More than 260 students facing acute challenges that might impact their safety and/or ability to stay in school were referred to the Students of Concern Committee of the Berkeley Cares Unit.
- Akirah Bradley was among staff honored by Intercollegiate Athletics as a tremendous partner in providing Bears That Care bystander awareness training to student athletes. In addition, Akirah was accepted into the Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL), Ed.D Program at the University of California, Davis.
- David Surratt completed a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and was the student commencement speaker for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development during the George Washington University graduation events.
New Student Services
- New Student Services registered 7,148 participants to attend Cal Student Orientation (CalSO) for summer 2014. This includes 5,918 first-year students and 1,230 parents and guests.
- Chrissy Roth-Francis successfully graduated in May 2013 with a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Public Service Center
- Suzan Akin, Interim Assistant Director, presented at the Association of American College and Universities (AACU) Conference on the innovative model for the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Program.
- Sunshine Oey, Immersion Programs Manager, earned a Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award. She also presented work based on our support from the Shinnyo-en Foundation at Utah Campus Compact and work based on our support from the Lingnan Foundation at the Student Impact conference in Indiana (the latter with a Center alum now working in the service-learning field at Northeastern University).
- Carrie Donovan, K-14 Programs Manager, earned a Spot Award for creative storytelling on the Public Service Center website by presenting alumni, student, and community partner stories about collaborative success.
Student Legal Services
- More than 850 legal consultations were facilitated by Student Legal Services (staffed by just one staff person/lawyer, Mark Lucia). Typical issues have included landlord/tenant issues, police citations, small claims court actions, consumer fraud, family law, and personal injury.
- Mark Lucia was honored for his outstanding service as Chair of the University Student Legal Services Association, Western Region, in recognition of: 1) Growing Student Legal Services at UC Berkeley over a period of six years; 2) Leadership in assessment and the model for national standards; 3) Leading the peer review process for the University of Colorado, Boulder, and UCLA’s Student Legal Services offices; and 4) Helping grow the Student Legal Services professional association to more than 30 participating universities.