Dean of Students

 


It's On Us Campaign

Dean of Students Immediate Office

 

The Dean of Students developed and enhanced several approaches to providing resources to students who have experienced violence. In January 2014, the Violence Prevention Collaborative launched the "It's On Us" campaign, featuring lamp-post banners, posters throughout campus buildings, and a social media campaign. The Care Advocate Office was launched in the fall of 2014 to provide resources, education, and advocacy around sexual violence. The Care Advocate Office now has both a director and additional advocate to manage the burgeoning caseload — more than 100 individuals seeking resources in six months alone. The Bears that Care bystander intervention program facilitated nearly 40 workshops reaching 1,500 students and staff, resulting in high levels of participant preparedness. Additionally, Student Legal Services provided counsel to students who have had to deal with violence or threats, articulating legal rights and protections that may help eliminate their exposure to violence (through obtaining a restraining order, for example) or to seek legal remedies. 

Lower Sproul

ASUC Student Union 

 

The ASUC Student Union is preparing to open the renovated MLK building and newly constructed Eshleman Hall in Lower Sproul Plaza. In collaboration with students, staff, Board of Directors, and campus partners, contracts have been signed with BBA (Cal Student Store) and with Chartwells, who will introduce four new food concepts: House of Pi pizza, Asado Latin cuisine, True Blue burgers, and Root 150 locally grown fare. A re-imagined Bear’s Lair will also be returning to Eshleman. With momentum for the new Student Union opening, over 1,000 student organizations have registered and participated in over 50 programs through the LEAD Center in the last year. Finally, the Student Union debuted a new logo, branding, and social media campaign designed to build excitement for the grand opening with the theme “Define your space.”

Career Center

Career Center 

 

The recent Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness survey reported that career concerns are the leading source of anxiety among Berkeley grad students. This past year, Career Center PhD counselors conducted over 500 one-on-one counseling appointments with current grad students, and worked with campus units and graduate student groups to deliver nearly 50 programs and workshops with over 2,000 attendees. To meet rising demand for more information and guidance around the pursuit of careers, the Career Center has a portfolio of new programming that leverages new tools, such as LinkedIn and the Versatile PhD, and provides entrée to PhDs already working in in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors through collaborative initiatives such as the PhD Career Colloquium and the two-day Beyond Academia conference.

Student Conduct

Public Service Center

 

In 2014-2015, the Public Service Center engaged 175 student leaders to work with approximately 4,000 students, who contributed 200,000 hours of service to our communities. We successfully increased access to these transformational service opportunities to historically underrepresented students. Last year the Public Service Center awarded $73,900 in need-based scholarships through the Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program. These scholarships support undergraduate students who demonstrate a significant commitment to service. As an example, one of our recipients grew up in the Central Valley and experienced the struggles of farm working families and the educational barriers that exist in rural communities. Her experience led her to pursue a leadership role with the Alternative Breaks program, where she led other students on an education and service trip to the Central Valley, which focused on the economic, social, and political realities of farm working families.

CalSO

New Student Services

 

More than 5,500 new students — within their first week on campus — took a Bear Pact and became active participants in managing the dangers of sexual violence and harassment, mental-health problems, and alcohol abuse. Bear Pact was offered as a part of New Student Services’ Getting Your Bearings events, in conjunction with educators from the Tang Center who conducted the presentation. In addition to Bear Pact, Getting Your Bearings offerings included 353 events (with 224 hosts), along with 4,000 downloads of its Guidebook. Cal Student Orientation (CalSO), the other NSS bellwether event, saw an increase in both student and guest attendance. Of the 2014-15 entering students, 6,682, or 78 percent, attended CalSO, in addition to 1,379 guests. 

Public Service Center

Center for Student Conduct

 

The Center for Student Conduct managed 959 total conduct cases in the last fiscal year. The Center faced an urgent need to help the campus address and respond to sexual assault and misconduct, handling a four percent increase (47 to 49) in the number of sexual misconduct incidents they responded to in FY 2014-15, and a 31 percent increase (13 to 17) in the number of sexual misconduct incidents that became student conduct cases. These cases, which have increased in both numbers reported and the need for adjudication, are complex  compared to other cases the Center manages, and require a much higher level of engagement. As part of the Center’s response in this area, it has played a strong role in the campus response toClery Act, Office of Civil Rights, and state-level audits. Center Director, Hallie Hunt, was also a member of UCOP president Janet Napolitano’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault.