Dean of Students

 


   
Dean of Students

Dean of Students Immediate Office

 

The Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Office launched a new website with the goals of reflecting the mission of the office, serving as a central starting point for students and the campus community to locate resources, and informing everyone about the amazing programs and services that can be found on campus. The site, branded under UC Berkeley guidelines; includes thoughtful design, image, and content choices to show the AVC/Dean of Students office as friendly, approachable, and helpful. The site represents a collaborative effort between AVC/Dean of Students staff, student leaders, campus partners and included valuable input from both undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Confidential CARE Office

In 2015-2016, over 12,000 individuals (primarily students) received prevention education from the Confidential CARE Office. These sessions were made possible by successful collaborations between the CARE Office and many campus departments, student organizations, and faculty members. In terms of direct support, Confidential CARE Advocates served 375 individuals and provided support for eight healing initiatives that reached 200 people. The Confidential CARE Office has grown in fiscal year 2015-16 from having a director to including two additional Confidential CARE Advocates. The office also welcomed a new Assistant Director for Prevention, (in partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and University Health Services) who focuses on reducing and eliminating gendered, sexual, and relationship violence on campus.

 

 
Lower Sproul

ASUC Student Union

 

The ASUC Student Union opened this fall, as part of a 10-year, $223 million project that included a complete overhaul of Eshleman Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and Lower Sproul Plaza. The renovated Student Union creates a student-focused space that includes places to study, socialize, attend meetings, buy books and Cal gear and pick up Amazon orders. Student can also take advantage of new espresso shops, four new dining options, an upgraded Bear’s Lair pub and two concierge desks. Eshleman Hall, originally built in 1963, now features room for more than 50 student organizations, seven student recruitment and retention centers, ASUC and Graduate Assembly offices, ASUC LEAD Center advisers and ASUC Senate chambers. The redesigned complex represents a collaborative effort between students, staff, Board of Directors, and campus partners. “This building has come to life because it’s been student leaders in the ASUC as well as the graduate assembly, working with staff members, as well as faculty administration,” said Lavanya Jawaharlal, ASUC executive vice president.

 

 
Career Center

Career Center

 

Working closely with Cal Alumni Association, student organizations, and campus departments, the Career Center created a networking event series, Career Connections, which brings together students and alumni for casual networking on and off campus. In its inaugural year, 1,467 students were successfully connected to 317 alumni and professionals at 21 networking events based on career field, with a special focus in liberal arts. Students achieved Career Connections, Career Competitiveness, and Career Clarity, “The 3 C’s,” by considering job and internship options in diverse fields. Students feel most connected to those who’ve been in their shoes, and the Career Center is a catalyst for shaping students to be more competitive earlier and creating relationships that ultimately lead to more employment opportunities.

 

 
Student Conduct

Public Service Center

 

In 2015-16, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) was a highlight of the year’s Public Service Center (PSC) events. The PSC partnered with the Blum Center to support the campus in planning a comprehensive one-day service event in Oakland, where over 1,200 students worked alongside community groups to, among other services, plant trees, organize libraries, and design and paint murals. Former President Clinton told students at the day of action, “Change begins one person, one place, one community at a time.” In addition, the PSC launched its math mentoring program, designed to improve common core math skills. The new program is a companion to the PSC’s effective reading mentoring program, and engaged 20 Berkeley students as mentors for 115 middle school students at two different Berkeley sites, providing more than 800 mentoring sessions. The CGIU and mentoring programs represent what is at the heart of the PSC and Berkeley campus culture: inspiration, cooperation, and commitment to action.

 

 
New Student Services

New Student Services

 

The focus is on the future, with a Golden Bear Orientation that will bring in all new students at one time and create an inclusive, equitable atmosphere. As part of the university’s Undergraduate Initiative and Student Affairs’ Go Big Strategic Planning efforts, emphasis shone on enhancing the undergraduate student experience and creating a culture of belonging and community among all campus community members. Given this emphasis, the decision was made to fundamentally change the way New Student Services and the campus welcomes its new undergraduates to UC Berkeley. Beginning in fall of 2017, NSS will host one comprehensive and lengthy orientation for incoming students shortly before the start of classes as opposed to the CalSO sessions during the summer. This approach, called Golden Bear Orientation, will provide many benefits to our new students, including large-scale, university-wide programming that will foster students’ sense of belonging and community to the greater campus community.

 

 
Center for Student Conduct

Center for Student Conduct

 

The Center for Student Conduct managed 778 total conduct cases between January 1 and December 31, 2015, and 350 cases from January 1 through May 31, 2016. The Center continued to face an urgent need to help the campus address and respond to sexual misconduct, handling 22 sexual misconduct cases in 2015, and an additional 16 cases from January through May, 2016. These cases, which have continued to increase 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 played a strong role in the campus response to Clery Act, Office of Civil Rights, and state-level audits. Lastly, the Center is preparing to hire new staff to help manage the increased caseload, aligned with UC systemwide efforts to combat sexual violence and sexual harassment.

 

 
Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services

 

This past year, Student Legal Services (SLS) approached nearly 1,000 student consultation sessions, its most ever, while continuing to serve low-income and underrepresented students in much higher percentages than their representation on campus (in some cases, more than double). In the SLS 2015–16 assessment survey, 98 percent of SLS clients felt that SLS is a worthwhile and beneficial service. More than 80 percent of students who were distracted from their studies or considering leaving school due to their legal issue agreed that the assistance they received from SLS improved their ability to stay in school. Roughly one-third of SLS clients reported recovering money with the help of SLS that they would not otherwise have recovered, with the mean and median recovery amounts typically in the range of $1,000 to $1,500.