Session I: 10:15am - 11:30am
Non Traditional Student Success: Inclusion + Engagement = Transformation
Student Experience Panel
Ron Williams, Transfer, Re-Entry, & Student Parent Center
Nontraditional students do as much to add depth and breadth to the undergraduate student community, and often encompass layers of connection to populations historically underserved in higher education. Is it their resilience that fuels their success? Is it that they’re goal-oriented? Do campus programs and services really make a difference? This panel will feature several students who came to Berkeley from an array of pathways to discuss balancing life with academics, the areas where we best support them, and those in which we require improvement.
Understanding the Stressors of Asian American Pacific Islander Students (AA/PI) at Cal: A Comprehensive Program for Identifying and Addressing Mental Health Needs
Paige A. Lee, Ph.D., Sue Bell, Ph.D., & Lillian Chiang, Ph.D., Counseling & Psychological Services
Asian American/Pacific Islanders (AA/PI) comprise approximately 35% of the undergraduate and graduate student population at Berkeley. The perception is that this is a high achieving and successful group. However, research shows that AA/PI students are vulnerable to stressors with cultural complexities that can negatively impact their mental health and wellbeing. How do we assist AA/PI students who are in distress and better understand their perspectives on what constitutes success?
Mental Health - A Shared Community Issue
Room 104Aaron Cohen, Counseling & Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) is committed to decrease stigma, increase access and increase understanding of mental health issues by students, staff and faculty. With increasing numbers of students on campus with depression and other mental health issues, it is important for faculty and staff to know when to be concerned and what to do. This session will focus on CPS’s new on-line trainings for the campus community. We will view a brief on-line Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention Training as well as discuss other training projects CPS is planning to produce. Participants will actively engage in discussions around the campus mental health awareness needs.
Say Yes to the Friend Request: Using Technology and Investing in Undergrads to Increase Your Impact
Avisha Chugani & Fabrizio Mejia, Student Life Advising Services/Educational Opportunity Program (SLAS/EOP)
While the challenges that low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented undergraduates endure have never been greater, SLAS/EOP fights for it’s very existence. By investing in students, building a “new media” (Facebook/YouTube/Twitter) infrastructure, and promoting community, SLAS/EOP has grown programs, expanded our scope, and increased the volume of students served in spite of the budget crisis. Our interactive multimedia workshop will discuss how to leverage technology and student capital to maximize your program’s impact using minimal resources.
Why Toast Is Sexy: Understanding Personal Bias in Leadership
Zackary Hull & Brandon Tsubaki, Center for Student Leadership
You’ll never look at toast the same. Find out why leaving your personal life at home just doesn’t work. This interactive session will explore personal biases in thoughts, words, and actions. Participants will learn how explicit and discrete biases impact relationships and leadership. *Explicit and offensive language may be explored as part of the session.
Five Measures of Student Success at UC Berkeley
Gregg Thomson & Sereeta Alexander, Office of Student Research and Campus Surveys
Record high retention and graduation rates and average UC GPA are all global indicators of undergraduate student success at UC Berkeley. But there are many more specific aspects of student success. With statistics drawn from both institutional and UCUES survey data, we take a look at five of these. First, most freshmen do well academically in their first year at Cal, but a number of freshmen take a real nosedive. Who are these students and what happens to them? Second, more than ninety percent of Cal students graduate. Who are the students that do not graduate and why? Third, it is one thing to have a “good” GPA and another thing to be satisfied with that GPA. What does dissatisfaction with one’s GPA tell us about students’ perceptions of their own success? Fourth, students can be apparently successful at Cal but would not enroll at Cal if they could do it over again. Who are these students and what does this suggest about the meaning of student success? Finally, what do undergraduates report in terms of stress and depression and how might this relate to student success at Cal? We ask session participants for their help in understanding our statistics and their implications for Student Services.
Native American Student Panel
Student Experience Panel
Executive Dining Room
Maria Padilla, Campus Climate and Compliance
Panelists: Kayla Rae Carpenter, Graduate student and Michael Preston, Undergraduate student
A unique and rare opportunity to listen to and learn directly from Cal student and staff representatives of an extraordinarily diverse people known collectively as Native Americans. When Christopher Columbus reached the "new world" in 1492 he met people unknown to Europeans. Thinking he had reached the Indies
, he called them “Indians”. This is only one of many mistakes, misunderstandings and misconceptions that persist today to speak about "American Indians" as though they are only one people. Relationships between Natives and non-natives has been troubled over time and many of our darkest hours as a nation were born in the suffering of people whose ancestors thrived here long before the European explorers arrived. Nevertheless, Indians have survived their long ordeal and have retained their traditional culture and the legacy that defines them. Indians today straddle two societies yet maintain pride in their traditions as they build a professional class and experience a cultural resurgence that continues to intrigue the American public.