Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Harry Le Grande, Vice Chancellor of Student AffairsWe work to ensure our students are recruited, enrolled, and retained; they are fed and housed; their registration transactions processed; they are offered career, leadership, service, and personal development opportunities. Our strategic priorities of Access, Service, and Engagement guide us as we strive to deliver services and programs that match the talent and potential of our students. View our video that tells the larger story of all we do—together.

My thanks to a dedicated and diverse staff for continuing to educate and serve students, in small and big ways, publicly and behind the scenes.

Congratulations on another successful year, and thanks in advance for your continued efforts in 2013-14.

My deepest appreciation to each of you,
Harry Le Grande
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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Vice Chancellor Le Grande Confirmed to California Student Aid Commission

Vice Chancellor Harry Le Grande was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Student Aid Commission in 2013. The California Student Aid Commission is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools in California. The Commission provides financial aid policy analysis and leadership in partnership with California's colleges, universities, financial institutions, and financial aid associations. As a commissioner, Vice Chancellor Le Grande will help make higher education financially accessible to all Californians. Read more | CA Student Aid Commission

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Student Affairs Embarks on “Dream Big” Strategic Planning Initiative

The Division of Student Affairs has taken a long-term, thoughtful approach to its strategic planning this year. Instead of looking only at the next three to five years, the division is embarking on a multiyear process to prepare to meet the needs of the future. The "Dream Big" strategic planning initiative sets ambitious goals that may take 10 to 30 years to achieve; it will  also include elements that will have an immediate impact on both students and staff. This strategic planning process spans the entire division, with an approach of high involvement and participation among many stakeholders both in and out of Student Affairs.

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Student Affairs Communications Department Launched

The Division of Student Affairs Executive Team launched the first communications department for the division, hiring a new communications director, Ellen Topp, in March 2013. Over the course of a year, the new department will integrate communicators throughout the division into a single department to ensure a cohesive and consistent communications experience for students and staff.  In just under three months, the Student Affairs Communications Department has initiated a student-focused redesign of the Student Affairs website, begun more frequent staff communications, and created an introductory video to the Division of Student Affairs.  View video

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Student Affairs Adopts Proactive Financial Strategy; Puts Cal Planning Into Practice

The Division of Student Affairs has adopted a proactive approach to managing resources, which includes being more strategic about allocating resources, looking for new revenue opportunities, and considering the entire resource base, including reserves, to support critical investment needs. Using the new campuswide budgeting tool, CalPlanning, helps to achieve this strategy. CalPlanning allows for comprehensive and consistent budgeting across the university, and while CalPlanning requires a significant level of detail, Student Affairs was able to meet the challenge and provide a clear, comprehensive report to the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance as part of the fiscal year 2013-14 budget. CalPlanning helps the division get more accurate reports to allow better alignment of  resources to strategy, and will enable multiyear, strategic decision-making. Read more

Additional Highlights

  • In February 2013, Vice Chancellor Le Grande presented at the Saudi Arabia Rectors Conference. This is the first time UC Berkeley's Division of Student Affairs was represented at this conference.
  • The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program brings Sub-Saharan African students to UC Berkeley. Read more
  • Vice Chancellor Le Grande was selected to chair the UC systemwide Council of Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs.
  • Vice Chancellor Le Grande presented at the 2013 NASPA Conference. NASPA is the leading worldwide organization for the student affairs profession.
  • In July 2012 Vice Chancellor Le Grande accompanied students to Israel for the Olive Tree Initiative. The Olive Tree Initiative aims to promote dialogue and discussion about the Israeli-Arab conflict.
  • In February 2013, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Felicia Lee served as the team lead for the external review process for multicultural student services at Brown University.
  • AVC and Chief of Staff Lee was invited to and submitted a case response for an upcoming book, Executive Transitions in Student Affairs, scheduled for publication in 2014.
  • Sabina Garcia was a recipient of the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for 2013 for her role in planning Stay Day.

Development Office of Student Affairs

The Development Office of Student Affairs (DOSA) works to secure private funds through individual, corporate, and foundation donors in support of UC Berkeley students.  Through annual, major and planned gifts; alumni and donor relations; communications; corporate and foundation relations; database management and research; and gifts and records processing, the office successfully advances multiple Berkeley scholarship and student service programs. The office's budget also supports the Incentive Awards Program, which is a unique outreach, scholarship, and recruitment initiative within the division. DOSA developed and recommended strategic fundraising plans for the Berkeley Middle Class Access Plan and the Incentive Awards Program.

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Financial Aid Long-Term Goal: Undergraduates to Graduate With No Debt

Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO) leadership has engaged with campus stakeholders on approaches to controlling or eliminating student debt and has strategized with multiple faculty committees, including the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Honors, and Financial Aid (CUSHFA); the Coordination Board; and the Gimlet Group. FASO has also partnered with the Development Office of Student Affairs (DOSA) on fundraising strategies and the engagement of donors to actively reduce student debt at UC Berkeley. FASO is part of the national conversation on student debt with the National Direct Student Loan Coalition (NDSLC), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and representatives of Congress.

Residential Computing: Gaining Technology Skills and Lifelong Connections 

Student Affairs Information Technology (SAIT) is partnering with the Development Office of Student Affairs (DOSA) to formalize and strengthen affinity groups and expand participation in Residential Computing (ResComp) Alumni. The aim is to expand and make more visible the SAIT student technology leadership model and to actively engage student government leaders, the Student Technology Council, and student advisory bodies in the rollout and design of new student information systems.  By furthering students' technology skills and leadership abilities, and actively engaging ResComp alumni in the technology sector to develop professional internships and to recruit students for technology careers at their companies, SAIT and DOSA are helping students join a strong professional network that has lifelong connections.  Read more

Independent Hearing Officer

The Independent Hearing Officer (IHO) supports the work of those seeking to ensure we have a safe campus community. The IHO is responsible for managing the Student Conduct hearing process at Berkeley. The IHO balances the goals of holding accountable students who violate the Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct with ensuring that these students are afforded their due process rights. The IHO accomplishes these goals by training members of the Committee for Student Conduct, composed of faculty, staff, and students, to be familiar with the hearing process, and by facilitating all Student Conduct hearings in accordance with the Code.

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Independent Hearing Officer Fosters Shared Community Values

The work of the Independent Hearing Officer (IHO) is unique in providing opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage in enforcing shared community values. In the first year, the IHO trained 53 faculty, staff, and students to serve as panelists. By attending trainings and serving on panels set up by the IHO, faculty and staff gain valuable opportunities to interact with students on a level playing field in a way that fosters community building. Providing due process to students charged in the Student Conduct hearing process ensures equity and access to fairness. Panel members have numerous opportunities to weigh in on the question of what shapes Berkeley's shared community values. Because many stakeholders contribute to this conversation, it promotes excellence and the opportunity to learn from one another.

  • IHO offers a rich opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage in valuable service to the university that has significance. Participating in the conduct process as a panel member also creates a sense of ownership of our community standards. In addition to providing an opportunity to engage as panel members, the IHO creates an opportunity for charged students to learn to advocate for themselves and foster their development as individuals willing to be held accountable for their choices while at UC Berkeley and after graduation.
  • In collaboration with the Center for Student Conduct and the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, the IHO provided the first annual panel member training to address Title IX requirements, thus bringing UC Berkeley into compliance with recent guidelines issued from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
  • Developed positive relations and collaborations with the Center for Student Conduct and the Students Advocate's Office.

Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees

The mission of the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees is to provide an informal dispute resolution process in which the Ombudsperson advocates for fairness, justice, respect for differences, and reasonable solutions to student and postdoctoral issues and concerns. The Ombuds Office also serves as an alert mechanism for systemic change on campus. The Ombuds Office can be a student's first step, last resort, or anything in between, as the student receives assistance sorting through a campus-related conflict or concern. The Ombudsperson will listen to the student's concerns, serve as a sounding board, discuss options, help provide a new perspective, and determine the next steps to take.

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Ombuds Office Expands Outreach 20 Percent

To date, the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees has seen a 20 percent increase in its caseload from last year. Eleven percent of the students we served were of African American/Black descent, which is a four percent increase from last year and eight percent above the campus population. Through marketing and outreach efforts, the office reached out to more than 800 campus departments and organizations. Ombuds Office

Here are some quotes from students who have used Ombuds Office services:

  • "I'm so glad I was able to utilize the Ombudsperson. She was a fantastic guidance entity and really knew all my options. My situation was very personal but the Ombudsperson helped me deal with the situation appropriately."
  • "Thank you so much for communicating on my behalf with the heads of departments when my schedule did not allow me to do so at the time. This allowed me to meet them and to eventually alleviate my problem. Thank you!"
  • "I'm very appreciative of these services for conflict resolution. . ."