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Learning and Development

The mission of Learning and Development (L&D) is to strengthen the division's ability to deliver exceptional service to students,  parents, customers, and guests by developing an engaged, high-performance workforce. Learning and Development realizes this mission by providing leading-edge learning and development solutions that are aligned with the Student Affairs mission and values, customized to meet individual needs, and integrated to achieve organizational goals.

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Learning and Development Department Launched

The newly formed Learning and Development department began in June 2012 from a common-good initiative created by the Student Affairs Executive Team. In addition to its manager, L&D hired two new career staff members, as well as two student staff, and began to develop its structure.  With a new team and a lot of demand, L&D began to respond to divisional initiatives and needs. L&D led the development of Student Affairs performance management training, developed a quarterly performance review structure, created a divisional onboarding program, developed a new website and lead many other learning and development initiatives within the Division.

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Learning and Development Hosts the Fourth Annual Stay Day Conference

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Learning and Development hosted the fourth annual Stay Day Conference at Clark Kerr Campus Conference Center. Stay Day is a one-day event that engages student services professionals across campus in a collective conversation about the evolving needs of our students through a series of interactive sessions. Since its inception in 2009, Stay Day has doubled in size from 150 participants to 300, with a waiting list of more than 70.  Staff and faculty across campus contributed greatly to this event by facilitating six student experience panels, seven roundtable discussions, 12 workshops, an Interactive Theater Program presentation, and 14 poster sessions related to the student experience and the theme of “We are Berkeley.”  Read more

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Student Affairs Fellows Enhance the Student Experience  

Learning and Development worked in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to sponsor four Student Affairs Fellowships in 2012-13. The Fellows (Mónica Reynoso, Roxanne Llamas-Villaluz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Shannell Thomas) gained valuable professional development experience while providing services to enhance the student experience. Paired with senior campus leaders, Assistant Dean of Students Akirah Bradley and EOP Director Fabrizio Mejia, the Fellows developed new skills and knowledge, gained personal and professional insights, and built relationships across campus departments. Read more

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Student Affairs Onboarding: Go Forth, Go Bears

Go Forth, Go Bears (GFGB) helps new employees understand the Division of Student Affairs and the long history and culture of the University of California, Berkeley, as well as its financial future. This interactive three-session series gives new employees and their supervisors a chance to hear directly from Student Affairs executives and other campus leaders. Student Affairs executives welcome new employees at the first session by framing the bright spots of the division, as well as how to be successful. In the second session, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Erin Gore articulates the financial health of UC Berkeley in a easy-to-understand, practical approach that she delivers with humor and compassion. In the final session, Vice Provost of Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning, and Facilities Catherine P. Koshland shares her insights into the culture of  Berkeley. Understanding Berkeley's organizational culture helps new employees see their unique contribution to the overall success of the university.

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Student Affairs Senior Leader Onboarding

The Division of Student Affairs and the executive team have envisioned a comprehensive onboarding approach to the University of California, Berkeley, where nuanced opportunities and challenges for senior leaders will be more fully revealed. The goal of this program is to smoothly and effectively transition Student Affairs senior leaders into their roles. Newly hired leaders will learn from those who have already successfully navigated this organization, as well as experts in the field. The Senior Leader Onboarding Program has five main components: 1) Understanding the Qualities of a Student Affairs Leader, 2) Goal Development and Alignment, 3) Networking: Student Affairs Leader Qualities and Operational Success, 4) Coaching, and 5) Leadership Effectiveness Assessment.

Additional Highlights

  • The Learning and Development team was certified in Promises, Promises, a team-building training that helps organizations achieve individual, team, and organizational goals through trust building, open communication, and common purpose.

  • Learning and Development Director Lance Page received an Excellence in Management Award from the Berkeley Staff Assembly. "In the Division of Student Affairs, as we move forward with our strategic planning initiatives (The Dream Big Campaign), Lance has been a key figure and instrumental in leading many efforts. We admire his ability to see situations positively and ask for diverse input. He truly embodies and ensures that all of us are forward-thinking in our approach to employee engagement; consultation with departments; and creating intentional, positive networking opportunities for staff. Finally, the glass is always half full and completely full of humor and fun when Lance is involved."

  • The Stay Day Planning Team received a Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award for 2013.