Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Student Affairs is the gateway to all aspects of the student experience. From recruiting and enrolling; to feeding and housing; to leadership and development opportunities­­­­­­­--we put Berkeley's students first.

We pride ourselves on our culture of care and the services we provide to students throughout their university journey. Our commitment to access, service, and engagement is helping to shape the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

Congratulations on another successful year. Go Bears!

Harry Le Grande
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Student Affairs Strategic Planning Initiative Sets Two-Year Goals

After 18 months of intensive review by engaging multiple stakeholders, conducting rigorous data analysis, and soliciting internal and external feedback on the initial findings, the divisional Strategic Planning Initiative will be pursuing two Dream Big goals. Student Affairs will collectively harness our talents and focus to ensure that 1) students have a sense of belonging and community, and 2) staff experience a cohesive and supportive culture. Over the next two years, each department will actively participate in translating these concepts into tangible and measurable programs and services to transform the Student Affairs experience for students and staff.

Finance Team

Finance and Administration Streamlines, Joins Metrics Project 

Finance and Administration integrated all finance functions into a single office with the goal of providing timely and accurate financial analysis to support divisional decision-making and strategic planning. The office also joined the Strategic Planning and Metrics Project pilot group to develop a framework for Student Affairs to measure progress toward divisional strategic goals.

Student Affairs Communications

Marketing by Student Affairs Communications Gives Students Holistic View 

By conducting extensive research and focus groups, the Student Affairs Communications team developed targeted, student-directed communications across multiple channels—such as a new acceptance packet that changed a student’s mind about coming to Berkeley. The overall theme that emerged was the need for connection. In addition to the acceptance packet, six new brochures create a cohesive grouping of information for prospective students on topics including admission, financial aid, housing, and diversity (African American, Chican@/Latin@, and Native American).



Local, National Media Feature Lawrence Hall of Science Research

In 2013-14, student scientists in Lawrence Hall of Science's East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) conducted research that was reported in local and national media. In one study, EBAYS students discovered unnaturally high levels of nitrates and E.coli in a creek that meanders through residential sections of East Oakland. EBAYS students also discovered extremely high particulate matter concentration levels at an underground BART station. In addition, in 2014, more than 400 volunteers—teens, UC Berkeley students, alumni, and others—contributed 19,000 hours of work to the Lawrence Hall of Science's public science center.  

Learning & Development

Learning and Development Launches New Model, New Programs

Learning and Development launched several new organizational strategies aimed at creating more effective employee engagement and student satisfaction, including an employee team-building and organizational consulting model that builds organizational capacity to achieve culture and service goals at the same time; a front line leader onboarding program, designed to bring new mid-level leaders into the organization with the necessary performance management skills and knowledge of Student Affairs culture; and Drive your Career, a one-day  program that helps employees identify and plan toward the right career fit for their skills and interests. 


Getting the Word Out About the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdocs

In addition to participating in divisional initiatives, such as Stay Day, CONNECT, Thanks to You, and the Strategic Planning Initiative, the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdocs increased its marketing, outreach, and trainings. The number of outreach presentations tripled, and the office delivered five times more trainings for departments than the previous year. The office’s caseload increased by 16 percent from 2012-13, and a quarter of all cases resulted in facilitated resolution.  


Student Affairs Philanthropy Boosts Funds for Undergrad Scholarships by 40 Percent

Student Affairs Philanthropy increased dollars raised for the Berkeley Undergraduate Fund, as well as for the Cal Opportunity, Incentive Awards, and Regents' and Chancellor's Scholarship Programs, by nearly 40 percent, and leveraged matching programs to secure an additional $450,000 for undergraduate scholarships. Three new fundraisers brought in their first major gifts in addition to their annual fund work.

Additional Highlights

Student Affairs Philanthropy

  • Executive Director George Zeno presented at UC Irvine and at the NASPA Fundraising Conference on diversity issues within the field of philanthropy in higher education. He was also featured in the July issue of Currents magazine in the article “Beyond the Classroom” about student services and fundraising.
  • Rosita Lucas was elected Vice Chair of the Executive Committee for the campus-wide Fundraising Council, which represents more than 300 fundraising-affiliated staff on the Berkeley campus. Her term began July 1, 2014.
  • Jennifer De Leon and Nithya Krishnan, who work with constituencies related to scholarships and student programs respectively, both solicited their first major gifts for the division during this fiscal year. Karen Boehnke, Senior Philanthropy Officer who joined the team in April 2014, also solicited her first major gift.

Lawrence Hall of Science

  • For the second year in a row, the Lawrence Hall of Science's  24/7 Science website received the highest 5 out of 5 rating from Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit devoted to helping parents and teachers manage media and technology in kids' lives. 24/7 Science was one of the first recipients of the ON for Learning Award in 2013.  24/7 Science is part of an ongoing effort by the Hall to promote effective science education in both the school and the home through a range of exciting new media projects.
  • Craig Strang, associate director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, was appointed in 2014 by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as the chair of the California Environmental Literacy Task Force, which is charged with creating a Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. Strang also served as president of the National Marine Educators Association in 2013.
  • The Hall was named "Best Of" by Parents Press website in a number of categories:


  • Best Place to Entertain Your Teen (for its Teen Internship Program)
  • Best Kids Party Entertainment
  • Best Indoor Play Place
  • Best Place to Buy Educational Books (for the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store)

Top Pick:

  • Best Museum
  • Best Birthday Party Venue
  • Best Academic and Technology Summer Camp
  • Best Nature, Animals, & Science Summer Camp
  • Best Place to Buy New Toys (for the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store)

Ombuds Office for Students and Postdocs

  • The office collaborated with the Center for Student Conduct, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Teaching Library, and International House to deliver a staff workshop on “Academic Integrity for International Students.”
  • Marcia Riley co-chaired the annual International Ombudsman Association Conference in Denver, Colorado.  She also reached 25 years of service at UC Berkeley, 20 years within the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Sunny Lee presented on Asian-Pacific Islander Women’s Career Development at the annual Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Conference. She also advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in Higher Education Administration.

Learning and Development


  • The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Talent Management Program: Annalyn Cruz, Erin Wixson, Lance Page.
  • University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Manager Development Program,  Module 1 (Manager Redefined) and Module 2 (The Engagement Equation by Blessing White): Dave Atwood, Erin Wixson.
  • The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Consulting Skills: Annalyn Cruz, Erin Wixson.
  • Strengthsquest: Dave Atwood.
  • Myers Briggs: Annalyn Cruz.
  • Eagles Flight: Promises, Promises: Annalyn Cruz, Erin Wixson, Lance Page, Dave Atwood.