Highlights for Student Affairs Strategic Priority: Engagement
Goals: Develop new students to committed alumni; improve physical environment

Lower Sproul

ASUC Student Union


The ASUC Student Union is preparing to open the renovated MLK building and newly constructed Eshleman Hall in Lower Sproul Plaza. In collaboration with students, staff, Board of Directors, and campus partners, contracts have been signed with BBA (Cal Student Store) and with Chartwells, who will introduce four new food concepts: House of Pi pizza, Asado Latin cuisine, True Blue burgers, and Root 150 locally grown fare. A re-imagined Bear’s Lair will also be returning to Eshleman. With momentum for the new Student Union opening, over 1,000 student organizations have registered and participated in over 50 programs through the LEAD Center in the last year. Finally, the Student Union debuted a new logo, branding, and social media campaign designed to build excitement for the grand opening with the theme “Define your space.”


Dean of Students Immediate Office


The Dean of Students developed and enhanced several approaches to providing resources to students who have experienced violence. In January 2014, the Violence Prevention Collaborative launched the "It's On Us" campaign, featuring lamp-post banners, posters throughout campus buildings, and a social media campaign. The Care Advocate Office was launched in the fall of 2014 to provide resources, education, and advocacy around sexual violence. The Care Advocate Office now has both a director and additional advocate to manage the burgeoning caseload — more than 100 individuals seeking resources in six months alone. The Bears that Care bystander intervention program facilitated nearly 40 workshops reaching 1,500 students and staff, resulting in high levels of participant preparedness. Additionally, Student Legal Services provided counsel to students who have had to deal with violence or threats, articulating legal rights and protections that may help eliminate their exposure to violence (through obtaining a restraining order, for example) or to seek legal remedies.


New Student Services


More than 5,500 new students — within their first week on campus — took a Bear Pact and became active participants in managing the dangers of sexual violence and harassment, mental-health problems, and alcohol abuse. Bear Pact was offered as a part of New Student Services’ Getting Your Bearings events, in conjunction with educators from the Tang Center who conducted the presentation. In addition to Bear Pact, Getting Your Bearings offerings included 353 events (with 224 hosts), along with 4,000 downloads of its Guidebook. Cal Student Orientation (CalSO), the other NSS bellwether event, saw an increase in both student and guest attendance. Of the 2014-15 entering students, 6,682, or 78 percent, attended CalSO, in addition to 1,379 guests. 

Public Service Center

Public Service Center


In 2014-2015, the Public Service Center engaged 175 student leaders to work with approximately 4,000 students, who contributed 200,000 hours of service to our communities. We successfully increased access to these transformational service opportunities to historically underrepresented students. Last year the Public Service Center awarded $73,900 in need-based scholarships through the Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program. These scholarships support undergraduate students who demonstrate a significant commitment to service. As an example, one of our recipients grew up in the Central Valley and experienced the struggles of farm working families and the educational barriers that exist in rural communities. Her experience led her to pursue a leadership role with the Alternative Breaks program, where she led other students on an education and service trip to the Central Valley, which focused on the economic, social, and political realities of farm working families.



Incentive Awards Program (IAP)


IAP’s 2014 cohort totaled 59 Scholars, and for the entire program there were 130 students to each academic counselor. Of that incoming cohort, 93 percent are first-generation college students, and 100 percent are Pell Grant recipients. IAP Scholars and staff work on and off campus to make a difference in the area, and this past spring about 27 students participated in the Berkeley Project day of community service in the City of Berkeley. In early April, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Professor Janaki Bakhle welcomed some 150 Incentive Awards Program (IAP) Scholars and alumni, program supporters, and high school partners into their home for a celebration. The Chancellor congratulated current scholars, welcomed alumni, and thanked supporters and partners. Additionally, recruitment staff presented to over 2,000 high school students about the UC admissions process.



Early Childhood Education Program


In response to growing demand for infant and toddler care, ECEP opened the Dwight Way Infant Toddler Center in August 2014 at full capacity, and welcomed a cohort of 18 infants and 24 toddlers. The modern facility is Silver LEED certified, and has increased the overall enrollment percentage at ECEP to 90 percent. In addition, ECEP continues to be a recognized leader in the field of early childhood education, receiving a $200,000 donation to work closely with a Peruvian education company to assess and restructure its Early Years curriculum. In collaboration with Professor Alison Gopnik, the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Institute of Human Development, and other UC faculty, ECEP is training Peruvian master teachers in our theory and practice of early childhood education and conducting follow-up assessments. In addition, ECEP is collaborating with numerous campus partners to create groundwork for a Global Center for Early Learning and Development, with a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program that will launch in fall 2016. 


Learning & Development

Learning & Development 


Student Affairs Learning and Development provided growth and development opportunities for 1,181 Student Affairs and campus staff members. Through the Go Forth Go Bears new employee on-boarding program, the team welcomed 241 new staff to the division. In addition, in Spring of 2015 the team led the staff initiative launch of GO BIG — the third phase of the division-wide Strategic Planning Initiative — dedicated to developing a Student Affairs culture based on pride, trust and community.




Cal Housing 


Enhanced customer experience was the operational initiative for Housing in 2014. The year kicked off with a revamped, user-focused website, which launched in January. Next, Housing focused on improving move-in/move-out experiences. Staff implemented time slots that reduced congestion and streamlined the move-in process. Housing then collaborated with Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), and Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) to pilot a Sunday move-out day to accommodate students who had the last final time slot and to provide more options for flight arrangements.