Vice Chancellor's Office

Harry Le Grande, Vice Chancellor of Student AffairsStudent 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


Restorative Justice Center 


Student Affairs supports the Restorative Justice Center, an organization that provides trainings that use an experiential learning model to create open discussion about the principles of restorative justice, and prepare participants to use restorative processes to facilitate inclusive conversations and, in cases of harm, to address needs and strategize ways to make things right. The Center held 16 trainings this year reaching about 315 students and staff from the LEAD Center, Cooperative Student Housing, the Tang Center, Boalt Law School, Multicultural Student Development, Educational Opportunity Program, College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, and Ethnic Studies.


Student Affairs Communications

Student Affairs Communications


In 2014-15, Student Affairs Communications unveiled a brand-new structure featuring dedicated specialists to meet the growing needs across the division for high-quality messaging, marketing, digital design, and print collateral. The revamped team now includes dedicated client relationship managers and campaign strategists, highly experienced web and graphic designers, critical communications counsel, and expert writers. As a result of this newly-established team and processes, the team is positioned to serve the entire division in an expanded capacity.


Finance Team



The Student Affairs Finance Office celebrated its first full year as a team in October 2014. In fiscal year 2014-15, Finance rebuilt a more transparent out-year budget for ASUC and RSSP that was shared across campus and external stakeholders, with a highly-positive reception. Finance developed training budget modules and materials for the division, while developing an improved system of automated reports using SmartView, eliminating the need for manual entries and reducing error.


Student Affairs Business Operations



In FY 2014-15, Student Affairs Business Operations (BusOps) completed an ambitious four-year plan to integrate BusOps into all Student Affairs units, on-boarding the largest unit (RSSP, which includes more than 1,000 staff members) in July 2014. As a result, BusOps now offers integrated services to all units throughout the division, ranging from financial services, procurement, document imaging, travel management, safety,coordination, building management, event planning, workforce planning, and many others. In addition, the team was restructured to manage the growing service demand, growing from four internal units to nine.



Lawrence Hall of Science


Lawrence Hall of Science's programs enable youth to experience what it’s like to be scientists and engineers—and to see their potential for following a pathway toward higher education. The Hall's teen internship program activates interests in nearly 100 interns every year. One intern, Justin Jorge, volunteered for five years in the Hall’s Ingenuity Lab, first by facilitating activities and then by developing them. While with TechHive he collaboratively built a robot to compete in the UC Berkeley Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) Robotics Competition. Justin is now an integrative biology major with Berkeley’s Class of 2017.


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.


Student Ombuds


The Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees has seen an increase in the number of cases requiring additional action. Now, more than half of all cases require follow-up, an increase of 14 percent from the prior year. Additionally, a quarter of all cases require facilitated resolution. The department increased its contributions to broader university and divisional goals through service on committees and workgroups, including the UCOP sexual violence/sexual assault task force and the divisional Go Big strategic planning initiative. Finally, the Ombuds served as the co-chair for the annual International Ombudsman Conference, which resulted in the largest event to date and contributed to the overall development of the profession.




Student Affairs Philanthropy continues to connect alumni, parents, and friends to Berkeley in support of scholarships and the student experience with over $20 million raised during 2014-15. A $300,000 gift, creating the largest endowment ever for a registered student organization, was received for the College Ski & Snowboard Club. This gift will ensure that students will no longer have to pay out-of-pocket expenses while training and representing Berkeley in regional and national competitions.





Student Information Systems (SIS) Project


The Student Information Systems (SIS) Project is a major campus wide effort to develop a modern integrated system that supports all student and academic processes, and transforms the students' experience by providing new tools for admissions, enrollment, registration, financial aid, student accounts, and advising. The SIS Project team is made up of campus Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and a proven implementation vendor, Sierra-Cedar. The SMEs include Student Affairs staff from Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar, and SAIT. This expert knowledge will drive the design of replacing the current constellation of aging, disparate, and internally built and maintained student systems with a modern, nimble and effective system. (





Over the past 12 months, SAIT continued to focus on meeting the needs of customers and supporting the students, staff, and faculty who use the systems we maintain while continuing to do the very crucial work of providing an excellent student experience. An integral part of providing these services is making certain that IT operations are professionally managed and staffed. SAIT launched its Workforce Strategy Plan in January. The plan includes many components such as reviewing all job descriptions, evaluating staffing levels and equity, and benchmarking our workforce to colleagues in other IT operations across campus (OCIO/IST, CSS-IT and ETS). A significant portion of this work has centered around professional development planning for all SAIT staff. By the end of the year, each staff member in SAIT will be educated on eight domains of competencies, and will work with managers to create professional development plans for the coming year.