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 opened this fall, as part of a 10-year, $223 million project that included a complete overhaul of Eshleman Hall, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and Lower Sproul Plaza. The renovated Student Union creates a student-focused space that includes places to study, socialize, attend meetings, buy books and Cal gear and pick up Amazon orders. Student can also take advantage of new espresso shops, four new dining options, an upgraded Bear’s Lair pub and two concierge desks. Eshleman Hall, originally built in 1963, now features room for more than 50 student organizations, seven student recruitment and retention centers, ASUC and Graduate Assembly offices, ASUC LEAD Center advisers and ASUC Senate chambers. The redesigned complex represents a collaborative effort between students, staff, Board of Directors, and campus partners. “This building has come to life because it’s been student leaders in the ASUC as well as the graduate assembly, working with staff members, as well as faculty administration,” said Lavanya Jawaharlal, ASUC executive vice president.

Dean of Students

Dean of Students Immediate Office


Dean of Students Immediate Office The Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Office launched a new website with the goals of reflecting the mission of the office, serving as a central starting point for students and the campus community to locate resources, and informing everyone about the amazing programs and services that can be found on campus. The site, branded under UC Berkeley guidelines; includes thoughtful design, image, and content choices to show the AVC/Dean of Students office as friendly, approachable, and helpful. The site represents a collaborative effort between AVC/Dean of Students staff, student leaders, campus partners and included valuable input from both undergraduate and graduate students.


Confidential CARE Office

In 2015-2016, over 12,000 individuals (primarily students) received prevention education from the Confidential CARE Office. These sessions were made possible by successful collaborations between the CARE Office and many campus departments, student organizations, and faculty members. In terms of direct support, Confidential CARE Advocates served 375 individuals and provided support for eight healing initiatives that reached 200 people. The Confidential CARE Office has grown in fiscal year 2015-16 from having a director to including two additional Confidential CARE Advocates. The office also welcomed a new Assistant Director for Prevention, (in partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and University Health Services) who focuses on reducing and eliminating gendered, sexual, and relationship violence on campus.


New Student Services


The focus is on the future, with a Golden Bear Orientation that will bring in all new students at one time and create an inclusive, equitable atmosphere. As part of the university’s Undergraduate Initiative and Student Affairs’ Go Big Strategic Planning efforts, emphasis shone on enhancing the undergraduate student experience and creating a culture of belonging and community among all campus community members. Given this emphasis, the decision was made to fundamentally change the way New Student Services and the campus welcomes its new undergraduates to UC Berkeley. Beginning in fall of 2017, NSS will host one comprehensive and lengthy orientation for incoming students shortly before the start of classes as opposed to the CalSO sessions during the summer. This approach, called Golden Bear Orientation, will provide many benefits to our new students, including large-scale, university-wide programming that will foster students’ sense of belonging and community to the greater campus community.


Public Service Center

Public Service Center


In 2015-16, the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) was a highlight of the year’s Public Service Center (PSC) events. The PSC partnered with the Blum Center to support the campus in planning a comprehensive one-day service event in Oakland, where over 1,200 students worked alongside community groups to, among other services, plant trees, organize libraries, and design and paint murals. Former President Clinton told students at the day of action, “Change begins one person, one place, one community at a time.” In addition, the PSC launched its math mentoring program, designed to improve common core math skills. The new program is a companion to the PSC’s effective reading mentoring program, and engaged 20 Berkeley students as mentors for 115 middle school students at two different Berkeley sites, providing more than 800 mentoring sessions. The CGIU and mentoring programs represent what is at the heart of the PSC and Berkeley campus culture: inspiration, cooperation, and commitment to action.



Early Childhood Education Program


The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) is one of 189 programs to receive a grant from the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) in Alameda County, which provides county-sponsored quality improvement training, coaching, and resources to strengthen programs and meet national standards. The national grant supports a shared definition of childcare quality based on reliable and validated research, with a comprehensive and consistent approach to assessment of the program. Additionally, it provides early education providers like ECEP with a consistent way to communicate to parents and caregivers about quality, building increased consumer awareness about, and demand for, high-quality childcare.



Lawrence Hall of Science


The Lawrence Hall of Science is actively working to increase undergraduate student engagement and retention in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study in two ways. First, in partnership with the UCB Center for Teaching and Learning, the Hall developed and is implementing a Faculty Learning Program (FLP) that has already impacted approximately fifty STEM faculty at five universities in California. FLP supports the adoption of highly effective teaching practices in large STEM lecture courses, affecting many diverse students across a number of higher education institutions. Second, the Hall, in collaboration with UC Berkeley STEM faculty, has developed (and teaches at UCB) university courses for STEM majors that incorporate what is known about effective teaching and learning, with how to help 'future scientists' to communicate STEM concepts, practices, and discoveries to others.


Learning & Development

Learning & Development


Student Affairs Learning and Development provided growth and development opportunities for approximately 3,250 Student Affairs and campus staff members in fiscal year 2015-16, including welcoming nearly 150 new staff to the division through the Go Forth Go Bears New Employee Onboarding Series. The team continued to lead the GO BIG staff initiative by conducting best-practice research; disseminating a benchmarking culture survey; and facilitating a large group method that included nearly 1,000 staff members (through community conversations and walkthroughs) to discover aspirational workplace behaviors and values (communication, honesty/integrity, and respect). These shared values and behaviors aim to foster a workplace culture of pride, trust, and community, and make us an employer of choice by 2025. The Learning and Development team consulted with almost all units to advise on creating stronger workplace cultures.


Cal Housing

Cal Housing


Cal Housing held its first-ever Housing Fair on March 9, 2016. The Housing Fair was designed to assist UC Berkeley students with their housing needs. This event helped make the housing search easier for students and offered them a unique opportunity to connect with resources, including local property managers, financial aid, co-ops, and Cal Rentals. Housing’s marketing efforts proved successful: 1,976 students opened the event email and 2,405 saw the event in Facebook. Between 750 and 1,000 students attended.