Im always thrilled for the opportunity to communicate with Cal Parents, especially as we begin a new year.
As we know, this year will bring many changes, from a campus perspective to a global one. The message Id like to share with you for 2017 is: How do we embrace change?
Here are some of the ways Ive approached change as the Dean of Students at UC Berkeley.
The first step is to understand the goals of change, and when it comes to this campus, I can assure you that UC Berkeleys objectives are clear: We want to create a warm, welcom-ing, safe, and inclusive community for all of our students and support them throughout their time at UC Berkeley and beyond as proud Cal alumni.
Now, thats a big challenge. UC Berkeley is diverse and dynamic this is what makes us innovators and leaders. We need to work to preserve UC Berkeley, the worlds premier public university, as a place that views diverse backgrounds, ideas, voices, and experiences as enriching and valuable to the educational experience.
Which brings me to the second step of embracing change: Take steps, small or large.
In this newsletter, youve read about Berkeleys workshops to raise awareness with
students regarding hazing. We also shared news about our new Golden Bear Orientation model, designed to provide a unified onboard-ing experience for all students. Whether a step we take reaches an individual student, a small cohort or the entire student body, it is one more way we can embrace change.
As 2017 gathers steam, this campus and my office will continue to take steps: Well explore new ideas, programs, and policies to ensure that our students, your children, experience UC Berkeley in a way that chal-lenges them academically, and supports them
socially, emotionally and mentally. We will also need to continue making difficult budget decisions this year, but with a focus on having the least impact possible on the student expe-rience.
As we take these steps, we need your sup-port. We welcome your voices. Lets celebrate diversity and embrace change together. I also invite you to keep in touch and stay up-to-date on Berkeley student life via my Twitter account (@DeanGreenwell) and by visiting the Dean of Student website: deanofstudents.berkeley.edu.
Take care and have a Caltastic day,
A message to Cal Parents
JOSEPH DEFRAINE GREENWELLAssociate Vice Chancellor and Dean of StudentsPreferred Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His326 Sproul Hall 510.642.6741Student Affairs, University of California, BerkeleyConnect with me via Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Web | LinkedIn
How has your first year been as ASUC President? What were some of your offices accomplishments?William Morrow: First and foremost, there has been a campus leadership transition, as Chancellor Nicholas Dirks submitted his intended resignation this past August. I was selected to serve as the undergraduate stu-dent representative on the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee to UC President Janet Napolitano. In this capacity, I worked to ensure the utmost transparency and inclusion of student opinion in the search process. The search is expected to yield a new chancellor before this Marchs Regents Meeting.
Additionally, ASUC Office of the Presi-dent has taken the student lead on advocating on campus-specific challenges. A challenge this last semester was the #Fight4Spacesof-Color and #Fight4QueerandTransSpaces Movements, which for a very salient cause occupied the ASUC Student Unions Book-store, a primary revenue source for the ASUC.
I served for over two months as a mediator in negotiating a resolution to this challenge that should be finalized soon. I will continue working with them in negotiating a long-term path forward for a permanent space.
Finally, in the wake of the passing of two Berkeley students this past summer in instances of terrorism abroad, I urged the Student Regents to ensure that the topic of UC student safety abroad was put forward to the UC President and Regents, resulting in the publishing of a report, which is a starting point toward better identification of security threats in places where students go abroad.
UC Berkeley has endured a good amount of tragedy this fall. In the light of all this loss, how do you encourage your fellow students to go on?WM: Losing fellow classmates and friends in such tragic ways is incredibly difficult. Each of these incredible individuals who have
passed touched so many folks on this campus, so it is important that students in grief never feel alone. There are hundreds of other stu-dents struggling with the same feelings too. It is okay to grieve and take time for your emotions. Utilize the counseling and other resources for mental wellness offered by the University. This campus community must be a supportive space, and it is the responsibility of every community member at UC Berkeley to reach out to one another to check in, now more than ever.
How has the UC Berkeley community surprised you in its resilience and unity?WM: The resilience of the UC Berkeley community in the wake of such sorrow and tragedy is inspirational. And it speaks to the incredible individuals our community lost. These individuals were resilient and brave, and there is no better way for our commu-nity to honor their lives than to embrace that spirit of resilience everyday.
Q&A with ASUC president William Morrow
UC Berkeleys Moffitt Library now offers a unique studying experience after renovations in the fall semester revamped two floor to pro-vide spaces for students to write on the walls, rearrange furniture, eat and drink, talk above a whisper and more.
Unlike traditional libraries, Moffitt no longer has shelves of books, which now are housed at the Main (Gardner) Stacks. Moffitt is now the only library on campus open for 24 hours a day, five days a week.
Donors helped fund the $15 million mod-ernization project; the campus also performed significant maintenance work on the buildings infrastructure.
Workspace at Moffitt is now 30 percent larger, says Elizabeth Dupuis, associate uni-
versity librarian for educational initiatives and user services. Thats an extra 600 seats 300 more per floor... I suspect Moffitt will become a hot spot throughout the year.
Students now encounter spaces that invite chatter and collaboration, including rooms that can be reserved. They can also borrow laptops, iPads, chargers and projectors at the technology lending desk, get walk-up help at the student technology help desk, and work on assignments with others in a studio that offers the latest conferencing tools.
A BearWALK escort will be stationed on the fourth floor from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for students who would like a student community service officer to safely walk them to their near-campus destination.
UC Berkeley revamps Golden Bear orientation
ON CAMPUS by Christopher Merchant
UC Berkeleys revamped and revitalized Golden Bear Orientation is the latest development in a storied tradition of wel-coming new undergraduate students and their families and supporters to campus.
New student orientation provides the spark to invigorate a students years at Berkeley, inspire them to explore their passions, to encourage them to understand the meaning of being a Berkeley student and, of course, its a great chance to have some fun.
Our new orientation model has some modernized features including sections on online prepping, advising, and enrolling, as well as on-campus activities that will engage students academically and connect them socially
Golden Bear Orientation takes off from what, for many years, we fondly called Cal Student Orientation (CalSO). For about 50 years, our campus held new student orientation via CalSO during the summer before fall semester begins.
Over the past year, university leader-ship, including administration and faculty, have engaged in discussion about the undergraduate experience, and, specifi-cally, the role of new student orientation. The outcome resulted in changing our approach to welcoming new undergradu-ates to UC Berkeley.
Beginning in fall 2017, we will host one comprehensive and lengthy orientation for incoming students shortly before the start of classes, as opposed to shorter summer sessions that were held under the CalSO model.
We also plan to recruit and train more than 1,000 student leaders, which is a win-win both for incoming and current students.
Ultimately, the new Golden Bear Orientation model seeks to provide our new Golden Bears with one common experience, nurture a sense of belonging, harness new technologies and adapt to changing needs, and lay the foundation for each student to build a strong intellectual identity.
Berkeley hosts third annual hazing prevention week with special screening eventDuring the fall semester at UC Berkeleys third annual Hazing Prevention Week, nearly 500 students gathered for a screening of Goat, a film starring Nick Jonas and James Franco that depicts hazing rituals in a fraternity. The film is based on a memoir by Brad Land, which chronicles his experiences at Clemson University in South Carolina. After the screen-ing, students engaged in an open, honest discussion of the controversial initiation rites depicted in the film and how to prevent hazing in real-world scenarios.
The conversation was hosted by CAM-PUSPEAK, an organization that organizes workshops and speaking events at universities to educate and inspire college students. A pro-fessional expert on haz