The campus is beginning to buzz with new student orientations and preparation for the start of classes. I welcome all who are starting your graduate studies at Berkeley. I hope to see many of you on Tuesday, August 22 at our New Graduate Student Orientation, where you can attend numerous panels and workshops throughout the day. (If you haven’t already, RSVP.) Be sure to stay for GradFest, to learn more about our student organizations and community. Don’t overlook other orientations and receptions held throughout August.
To those of you who are continuing your graduate work, I wish you a productive year, whether you are studying, conducting research, teaching, or engaging in some combination of these.
Speaking of being productive, I want to emphasize Berkeley’s commitment to ensuring that learning experiences are as accessible as possible. If you — or students you may teach as a GSI — anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please don’t hesitate to consult the Disabled Students’ Program. Dedicated professionals can facilitate the removal of barriers and ensure reasonable accommodations. Contact the DSP office, or (510) 642-0518, or by visiting room 260 in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
I am very excited and optimistic about the promise and potential of this academic year, and hope that you share these feelings!
With warm regards,
Fiona M. Doyle
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
and Dean of the Graduate Division