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Graduate Diversity Pilot Program: Making Progress

In July of 2020, the Graduate Division established the Graduate Diversity Pilot Program (GDPP), awarding a total of $1.5 million in grants to nine departments across campus. This substantial commitment — one of the largest single financial investments toward diversity … Continued

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Investing in the Year Ahead

Dear Graduate Student Community, The start of the semester has coincided with a new wildfire crisis layered on top of the pandemic and ongoing expressions of state violence. The smoke in the air makes it difficult to breathe, increases our … Continued

Census 2020: Be Counted and Make a Difference

The Census is a vital component of our democracy. It determines representation and funding for important services like transportation, public education, food stamps and WIC, affordable housing, Pell Grants, and more. The Data collected is also used to redistrict California … Continued

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Resources for Student Parents

During normal times, it’s challenging enough for students balancing child or dependent care with graduate studies. Now, as the semester at Berkeley launches remotely, and many children are learning from home as well, the burden on student parents is especially … Continued

A message of gratitude from the Dean and Vice Provost

Dear Cal Supporters and Alumni, I am writing to express my profound gratitude for your support in these incredibly challenging times. As you know, this past semester and our new fall term are like no other in the history of … Continued

Resources to stay connected

The fall semester has started! Student affairs recently shared a list of resources to help enhance your experience with UC Berkeley, build community, and stay connected. We encourage you to explore the multitude of options listed below and find where … Continued

Welcome New and Continuing Grad Students

Dear Graduate Student Community, To our returning students, we are so glad to see you back! For our new graduate students, my message to you is simple: you belong here and we are lucky to have you. Welcome to our … Continued

Campus Conversations with Dean Lisa García Bedolla

UC Berkeley’s Campus Conversations is a series of live talks with campus leaders who share their vision for the future and invite the campus community to join in. Now, more than ever is a pivotal time in higher education and … Continued

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MSSE Students Kickoff with a Little Swag

This fall, Berkeley’s Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) program is thrilled to welcome its inaugural cohort. Offered by the College of Chemistry in collaboration with the College of Engineering, the unique online professional degree provides students with … Continued

WriteNow Access – Fall Session Beta program

The Graduate Division will be providing funding for 150 graduate students to participate in the WriteNow Access – Fall Session Beta program offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). This online program will take place from … Continued

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Operation Lollipop

Spring semester had ended and the Grad Division’s Twitter timeline was filled with tweets like these: Begun many decades ago, it has been a tradition to ceremoniously bestow a sweet commemorative lollipop with the coveted PhinisheD or Mastered It! labels … Continued

Addressing GSI Concerns: Fall 2020 Instruction FAQ

We appreciate that fall GSIs are experiencing a great deal of uncertainty about the rules and parameters surrounding their fall teaching. Your department chair, GSAO, and Faculty Advisor for GSI Affairs are the people best able to answer your instructional … Continued

Keeping International Grad Students Informed

We’re pleased to report that on July 14th, facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration rescinded the July 6 rule that would bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the … Continued

ASE Length of Service Extension

On June 19, 2020, the UC Provost granted a seventh year (two semester) extension to the total length of service performed by Academic Student Employees including Readers and Tutors on annual stipends, and Graduate Student Instructors. The full text of … Continued

Student Technology Equity Program

If you are a Berkeley student without the resources you need to engage in the online environment this Fall semester, apply now for a free loan of hardware from the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP). Hardware, including a free loaner … Continued