Dear Graduate Student Community, I am grieving the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Sandra Bland, and too many others. I have been sickened by how brutally police across this country have responded to … Continued
Message from the Dean
Graduate Student Community, I hope you and your loved ones are taking the necessary measures to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time. We know that the COVID-19 crisis has brought immense disruption to our campus and to the … Continued
Dear Graduate Student Community, Above all, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. Over the course of the last few weeks, the personal and professional lives of our students, staff and faculty have converged, and much … Continued
I know that many of you have received multiple messages about coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness and recommended precautions to take as students at UC Berkeley. On behalf of the Graduate Division, I wanted to touch on the various ways our staff … Continued
So much of graduate students’ experience at UC Berkeley comes down to the day-to-day — the faculty, staff, and student interactions that can both lift you up and bring you down. While my staff, myself and university leaders are collaborating … Continued
As the fall semester winds down, I want to thank the Berkeley graduate community for being so welcoming to me as I stepped into this new role and for working with and alongside me to amplify support and communication around … Continued
As we approach the end of November, semester deadlines and holidays can add additional stress and take us out of our usual routines. I urge you to do whatever it takes to help yourself manage your stress — take breaks, … Continued
As Andrew Szeri moves on to his new position, Vice Provost, Strategic Academic & Facilities Planning, he reflects on his time at Graduate Division. “It has been my privilege to help lead Berkeley’s efforts to support the ambitions of more than 10,000 graduate students and to help enable the world-class excellence of 100-plus programs.” said Szeri.
January will bring unprecedented change to millions of Americans as formerly uninsured and under-insured citizens gain access to new health insurance options created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” You’ll be glad to know that SHIP provides all of the ACA-mandated “essential health benefits.”
Summer is flying by. In just a few weeks, the whirlwind of start-of-semester activities will begin. Those of you who are returning to Berkeley will be greeting your newest graduate student colleagues to your department or program and to the … Continued
Dear Graduate Students, As the spring semester drew to a close, I enjoyed several opportunities to celebrate great teaching by graduate students. At the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award ceremony on the first of May at International House, we acknowledged … Continued
Not all aspects of a dean’s job bring smiles; it’s hardly possible to please everyone all the time. That said, there are events during the year that irresistibly bring a smile to my face, and make a lot of people … Continued
Dear Graduate Students, Your future selves are out there — graduate alumni of Berkeley. Some of them are very far from campus, oceans away, but they remain surprisingly close. I spent a week recently visiting alumni at events in Shanghai, … Continued
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It’s been quite a semester. Classwork and research took place along with actions to support our University’s core mission and values, and to improve our campus’s operations. In local, state, and national settings, students, faculty, and staff joined to advocate passionately for investing in public education as a common good in a good society.