It began right here: the University of California was chartered here at Berkeley in 1868. Over the next 150 years, Berkeley became the most distinguished public university in the United States. Our motto Fiat Lux — Let there be light — reflects our mission to bring to light new knowledge… to illuminate the world’s greatest problems and find solutions for bettering the human condition… to be a beacon of opportunity for promising students and top faculty.
The campus homepage and social media are highlighting gems of interest from the last 15 decades, including key contributions that UC Berkeley has made to society. I hope you’ll take some time over the coming months to better acquaint yourself with the history of what will become your graduate alma mater.
While our past is fascinating, our future is compelling. Chancellor Carol Christ recently announced a semester-long strategic planning process for faculty, students, and staff to consider what our campus should look like in ten years and how to get there. Four key areas are being explored in depth by working groups (I’m co-chairing the group on Creating a Transformative Student Experience). We have already heard from some of you at Town Halls and forums, but there is still time to provide written input on the Strategic Planning website.
We look forward to hearing from you!
With warm wishes,
Fiona M. Doyle
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
and Dean of the Graduate Division