Headshot of Lisa Garcia BedollaWelcome to a new year at Cal! I am excited and humbled to be starting this year as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division.

Cal has long been a place of innovation, an institution that has produced knowledge that has, literally, changed the world. But I also know that the past few years have been challenging on campus and that many of our graduate students struggle to keep body and soul together.

With that in mind, I have three main goals that I hope to advance this year:

  1. Ensuring that our graduate students’ basic needs are met and that our funding packages reflect the reality of the cost of living in the Bay Area;
  2. Expanding and deepening the professional development opportunities available to our doctoral students who want to consider career paths beyond academia, and to support our professional masters students as they move into their careers;
  3. Diversifying our graduate student population so that it better reflects California, the nation, and the world.

When I began my undergraduate career at Cal in the fall of 1987, I never imagined that I would be in this position. I am grateful to this institution because it opened my mind to a new world of possibilities and made me appreciate how important is the knowledge we produce.

I look forward to working with all of you to advance that knowledge, to address the significant challenges we face, and to ensure that every graduate student on this campus is able to thrive. We have much work to do and I can’t wait to get started.

Fiat Lux,

Lisa García Bedolla

Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
and Dean of the Graduate Division