In mid-April, atop Barrows Hall, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau honored three teams and 22 individuals with the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award, nicknamed COSA. He praised all for going beyond the call of duty, especially in these financially difficult times, not just through the everyday hard work they perform, which improves campus systems and helps staff and faculty work more efficiently, but for “making us a more inclusive and welcoming campus community.”
Among those recognized, two are from the Graduate Division, Moira Pérez, the division’s chief administrative officer, and Marilyn Seid-Rabinow, the GSI Center’s assistant director for language proficiency. Pérez, whom many on campus know from when she directed the division’s fellowships office, introduced new and effective ways for graduate student affairs officers to communicate with each other and with the Graduate Division. Seid-Rabinow created Berkeley’s language-testing program and established language standards for international GSIs and professional-development instruction for graduate assistants and student affairs officers.