On September 23, 2020 from 3:45-5 p.m., the Graduate Division hosted a virtual Graduate Student Town Hall to answer many of our graduate student community’s questions and concerns.

Below is a recording of the event. You can find answers to pre-submitted questions not addressed during the event on our Supplemental FAQs page.


  • Welcome from Vice Provost and Dean Lisa García Bedolla
  • Updates from Chancellor Carol Christ and EVCP Paul Alivisatos followed by a 15 min Q&A
  • Dean García Bedolla’s plans for the year ahead
  • Live Q&A with Dean García Bedolla
  • Thanks and closing remarks

In addition, Graduate Division deans and staff will be answering student questions behind the scenes via Zoom Q&A.

Town Hall Speakers

Lisa García Bedolla
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division
Lisa García Bedolla became the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate Division in July 2019. The chief advocate for graduate education and research at Berkeley, she is a member of academic and administrative leadership groups convened by the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. The Dean of the Graduate Division ensures equity and fairness across the disciplines, collaborates across the spectrum of campus stakeholders, and builds diverse sources of academic, financial, personal, and professional development support for more than 11,000 doctoral and master’s students throughout their studies.


Chancellor Carol Christ
Chancellor Carol Christ

Carol Christ began her term as the 11th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley on July 1, 2017. A celebrated scholar of Victorian literature, Christ is also well known as an advocate for quality, accessible public higher education, a proponent of the value of a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, and a champion of women’s issues and diversity on college campuses.

Christ  has worked to foster community and improve the campus climate for people of all backgrounds, celebrate the institution’s longstanding commitment to free speech, strengthen Berkeley’s financial position, address a housing shortage, and develop a ten-year strategic plan for the campus.


Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP)

Paul Alivisatos assumed the role of EVCP on July 1, 2017. As EVCP, Alivisatos works in close partnership with Chancellor Carol Christ, and plays a critical role in developing and implementing her vision and priorities for the Berkeley campus. He also has responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of all campus academic programs, policies, and supporting infrastructure.

In addition to his role as EVCP, Alivisatos is the Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the founding Director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute, and Director Emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), where he remains a senior faculty scientist. He also holds professorships in UC Berkeley’s departments of chemistry and materials science.


David Robinson
David Robinson
Chief Campus Counsel

David has been a member of Berkeley’s Office of Legal Affairs since 2011, and before that spent a decade in the University of California’s system-wide Office of the General Counsel, where he was a leader in its construction and legislative affairs groups. Prior to joining UC, David was a partner at the law firm of Goldfarb & Lipman in San Francisco. He attended UC Los Angeles, and is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.





Larissa Charnsangavej
Director of Graduate Student Life
Larissa Charnsagavej supports graduate students around issues that affect their well-being — such as health education and wellness, housing, parenting support, community-building, and campus climate. She coordinates opportunities for engagement, advocates for the unique needs of graduate students, and represent the Graduate Division on various campus committees to address graduate student needs, including campus partners in the Graduate Assembly, Student Affairs, and other units that offer services to graduate students.


Marshall Glaze
Marshall Glaze
Content and Social Media Manager
As a Content and Social Media Manager, Marshall Glaze works with Graduate Division staff to promote resources and services, execute outreach strategies, and extend the reach of ideas to students, support staff, faculty, and donors.