Virtual Town Hall
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
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 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 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.