A series of talks with Berkeley’s leaders

Photo Elena Zhukova/UC Berkeley

Join the conversation!

It is a pivotal time in higher education and at UC Berkeley. There are many new campus leaders who are seeking new opportunities for Berkeley and working to address the challenges that we face. Now more than ever, it is important to understand the issues facing our campus and engage together in developing solutions.

Each month, a campus leader will share their vision for the future and invite you, the campus community, to ask questions and share your views. Bring your questions – and your lunch – and join the conversation.

Making requests for event accommodations

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact La Dawn Duvall lduvall@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.


Summer and Fall 2020 events


End-of-Semester Review and Campus Budget Update

Wednesday, December 9 at 12:00 pm

Join campus leadership as they provide insight into the past semester, take a look ahead, and give an important campus budget update.

Dan Mogulof, Assistant Vice Chancellor Public Affairs
Chancellor Carol Christ
Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Rosemarie Rae, Vice Chancellor of Finance - Chief Financial Officer
Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor Administration

You can also watch this event live on the UC Berkeley Facebook page.


Finding Meaning and Social Change through Crisis

Thursday, November 19 - 12-1 pm

Join Dacher Keltner, founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and professor of psychology as he discusses his studies that focus on the social functions of emotion. Professor Keltner is the host of the Greater Good Science Center’s award-winning podcast, The Science of Happiness.

Please submit your questions in advance via this Google Form.

You can also watch this event live on the UC Berkeley Facebook page.


Elections 2020: What's next?

Wednesday, November 4 - 4-5 pm

Join Chancellor Carol Christ, Dean of Berkeley Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Lisa García Bedolla, the Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, Henry Brady, and Bertrall Ross, Chancellor's Professor of Law, Chair, Diversity and Democracy Cluster at the Othering & Belonging Institute as they discuss the outcomes of the 2020 elections, and what, in their opinion lies ahead.


150W History Project

Monday, October 12 from 12-1pm

October 3, 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the UC Regents’ unanimous approval of a resolution by Regent Samuel F. Butterworth: “That young ladies be admitted into the University on equal terms in all respects with young men.” Join our conversation on the 150W History Project, the highlight of a year of celebrating watershed moments of the remarkable women who have made immeasurable contributions to our campus and beyond.

This conversation, moderated by Ula Taylor, Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies will include:

  • Chancellor Carol Christ
  • Sheila M. Humphreys, EECS Director Emerita of Diversity, Co-Chair, 150W History Project
  • Catherine Gallagher, Emerita Eggers Professor of English Literature, Co-Chair, 150W History Project

150W Special Edition: Berkeley's Staff Heroines

Tuesday, August 18, 12-1pm

Join this special conversation as we recognize this unique representation of the countless Berkeley staff women who have studied, worked and researched from all corners of the campus. After a welcome from Chancellor Carol Christ, panelists will include:

  • Cruz Grimaldo, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
  • Sunny Lee, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
  • Mia Settles-Tidwell, Assistant Vice Chancellor in the Division of Equity and Inclusion
  • Charmin Smith, Head Coach of Cal Women’s Basketball

Student Experience Conversation: Student Engagement and Services

Tuesday, August 11, 5pm

Sunny Lee, Assistant Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students
Fabrizio Mejia, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Equity and Success
Mia Settles-Tidwell, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Division of Equity & Inclusion
Marvin Lopez, Director of Student Programs College of Engineering Student Services

Campus leaders provided information about plans for student services buildings and offices, as well as details about remote services and engagement opportunities.


Campus Budget Update

Friday, July 31, 12-1pm

Chancellor Carol Christ
Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Rosemarie Rae, Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Campus leaders discussed the campus budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.


Student Experience Conversation: Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students (Freshmen and Transfer)

Wednesday, July 29, 5-6pm

Speakers: Samuel Santos, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Engagement
Micki Antovich, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of New Student Services
Lorena Valdez, Director, Transfer Programs, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence

Campus leaders will provide tips and advice for newly admitted undergraduate students, including what to expect, how to connect with the campus community, and how to prepare for fall. They will also address issues that are top of mind for transfer students.


Student Experience Conversation: Instruction

Wednesday, July 22, 12-1pm

Speakers: Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost 
Oliver O'Reilly, Chair of the Academic Senate
Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Dean of the Graduate Division
Bob Jacobsen, Dean of the College of Letters & Science, Undergraduate Studies

Campus leaders will provide information about plans for instruction including what to expect and how to prepare for fall.


Student Experience Conversation: Student Housing

Tuesday, July 21, 12-1pm

Speakers: Heidi Scribner, Executive Director, Housing, Events and Facilities, Residential and Student Service Programs
Glenn DeGuzmann, Director of Residential Life
Mark Lucia, Director of Student Legal Services, Attorney for Students
Silvia Marquez, Associate Director in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

Campus leaders will provide information and details about plans for on campus fall 2020 housing and will also provide guidance for off campus housing, including information about leases. 


Fall Semester Planning: Student Engagement & Services

Thursday, June 25 5-6pm

Stephen C. Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Oscar Dubon, Jr., Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion
Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division
Catherine P. Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Sharon Inkelas, Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment


Fall Semester Planning: Research and Operations

Tuesday, June 23 12-1 pm

Randy H. Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research
Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration
Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor of International Sustainable Development and Associate Dean in the Division of Social Sciences
Susan Marqusee, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Fall Semester Planning: Instruction

Monday, June 22 12-1pm

Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Lisa García Bedolla, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division
Catherine P. Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Oliver M. O'Reilly, Chair of the University's Academic Senate


Fall Semester Planning: Overview from the Chancellor and Provost

Thursday, June 18 12-1pm

Chancellor Carol Christ
Paul Alivisatos, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Chancellor Christ and EVC and Provost Paul Alivisatos answered questions and discussed fall semester plans for campus instruction and operations.