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February 6, 2017

Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion Na’ilah Nasir will be leaving UC Berkeley in June to become president of the Spencer Foundation, one of the nation’s leading educational research foundations.

January 30, 2017

Creation of a unit, “New Academic Ventures at Berkeley (NAV-B),” dedicated to considering and advancing academic revenue generation initiatives for our campus.
Preventing and effectively responding to sexual harassment and sexual violence is a top priority for campus leaders. It is also an effort that requires the dedicated attention and commitment of all of us.

January 29, 2017

I write to inform you that Berkeley leadership is actively engaged with the UC Office of the President to comprehend the implications of President Trump’s executive order (EO) on immigration and determine all options available to protect the well being of every member of our community. Earlier today, the Office of UC President Janet Napolitano issued the following communication:

January 27, 2017

Following the success of the Gold Folder, (, the University of California has created a full-text handbook for faculty and staff entitled Promoting Student Mental Health: A Guide for UC Faculty and Staff. This handbook provides in-depth information about mental health and examines the role that faculty and staff members can play in providing a supportive academic environment and assisting students who may be in distress.

January 26, 2017

The concerns around the upcoming visit of a controversial speaker to campus make it necessary for us to reaffirm our collective commitment to two fundamental principles for our campus. The first of these principles is the right to free expression, enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and reflected in some of the most important moments of Berkeley’s history. The second of these principles has to do with our values of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity – values which we believe are essential to making this university, and indeed any university, a site of open inquiry and learning.

January 18, 2017

Important campus policies and guidelines concerning the academic calendar­­­, academic integrity, and accommodations for students in their academic programs.

January 11, 2017

It is our pleasure to announce that our new orientation model is ready to launch for our fall 2017 incoming freshmen and transfer students. This Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) has been designed to welcome new students to the UC Berkeley intellectual community, to lay the foundation for fostering students’ intellectual identity and to facilitate a sense of belonging for all incoming undergraduates.

January 9, 2017

The University of California, Berkeley, invites nominations and applications for the full-time position of Interim Dean of the newly created Division of Data Science. The term of office commences upon appointment, which may be as early as February 15, 2017. The end date may depend on the appointment of a permanent Dean, but will occur no later than June 30, 2018. This is an internal search restricted to those who have attained the rank of Professor at UC Berkeley.

December 23, 2016

Before departing for winter break I want to provide the Cal community with a brief update regarding our Task Force on Intercollegiate Athletics (TFIA). At a recent meeting the task force co-chairs, alumnus Robert O’Donnell and Professor Robert Powell, provided us with a comprehensive briefing about progress to date.

December 19, 2016

This letter details the next steps we will pursue in light of the Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) report and the commentary on it. We will immediately launch a search for an interim dean, to be chosen from among the current faculty to begin serving as close as possible to February 15, 2017; Vice Chancellor Paul Alivisatos will chair the search committee. An announcement and request for nominations for this position will be posted shortly.

December 8, 2016

November 29, 2016

November 9, 2016

We know that the results of yesterday's election have sparked fear and concern among many in our community; in particular our immigrant and undocumented communities, Muslim, African American, Chicanx/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, survivors of sexual assault, people with disabilities, women, and many others. We are reaching out to you with a message of support. UC Berkeley leadership remains steadfast in our values and committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students, faculty, and staff.
The results of yesterday’s election came as a surprise to most of us, regardless of our political views. It will take time for us to process and understand the meaning of the vote, both because we face a period of uncertainty and transition, and because the vote followed a deeply divisive and polarizing campaign. The election season has witnessed a pervasive rhetoric of intolerance across our nation, which has been a cause of alarm and concern for many of us. As a campus community, we must use this moment to reaffirm our own values of respect and inclusion, while working together to preserve academic freedom, fearless inquiry, and diversity.

October 4, 2016

I am delighted to announce that Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, effective January 1, 2017. He will replace Harry LeGrande, who is retiring after more than 35 years at UC Berkeley. Steve currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Residential & Student Service Programs (RSSP). In his stead, we are announcing that David A. Surratt, Ed.D., has agreed to serve as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for RSSP. David is currently the Associate Dean of Students.

October 3, 2016

The Chancellor has informed me that he has accepted the resignation of Vice Chancellor for Real Estate, Robert Lalanne, effective immediately. We will announce our plans for the management of the Real Estate portfolio shortly, but it is our intention to eliminate the Vice Chancellor position and continue the effort to strategically manage our physical assets.

September 7, 2016

Each member of the UC Berkeley community has a role to play in the ongoing effort to end sexual violence and sexual harassment on our campus. As the semester gets underway, we encourage you to spend some time on Berkeley’s survivor support website learning about what constitutes sexual violence and sexual harassment, our prevention and safety programs, how to respond, and how to get help in an emergency. We also hope that you will familiarize yourselves with new University of California systemwide policies on these critical issues, and especially what the new policies mean for the reporting of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination.

September 6, 2016

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu as Vice Provost for Academic and Space Planning, for an initial two-year period with the possibility of extension at the discretion of the next Chancellor and my successor. Her appointment as Vice Provost will begin on October 1, 2016.

August 22, 2016

Update pursuant to my announcement last week that I will be stepping down as Chancellor as soon as a successor is selected and in place.