Council on Students of Color and Multicultural Engagement

Charge:

The Chancellor’s Council on Students of Color and Multicultural Engagement is a standing committee reporting to the Chancellor, comprised of UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty. The committee identifies, analyzes, and partners with the Chancellor on proposing tangible and productive changes to address the needs and concerns of students of color on campus—both graduate and undergraduate—recognizing their fundamental connection to community issues and contexts. It is charged with helping to discover and eliminate institutional barriers to success on campus, while drawing on the leadership, innovation and knowledge of students of color for the continued transformation of both UC Berkeley and society at large.

Objectives:

  • Bring a holistic perspective on the experiences and needs of students of color to high level campus conversations; this includes ensuring policies and practices are accountable to students’ intersectional identities related to gender, sexual orientation, immigrant background, economic status, dis/ability, and religious background in conjunction with racial/ethnic experiences.
  • Promote active support of scholarly research, teaching, and community engagement that advances the intellectual interests and development of students of color.
  • Provide a collective voice on policy related to students of color and multicultural topics, which includes engagement of student leaders across campus.
  • Support, advocate for, and defend cutting edge cultural, cross-cultural and leadership development programming for students of color.
  • Partner with UC Berkeley’s Chancellor and Administration to address climate issues on and off campus related to students of color, racial/ethnic dynamics, and cross cultural understanding.
  • Monitor progress on implementing recommendations from the 2013 Chancellor’s Multicultural Student Development Taskforce. A full list of recommendations is found in the Taskforce’s final report.
  • Provide ongoing consultation to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion, and other campus leaders on issues related to the charge of the Council.

Membership

Student Representatives

Ex officio:

  • African American Student Development
  • Asian Pacific American Student Development
  • Cross Cultural Student Development
  • Chicano Latino Student Development
  • Native American Student Development
  • Multicultural Community Center
  • ASUC
  • Graduate Assembly
  • bridges Multicultural Resource Center
  • Multicultural Immigrant Student Program

Additional student representatives 2-3 undergraduate; 3 graduate.

Staff Representatives

Ex officio:

  • Multicultural Student Development Cluster
  • Multicultural Community Center

Additional staff representatives (2-3)

Faculty Representatives (2)

Executive Sponsor: Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion

Commitments Required of Members

  • Strong interest in supporting the access, success, and well-being of students of color (undergraduate and graduate) at Berkeley.
  • Ability and willingness to serve a one or two year term (renewable).
  • Attendance at monthly Council meetings (September–May), as well as periodic meetings with UC administrators (e.g., Chancellor, Vice Chancellors).
  • Participation in committee work between meetings, as needed.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively across campus constituencies to promote UC’s overall diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

For further information about the Council, please read about our Historical Context and Guiding Principles. Please contact Amy Scharf at (510) 642-8844 or ascharf@berkeley.edu with any questions or requests related to the Council.