Statements & news

August 15, 2017

The Los Angeles Times

Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to lead the nation’s top public research university, unveiled plans Tuesday for a “Free Speech Year” as right-wing speakers prepare to come to campus.

Cal Message

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The beginning of the school year is always a magical time for me – a blank sheet of paper, the first page of a novel. You feel the excitement of all the beginnings that surround you – new students embarking on their college or graduate school years, new faculty beginning their Berkeley careers. It was in my first year as a faculty member here that I fell in love with Berkeley – a love that still animates me now.

August 14, 2017

Cal Message

Dear campus community,

I, like so many of you, am horrified by what occurred in Virginia over the weekend. Today, I join with millions of others to condemn the reprehensible acts of the racist groups that brought violence and mayhem to Charlottesville and to the University of Virginia campus.

August 2, 2017

The Daily Californian

A self-described "positivity activist," Shola Richards knows how to connect to a crowd. On stage at UC Berkeley's fifth annual NOW Conference, Richards, author of "Making Work Work," has been tasked with infusing UC Berkeley's staff with a healthy dose of positivity — something that he works on daily.

"I try to leave a person or place just a little bit better than you found them," he tells a full auditorium. "It's not forever. It's just today. And today. And today," he says with a smile.

July 31, 2017

The Daily Californian

No woman is an island.

A lot of attention has been focused on Carol Christ, but it's her new cabinet that will make or break her tenure.

Christ's appointees are all well qualified. It's nice that a lot of them come from UC Berkeley. That some of them have already worked closely with Christ speaks volumes to the team's larger potential.

All in all, not too shabby. Here's the breakdown of the five newest appointees.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost: Paul Alivisatos

July 20, 2017

Berkeley News

UC Berkeley officials said today they are confident they will be able to accommodate a request from the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) for conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to speak on campus on Sept. 14.