Statements & news


July 10, 2019

Berkeley Graduate Division

Welcome to a new year at Cal! I am excited and humbled to be starting this year as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division.

Cal has long been a place of innovation, an institution that has produced knowledge that has, literally, changed the world. But I also know that the past few years have been challenging on campus and that many of our graduate students struggle to keep body and soul together.

With that in mind, I have three main goals that I hope to advance this year:

July 2, 2019

Chancellor's Office

Dear Campus Community,

I write to you today to share some information which I hope will serve as a reminder to our community that there are people around us who carry with them different life experiences and identities, and with whom we have a shared humanity.

Last week, in an unfortunate escalation of events next to a playground on university property, two young Black boys, sons of two of our students, were detained by two of our campus police officers. 

July 1, 2019

Berkeley News

UC Berkeley joined the tens of thousands who flooded into downtown San Francisco on Sunday to celebrate LGBTQ pride. Clad in T-shirts that read “Fiat Love” and holding “Go Bears” signs, the campus community — led by the Cal Alumni Association and Gender Equity Resource Center — brought their Cal spirit as they joined some 50,000 marchers and dozens of floats on Market St. In addition to honoring the city’s vibrant LGBTQ history, the celebration also marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City.

June 27, 2019

Berkeley News

This week, Native American college students are considering law as a profession at a five-day admissions workshop on campus called the Pipeline to Law Initiative. It’s the first time the three-year-old program has been offered at Berkeley Law.

The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) has reinvented itself on campus during the past school year, and the hope is that the initiative, which got underway Wednesday, also will help reintroduce Native American issues at Berkeley Law and across the campus.

The Daily Californian

At what point in a nearly four-year same-sex relationship does one question their own sexuality? For some, the heavy lifting has been done long before the relationship starts. For others, it’s an ongoing investigation. 

I entered my relationship believing the former for myself, but in the last year I’ve rapidly descended into the latter. 

June 26, 2019

Dear campus community,


Every member of the UC Berkeley community is a valuable contributor to the university, regardless of immigration status. We recognize that recent reports of potential raids have many in our community (locally and in other parts of the country) feeling a heightened level of anxiety. We remain steadfast in welcoming, supporting, and building community with our undocumented students and staff.