Support to members of our campus community with ties to Israel and Palestine

October 11, 2023
It's important to recognize the historical and contemporary conflicts in Israel and Palestine, and their impact on members of our Berkeley community who share personal connections to the region, whether it be familial, religious, ethnic, national, academic, or ideological.

UC Berkeley leaders: Chauvin verdict delivers ‘a measure of justice’

April 20, 2021

Today, a jury in Minneapolis delivered a measure of justice with its conviction of Derek Chauvin on three separate charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Yet, these verdicts cannot return George Floyd to his loved ones or even begin to mend the grievous wounds caused by racism and anti-Blackness in our country. As we awaited the verdicts, many of us contemplated the true meaning of justice as we continue to deal with the continuing horror and outrage arising from the stunning number of our fellow citizens, particularly people of color, who are...

A message to UC Berkeley students during times of international tension

January 9, 2020

As you have likely seen in recent media coverage, there have been rising tensions between the federal government of the United States and the government of Iran. As these stories continue to dominate headlines, we acknowledge there are concerns for the impact these events may have on those of Iranian descent, those with ties to other parts of the Middle East, and others, including our veterans and reservists.

The physical and emotional safety and well-being of our students, as well as faculty and staff, is of paramount importance to the university. We are committed to a truly...

Announcing the Undergraduate Student Diversity Project

December 6, 2018

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

One of my most important goals for Berkeley is to advance and expand diversity on this campus, in its broadest sense and in every form.

Today, I am writing to announce our launch of the first wave of new, accelerated efforts in this arena. Work is now underway on a comprehensive Undergraduate Student Diversity Project, and we soon will present funding proposals for new programs to potential donors who share our values and objectives. After the new year begins, I expect to share information about similar plans to support and expand diversity...

Message from Chancellor Dirks

March 19, 2014

Dear Campus Community,

Today the Office of the President has released the findings from the system-wide Campus Climate Survey that was conducted in 2013. While the Berkeley-specific survey data indicate that we have ample reason to take pride in the progress we have made, they also make clear that there is much more work to be done.

For example, the survey found that 1 in 4 of people on campus reported some form of exclusion, intimidation, bullying or isolation. It also found that underrepresented minorities feel less comfortable at Berkeley than members of other ethnic...

Statement from Chancellor Christ on student detained by immigration authorities

January 8, 2018

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ today issued this statement on the UC Berkeley student who has been detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency:

On Saturday, January 6, I sent a message of support and solidarity to the Berkeley students who are making extraordinary efforts to secure the release of our student detained near the U.S-Mexico border.

While I explained that student privacy laws and UC policy limit what we may say publicly about this matter, I assured them – and by extension all who care deeply about this matter – that campus...

Sunday's Demonstration Activities and Resources

August 28, 2017

To the Berkeley Campus Community,

As you may be aware, on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., a demonstration called “No to Marxism in America” is scheduled to take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, three blocks west of campus. There also is planned demonstration activity the day prior, on Saturday, Aug. 26, in San Francisco.

Recent reports suggest extreme elements from opposing ends of the political spectrum may seek to violently confront one another at these demonstrations. The city of Berkeley is strongly recommending that everyone avoid the...

Making staff diversity a priority

April 2, 2019

What follows is the third in a series of messages about our plans to expand the diversity of our university community in the broadest sense and in every form. Last December, I outlined the overarching values and objectives of these efforts and focused on the work underway on the...

Fall 2020 - Student Engagement and Services

August 6, 2020

Dear campus community -

As you know, we will start the fall 2020 semester with remote instruction and by offering student services remotely. As leaders of the Student Engagement and Services Recovery Management Team, we want to share updates about how we plan to support you and about our readiness plans under the evolving circumstances.

You also are invited to learn more during our upcoming Student Experience Conversation: Student Engagement and...

Plans to Advance Faculty Diversity

February 25, 2019

Last December, in a message to the campus, I outlined the overarching values and objectives that form the foundation of our plans to expand the diversity of our university community in the broadest sense and in every form. While I stressed the importance of diversity and equity of experience for all populations on campus, the focus of that communication was on Berkeley’s undergraduate student body and our new...