Job Requisition Number: 25693. The Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD) provides support services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community.
The Office for Graduate Diversity serves as a resource for the admissions process, academic support, financial advice, and professional development. It also provides a forum for ideas and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of underrepresented students, including those who are undocumented, first generation college students, and those who are educationally and financially challenged.
For over 45 years, UC Berkeley has been committed to encouraging and supporting underrepresented students on the Berkeley campus. The Office for Graduate Diversity was established to provide outreach, confidential advising, and mentoring support to students who seek to obtain graduate degrees at UC Berkeley.
Advising and Retention Support: •Provides multicultural, academic counseling, coaching, mentoring, advocating, and conflict resolution strategies for undocumented graduate students across all disciplines and colleges •Serves as one of the primary campus contacts and referral point person for cohorts of admitted and continuing undocumented graduate students. •Provides support, guidance and coaching to students. •Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with student service and academic departments on campus to resolve sensitive and complex student issues on finances, billing, housing, access to health care, personal issues, etc.
Program Development and Coordination: •Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity, incumbent develops and administers specialized and complex programs and projects that are designed to enhance undocumented graduate student success. • Supports with conducting comprehensive analyses of students’ issues and needs and provides solutions and alternatives to problem areas. • Implements a communication model to provide students with timely information on special resources, events and activities, important deadlines, and academic and enrichment opportunities. •Works in partnership with the Undocumented Student Program to identify undocumented student needs and co-launch appropriate response. •Works in partnership with the Campus Task Force to implement programs, workshops and trainings to advocate for the needs of undocumented graduate students •Assists with delivery of trainings, workshops, and presentations to audiences including paraprofessionals, campus staff in academic support and student services units, graduate interns, post-doctoral interns, and system-wide UC professionals regarding undocumented graduate student issues and effective retention and academic success models.
Outreach and Resource Provision: • Serves as one of the primary campus contacts and referral point person for cohorts of admitted and continuing undocumented graduate students. •Coordinates with staff from departments, academic and professional, Graduate Division, Office of the Registrar, USP, Campus Council, Health Services, and private and nonprofit organizations to compile and centralize information(such as website) pertaining to undocumented graduate students •Assists with establishing and maintaining a pipeline that will connect undocumented undergraduates with post-baccalaureate opportunities (including but not limited to mentoring, internships, graduate school, and professional development opportunities).
Advocacy •Advocate on behalf of undocumented graduate students to develop sustainable alternative funding sources for students who experience funding gaps •Advocate for students who encounter challenges with academic demands but encounter barriers due to status•Knowledge of the trends, characteristics, and issues facing diverse graduate student populations in particular as they relate to the undocumented and immigrant experience, low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education. •Knowledge of providing holistic counseling to “at risk” student populations. •Strong understanding of the services and resources available for undocumented populations. •Knowledge and sensitivity to issues that arise with language acquisition. •Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of multicultural counseling, •Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching/learning models, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy. •Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, undocumented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education. •Knowledge and experience in analyzing complex situations and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs designed to meet the diverse needs of students. •Preferred knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies. •Demonstrated skills in establishing and sustaining effective working partnerships with a diverse group of staff, faculty, and administrators •Preferred knowledge of Federal, state, and local requirements to provide for access, health, confidentiality, and safety; legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of counseling services. •Knowledge of the applicability of California state bills AB540, AB130, and AB131 on undocumented student access to higher education in California
Education/Training: •Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training •Masters in Counseling, Social Work, Education, or relevant equivalent training in micro counseling preferred
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.