Letter to the Editor – Campus Climate Issues Resurface on Astronomy Department Listserv: Discussion with Concerned Students and Faculty

By: Tasha Hauff, Ph.D. Student, Ethnic Studies Last Monday, April 20th, UC Berkeley Astronomy faculty used the department listserv to circulate an email concerning the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, which the TMT Observatory Corporation seeks to build on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. Though the email was brief, it contained harmful language aimed at […]

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The Graduate Bay Cruise 2015

The Graduate Student Bay Cruise set sail this past Saturday, April 25th in San Francisco. Berkeley grad students and friends lined Pier 3 in semi-formal attire and anxiously waited to board the 292-foot San Francisco Belle. Part of the “Hornblower Cruises” fleet, the Belle provided us with four open bars, 2 floors of dancing, plentiful […]


Wellness Party Goes Well

Anthony Hall and patio filled with cheery graduate students for the Graduate Student Happiness & Well-Being Report Release Party! The results officially came out earlier that morning, partly covered in a TBG article that the Director of Graduate Student Wellness Janell Tryon authored. Tryon welcomed the guests, and School of Information PhD student Galen Panger presented the […]

Dolores McElroy from Film Studies and Tholfaqar Mardan Al Emara from Engineering meet at the party

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Exceptional Faculty Mentors at UC Berkeley: Above and Beyond Academia

On Thursday, April 9th, campus community members gathered at Anna Head Alumnae Hall to honor faculty who made an outstanding contribution to mentoring graduate students at UC Berkeley. Around 60 students, faculty, and staff attended the ceremony where both the Graduate Division awards and the Graduate Assembly awards were presented. The event was emotional; many […]


Making Noise and Providing Silence: Enhancing Graduate Student Well-Being

Two Years of Wellness Advocacy After two years of health and wellness advocacy with the Graduate Assembly, I am enthusiastic to see so many positive changes afoot, here at UC Berkeley. As my position, title, and responsibilities have evolved to more specifically focus on campus community well-being, so too has the campus shifted its prioritization. […]

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