Monday, December 10, 2012

Sustainable Community Development Project in Nicaragua

Join Us to Nicaragua to Implement Sustainable Community Development Projects
Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7pm – 265 McCone Hall
We need your help to stop hunger and unsustainable agricultural practices in the impoverished community of Chacraseca, Nicaragua. Join other UC Berkeley students this spring break to provide a sustainable food supply and community education that will empower the local community to meet its
own agricultural and development needs. You will get hands on experience in the field, working directly with community members to develop strategies to address reforestation and sustainable agriculture. The project is also coordinated by a local Agroecologist trained in biointensive farming methods and sustainable community development. Stop by our info session to find out how you can be involved in this amazing program and how to get sponsored to support your travel costs. (Speaking
Spanish is not mandatory - translators are provided).
Please check out more information.
Or learn more, please contact Mallory Bressler at

Study Abroad Newsletter - Financial Aid Advising, Workshops, etc.

News & Events

Financial Aid Advising in BSA
Thanks to a special partnership between Berkeley Study Abroad and the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, financial aid counselors are now advising in the BSA office in 160 Stephens Hall. If you have questions about financial aid for study abroad, visit us for drop-in advising or

Photo Contest Winners Announced
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Berkeley Study Abroad has announced the winners of the 2012 Study Abroad Photo Contest. Winners were selected in the following categories "Landscapes," "People & Culture," and "Bears Abroad." To view the winning submissions, visit ourphotos page

January EAP Application Deadline
Berkeley Study Abroad is accepting applications for the UC Education Abroad Program. Submit yourapplication by Tuesday, January 3 for select summer and fall 2013 program options.

2013 Berkeley Abroad Programs Announced
                                                      Education Week
Study or intern abroad next summer with Berkeley Abroad, UC Berkeley's own study abroad program! 2013 program information is now online, including new options in China, Estonia, and India. Application opens February 1, 2013. For more information, visit the Berkeley Abroad webpage.

BSA Celebrates UCEAP 50th Anniversary 
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On Saturday, October 6, 2012, Berkeley Study Abroad hosted a special UCEAP 50th AnniversaryBBQ as part of Homecoming 2012. UCEAP alumni, students, and staff joined Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Dean Rick Russo to commemorate  50 years of study abroad at Berkeley. Check out photos of the event on our Flickr page.  

BSA Winter Recess Hours
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During the winter recess, Berkeley Study Abroad will be closed to the public Monday, December 17 toFriday, January 4. We will re-open 1-4 p.m., January 7-8 and 10-11, and return to normal hoursMonday, January 14. For more information, visit our contact page

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Upcoming Events

December EAP Application Deadline
Monday, December 3
4 p.m.
160 Stephens Hall

Study Abroad Career Workshop
Wednesday, December 5
3:30-5 p.m.
228 Dwinelle Hall

Irish Theater Information Session
Wednesday, December 5
6-7 p.m.
126 Dwinelle Annex

January EAP Application Deadline
Tuesday, January 3
160 Stephens Hall

Global Internships Information Session
Tuesday, January 29
12-1 p.m.
223 Moses Hall

For more events, visit the BSA Calendar 
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Other Voices Now Accepting Enrollment

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that Other Voices, our 2 unit course co-sponsored by the English Department and the Student Learning Center, is accepting enrollments.

Other Voices is an exciting course that introduces students to the literary studies currently being undertaken by Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and community artists interested in issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and the formations of diverse, innovative, and emerging literary cultures.
The central aims of the course are to raise student awareness of the role literature has played in shaping the historical debates about multiculturalism and rethink the ways we conceptualize identities in the United States. The course also affirms student experiences, promotes student dialogue and activism, and presents a forum for discussing interactions between diverse subjects, communities, and institutions.
Guest lecturers will come to speak at our Monday 12-1 lectures in The Multicultural Community
Center (Hearst Field Annex D).
There are one-hour discussion sections that will meet on Wednesdays at the same time, from 12-1.
If you know students who might be interested in careers where discussing and teaching literature is important and if they are looking for a fun and interactive 2 unit course, please let them know about Other Voices.
Students can visit the Other Voices website at .

FLAS Fellowship Program - Info Workshop and Applications

There will be an informational workshop for Graduate Student Advisors and Undergraduate Student Advisors discussing the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program and upcoming competitions for academic year and summer awards. Vice-chairs from the various National Resource Centers on the Berkeley campus will be in attendance. 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
11 am to noon
331 Sproul Hall **Please RSVP to Gina Farales Blanco (2-7739 or

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding to students to encourage the study of critical and less commonly taught foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies or international aspects of professional studies. These fellowships are funded
with grants from the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. The purpose of the FLAS program is to promote the training of students who intend to make their careers in college or
university teaching, government service, or other employment where knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is essential. Students in programs that combine modern language training with 1) area or
international studies, or 2) research and training in the international aspects of professional and other fields of study are eligible to apply. This includes undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, professional fields as well as the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. At UC Berkeley, funding for FLAS Fellowships is provided by seven Title VI
National Resource Centers representing various world areas, including: Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. 
Applications for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship are due Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Academic Year FLAS Announcement & Application 

Join the Cal AIDS/Lifecycle Team

Join Cal's AIDS/LifeCycle Team and make a difference!

Are you looking for an adventure? A way to connect to others at Cal?
An opportunity to make a difference for those living with HIV or AIDS?
How about riding a bike 545 miles down the California Coast and doing something great for the community?

Join us for an AIDS/Lifecycle Ride (ALC) Cal Team informational meeting! This meeting is for anyone interested in riding, roadie-ing or even just volunteering for a few hours at local events. If you have ever been interested in participating in the AIDS/Lifecycle Ride this meeting is for you - we'll give you the low-down on how you can get involved.

What: 2012-2013 AIDS/Lifecycle Cal Team Informational Meeting
When: Thursday, December 6, 5:00 pm
Where: RSF (Rec Sports) 3rd Floor Conference Room (look for signs in the RSF Lobby)
Why: To learn more about how to get involved and what to expect.

Please RSVP for the meeting and/or send any questions via our Google Doc:
Devin Wicks and Christine Shaff, team co-captains, will respond to any questions. If you can't make it Thursday please leave us your name and contact info and we'll be in touch about future meetings.

To read about our team's adventures on last year's ride, go to
More about ALC (including registration forms!) can be found on the web at

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lost & Found: Canvas Bag with Belongings


A canvas bag with a few items was found at the Undergrad Advising waiting area. Contact the frontdesk if the bag is yours, and be prepared to describe what's in it!

SLC Writing Program's Other Voices course now accepting Spring enrollments

• Are you interested in taking a great two-unit Spring 2013 course?

• Are you interested in hearing ten dynamic and entertaining speakers talk about how they wrote or did research on multicultural literature?

• Are you curious about what goes into becoming an author and scholar?

• Want a slow introduction into writing about literature where you can practice and get feedback from other students?

We are happy to announce that the SLC Writing Program's Other Voices course is has now begun accepting Spring 2013 enrollments.

Other Voices is an exciting course sponsored by the Student Learning Center and the English Department. It introduces students to the literary

studies currently being undertaken by Berkeley faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and community artists interested in issues of race, class, gender,
ethnicity, and the formations of diverse, innovative, and emerging literary cultures.

In the past 20 years, students from all backgrounds have taken the course and given us great evaluations stating how much they enjoyed the speakers

and how more confident they became as readers and writers.

The central aims of the course are to raise student awareness of the role literature has played in shaping the historical debates about multiculturalism and rethink the ways we conceptualize identities in the United States. The course also affirms student experiences, promotes student dialogue and activism, and presents a forum for discussing interactions between diverse subjects, communities, and institutions.

Guest lecturers will come to speak at our Monday 12-1 lectures in The Multicultural Community Center (Hearst Field Annex D).

There are one-hour discussion sections that will meet on Wednesdays at the same time, from 12-1.

If you are interested in careers where discussing and teaching literature might be important or if you are looking for a fun and interactive 2 unit course, please consider taking Other Voices.

The course control number is 28081 for freshmen and sophomores and 28336 for juniors and seniors.

I invite you to visit our Other Voices website at . There, you can read more details about the class and look at some sample work students have done.

Strategies 4 Success - Make the most of RRR Week - Today from 4-6!


Strategies 4 Success in the Student Learning Center will be hosting our annual "Making the Most of RRR Week" for undergraduates in need of tips, tools, and techniques on how to use RRR week wisely.

This event will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 4-6pm in the Cesar Chavez Atrium. There will be free food and plenty of sage advice from our experienced peer mentors.

Want tips on how to prepare effectively for final exams and projects?
Anxious about finals?

Meet with SLC Strategies 4 Success Mentors to learn how to:
. Prepare for different kinds of exams
. Organize your study time
. Maintain health and motivation

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Chavez Student Center Atrium (next to SLC Strategies Drop-In Space)

There will be free food!

RSVP here:

Walk-ins also welcome!

Please contact contact Gonzalo Arrizon (, 642-1330) or Chaniqua Butscher (, 643-9278) with any questions.

Assistant Program Coordinator for MCC - Information and Application

Job Title: Assistant Program Coordinator
Job ID: #14910
Location: Multicultural Community Center, UC Berkeley Main Campus
Time: Part time (75%)
Apply at:

First Application Review Date: Nov. 30, 2012

This is a career position with a funding end date of June 30, 2015. Continuity of position is dependent on continuity of funding.

Departmental Overview
The Multicultural, Sexuality, and Gender Centers (MSGC) provide complex and multi-format programs and services to priority student populations to foster a welcoming, respectful, and safe campus climate for all students; promote the academic success, graduation, and transition to graduate programs and careers; and promote engagement in multicultural practices that enrich the Berkeley environment. These services have a critical impact on the campus’ ability to fulfill its mission of equity, access, and inclusion to California’s diverse student population.

The MSGC cluster serves Berkeley’s diverse and multicultural student populations, including students who have historically experienced roadblocks due to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, socio-economic level, and sexual orientation. The Multicultural Community Center (MCC) is a program within the MSGC cluster and is seeking an Assistant Program Director who will be responsible for supporting day-to-day activities and programs in the MCC. This position will collaborate with the MCC Program Director to develop and implement programs and strategies that create a sense of inclusion for students; support opportunities for students from different lived experiences to share their perspectives; build community across differences; and promote students’ academic success and retention. The Multicultural Community Center serves undergraduate and graduate students who are underrepresented, low income, first generation, among other constituencies and communities, both on and off-campus

Responsibilities of Position
• Provides advice about academic and personal development resources to students engaged in ethnic specific, multicultural and/or cross-cultural studies, programs, services and organizations. Refers students to appropriate campus and community resources.
• Supports programs, services, activities, and strategies that promote critical dialogue and social change around multiculturalism, campus climate, and issues of equity and inclusion.
• Works with student groups on planning their multicultural events. Coordinates staffing and other logistical needs. Assures issues of safety, security and risk management are addressed.
• Assists in preparing promotional materials and proposals for extramural funding.
• Facilitates collaborative group processes and uses innovative pedagogical models in collaboration with the MCC Program Director. Co-facilitates seminars designed to promote students’ academic success and retention, personal development and leadership formation.
• Supports relationships with stakeholders on and off campus critical to program success. Promotes collaboration among various student, staff, faculty, and community constituencies with interests in social justice, equity and inclusion.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
• Knowledge of the histories, theories, and practice of multiculturalism, multicultural student development and student leadership development.
• Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student academic and personal development, such as collaborative and student-centered teaching/learning models, small group facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
• Knowledge of trends and issues facing students from low-income, underrepresented, multiracial, multiethnic, mixed-race, mixed-ethnic, immigrant, refugee, disability, gay, lesbian, and transgender backgrounds.
• Knowledge of community, labor, youth, and/or student organizing.
• Knowledge of research methodology and design.
• Experience collecting and analyzing data, and generating reports.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty.
• Highly developed interpersonal and public communication skills including political acumen, social/cultural perceptiveness, conflict management and intervention strategies.
• Working knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and practices of multicultural event planning and campus-community relations, including event design, organization and production.
• Working knowledge and experience analyzing complex situations and identifying solutions to solve problems.
• Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced degree in related area.
• One to two years professional experience in related area.

Salary & Benefits
This is a 75% time, career position. The hiring annual salary at 100% will range between $42,000 - $52,000.

In addition to salary, the University offers a highly competitive benefits package.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Berkeley Jobs website:

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

More information about the Multicultural Community Center

Announcing Big Ideas Courses

Announcing the Big Ideas Courses!

Big Ideas Courses are taught by interdisciplinary teams of our best teachers. They approach a topic from more than one disciplinary perspective, and they invite students from all disciplinary backgrounds to participate.

You can see details about all five spring 2013 Big Ideas Courses at Brief details below. (Note: some have not yet been assigned L&S breadth, but it may be worthwhile grabbing a seat while they are still available.)

L&S 22: Sense and Sensibility and Science
Nobelist Saul Perlmutter (Physics), John Campbell (Philosophy) and Rob MacCoun (Public Policy, Law)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-2:00, CCN: 51863 - 3 units

The approaches to problem-solving developed by scientists have proven to be quite effective, and yet we as individuals, groups, and larger societies do not often seem to be able to take advantage even of rational approaches to problems--let alone the "hyper-rationality" offered by science. Watching the political process of our country--or even the discussions of a small committee--can therefore often feel quite disheartening. We should be able to do better!

Interested students: please fill out a short, simple demographic survey at and waitlist yourself for the course.

Letters & Science 121: Origins in Science and Religion
Ron Hendel (Near Eastern Studies) and Kevin Padian (Integrative Biology)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, ccn: 51992 - 4 Units

This course explores the concepts of origins in science and religion and their cultural contexts and entanglements, from antiquity to the present. Popular culture tends to emphasize the conflict between science and religion on such issues, particularly, in recent times, with respect to the origin of life and its evolution (including human evolution). We hold that science must acknowledge history, both the history of the natural world and the history of concepts about it, and that religion must deal with the changing knowledge of science, including issues of origins, causation, and teleology. Our guiding questions include: What are origins, and why do we want to know about them? How does this desire manifest itself in different ways of constructing and analyzing knowledge? What sorts of intellectual processes, standards, and tests can be applied to different concepts of origins? What happens when different notions of origins clash? How do we negotiate these clashes in today’s world?

Satisfies the Philosophy and Values breadth requirement in the College of Letters & Science.

Letters & Science 122: Time
Raphael Bousso (Physics), Hubert Dreyfus (Philosophy) and Sean Kelly (Harvard Philosophy)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, ccn: 52013 - 4 Units

Augustine said, famously, that he always thought he understood what time was until he started thinking about it. That was when he realized he had no idea. This course will address various aspects of the nature of time, including the way we experience it, the way it organizes our everyday world, and the way it stands – if it does – at the foundation of the physical universe.

Computer Science C79 (CCN: 26459) Statistics C79 (CCN: 87960) and Political Science C79 (CCN 71570): Societal Risks and Law
Cathryn Carson (History), Nicholas P. Jewell (Public Health), Stephen Mahin (Civil Engineering), Jasjeet Sekhon (Political Science), Philip B. Stark (Statistics), and David Wagner (Computer Science)
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:30, 3 Units

What does "risk" mean? How can it be measured or estimated? Which risks are worth worrying about, and which are not? Which should you be more concerned about: driving while texting, salmonella in Caesar salad, global warming, BPA, living near power lines, or a major earthquake? To what extent can laws and regulations reduce risks or protect us from risks such as these? To what extent should they? How much should society be willing to pay to insure us from such risks? This course addresses these questions by examining a variety of risks ranging from earthquakes to food contaminants to nuclear power to cellphones, and legislative and regulatory responses to those risks.

Satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth requirement in the College of Letters & Science.

Music 128P: Music and Meaning
Hannah Ginsborg (Philosophy) and Mary Ann Smart (Music)
Tuesday 1:00-4:00, ccn: 60568 - 3 Units

This course will explore the question of whether music has meaning, and if so, what kind. Can music represent, say, birdsong, or the sea, or merely imitate? If music expresses emotions, then whose--those of the listener? the composer? the performer? We will consider parallels and contrasts between linguistic and musical meaning, theories of how music can be expressive, and the question of whether music can convey political meaning. The course will be taught as a seminar, and students will be expected to participate actively. Each week’s discussion will be structured around the interaction between musical excerpts and readings, drawn from historical and contemporary literature in philosophy, musicology, and the psychology of music.

This course is instructor approval only. Interested students please email both instructors at and

Apply to 2013 Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program

Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program
They Had Vision - What's Yours?Are you currently engaged in service and/or working for social justice? Are you ready to deepen the impact of your work for change? Join the new campus-wide “Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program” for any undergraduate or graduate who is committed to making a difference in the world and meet your peers, develop your leadership skills and be eligible for grants up to $5000 to actualize your community-based projects.
Website: Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program
Apply Online:
Register to receive CCN

What students have said about Shinnyo-en Peacebuilding Leadership Program:
“We are only in week 6 and I feel like my development as a person and as a leader has become more rapid. This experience has been essential in my life. I have learned about relationship – that yes, relationships occur human to human but also human to environment, human to object, human to animal, human to condition, and human to coping. I’ve taken away that what we do in life is cope - cope with our circumstances. Those that look up, those who look toward something, are creative and strive for a better tomorrow not just for themselves, but for others – these people are leaders. Being in a room filled with these people has made a huge impact on me and my perspective on life.” 
“This class is amazing. It helps us examine ourselves so we can be the change we want to see in the world. I have learned about dialogue and what that really means. I have begun my visualization project and I am learning about being a leader.” 
“I am learning that to fulfill my purposes in my community, I need to fulfill my purposes in myself and that these purposes are the same (or similar) and do not need to be extracted from one another but can be fulfilled simultaneously.” 
“I especially love the focus of service as a calling. To be around so many distinct and open individuals who appreciate service has been amazing.”

Gender Equity Resource Center - Newsletter

Here is this week's Gender Equity Resource Center Newsletter. Feel free to subscribe to this newsletter and receive frequent updates! 

Young People For Leadership Development Fellowship - Info and Application

Young People For (YP4) Leadership Development Fellowship
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2013

Young People For (YP4) is a strategic, long-term leadership development program that identifies, engages and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders. Our one-year fellowship equips diverse college students with the skills and resources necessary to create change that lasts on their campuses and in their communities.

YP4 Fellows receive access to:
Trainings from national and regional progressive movement leaders
One-on-one mentoring from YP4 staff, alumni and partner leaders in the progressive movement
Assistance and support in implementing a sustainable, community-driven action plan

Apply for the Fellowship today or nominate another progressive leader on campus! Applications are due no later than February 7, 2013. Contact William Dennis at or by phone at 202.467.2341 if you have any questions about the Fellowship.