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Campus Launches $6 Billion Campaign

Chair John Perez speaking

UC Berkeley celebrated leap day by launching its largest ever fundraising campaign: $6 billion by 2023. It’s the most ambitious goal ever set by a public university without a medical school. UC Regent John A. Pérez was an honored guest and speaker at the campaign kickoff celebration at California Memorial Stadium. Light the Way: The Campaign for Berkeley has raised $3.4 billion since its quiet phase began January 1, 2014. Regent Pérez was also the keynote speaker at the UC Berkeley Foundation Board meeting last week where he spoke with the Trustees about a wide range of policy issues involving Regents and state policymakers, including progress on the search for a new UC President.

Federal Government Relations

Congress Passes Coronavirus Funds to Slow Epidemic

DC lawmakers took swift action to pass $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The bill includes $7.7 billion in new funding to bolster vaccine development, research, equipment stockpiles and state and local health budgets, as government officials and health workers fight to contain the outbreak, which has claimed 11 lives in the U.S. and sickened more than 100 people in more than a dozen states.

Berkeley also had its first confirmed case of coronavirus raising fears it could be present in our community. UC Berkeley instructors are preparing in case the virus is spread on campus, which could disrupt classes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying home if you are sick, covering your cough or sneeze, and frequently washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched. The latest guidance on UC Berkeley’s response can be found here.

AVC Jackson in DC, Raises Connection Between Arts & Humanities and Democracy, Equity

Associate Vice Chancellor for Art+Design Shannon Jackson visited Capitol Hill this week to express steadfast support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In response to the Administration’s recent attempts to eliminate the NEA and NEH, Jackson made the case that Congress should continue increasing these appropriations, which would be consistent with the last three years. Jackson shared an important trend in higher education: "the integration of the humanities and arts with sciences, engineering, and medicine at the undergraduate and graduate level—which proponents argue will better prepare students for work, life, and citizenship," referencing a recent National Academies of Science report “Branches from the Same Tree.” Jackson also discussed the role that humanities and arts play in inspiring conversations about the future of democracy as well as raising issues of equity, race and gender. While in DC, Jackson met with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) and Congressman John Garamendi (D-Sacramento) and staff from the offices of Representatives Matsui (D-Sacramento), Thompson (D-Santa Rosa), Swalwell (D-Castro Valley), Lee (D-Oakland), Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek). Jackson also met with Ashley Bear, Senior Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Pictured: AVC Jackson with Representatives Speier and Garamendi.

AVC Jackson with Rep Speier; and Garamendi

State Government Relations

Proposition 13 Headed for Defeat

Table showig the No votes are winningWith mail-in ballots still expected to be processed through Friday, the $15 billion General Obligation Bond for Education Facilities is unlikely to achieve the 50% + 1 vote total needed for passage. The measure — qualified for the ballot by the legislature with bipartisan support — would have authorized $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facilities, including $9 billion for preschool and K-12 schools, $4 billion for universities, and $2 billion for community colleges. The measure’s number, which was randomly selected, evoked confusion among many voters more familiar with the 1978 Proposition 13 which capped property taxes. Read the CalMatters Article to learn more about the bond measure.

UC Regent Pérez Talks Politics on Panel Hosted by IGS and Social Science Matrix

Panel seated at tableUC Regent John Pérez, who previously served as the Speaker of the California Assembly, recently participated on a panel sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Social Science Matrix about the California Primary and Super Tuesday. He was joined by Mark Di Camillo, Director, IGS Survey; David Lauter, Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times; and David Carillo (Chair), Executive Director, California Constitution Center, Berkeley Law. To learn more, view a video of the conversation.

Local Government & Community Relations

120+ Attend People's Park Open House

History of the city and park on display

A 3-D model for feedback

Approximately 120 people attended the second of three open houses hosted by Capital Strategies to provide information about, and opportunity for discussion of, UC Berkeley’s plans for the proposed housing project at People’s Park. The focus of this open house was to receive feedback on site plan concepts and input on commemoration themes and ideas, as well as share information about UC Berkeley student housing and supportive housing in the Bay Area. Held at the Crutch Theater, project architects, campus planners, and Local GCR Director Rubén Lizardo facilitated conversations and answered questions about the proposed project, which will include student housing, supportive housing for homeless Berkeley residents, and open space to honor the history of the park. Participants included students, staff and leaders from the community, campus and the city. To learn more about the open house and the plans for the park, visit the Capital Strategies website.

Building Community, Seeking Sanctuary Through Stories

With the goal of generating empathy, healing, and justice through storytelling, Amplifying Sanctuary Voices (ASV) has hosted several community building events on and near campus. ASV is a community-based oral history project that centers the stories of Bay Area residents who have come to the U.S. seeking sanctuary. ASV facilitates public dialogue through immersive events, creating space in the mainstream political conversation for the diverse voices and experiences of those impacted by policy decisions. Following a recent evening of storytelling and listening held at 1951 Coffee, ASV has an exhibit of the Early Sanctuary Movement in the Bay Area on display in the ASUC through the end of the school year (second floor, near the Sky Bridge). ASV plans to share more interactive programs and exhibits in community spaces and schools throughout Berkeley. Funded in part by the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, ASV is a coalition of community organizations including East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, the Public Service Center at UC Berkeley, Inside the Living Room, Voice of Witness, Youth UnMuted, and 1951 Coffee. Other funders include California Humanities (, and individual donors and volunteers. For more information on how to support your fellow community members, contact

Amplifying Sanctuary Voices event participants


flyer for the eventBlack Women in Higher Education Leadership
March 19, 6 to 8 pm
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, Oakland
In celebration of Women's History Month, all are invited to meet and welcome Bay Area Black Women in Higher Education Leadership new to the Bay Area. The event is hosted by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Black Women Organized for Political Action, AKA Xi Gamma Omega Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. It features: Dr. Linda Burton, Dean, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley; Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor, Peralta Community College District; Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Holy Names University. Free Admission. Food will be served. RSVP today.

More Campus Events and News!
Remember, you can always check out upcoming campus events on the campus calendar and be sure to check the Berkeley News Center for your campus news needs. The Registrar’s office also has the academic calendar for this and coming years available for you to view.

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