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Student Life at Berkeley Social Welfare

The Berkeley Social Welfare graduate program is an international leader in producing the next generation of social work practitioners and scholars.  With a strong commitment to the publicly supported social services, it prepares professionals for a wide range of social work careers and educates doctoral students for careers in teaching, research and policy analysis. 

Current MSW and PhD students may make an appointment with the Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO), Joshua Dullaghan, by e-mailing him at jdullaghan@berkeley.edu.  The GSAO provides holistic advising regarding issues concerning academics, enrollment, student funding, community participation, and general well-being.

 

Campus Student Support Services
Berkeley Parents Network
Child Care: University Early Childhood Education Program
Disabled Students Program (DSP)
Gender Equity Resource Center
Health Services (Tang Center)
Graduate Division Academic Services
Graduate Student Parent Resources
Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination
Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees
PATH to Care Center
Student Family Housing

Berkeley Parents Network
Extensive web-based resource containing thousands of pages of recommendations and advice contributed by members of the Berkeley Parents Network, a parent-to-parent email network for the community of parents in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Berkeley student parents.

Child Care: University Early Childhood Education Program
The University Early Childhood Education Program serves registered Berkeley student parents with children from three months to seven years old. Priority is given to families with children currently enrolled in the program and then to low-income families with child care need (generally, parents must be in school full time or working).  Student families eligible for subsidy pay fees on a sliding scale, based on family income and family size. Some full-fee spaces are also available. Parents are asked to participate at the child care centers one to two hours per week. Spaces are limited.  Applications are accepted year-round, but admissions process begins mid-May for the fall semester and mid-November for spring semester.

Disabled Students Program (DSP)
The Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) offers a wide range of services for graduate students with disabilities, including federal and state legally mandated services and accommodations for eligible students with verified disabilities, non-mandated services and exam proctoring services for faculty. Services for students are individually designed and based on the specific needs of each student as identified by DSP Disability Specialists.  

DSP students who need academic accommodations must have Letters of Accommodation on file. The purpose of an academic accommodation is to offer the graduate student an equal opportunity to meet the department’s academic standards and requirements. To request accommodations, arrange for an individual assessment with your DSP Specialist. 

Gender Equity Resource Center
The Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq) is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality. The programs and services of the Gender Equity Resource Center are focused into four key areas: Women; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT); Sexual & Dating Violence; and Hate Crimes & Bias Driven Incidents.

Health Services (Tang Center)
University Health Services provides comprehensive medical, mental health and health promotion services to all Cal students. Students can use the medical services just as they would their regular doctor's office and urgent care center. The facility is fully accredited, staffed by board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, a nutritionist and nurses. A comprehensive counseling center, staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists, offers individual and group counseling and includes a complete career counseling center. The health promotion unit offers programs and services for keeping students healthy and safe, including many opportunities for students to get involved in shaping the public health of the campus.

Graduate Division Academic Services
The Graduate Division Academic Services Unit assists graduate students in the development of academic skills necessary of their graduate programs such as academic writing, grant writing, dissertation writing, editing and preparing articles for publication. This unit offers workshops, writing groups or individual consultations on these topics for graduate students.

Graduate Student Parent Resources Families Matter: A Guide for Graduate Student Parents [PDF] 
About one in ten of Berkeley's graduate population is a student parent.  UC Berkeley recognizes that a family-friendly academic culture is essential to the success and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.  The University is committed to supporting policies, programs, and services to help graduate student parents meet their family care obligations while they pursue their academic goals.

Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination
The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for ensuring the University provides an environment for faculty, staff and students that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of categories including race, color national origin, gender, age and sexual orientation/identity.  The OPHD Office has the specific responsibility for providing prompt and effective responses to all complaints of sex discrimination or harassment for faculty, staff and students. The Office also responds to concerns from faculty and students regarding other forms of discrimination as covered by University Nondiscrimination policies-- such as, age, religion, national origin, etc.* The OPHD Office works in collaboration with the system-wide Office of the President, offering both online and in person workshops to fulfill requirements under California State law to provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention education every two years to faculty, managers and supervisors. Further, the Office provides opportunities to staff employees and students, for education regarding issues of discrimination, equity, and the impacts of discrimination and unequal treatment on department and classroom climate.  To make a report and for general inquires, email: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu (link sends e-mail). or call the main office line at 510-643-7985.

Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees
The Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees provides informal and impartial conflict resolution services. The Ombudsperson operates as a designated neutral and independent agent of justice in University-related matters, including academic as well as administrative concerns. All matters referred to this office are held in strict confidence. The only exception, at the sole discretion of the Ombudsperson, are cases where there appears to be imminent threat of serious harm. Contact the Ombuds Office at (510) 642-5754.

PATH to Care Center
The PATH to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Confidential advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources. You can set up an appointment with the advocate by calling (510) 642-1988. The advocate can usually meet within the same business day, or at the earliest convenience of the person seeking support.

Student Family Housing
Student Family Housing is available to married students and students with a domestic partner, with or without children, and to single student parents.