"The program was so well structured, the instructors and graduate students so obviously invested...and the events so diverse that I would (and do) highly recommend it." —Berkeley Connect participant
I am enrolled or plan to enroll in Berkeley Connect: where do I go for the first meeting?
Welcome to Berkeley Connect! Each Berkeley Connect program begins with a kick-off event for all enrolled students; you will start attending section the following week, at the day/time/location listed in the Schedule of Classes. Please see below for the day/time/location of the kick-off event for your course:
Architecture: Thursday, August 27, 6pm, 112 Wurster Hall
Computational Biology: Wednesday, August 26, 5pm, 310 Hearst Mining Building
English:Wednesday, August 26, 6pm, 315 Wheeler Hall (Maude Fife Room)
ESPM:Thursday, August 27th, 4pm in Morgan Lounge (East side of Morgan Hall)
Ethnic Studies & African American Studies: Tuesday, September 1, 5pm, 554 Barrows Hall
History: Wednesday, August 26, 6pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall
Math: Wednesday, August 26, 5pm, 1015 Evans Hall
Music: , August 27, , 124 Morrison Hall
Philosophy: section meetings begin week of August 31; Meet Your Faculty event Tuesday, September 8, 6-7:30pm
Physics:Tuesday, September 1, 5pm, 375 LeConte Hall OR Thursday, September 3, 5pm, 375 LeConte Hall
Social Welfare: Thursday, September 3, 5pm, Haviland Hall Commons Room
Sociology: Tuesday, September 1, 6pm, 402 Barrows Hall
Berkeley Connect is an academic mentoring program that combines the intellectual firepower of a world-class research university with the nurturing inclusiveness of a small liberal arts college.
Berkeley Connect offers students a chance to build relationships with their peers, graduate students, professors, and alumni/ae based on a shared love of ideas and a common desire to support one another during and after their time at Berkeley.
Berkeley Connect pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors in a semester-long, 1-credit program that includes:
- individual advising
- small-group discussions
- special events and excursions
Because participants are grouped by declared or intended major, Berkeley Connect allows students to discover mutual academic interests. The graduate fellows, who are themselves mentored by senior faculty, act as group leaders and individual mentors. The individual attention that they provide helps students make the most of their undergraduate experience. The mentors also facilitate the relationship between undergraduates and professors, showing students how to approach their professors and how to get the most out of each class they take. In addition, the program includes informal lectures by professors, visits to campus resources, panel discussions with Berkeley alums about career opportunities and graduate school, and social events in which professors, graduate students, and undergraduates can talk informally about intellectual issues.
Drawing on the University's extraordinary strengths, Berkeley Connect offers more of what students already value: closer ties to their teachers and to each other.
See About Us for more about Berkeley Connect's mission, program design, and impact.