In Fall 2020, most or all of Berkeley Connect will be delivered remotely. No in-person presence is required..

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What We Mean When We Say: You Belong Here

Berkeley Connecters: We hope you are enjoying getting to know your Berkeley Connect mentor and the other students in your Berkeley Connect group. Your first one-on-one meeting with your mentor is a great opportunity to talk about your academic goals and to share any questions or concerns that you have. The motto of Berkeley Connect […]

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Welcome to Berkeley Connect!

Dear Berkeley Connectors: When I became a professor at UC Berkeley in 2012, I felt excited, nervous, and more than a little disoriented. There were so many people, so many opportunities, and so many expectations. I had to figure out how I fit into this complex ecosystem, navigate new academic norms, and learn to express […]

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Berkeley Connect Biology Launches in Fall 2020

We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new Berkeley Connect program in Biology this fall! Read this welcome message from faculty director Rebecca Tarvin: Berkeley Connect in Biology is launching in Fall 2020, and we are especially welcoming transfer students this year. Come join us for a semester of activities that will enhance your experience […]

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Zooming into a New Reality: Berkeley Connect Under Quarantine

With UC Berkeley classes and operations moved to the virtual realm to combat the spread of COVID-19, Berkeley Connect has transitioned to Zoom, the online tool used to host meetings and classes remotely. In the first-ever Berkeley Connect English discussion session hosted on Zoom by mentor Katie Bondy, students shared their concerns and struggles dealing […]

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Keeping Berkeley Connect Students Healthy: COVID-19 Updates

Berkeley Connect is all about face-to-face human interaction. Right now we need to get creative in order to keep our sense of community going strong, while supporting efforts to limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus. From March 10 through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Berkeley Connect small-group meetings and one-on-one mentoring sessions will […]

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Big Give is coming! You can help Berkeley Connect win!

Has a Berkeley Connect mentor made a difference for you? Have you made some new friends through Berkeley Connect? Did Berkeley Connect open your eyes to new opportunities? Has participating in Berkeley Connect made this big university feel a little smaller? Would you like a way to show your appreciation and support? YOU can help […]

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Environmental Conservation: How to Make the Right Decisions

Imagine that you and a small group of conservationists must decide which lifeforms are most important to save from the brink of extinction. It’s a horrible task to be given; the extinction of any living thing is a tragedy and could cause immense damage. The web of biodiversity that connects ecosystems with their inhabitants, and […]

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Architecture as Activism

It’s not every day that the work of a UC Berkeley professor becomes a viral sensation. Professor Ronald Rael spoke to Berkeley Connect Architecture students about a recent project that thrust him into the national spotlight and shared with them how the work emerged from his personal background and passions. Growing up near the border […]

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Where do I go for the first day of Berkeley Connect?

Did you enroll in Berkeley Connect, or hope to enroll? Are you trying to figure out where to go the first week? Most Berkeley Connect program kicks off with a welcome event; sections begin meeting the following week at the date/time/location listed in the schedule of classes. Check the schedule below for the date, time, and location […]

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From Discovery to Disappointment: A Learning Experience in Physics Research

Ever been in this situation? You have an opinion or an idea and you just know you’re right. You set out to prove it, and all the facts you line up seem to prove your side of the story. This is confirmation bias– the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs […]

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