How We Create a Sense of Belonging–Together

Berkeley Connectors:

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 is “you belong here.” Our goal is to help every student who participates increase their sense of belonging and confidence they can succeed at UC Berkeley. All of us involved in Berkeley Connect want you to know that this is your university, and we are here to help you make the most out of your time here.

We are grateful to have you as part of our community at such a pivotal moment. We recognize that our university is an institution within a country, and an educational system, that have conferred a sense of belonging to some people based on their race, ethnic identity, first language, gender, sexuality or other characteristics, and denied it to others. Our goal in Berkeley Connect is to ensure that every participating student feels seen and heard, valued, included, and welcomed, in Berkeley Connect and at UC Berkeley.

Every member of Berkeley Connect plays an important role in creating a community of belonging. The faculty directors, graduate student mentors, and staff work together to set the stage for an inclusive and welcoming space. But YOU as the students make this space come alive. When you listen attentively, engage fully, and open yourself to new perspectives, you will not only get the most out of your Berkeley Connect experience, you will help others feel welcomed and respected.

Berkeley Connect strives to uphold the university’s Principles of Community. If you as a participating student ever feel that your Berkeley Connect experience is not living up to these goals and values, we urge you to speak to your mentor, the faculty director of Berkeley Connect in your department, and/or the Berkeley Connect central office (you can reach us at berkeleyconnect@berkeley.edu). Your experience matters to us.

You belong here!

Professor Bree Rosenblum, Faculty Director, Berkeley Connect
Michele Rabkin, Associate Director, Berkeley Connect