Berkeley Faculty Link Program

Promoting faculty success, satisfaction, and belonging

Faculty Link is a faculty-led program designed to build connections and community across campus through events, career mentoring, and support. The program has four components:

Faculty Core Advisors from a variety of disciplines are available for one-on-one advising and support. Discussion topics can range from serious issues and concerns to where to find the best coffee near campus.

Faculty Link forums are larger group events on topics related to faculty experiences (e.g., getting grants, work-life balance, new research directions, etc.), held approximately monthly throughout the academic year.

Core Advisor conversations are small, informal discussions with a general theme (e.g., DEIB work, publishing, mentoring students, etc.). 

Identity gatherings are informal gatherings for faculty populations with shared identities (e.g., LGBTQ+ faculty, Black faculty, LSOE/LPSOE faculty, etc.).

The program is available to senate faculty, as well as adjunct faculty, clinical faculty, and cooperative extension specialists.

Reach out to one (or more) of our outstanding faculty Core Advisors for advice, support, or just to chat! 

Attend our larger events, designed for meaningful discussion and career support!

Join a smaller, informal conversation hosted by faculty Core Advisors!

Build community with fellow faculty in a gathering!

It was a lifeline in a semester when I was really rethinking everything about my career. Very helpful to have frank conversations with faculty outside my department.
Program participant
I valued hearing from a wide variety of perspectives, and realizing that we all face different versions of the same challenges.
Program participant
It was great to connect with people who are going through similar experiences particularly during a time where many of us are physically isolated. It was motivating.
Program participant

Faculty Leads: Special Advisors to the Provost on Climate and Mentoring

Kris Gutiérrez

Professor, Education

I believe mentoring the next generation of scholars, particularly first generation faculty and students, is one of the most important responsibilities and commitments I have. I have had the privilege of mentoring and apprenticing both students (graduate, undergraduate, and postdocs) and faculty (particularly early and mid-career faculty) at my institutions and in professional arenas since I was an early career scholar myself. 

Serena Chen

Professor, Psychology

I have served as a primary mentor for graduate students for nearly 25 years. These graduate students have come from very diverse backgrounds, with equally diverse current circumstances, and a broad range of strengths, interests, and career goals. Over the years, I have also mentored and regularly offered advice to junior (and sometimes) senior colleagues. My approach to mentoring/advising is direct and pragmatic, but also compassionate.