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 three components: on demand one-on-one advising, forums, and identity gatherings.

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

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

Faculty Link forums are larger group events on topics related to faculty experiences (e.g., getting grants, work-life balance, new research directions, etc.), designed for meaningful discussion and career support. 

Identity gatherings offer faculty with shared identities opportunities to build community in casual get-togethers (e.g., LGBTQ+ faculty, Black faculty, LSOE/LPSOE faculty, etc.). 

Berkeley Faculty Link Core Advisors

This video was made by Faculty Link Core Advisors in 2022. Play the video to learn more about this program for senate faculty!

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

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

Noah Whiteman

Professor, Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology

Because of my personal history, I am interested in encouraging those from all backgrounds to join and enrich the scientific enterprise with their perspectives--this includes, of course, those with liberal and conservative political perspectives, those who hold religious views and those who do not, those from big cities or those from rural areas. I am a first-generation college student. I was the first openly gay faculty member in my department at the University of Arizona and I am also the first in my new department at the University of California, Berkeley. I have found academia to be an oasis: at each university where I have worked I came to believe that I belonged there. I look forward to the day when none of us is judged by non-merit based criteria, where none of us has to talk about rising above societal perceptions of income, ethnicity, religion, physical traits, accents, sexual orientation or gender, political opinions and where human diversity is embraced in all of its forms, at all levels in our society and in every place. Until that day comes, we need to talk about it.

SanSan Kwan

Professor, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

In both my former job at a Cal State and over the past twelve years here at UC Berkeley, I have learned a bit about navigating academic institutions as a woman of color faculty in the arts and humanities. I would be really excited to connect with my peers across campus to share insights and challenges.