DEI work

Kris Gutiérrez

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. Presently, I am also a mentor for dissertation, postdoctoral, and mid-career fellows for the National Academy of Education & the Spencer Foundation.

Benjamin Recht

I have mentored undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty in Computer Science at Berkeley since I arrived in 2013. I look forward to working with faculty at the assistant and associate levels to navigate their way towards success at Berkeley.

Raka Ray

I bring to the role of a core advisor both a long and engaged history of mentoring students and younger colleagues and experience of leadership at multiple levels.

Rebecca Heald

I have entered a career stage in which mentoring has become as important to me as research. By engaging in the Life Sciences Initiative to enhance faculty diversity and inclusion, and as Associate Dean of the BEST Region, I hope to improve the situation for new faculty and make the Berkeley campus more inclusive and supportive of all our constituents.

Rachel Morello-Frosch

As Division Chair and Equity Liaison in ESPM, and DrPH Program Director in the School of Public Health, I have collaborated with faculty colleagues, staff and students to advance the diversity equity and inclusion mission of UC Berkeley, through development and implementation of DEI plans for my units and programs. I co-led efforts with colleagues to develop faculty cluster hire proposals, including one on climate change and environmental justice, and also worked to improve recruitment, retention and mentoring of faculty, post-docs and students from under-represented groups.

Noah Whiteman

I am thrilled to be on the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California. 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.

Matthew B. Francis

I think one of the most difficult challenges Berkeley faculty face is time management. The competing demands of research, teaching, student mentoring, committee service, and family life can be completely overwhelming at times, and one must learn that not everything can be done to perfection. While I certainly don’t claim to have all of the answers, I am happy to discuss challenges and strategies with faculty who are developing their plan to navigate this challenging but rewarding career.

Amani Allen

The most important thing I bring to my role as a Core Advisor is my passion for mentoring and for cultivating and helping to create an environment where ALL faculty can thrive. I have had good mentoring, bad mentoring, and at times no mentoring; and have both experienced and witnessed the inequities in mentoring among faculty in higher education which fuels my commitment to ensuring that faculty have what they need to develop into their full potential, particularly women, faculty of color, and women faculty of color. I have experience mentoring across the academic pipeline from students, to junior and mid-career faculty both in formal and informal capacities, and am excited to partner with OFEW to help support the mentoring needs of my UCB colleagues.

Lisa García Bedolla

As a core advisory I bring my twenty years of experience navigating the UC system as a woman of color. I have expertise in understanding complex institutions and ensuring that your needs are met within those institutions. When mentoring junior faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates I have focused on helping them to find their voice, their joy, and the career path that best meets their professional and personal needs.

Joel Moore

After eighteen years and some mid-level administrative roles (vice and interim department chair; leader of a DOE center; co-chair of CAC-PS), I have managed to gain a slightly better idea of how Berkeley functions than I had when I started out here. I would like to do my part to ensure that Berkeley continues to be viewed as the best place for successful faculty careers to develop.