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If you are a member of UC Berkeley’s faculty or staff looking for ways to support incoming undergraduate students, we need you! We also have opportunities for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) within the LEAD Center to participate. 

How to Get News

  • Are you a staff or faculty member who would like to learn about volunteering and outreach opportunities with Golden Bear Orientation? If so, email New Student Services at nss@berkeley.edu. We’ll add you to our email list and share updates. In the subject line, please include: Staff/Faculty Volunteer Subscribe. In the meantime, you can check out opportunities listed below.
  • Are you a member/leader of an RSO within the LEAD Center? Your organization can be involved in Getting Your Bearings. LEAD Center will email you with forms to submit your events. We also have some details listed below. 

Staff/Faculty Volunteering (fall only)

We welcome individual staff or faculty involvement (whether or not your department is already involved with GBO). These types of opportunities include supporting large events like GBO Check-In, Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, Bear Territory, etc. Read more about the volunteer opportunities.

June–July: Campus emails notices to all staff (or sign up for news by emailing: nss@berkeley.edu. Subject Line: Staff/Faculty Volunteer Subscribe)

Campus Department Opportunities

College Programming 

During Golden Bear Orientation, each college is designated time to host programs such as small group panels, college welcomes, lectures, socials, etc. Colleges work with New Student Services to secure spaces and publish schedules in the GBO Guide in the Cal Events Mobile App. Each college has individual(s) who serve as liaisons to New Student Services. Don’t know who your contact is? Email nss@berkeley.edu and we will connect you.

Fall GBO, L&S only: programming finalized in mid-fall
Fall GBO, all other colleges: programming finalized in early spring 

Campus Department Resource Fair

The Campus Department Resource Fair provides a space for incoming students to connect with our many support services. 

Fall GBO: New Student Services (nss@berkeley.edu) email sent between March and April 
Spring GBO: New Student Services (nss@berkeley.edu) email sent in October 

Conference Day (fall only)

The final day of fall GBO is Conference Day enables departments to host events (workshops, open houses, drop-in advising, etc.) for students to select. All of these events are included on the Cal Events App. New Student Services can help you host this program by offering general classroom spaces. 

Fall GBO: New Student Services (nss@berkeley.edu) email sent between March and April 
All details of the programs (title, description, location, time) must be finalized in May in order to be added to the Cal Events App.

Campus Departments & Registered Student Organizations

Getting Your Bearings 

Student transition to campus continues after the first day of classes. Getting Your Bearings highlights events (such as an open house, info sessions hosted by organizations, welcome back socials, etc.) during the first three weeks of each semester. All of these events are included on the Cal Events App. All spaces must be requested and confirmed by the hosting department. 

Fall GBO: New Student Services (nss@berkeley.edu) email sent in June. 
All details of the programs (title, description, location, time) must be finalized in July in order to be added to the Cal Events App.
Spring GBO: New Student Services (nss@berkeley.edu) email sent between October and November. 
All details of the programs (title, description, location, time) must be finalized in early December in order to be added to the Cal Events App.

More Questions?

We have a list of FAQs that should cover most of your concerns.