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Volunteer Information

GBO is designed to build community, to create opportunities for new students to engage with each other and the campus community, to learn about academic requirements and campus resources, and most importantly, to welcome students into the Berkeley scholarly community and lay the foundation for fostering each student’s intellectual identity. Much of GBO’s success is attributed to the participation and collaboration of our campus community: faculty, staff, and continuing students. Thank you for your interest in contributing to the program.

How to Volunteer

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Golden Bear Orientation, and your assistance is greatly desired and appreciated. Please read the volunteer descriptions below and then sign up for any number of volunteer shifts here.

Note: The volunteer shift will soon be added to your bcal (Google calendar). Please be sure to read the instructions on the bcal invite and confirm your attendance.

Welcome, providing directional support, managing lines in Lower/Upper Sproul.
Assist in organizing Orientation Leaders across space detemined.
Welcome, providing directional supoprt, managing lines to Maxwell, Underhill, and CKC
Assist in distributing sharpies, directing students to appropriate banner (first years vs transfers), give signing directions.
On Thursday, August 22, all students will be going to programming based on their college. Each college will host a Welcome event that begins at 9:00am. As students will not be escorted by their Orientation Leaders, volunteers will be stationed at locations around campus helping students navigate to the Welcomes.
Provide directional support for students.
GBO’s diversity and inclusion training for all new students in Haas Pavilion. Volunteers will welcome students to the event and usher them into the stands in Haas Pavilion.

Chancellor Carol Christ cordially invites you to participate in the New Student Convocation, an opportunity for the incoming students to gather together as a class and hear from campus administration, student leaders, and faculty. It is an exciting time for our students and will be a highlight of their time at the university.

We are asking and encouraging faculty to participate in the Chancellor's New Student Convocation by marching in the traditional Academic Procession and sharing the stage with your colleagues. More details will follow upon acceptance.