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Speak Your Truth, Be a GBO Leader

Speak Your Truth as an Orientation Leader

As a Golden Bear Orientation Leader, you become part of a team that works collaboratively to welcome and orient new students to the UC Berkeley community.

Using your own experiences and perspectives, you will help guide incoming students through a multiday program in August, helping them explore academic life, campus involvement, and everything that UC Berkeley has to offer. While we do not know what Fall 2021 GBO will look like, we do know that GBO Leaders are central to new students being welcomed.

This is a unique volunteer opportunity to:

  • meet and mentor a diverse, dynamic student group
  • develop leadership skills
  • be a positive influence (while having fun)

How to Join

Joining the New Student Services family is just one simple step: Fill out the application!
Note: ***The application deadline has passed, but if you are still interested, please fill out the application as soon as possible and email nss@berkeley!***

The application opens on January 5, but fill out the interest form below so we can email you when the application opens. If you want to know more, contact NSS at

Apply Now

A GBO group happily conversing

Benefits for You

There are so many benefits to becoming a GBO Leader. Here are just a few:

  • Career/professional development
  • Extending your “Berkeley family” and learning more about campus
  • Exploring the Bay Area with new students
  • Attending the Chancellor’s Reception
  • Getting UC Berkeley gear
  • Experiencing those unexpected intangibles and genuine moments of human connection

Important Dates

These are the important dates you need to know to be a GBO Leader:

  • Feb. 23 to Mar. 19: 25-minute check in with your supervisor
  • Saturday, Apr 3: OL Spring Training Day 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Apr. 6 to 15: OL Online Modules (will be done at your own pace)
  • Saturday, Apr. 24: OL Spring Training Day 2 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 13 to 15: OL August Training from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 17 to 24: Golden Bear Orientation

Role Description

  • Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity of a continuing student.
  • Actively participate in all required events, including meetings, Orientation Leader trainings, and GBO events.
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students.
  • Facilitate activities and discussions.
  • Guide students to various locations and program points throughout GBO.
  • Answer fundamental questions about UC Berkeley.
  • Be prompt, prepared, and positive.
  • Promote full participation for students in GBO.
  • During GBO in August, you may not be involved in any other outside commitments, including being a Resident Assistant.

***The application deadline has passed, but if you are still interested, please fill out the application as soon as possible and email nss@berkeley!***  Apply now!