Advising Council

The Advising Council and Advising Council Executive Committee


2018-19 Advising Council subgroup work

For the 2018-19 academic year, the Advising Council broke into groups to research, brainstorm, and draft recommendations for the Advising Council Executive Steering Committee and for Campus around issues related to advising. Recommendations will be shared with other campus bodies, including committees and working groups associated with the campus’ strategic plan implementation process.

The recommendations centered around these four themes:

  1. Student mental health issues: How can we better support advisors in responding to and referring students who present mental health issues?

  2. Supporting advisors in their lived experiences: How can we best support advisors? e.g. How can we support their career development, help them take care of themselves, and make recommendations for restructuring advisor time to give more opportunity for substantive advising as opposed to running reports and checking boxes, etc.

  3. Helping students integrate academic plans with career aspirations: How can advisors help students build pathways for graduate school, think about internships and plan for careers post-graduation?

  4. Academic and co-curricular advising collaboration: What kind of advising framework can simplify the advising experience for students?

 2015 Progress Report 

Charge of Advising Council

UC Berkeley’s Advising Council Executive Committee and Advising Council are representative leadership bodies formed in 2012 to better coordinate advising to improve the student experience.

The Advising Executive Committee meets quarterly and provides the strategic direction and campus-level vision for advising. The committee makes decisions concerning recommendations supporting excellence in advising that do not fall clearly under the purview of any other policy-making body. It also provides oversight for the campus-wide programs that support the development of a culture of excellence in advising.

The Advising Council Commitment to Excellence

The Council:

  • Promotes effective advising strategies that support and positively transform the student experience
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement, knowledge-sharing, and collective strategic planning on student systems and policies
  • Connects the academic and co-curricular advising community to build dialogues and mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Incentivizes and rewards excellence, engagement and professional development
  • Supports assessment and program level effectiveness with a focus on the student experience
  • Supports an active communications network designed to inform, engage and inspire the advising community


The Advising Executive Committee is chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and includes the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Dean of the Graduate Division, the Letters & Science Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and the Chair of the Undergraduate Council of the Academic Senate.  The Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions and Enrollment attends meetings of the Advising Executive Committee as a non-voting member. 

The Advising Council is chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and includes the L&S Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Directors of Advising in the five undergraduate colleges and the Haas Undergraduate Program, the Associate Dean of Students, a representative designated by the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, a representative designated by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, a representative designated by the Dean of the Graduate Division, a representative designated by the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, four  faculty representatives from the Academic Senate, a  student representative from  the Graduate Assembly, a student representative from the ASUC.  In addition, the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education may designate additional staff representatives as appropriate to ensure representation across the campus.  


Advising Council Executive Committee

Catherine P. Koshland
Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education

Oscar Dubón
Vice Chancellor, Equity and Inclusion

Lisa García Bedolla
Dean of the Graduate Division

Bob Jacobsen
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
College of Letters & Science

Jonah Levy
Chair, Undergraduate Council

Femi Ogundele
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Stephen Sutton
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Advising Council

Catherine P. Koshland  
Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education

Micki Antovich
Director, New Student Services 

Maura Daly
Advisor, College of Chemistry

Abby Dernburg
Academic Senate Representative, Undergraduate Council 

Tom Devlin 
Director, Career Center 

Amanda Dillon
DAG Representative 

Amber Dillon
NACADA Region 9 Chair 

Ivor Emmanuel
Director, Berkeley International Office 

Barbara Felkins
Director of Academic Affairs, Haas Undergraduate Program

Roseanne Fong
Director, L&S Undergraduate Advising

Cruz Grimaldo
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Susan Hagstrom
Director, Undergraduate Advising, College of Environmental Design

Bob Jacobsen
Dean of Undergraduate Studies, College of Letters & Science

Christopher Jelen
Graduate Student Representative

Julian Ledesma
Executive Director, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3)

Chris McLean
Assistant Director, University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services

Fabrizio Mejia
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Equity and Success

Sharon Mueller
Director of Advising and Policy, College of Engineering

Michele Rabkin
Associate Director, Berkeley Connect

Marques Redd
Assistant Dean, College of Natural Resources 

Andrea Rex
Assistant Dean, Graduate Division

Abby Rincón
Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity

Rebecca Sablo
Associate Registrar

Alex Simental
ASUC Representative

Steve Sutton
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Derek Van Rheenen
Director, Athletic Study Center

Academic Senate Representative, Graduate Council

Staff support to the Council:

Cindy Bumgarner
Chief of Staff, Undergraduate Education

Sereeta Alexander
Director, Office of Planning and Analysis

Audrey Thomas
Institutional Research Analyst, VCUE/Office of Planning and Analysis