This Week in Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley

Welcome to GCR's Weekly Newsletter Archive

Are you interested in state legislation that impacts our students and our campus? How about how federal policies affect our foreign students, faculty and staff, or funding for research, grants and student aid? Do you want to read about students doing powerful work with all levels of government? Or maybe you are fascinated (or at least entertained) by the campus-community relationship and things "town and gown?" Then our GCR newsletter is for you!

This Week in Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley is a newsletter developed by colleagues in the Chancellor's Office of Government and Community Relations to provide information about local, state and federal policies, actions and events that could impact the university and the communities that count on us. Please sign up for future newslettersUnsubscribe here. And feel free to contact newsletter editor Jen Loy at

Belows are links to archived newsletters.


  • February 15: UCB Expert testifies in DC, CA Lt. Gov on campus, alumna appointed CA Surgeon General, Chancellor hosts community leaders, and Underground Scholars! 

  • February 8: Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu in DC, CA strongly support newsom’s budget priorities, student leaders advocate for improving street lighting, councilmembers agree, Center for Cities and Schools, Y-PLAN host youth planners, partners!

  • February 1:  UC comments on proposed changes to Title IX; UCB Marijuana Research Center launches; Oakland Magazine's names Senator Skinner Person of the Year Senator Skinner; GCR supports Youth & Government; Kelly Correll on KALX and show opens in Oakland, Berkeley passes disposable foodware ordinance.

  • January 25: DACA: no decision; Shutdown: Cal waives fee for emergency loans; Regents welcome new state leaders; student-neighbor outreach, MLK Jr. celebration!

  • January 18: Shutdown: week 5; UCB Expert testifies on shutdown's effects on nat'l parks; CA budget breakdown, UCOP Pres. and Regent weigh in; UC students in Sac; town and gown!

  • January 11Federal Shutdown impacts science; Gov Newsom sworn in, releases budget (good news for UC!), Chancellor visits Sacramento, so do Cal students!


  • December 21Doudna discusses CRISPR and ethics, partial gov shutdown? Newsom = higher ed golden era? UCPD toy drive for fire survivors, electeds: save Alta Bates!

  • December 7Chancellor hosts state lawmakers @ UC Legislative Policy Forum & Big Game, Wicks sworn in, Hillel reopens, innovators supported, Telegraph celebrates.

  • November 30Concern about "designer" babies, electeds & alums enjoy game with Chancellor, Regents approve budget to enroll more CA students, Portland Loo coming soon?

  • November 16Air quality closes campus, Big Game rescheduled; new Title IX rules; CA budget is OK! town and gown updates; student-neighbor relations improve! 

  • November 9Election updates! United Against Hate Week! CITRIS Policy Lab launches, partners with GCR!

  • November 2 Student leaders thank state legislators for UC support, give to Democracy Camp! Cal is worlds No 1 public university! Again! First 8 meets, VOTE!

  • October 26Transgender identity threatened, Graduate Assembly visits GCR, ballot box on campus!, 2nd Southside Safety meeting, Visionary Awards, new APLU Chair!

  • October 19: NIH Approps staff, Reich & Swalwell, Homecoming highlights, Democracy Camp!, Skinner speaks, AD15 candidates, BART Plaza Opens, & Chancellor's Fund! 

  • October 12ShakeAlert2.0, Asm Low on campus, VOTE!, Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund Launches, WCCUSD recognizes UCB partners, and Homecoming is here!

  • October 5: Inaugural African American Initiative recipients recogized by Chancellor Christ and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, federal policies set to harm our community, 1016 bills signed into CA law, United Against Hate, & town+gown!

  • September 21Preview Text: Preventing SVSH in federal research, CA students graduate with less debt (!), ASUC leaders visit GCR, student advocacy in DC & Sacto, ITS & DeSaulner

  • September 14: Chancellor Christ in DC, hosted by D.C. Alumni Club, Op Ed: what the next Gov should do for UC, State Senator Kevin de León Visits Campus, Speaks with Students, GSPP Professor Jennifer Granholm speaks at Climate Summit, Dedication of David Blackwell Residence Hall

  • September 7DACA update, electeds Join Chancellor for football, bill update, campus visits, Christ & Arreguin welcome students, & neighbors get happy

  • August 24UCB faculty, student advise on election integrity & the Farm Bill, UC at tipping point, 8000 new students arrive, students support new housing ASAP.

  • August 10:Federal Judge Orders DACA Restored, Remembering the Legacy of Congressman Dellums, Gov. Appoints 4 to UC Board of Regents, Move In, GBO Next Week!

  • July 20Tuition decrease! UC to admit record # of Californians, Worthington endorses Cal Alum, 2020 Vision Leadership Team progress, SGR on campus, & election integrity

  • June 29Muslim ban in, immigration deal out; Cal in Sac! UCB budget bonus! Local farewells, PATHWAYs for Berkeley's homeless, and FIAT LOVE!

  • June 15Restrictive policies impact internat'l grad students & scholars, House  votes on immigration soon, Gov & lawmakers reach budget deal, local updates

  • June 1: House moves forward on immigration bills, State budget update, Cal alum Eric Schmidt’s SacBee op-ed, Chancellor Christ at Berkeley Breakfast Club, Cal rising sophomore keynotes Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration, students’ efforts reduce illegal dumping, provide new life to household items

  • May 18: House leadership close to a deal on immigration, Federal Appeals Court hears arguments in DACA case, Innovative Genomics Institute on Capitol Hill, State budget update, plans to build student housing on People’s Park, other city locations positively received, Chancellor Christ shares priorities at East Bay EDA, EAVP Nuha Khalfay visits GCR, outlines her priorities, Berkeley Public Schools Fund celebrates rising voices, rising leaders

  • May 11Feds might cut children's health care, but vote on DACA; Berkeley innovators convene to support local economic ecosystem, students lead on CalMoveOut
  • May 4: White House considers restricting Chinese researchers; states sue to end DACA; Chancellor announces plans for People's Park; and recognized public service of students, faculty and staff. 
  • April 27: Courts have their say on immigration policy, Berkeley Law panel discusses solutions to sexual harassment, GCR and Alumni Association educates about advocacy at Cal Day, Chancellor's Immediate Office, students, and City partner to support Berkeley seniors, City/UC/Student Relations Committee meets on campus
  • April 20: House Members Use Rare Legislative Procedure to Try to Protect Young Immigrants, House Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill, Dean Stefano Bertozzi Honored in the State Capitol, Renewables Conference on Campus, Featuring Leading State Lawmakers
  • April 13: Former Vice President Walter Mondale visits UC Berkeley; Chancellor Christ returns to the state capitol; ASUC housing forum, deaturing Senators Skinner and Weiner; Andy Goldblatt, Campus Risk Manager retires; Cal Move Out gains steam, energized by student-led initiatives
  • April 6: UC Berkeley STEM graduate students advocate in DC, UC Lobby conference in sacramento, Oxford Tract Town Hall and update on housing development near campus, Telegraph community meeting, First 8 reconvenes for spring safety
  • March 23: Congress Passes Spending Bill; Assemblyman Mike Gipson visits Berkeley for ASUC’s gun violence forum; UC Berkeley grad students, Graduate Dean in Sacramento advocating for Cal; Telegraph tour app launches at Moe’s Books; Cal's Robert Reich and conservative Stephen Moore in conversation
  • March 16: UC Berkeley Women STEM undergraduates advocate for science in DC; Federal funding update; sispatch drom the Resistance: Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León; Woman of the Year: Berkeley Underground Scholars' Violeta Alvarez; Happy Neighbors at quarterly IFC meeting
  • March 9: AG Sessions Sues California over Sanctuary Laws, DACA deadline passed: no solution, Dept of Ed releases new Office of Civil Rights new guidelines, Chancellor Christ honored in Sacramento, President Napolitano lays Out Vision for expanding college access, annual 2020 Vision College & Career Summit
  • March 2: Federal Court decisions impact immigration, Free Speech Bill Introduced, UC undergraduates showcase research in Sacramento for UC's 150th, Chancellor Christ speaks at Berkeley Rotary, free speech updates
  • February 23: Tragedy in Florida may lead to research on gun violence, students lobby Sacramento to increase unding for UC, UCB partners on 2020 Vision for Berkeley Children and Youth.
  • February 16: Senate debates immigration, congressmembers on campus, discussing big money and other threats to our democracy, two alumni criticize the Governor on lack of support for higher ed, campus expert testifies at Senate Judiciary hearing on bystander intervention and TBID's expansion.
  • February 9: Congress passes 2-year spending bill, Dreamers' fate still uncertain, campus experts in conversation with Rep. Lee and DeSaulner on race, Chancellor welcomed in Sacto, Cal Tiny House team to partner with RichmondBUILD and more.
  • February 2: President hints at immigration plans, do you know who's running for CA gov? Campus champion for small and diverse businesses retires and more. 
  • January 26: Dreamers' fate uncertain, students want state investment in UC, last Gov Brown's state of the union, and new bike lanes are celebrated.
  • January 19Grad students receive senator's recognition, congress tries to avert government shutdown, Gov's budget falls short for UC, students return, and more.


  • December 15Tax update: grad student advocacy earns a win; electeds on campus; CIO celebrates, gets crafty with seniors; Telegraph gets in the seasonal spirit.
  • December 1: Senate moves on tax reform, Cal Grad Students rally to stop tax increase, BSC students help seniors in their homes, alumna and formerly incarcerated premiere documentary 
  • November 17: House moves on tax reform, majority in CA believe our higher ed system is important to CA vitality; ESPM Grads Mobilize against tax increase, City hosts workshop about noise and GLA ordinances
  • November 9: House tax bill fill hurt higher ed, UCB helps locals do business with university, other anchor institutions, EPA to pull the plug on bab at UCB's Richmond Field Station
  • November 3Tax reform update, parklets and partnerships funds, also noise and nuisances in Berkeley
  • October 27: Budget, DACA and legislative updates; safety, public service, housing and partnership opportunities bring local community together
  • October 20: #ProtectDreamers, UCPD Chief in Sacto, UCB drive for school supplies for N. Bay fire survivors, $285,000 for community-campus partnerships, Richmond-UCB Tiny House partnership
  • October 13: Immigration update, Chancellor welcomes Richmond Promise Scholars at Cal, keeping up with free speech
  • October 6: Cal alumna testifies on DACA in DC, Chemerinsky Testifies in Sacto, Thelton Henderson retires/is celebrated, neighors say student-neighbor relations improving
  • September 29: Alum awarded Golden Goose, campus commited sexual assault survivors, travel ban 3.0, Chancellor's celebrates community leaders at breakfast, cheers to First 8, city ordinances, Party Safe, and hydration huddles ppotlighted at First 8
  • September 22: Three members of Congress on campus, state legislative wrap up, and a focus on safety, free speech and advocacy.
  • September 15: UCOP and Chancellor Christ support Dreamers, Title IX and federal funding update, state money for cap and trade and Dreamers, Oakland Pride, free speech and Cal faculty recognized at Visionary Awards.
  • September 1: California Senate tackles housing shortage, Chancellor and Mayor welcome new students, remembering Chris Patti and Calvin Fong.
  • August 25: GPP Prof resigns from a federal commission, GBO is a success, city and campus prepare for a semester of free speech
  • August 18: Congressional tour of BAMFA, GBO students break a world record and the Chancellor's statement on free speech
  • August 4: University Affirmative Action Under Fire, Chancellor Christ meets with Rep. Desaulnier, Removing Barriers to Opportunity, and countdown to the GBO

  • July 21: Good news on NIH indirect costs; a UC Advocacy Call-to-Action; State Bill Update; Mayor's State of the City; Campus and City Partnerships get praise; and Mezzo's Veggie Delight is back!
  • June 30: Travel ban update, Cal in Sac Fellows, and updates on the State budget, People's Park and the Telegraph District
  • June 16Federal, state, city budget updates, Law Dean returns to Sac., Chancellor's Partnership Fund gets some llove, and a Cal student joins the police commission
  • June 2Summer schedule, Congress in recess, budgeting in Sac, love, fun, music this season in Berkeley
  • May 26  Federal budget released, visa questions, state bill and budget updates, town and gown, Bay Area scholars and the Bay Area Book Festival is coming
  • May 19: Advocating for science funding in DC, Underground Scholars graduation, Mayor's Student Leadership Awards, and science in local schools (slime!)
  • May 12: Increasing student loan interest rates, May Revise of the budget, Bike to Work Day and more
  • May 5: Increased funding for research and education, campus welcomes Berkeley Mayor and Public Service Awards
  • April 28: UC Advocate Network launched, tax reform, disinvestment, "UC Gets Strong-armed," and robots
  • April 21: H-1B Visas, electeds on campus, Sacramento bill updates and upcoming events
  • April 14: Government Shutdown? Celebrating Community, Student Leaders and Funding for Transportation Studies
  • April 7: Federal spending cuts, UCB students stand up for science in D.C and CAl Move-Out coordination begins
  • March 24: Federal legislation update, Carol Christ named as incoming chancellor, Wall-of-Us Wonkathon and planning for Cal Day.
  • March 17: Representative Barbara Lee on campus to talk ACA and health equity, more federal electeds, local small business by the Bay day and a new city council member
  • March 10: Federal budget, approps, and immigration updates, UC Day and Cal Alumni in Sac, East Bay Innovation Awards and Happy Neighbors collaborating
  • March 3: UC Berkeley student is Rep. Lee's guest at Trump address, state updates, campus-city coordination

Got tips? Suggestions? Corrections? Contact editor Jen Loy, Associate Director of Government and Community Relations at