Chancellor's Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety

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Independent Advisory Board (IAB) Public Meetings

June 2021 Meeting Information:

The Chancellor's Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety (IAB) held its second public meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This public meeting was recorded and a link to it will be posted to this page once it becomes available. The agenda was as follows:


1:00-1:10 -- Welcome/ Year-End Review & Report

1:10-1:30 -- Presentation, Laila Aziz  Director of Operations, Pillars of the Community. 

1: 30-1:50 -- Presentation, Jack Farrell, Scholar, Columbia College, (Vancouver, B.C.)

1:50-2:00 -- Closing

*Dr. Adisa Anderson, Psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and IAB member, was available throughout the public meeting to provide counseling assistance to community members as some topics of discussion may have been sensitive and traumatic.  

December 2020 Meeting information:

The Chancellor's Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety (IAB) first public meeting took place on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. This public meeting was recorded and can be viewed here. To access the PowerPoint slides that were presented during the meeting, please click here


1:10 - 1:20 -- IAB Welcome, Introductions, and Community Agreements

1:20 - 1:45 -- IAB Presentation to Campus Community

1:45 - 2:10 -- UCPD and Budget Presentation by Vice-Chancellor Administration, Marc Fisher

2:10 - 2:20 -- Guest Presentation by Ethnic Studies Students and Prof. Robinson

2:20 - 3:00 -- Public Comment and Open Discussion

Our Charge

For academic year 2020 - 21, the Chancellor's Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety is charged with providing the sequencing and prioritization of 2019-20 recommendations, working with the Chancellor and Cabinet to ensure implementation of the IAB report recommendations in a sequenced and timely manner, to host community listening sessions about community safety, and to strengthen the transparency of data around policing on the Berkeley campus. Summary of actions taken:

  • The IAB has established the new 2020-21 Board,
  • Reviewing the comments from the IAB report,
  • Currently establishing sub-committees in the following areas:

             a.Complaint Review 

             b. Data & Accountability

             c.Policy Recommendations

             d. Outreach & Education

In 2019, the Chancellor's Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety was charged to:

  • Assess the needs and concerns related to policing, community safety, quality of life and equity of experience among students, staff, and faculty at UC Berkeley in order to identify needed changes in police practices and training, changes in community safety resources and to ensure equity in campus safety.  
  • Establish campus community expectations for police leadership and command staff and for policing policies and practices (e.g, transparency, mutual aid, etc.) that are consistent with the mission and values of the University and ensures community belonging and a greater sense of physical and psychological safety among students of color, underrepresented, non-traditional, and marginalized communities on campus (e.g., Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, formerly incarcerated, undocumented students, student parents, etc.). 
  • Promote accessibility and accountability to the campus community and the general public by providing open meetings, multiple forums, listening sessions, and public meetings to discuss experiences of community safety and community-centered approaches to improving and/or maintaining community safety.
  • Hear community complaints and conduct time-sensitive reviews of incidents of alleged police misconduct and/or alleged harm to the community, as necessary. These reviews will assess the impact of events on community members and interrogate post-incident processes related to community safety and police accountability.   
  • Provide multifaceted support to campus community members impacted by negative police encounters (directly or vicariously), including but not limited to facilitating referrals for confidential counseling with University Health Services, aid in communication with relevant faculty and/or supervisors regarding the incident and potential impacts, act as a liaison between impacted individual(s) and University administration/police.
  • Improve and strengthen systems of accountability by increasing transparency of policing policies and practices; informing community members of the various ways to submit a formal complaint; providing multiple mechanisms for submitting and responding to civilian complaints; and facilitating the development of easily accessible and transparent reporting mechanisms following interactions between UCPD and the campus community (e.g., for complaints of police misconduct).
  • Prepare an annual report for submission to the Chancellor and the broader campus community of all activities, progress, and challenges towards building trust, accountability, and improvements in policing and community safety, which includes recommendations and suggestions for the Chancellor to adopt in pursuit of a healthier and safer campus climate. All reports will be published on the IAB’s website and disseminated intentionally to impacted groups.


For more than a decade, the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), in collaboration with key student and staff partners on UC campuses, led systemwide and campus-based organizing efforts advocating for greater transparency and accountability in policing on and near UC campuses.

In 2017, the University of California Academic Senate’s Report of the Systemwide Public Safety Task Force, initiated by the University Committee on Faculty Welfare (UCFW), made a similar recommendation based on several UC-wide police use-of-force incidents against Black and Brown community members.

In 2018, the UC Systemwide Academic Senate recommended a review of the “UC Police Policies and Administrative Procedures manual (the “Gold Book”) and other systemwide public safety directives to identify best practices for all UC campus police departments.”

In 2019, the Presidential Task Force on Universitywide Policing recommended that each campus establish an Independent Advisory Board on Policing that would work with campus leadership, the campus community, and the campus police department to identify, make recommendations, and address issues involving the safety and quality of life of students, staff and faculty.

Additionally, persistent demands from students (Senate Resolution No. 2018/2019-036) require that UC Berkeley’s IAB also focus its efforts on the context-specific needs and concerns of students, staff, and faculty of UC Berkeley, especially those who have historically been most impacted by negative encounters with policing on and near campus.

To view the 2019 - 20 IAB roster, please click this link.


The Board is composed of sixteen students, staff, and faculty members across the campus community; two co-chairs and eleven representatives of campus constituencies will serve as voting members, and five standing non-voting ex-officio members. All voting members of the Board are appointed to two-year terms. 


Constituent Group

Voting Status

Steven Raphael


IAB Co-Chair (Voting Member)

Kerby Lynch

Graduate Student

IAB Co-Chair (Voting Member)

Mia Settles-Tidwell


Staff to the Board - IAB (non-voting)

Mahasin Mujahid


Voting member

Peyton Provenzano

Graduate Student

Voting member

Brie McLemore

Graduate Student

Voting member

Lucy Andrews

Graduate Student

Voting member

Ahmad Mahmuod

Undergraduate Student 

Voting member

Nick Araujo

Undergraduate Student

Voting member

Amina Jones

Undergraduate Student

Voting member

Billy Curtis


Voting member

Valerie Smith 


Voting member

Adisa Anderson

Staff - Psychological Services

Ex-officio member  (non-voting)

Amy Lerman


Ex-officio member  (non-voting)

Margo Bennett

Chief of Police

Ex-officio member  (non-voting)

Marc Fisher 

Exec Chancellor Designee

Ex-officio member  (non-voting)

Ruben Lizardo

Government Affairs Staff

Ex-officio member  (non-voting)

Independent Advisory Board on Policing Update

The 2019-2020 Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety annual report is available here. The deadline to submit comments and/or questions  is August 7th at 5 p.m. through this link here.

This is the campus response to the IAB report recommendations:

Contact the Board

If you would like to pose a question, submit a recommendation, or offer feedback to the Advisory Board, please contact board staff member Mia Settles-Tidwell at

Meeting Structure

Meetings are held twice a month in order to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Board. Notice of time, place and agenda will be established by the Board and shared at least 72 hours before every meeting. All meetings and public records of meetings will be uploaded to the IAB webpage.

Open Board meetings occur monthly and are open to any member of the  UC Berkeley community or the public.

Closed Board meetings occur monthly and are designed:

  • To deliberate and process information from community listening sessions, public hearings, targeted outreach sessions
  • Assess and provide direction on the resources and processes to address the community needs
  • Form the basis for annual reports

Community Listening Sessions and Board Community Engagement tours are held quarterly throughout the year. Community listening sessions are designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Shared governance of community safety
  • Provide scenarios based on a virtual, hybrid or in-person context 
  • Conduct targeted outreach to impacted groups. Consultative options for hosting the community listening sessions within community spaces (e.g. Town Hall, Listening Session, Know Your Rights Trainings)

2020 -2021 Calendar of Events

  • September 16, 2020
  • September 30, 2020
  • October 14, 2020
  • October 28, 2020
  • November 11, 2020
  • November 25, 2020
  • December 9, 2020