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

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Our Charge

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.

Background

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.

Membership

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. 

Name

Constituent Group

Voting Status

Nikki Jones

Faculty

Co-Chair - Non-voting

Rachel Roberson

Grad Student

Co-Chair - Non-voting

Vacant

Faculty

Voting member

Vacant

Faculty

Voting member

Ahmad Mahmuod

Undergrad Student

Voting member

Nick Araujo

Undergrad Student

Voting member

Kerby Lynch

Grad Student

Voting member

Max Hare

Grad Student

Voting member

Kevin Hall

Staff

Voting member

vacant

Staff

Voting member

Logan Baldini

Staff

Voting member

Valerie Brown

ACSME

Voting member

Marc Fisher

Executive Sponsor/Chancellor designee

Ex-officio - Non-voting

Ruben Lizardo

Community

Ex-officio - Non-voting

Oscar Dubon, Jr.

Administration

Ex-officio - Non-voting

Billy Curtis

Staff

Ex-officio- Non-voting

Mia Settles-Tidwell

Administration

Staff to the Board - Non-voting

Adisa Anderson

Staff

Ex-Officio- Non-voting

Refilwe Gqajela

ASCME

Alternate for ASCME

Margo Bennett

UCPD

Ex-officio - Non-voting

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 mia.tidwell@berkeley.edu.

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)

2019-2020 Calendar of Events

  • September 19, 2019
  • October 3, 2019
  • October 24, 2019
  • November 7, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • January 14, 2020
  • January 28, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • February 18, 2020
  • March 3, 2020
  • April 7, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 5, 2020
  • May 19, 2020
  • May 26, 2020
  • June 9, 2020
  • June 23, 2020
  • June 30, 2020