2019 COSA Team Award Recipients

Faculty Leadership Academy Project Team

Karie Frasch, Madeleine Irwin, Andrea Lambert, Angela L.M. Stopper

The Faculty Leadership Academy (FLA) prepares faculty to lead large multi-disciplinary projects and serve in administrative leadership roles, with the ultimate goal of increasing the demographic diversity of Berkeley’s leaders. The FLA Project Team quickly and collaboratively designed, developed, and implemented the first ever offering of the FLA in Spring 2019, from the application process and program website to the program curriculum and logistics. Effectively incorporating guidance from project sponsors Paul Alivisatos, Ben Hermalin, and Jo Mackness, as well as from the Faculty Advisory Committee, the team worked with CORO Northern California to create a tailored program that reflected the unique needs of Berkeley faculty, drawing on resources from campus units that had not typically worked together in the past. The team worked collaboratively at each step of the process, providing a compelling case for what can be done when we leverage and share resources.

GradFest Committee

Larissa Charnsangavej, Shirley Giraldo, Deepak Sharma

Graduate students are sometimes overlooked when it comes to campus programming; they are also more likely to be impacted by the siloed nature of their academic departments. With that in mind, the GradFest Committee took the initiative to engage graduate students from all departments, piloting this sustainable interactive resource fair in 2016. GradFest directly fosters an equitable and inclusive community, increasing access to resources and helping to build support networks in which graduate students will feel valued and affirmed. It has now been successfully institutionalized through recurring funding and inclusion in New Graduate Student Orientation. In planning GradFest, the Committee actively engaged many voices and perspectives. The Committee leveraged collective strengths, bandwidth, and resources to create a program that enables graduate students to excel as both researchers and instructors.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Staff

Tami Driver, Anna Henry, Martha Saavedra

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) is designed to train the next generation of African leaders at Berkeley. Since 2012, 113 students from 20 African countries have enrolled at Berkeley. The MCFSP team goes beyond the single task of recruitment, working tirelessly to provide support services and a welcoming physical space that ensure the academic success and personal wellbeing of Berkeley’s African student population. Through the MCFSP, the team has also connected Berkeley to a network of African universities and partner organizations. The MCFSP grant renewal that the team drafted and submitted to the Mastercard Foundation aims to expand Berkeley’s global partnerships in Africa by providing more opportunities for visiting students, faculty training, and research collaboration. The continuing success of the MCFSP at Berkeley, and its role in helping Berkeley meet its goal of becoming a more diverse community, is due in large part to the efforts of this team. 

Nutrition Policy Advisory Committee (NPAC)

Kim Guess, Jennifer Guerra, Janice Kao, Patrick Kaulback, Cathy Kodama, Mikelle McCoin, Toby Morris, Jaylene Tang

The Nutrition Policy Advisory Committee (NPAC) was created to help implement Berkeley’s Food and Beverage Choices Policy (FBC) across campus. NPAC has dedicated itself to advising and guiding the campus, including educating key players and leaders, campus affiliates, and students; engaging food service operators; establishing nutrition standards; promoting and marketing the policy; and ensuring campus compliance. NPAC has worked to develop recommendations that address all campus constituencies, going beyond education and awareness to expansion of healthy food options that are not only accessible and easily obtainable, but also make the healthy choice the easy choice. NPAC members have coordinated with the Office of Sustainability, Berkeley Zero Waste, the Berkeley Food Institute, and campus food service operators on NPAC’s recommendations. NPAC’s spirit of collaboration and dedication to educate all stakeholders have driven the successful rollout of the FBC.


Mike Alvarez Cohen, Eric Giegerich, Ilan Gur, Lynne Hollyer, Carol Mimura

The Shared Special User Facility for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SSUFIE) is a new and innovative model of bolstering innovation and entrepreneurship at Berkeley, by allowing affiliated startups to conduct commercial R&D in faculty labs. The SSUFIE team applied their collective knowledge, creativity, and persistence around a shared vision to go beyond the status quo and resolve the complex issues that have prevented this type of activity in the past, at Berkeley and at other universities. Addressing these issues required expertise beyond any individual staff member, requiring a genuine team effort. Through SSUFIE, the team established a streamlined approval process through the campus bureaucracy; a novel approach to intellectual property; and a new revenue stream that is invested back into campus research and education. SSUFIE has successfully fostered startups that focus on societal problems, turning research into new products and industries: it is a critical component of Berkeley’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

SOS/Res Life Triple P/Student Parent Resource Team

Zenaida E. Hernandez, Nicole J. Kallas, Elissa Sato

The SOS/Res Life Triple P/Student Parent Resource Team saw a need and made the effort to seek the funding and implement new programs to support an often underserved student population: student parents. The team’s goal was to build community and connection, and create an inclusive environment for student parents and their families. To achieve this goal, they secured grant funding for the implementation of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). Triple P has been successful, creating a culture of wellness and prevention that draws on the team’s expertise in sustainable conflict resolution and restorative justice, and providing critical clinical support of students who are raising dependents, all of which has significantly lowered the crisis-based attrition rate by fostering inclusion and confidence among its graduates. The team has linked Triple P to the New and Expecting Parents Groups and revitalized the Student Parent Resource Guide, thus extending the reach of their initial contributions to future student parents to come.

The Village

Marissa Berwick, Lyone P. Conner, Kelsey Francis, Luqman Frank, Djenilin Mallari, Stefan Montouth, Tiffany Perales, Lien K. Truong

bridges Senior and Transfer Weekend is a program that enables high school seniors who identify as low-income, first-generation, or coming from underserved and underrepresented communities and have been admitted to Berkeley, to travel to the campus, meet current students, and preview what their Berkeley experience might be like, without cost. The Village team supports this program, uniting multiple departments to help bridges bring to life the experience envisioned for both prospective and continuing students of color: an experience of empowerment that establishes a cross-cultural dialogue and facilitates the creation of essential social and support networks. The success of their work is reflected in the numbers: in Spring 2019, bridges achieved a yield rate highs for both Senior Weekend and Transfer Weekend, at 81.9% and 74.5%, respectively, compared to 43-46% and 55-70% for all admitted prospective students. The Village symbolizes the collective effort it takes to support a growing and dynamic community of scholars.

UC Berkeley Mobile App Team

Bill Allison, Jen Bellenger, Sarah Fullerton, John Hays, Ram Kapoor, Zed Lopez, Hulda Nelson, Anne Marie Richard

Achieving a complex technology and change management process in ten weeks on the Berkeley campus calls for a team with expertise, innovation, and efficiency. This interdisciplinary team launched Berkeley’s mobile app in time for Cal Day 2018, helping newly admitted students and their families to easily navigate hundreds of events and create customized itineraries. The team identified the correct technology solution to address the need, employing students to help design a student-focused app; resolving numerous technical considerations internally and with a vendor; and creating an effective user interface that reflects Berkeley. The team has continued to expand the app as a platform for the campus, adding features, using analytics to assess functionality, and incorporating new content from campus units. Through the team’s continued collaboration, the mobile app has increased access to the campus, creating unique experiences not only for the campus community, but also for the public. 

Work-Study UCPath Transition Team

Blanca Nuila Campos, Louis Dinh, Kerry Franzetta, Brittiany Juravic, Steven McCabe, Beth Pearce, Susan Roach, Vivian Thao Tran, Annie Wong

UC Berkeley has the largest work-study program in the UC system; each year, about 3,800 Berkeley students and over 230 Berkeley campus departments are engaged in the program, which improves affordability for students while helping prepare them for their future careers. The transition to UCPath in the middle of a financial aid year posed many logistical challenges that had the potential for disruption. The cross-departmental Work-Study UCPath Transition team embraced the move to UCPath, welcoming it as an opportunity to implement additional business process and user improvements. The team worked collaboratively to integrate changes necessitated by UCPath, which required coordination with multiple units campuswide. The result of the team’s commitment to making change a positive experience was a nearly seamless UCPath transition for both work-study students and employers, making Berkeley sought after among UC campuses for its effective leadership.