Advising

GPP Peer Advisors 2018_19

GPP Staff Advisors and Peer Advisors are available to meet with students to discuss any questions they have regarding the GPP Minor. The GPP Peer Advisors are undergraduate students who have completed a majority of the requirements for the GPP Minor, including the Practice Experience. They are a great resource to seek information about what the Minor entails, selecting a Practice Experience, course planning, and much more.

We encourage prospective students to meet with GPP Advisors before they apply to declare the Minor. Students declared in the Minor should check in regularly with the Advisors for guidance on ensuring regular progress towards completing the Minor.

Email gppminor@berkeley.edu to set up an in-person or phone advising appointment if you’re not available for Drop-In Advising Hours.

Drop-in Advising hours are:

Monday & Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm; 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm
100 H Blum Hall

Meet the Advisors

Major: Philosophy and Social Welfare

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: My Practice Experience was with the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco, which is a homeless advocacy non-profit that works closely with the city’s homeless community to protect their human rights. The Coalition believes that solutions to homelessness can only be found by working with those who have experienced it firsthand, as they are the only ones with an intimate knowledge of navigating the services provided. I spent most of my time listening to people’s experiences while living on the streets or in shelters, community organizing through planning meetings and workshops, and speaking out at public comment at different city government meetings.Since I worked during an election year, I was also heavily involved in a political campaign called Our City, Our Home to increase funding for homeless services, with an emphasis on a housing first approach. This included gathering signatures to qualify for the Fall ballot, policy analysis, securing endorsements, and opposition research. I’m glad that my PE is only a quick BART ride away and I’m planning to continue being involved with the Coalition and the campaign throughout the Fall.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Legal Studies 154 Human Rights, Research, Practice Public Policy C103 Wealth and Poverty Anthropology 157 Anthropology of Law

Activities: Manager at Kingman Hall Student Coop , Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

About Me: Hello! My name is Ian and I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast. Since I was in 7th grade, I wanted to go Berkeley because of its history of progressive activism, social justice, and environmental awareness. My dream of attending Cal became a reality last year after transferring here from my community college and it has been even better than I could’ve imagined! I’m a big lover of the outdoors so whenever I have the chance, you can bet I’m outside hiking, surfing, slacklining or spinning poi. Music is my other love and will boogie to anything from rock to bluegrass to EDM. I also love living in the student coops and will happily answer questions about them to anyone interested in finding affordable housing. As a transfer student, I know firsthand how overwhelming transferring to Cal can be and will happily give recommendations to anyone looking to make the transition easier. The GPP minor has been a personal highlight for me and I can’t wait to talk about it with you!

Major: Legal Studies and Public Policy Minor

Year: Junior

Practice Experience: In the spring of 2018, I began working with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC). EBSC is a Berkeley-based nonprofit organization committed to advocating and providing legal assistance for immigrants and refugees. My time at EBSC has been fairly variable. I’ve done quite a bit of administrative work involving immigration databases as well as organizing immigration and legal documents. Essentially, I’ve done whatever the office needs in order to uphold their mission statement. I also helped with events that they hold; I did publication work as well as marketing and outreach. Through my practice experience, I was able to work with a community that is different from my own as well as draw the connections between topics of immigration, poverty, and political agency.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty

Activities: Pilipinx Academic Student Services (PASS), bridges Multicultural Resource Center, LEAD Center Business Development and Finance

About Me: Hi y’all! My name is Rachelle and I’m from Hanford, a small town in California’s Central Valley. I’m a first generation college student from a low income, under resourced high school. These lived experiences have definitely played a transformative role throughout my journey in academia and in my pursuit of this minor. Being the daughter of immigrants has shaped me into wanting to pursue immigration law and serve communities through those means. I was able to explore this field through my practice experience. On the other hand, my journey through the education system has made me passionate about pursuing poverty alleviation through educational access. I’m still unsure of which route I want to pursue after graduation but I do appreciate that I was able to explore it through the GPP space with this community and faculty. Regardless, I think that GPP has opened my mind and allowed me to think critically about approaches to poverty alleviation and inequality in both fields. If you resonate with being stuck between different sectors when choosing a practice experience or just want to talk things out, I’m here! Hope to see you all in advising.

Major: Development Studies

Year: Junior

Practice Experience: I worked at a non profit called Community Bridges as a project lead on the Economic Justice Alliance. This project was focused on empowering and organizing low income workers, and helping them navigate the legal system of filing wage claims. 

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Public Policy C103: Wealth and Poverty

Activities: Songwriting at Berkeley (member and on the leadership team), The Black Sheep (writer and content creator for this satire publication), Usher for Another Planet Entertainment (at the Greek and the Fox)

About Me: Hello! My name is Kelsey and I’m from Santa Cruz, California, a beach town down the coast. I love challenging the status quo and have embraced studying all kinds of interdisciplinary social science here at Berkeley. I like to question our systems of power at every turn: in class, politically, through writing satire, making memes, and writing songs/performing music. I also love reading memoirs and writing creative non-fiction. Come talk to me about GPP, any other part of your Berkeley experience, or your own personal journey! I cannot wait to show you how amazing this program is and to be friends!

Major: Society & Environment

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: During the Summer of 2018, I interned with the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians in Coos Bay, Oregon. I primarily wrote comments and conducted research on a LNG pipeline and terminal that a Canadian company has been trying to build in Southern Oregon for about a decade now. During the Obama administration, FERC denied the company a permit to build the pipeline. However, the company revived their application during the Trump administration and are awaiting permit approvals. My internship began during the public comment periods.

Activities: QSU, Cal Q&A, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Cal Judo, Student Assistant at HAAS

About Me: I’m a 4th year first-generation transfer student born and raised in San Francisco, right by the beach. I play flute and piano, dabble in making music, and know Muay Thai and Judo. I love dogs but am willing to take a Claritin for friendly cats. I’m pretty spontaneous and have hiked to waterfalls, hot springs, and went snowboarding all in one day on a last-minute whim. I also love watching The Office all day. Although environmentalism is a broad subject, the GPP minor has helped me determine which fields I’m most interested in: environmental injustice, environmental policy, global development, indigenous environmental issues, and energy management. Feel free to chat with me or any of the other advisors at the Blum Center! Come through!

Major: Urban Studies

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: For my PE, I was at the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco, which aims to transform the dominant narrative and stigmatization surrounding homelessness. I had a lot of fun! There were different things to do everyday — I went to public meetings at SF City Hall, helped out with the production of the Street Sheet newspaper by creating different graphic designs, went to meetings with different nonprofits, updated social media platforms, and about once a week went to different homeless encampments to see how local homeless folks were doing.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Sociology 111AC – Sociology of the Family; City Planning 114 – Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation

Activities: Housing Rights Committee Counselor, Global Urban Humanities Program, Sigma Phi Omega, NJAUMC Camp Counselor, Muracci’s Server

About Me: Hello! My name is Christine from San Jose, CA. I have loved growing up in the Bay Area, and have cherished every moment of getting the chance to go to Berkeley. My interests include architecture, design, exploring cities, sketching, and taking public transit! GPP has been very meaningful to me and has helped me combine my interests in poverty and urban cities. It’s led me to two great summer opportunities at the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. I hope I can find a career that combines all of my interests, but I am not sure where I will be going or what I will be doing after school just yet. If you have any questions about finding a local practice experience in San Francisco or related to homelessness or housing inequality, let me know! I’m excited to meet you all and hope I can answer any questions you may have. 🙂

Major: American Studies (Healthcare Concentration)

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: My practice experience was in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I was a volunteer at Centro de Rehabilitacion Infantil Teleton (CRIT), a hospital for children with disabilities. During my time there, I was working in the childcare center providing daily activities and games for the patients or siblings who were at the center. The age range for the children was anywhere between 5-16 years old. The activities ranged from mental stimulation games, such as loteria or Match Pairs memory game, to muscular rehabilitation games, such as playing with legos. I was also put to take of children on an individual basis when their parents needed to go into their counseling sessions. All of the activities were done to help the children with their specific treatment for muscular or mental rehabilitation.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Education 186AC: The Southern Border, History 146: Latin American Women, Chicano Studies 176: Chicanos and Health Care, History 124B: The Recent United States: The United States from World War II to the Vietnam Era
Anthropology 140: The Anthropology of Food

Activities: Hermanas Unidas de Cal, MCB/IB Advising office assistant , Sage Mentorship Program

About Me:  Hello, my name is Samantha! I was born and raised in the sunny city of Riverside, CA. My interests include playing tennis, exploring the Bay area and all of its amazing sights, or simply watching anything on Netflix. I am specifically interested in health disparities that the Latino population is faced with. This is important to me due to my strong ties with my Mexican heritage and most of my family that continues to live there. The GPP minor has allowed me to further my education and has been the most transformative experience here at CAL. The GPP minor ultimately gave me the sense of belonging to this institution that many students seek out. If you have any questions about the minor or my practice experience, feel free to stop by. Look forward to meeting you! 

Major: Political Science

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: For my practice experience, I worked in Oakland with a non-profit organization called Refugee Transitions. I helped assist in the adult-based classes, which consisted of both men and women from ages 30+. In these classes we focused on communication skills, such as learning how to send professional emails in the workplace. Another class supported community building, where I had the opportunity to work with women from Afghanistan in a women’s support group. One of the themes in the support group involved understanding how to adapt to their new lifestyle here in the United States by going over concepts such as culture shock, as well as other stages of transitions.

GPP Elective Courses Taken:Education and International Development (EDU 148/ GS 128)

Activities: House President for the Berkeley Student Cooperative, Volunteer at Soccer Without Borders

About Me: Hello Everyone! My name is Samia, and I’m from sunny San Diego. I really enjoy dancing, particularly hip-hop and bachata. Fun fact: I used to Step, like in the movie Stomp the Yard. I also love photography and reading for fun. I’m Ethiopian and Senegalese, and used to live in Ethiopia- so if you have any questions about these areas, please feel free to come in and talk with me, and I will gladly share my experiences with you. If you also need advise on searching for organizations within the United States, contacting organizations, I can also be of service in that area. The GPP minor is a program that really pushes you to think about various issues, and allows you to observe the many different perspectives that your fellow peers will address throughout the course. It is a minor that has strengthened my knowledge on a global level, and continues to challenge me, which is what makes it such a great minor. Please do not hesitate to come in for any kind of question, I will be more than happy to help, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies

Year: Senior

Practice Experience: My practice experience was with a grassroots criminal justice reform organization called VOTE in New Orleans, Louisiana. I interned with VOTE for two months in the summer of 2017. VOTE was established in 2003 and is run by a small group of formerly incarcerated adults in New Orleans who work to improve Louisiana’s reentry and criminal justice policies through advocacy and lobbying. I helped with administrative tasks, data entry, website design, fundraising, and research for a Guide to Parole and Reentry to distribute to prisoners in Louisiana’s prisons.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: Area Elective: History 125B: Soul Power: African American History 1861-1980 (Fall 2018)
Sector Elective: Have not taken yet, most likely Legal Studies 102: Policing & Society in Spring 2019

Activities: Alameda Health System Health Advocates, Hillel Kitchen Intern, Weekly Volunteer at Critical Resistance (a prison abolition org in Oakland), TA for the Field Study Internship (part of HMAP at Berkeley)

About Me: Hi there! My name is Hannah and I am a senior at Berkeley from Montclair, New Jersey. My major is Interdisciplinary Studies, and I am focusing on public health in the context of the criminal justice system. I was a pre-med biology major for two and a half years before switching my focus, so I have lots of experience in a bunch of different types of classes. After graduating, I hope to get an MPH and MSW. Outside of school, I volunteer at a skilled nursing facility in San Leandro, I babysit a ton, I work in the kitchen at Hillel, and I am a TA for FSI (a public health teaching/shadowing program at Cal). I love going to concerts and music festivals, hiking, camping, reading, and traveling. If you have any questions about GPP, choosing a practice experience, or just navigating the rough waters of Cal academics in general, come chat with me and we can figure it out together! I really look forward to meeting all of you!

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology & Public Health

Year: Senior 

Practice Experience: I worked with El Poder del Consumidor (Consumer Power), a Mexican-based non-governmental organization that advocates for nutritional health policy reform in Mexico, specifically with regards to the obesity epidemic. I researched information about nutrition and oral health through desk work and interviews as well as translated and reproduced policy documents to provide to the global health community.

GPP Elective Courses Taken: PH 150D: Health Policy and Management

Activities: Women’s Club Soccer, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP), Clinton Global Initiative University

About Me: Hi, my name is Neha and I’m originally from New Jersey! I enjoy soccer, board games, cooking, and live music. I am always down for spontaneous road trips or excursions and I love exploring the beautiful sites of NorCal. The GPP minor has been one of my best decisions at Cal and it has introduced me to a range of topics, debates, and communities that I otherwise would not have known. Completing my practice experience in Mexico City was a humbling opportunity to practice my Spanish and work at the forefront of nutrition policy advocacy. I would love to chat about GPP, international practice experiences, global health, research, life at Cal, sports, music, or anything else you can think of! Looking forward to meeting you!

Advice for prospective or newly declared GPP students: Don’t be afraid to reach out to people to help process your emotions and thoughts during your GPP journey. It’s important to be able to reflect upon or journal about your experiences.

Major: Economics

Year: Junior 

Practice Experience:

GPP Elective Courses Taken: GWS 130AC: Gender, Race, Nation, and Health

Activities: Fung Fellowship, Invention Corps (Chief Executive Officer), Alpha Chi Omega 

About Me: Hello! My name is Iris, and I’m from a SoCal beach town called Dana Point. Although I’m majoring in Economics, I’m also completing the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, which reflects my interests in the intersection of public health, emerging technologies, and design. Because the GPP minor embraces people of varied backgrounds and interests, the program has really given me the opportunity to connect all of the things I love. In the future, I hope to integrate all of my passions into my career and calling. When I’m not working on human-centered design projects, I really enjoy swimming and binging good movies/TV shows. If you have any questions at all about the minor in general, if you’d like to hear more about my personal experiences, or if you feel really strongly about giving me good Netflix recommendations, feel free to drop by during my advising hours! Truly excited to speak to y’all and learn more about your unique experiences and passions.

Fall 2018 Drop-in Advising Schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
10:00amSamantha, SamiaNo AdvisingSamantha, ChristineNo AdvisingSamantha
10:30amSamantha, SamiaNo AdvisingNeha, Samantha, ChristineNo AdvisingSamantha, Kelsey
11:00amRachelle, SamiaNo AdvisingNeha, Hannah, ChristineNo AdvisingKelsey, Hannah
11:30amRachelleNo AdvisingNeha, HannahNo AdvisingKelsey, Hannah
12:00pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo Advising
12:30pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo Advising
1:00pmNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo AdvisingNo Advising
1:30pmNehaRachelle, IrisRachelle, HannahIrisNo Advising
2:00pmNeha, JadeRachelle, IrisRachelle, Hannah, JadeIris, ChristineNo Advising
2:30pmKelsey, Neha, JadeRachelle, Iris, IanSamia, JadeIris, Christine, IanNo Advising
3:00pmKelseyRachelle, IanSamiaIan, ChristineNo Advising
3:30pmJadeIanSamiaIanNo Advising

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