School of Law
“It was a pleasant surprise to receive the award especially when there are so many other colleagues in my department and across the campus who are dedicated professionals giving so much to fulfill the mission of the university. I was and remain grateful to the faculty members who came together to support my nomination and to my colleagues across campus who I work with on a daily basis. It is those relationships that enable me to perform the responsibilities of my job.”
In Spring of 2016, on the heels of a sexual harassment lawsuit at the law school, the interim dean formed a Staff-Faculty Climate Committee to assess and address issues of workplace climate.
Amatullah volunteered to serve on this committee and has been integral to the success of this effort. As part this work, Amatullah initiated Title IX trainings, creating a relationship with the campus’ Title IX and Path to Care offices to make sure the committee and members of the law school get the training they need. She also formed a Communications Subcommittee which has demonstrably impacted staff’s actual and felt inclusion and connected previously siloed areas within the law school.
Recently she has served as a resource to the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, and provided critical informal support to underrepresented groups including post-election support for Muslim students, and support and perspective in the wake of events in Ferguson in 2015.
Amatullah’s commitment to inclusion and community engagement has led to her being described as the conscience of the law school.
School of Public Health
“Receiving the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award came as a complete shock to me, but it made me happy to realize how deeply my community respected my work and contributions. The COSA was also an inspiration to work harder to ensure that I live up to the prestige of this award. I am grateful for the many opportunities Berkeley has given me, and I look forward to continuing to give back to this campus.”
Marques manages multiple programs at the School of Public Health, oversees a team of Graduate Student Affairs Officers, and plays a crucial role in supporting current students and recruiting future ones. As the initial contact to many prospective students, he has helped Berkeley to recruit a diverse group of the most competitive students in Public Health.
For current students, his ability and determination to secure supporting resources is legendary. One student revealed that Marques was able to secure dissertation funding that surpassed even what the student’s advisers and committee members were able to provide. Another cited his help securing the space and necessary resources to support a homeless outreach program.
Marques also took on the responsibilities of preparing the entire School of Public Health for the Academic Program Review and accreditation review. These reviews are complex, detailed, and vital to demonstrating the rigor and quality of the SPH’s programs, and they are key to sustaining the reputation of the SPH and the University.
Marques Redd’s efforts help ensure that the School of Public Health’s programs remain among the top in the country. His tireless work supporting the development of students as it relates to teaching, research, and public service is a stellar example to others and the embodiment of UC Berkeley’s values. These results would be exceptional for the span of a career at UC Berkeley. Marques has been with us only since 2015, and we look forward to more great things.