“I was deeply honored and humbled to have received this special recognition. I believe this was only possible with support from our EECS staff who tirelessly applied their talents and skills to build up a wonderful community and to strengthen one another. It’s such an awesome privilege to be a part of the EECS community which works together as a team. When I think about coming into work each morning I am reminded of my favorite phrase (also a book title) “all the light we cannot see”. I come to work each day knowing that it will be another new day for me to discover and see the light that I might have missed the day before. I am grateful that I get the chance to see the beautiful light that our staff members emanate through their words and actions, and especially their dedication, to make EECS a vibrant community that values and upholds excellence, diversity and inclusion, with dignity and respect. I am indebted to our EECS staff for helping me to learn new things each day through their eyes and hearts and for being an important part of my life’s journey at Berkeley.”
Josephine does not just talk about taking care of employees: her actions embody that principle. She supports over 100 faculty, oversees EECS’ budget, and supervises 13 direct and 34 indirect staff. Josephine knows every one of the 65 EECS staff personally and provides mentoring and leadership at all levels. She is particularly successful at promoting from within, creating access for diverse staff, finding resources for equity and advocating for staff. After discussing concerns about the heavy staff workload in a rapidly growing department, she put through multiple equity increases, job reclassifications, instituted flexible schedules, and hired additional staff, all in a budget crisis. She also provided workshops on micro-aggressions, transgender issues, and work-style differences. Josephine has fostered a great sense of community among her staff and created a rich atmosphere of respect, loyalty and honesty.
Haas School of Business
“”Receiving a COSA was the highest honor of my 11 year career at U.C. Berkeley. To be nominated by a colleague for my work, and to have the those efforts appreciated and validated at a campus-wide event gave me great joy. We don’t do what we do for accolades, but it still feels great to be acknowledged at such a prestigious ceremony.”
Marco helps foster an equitable and inclusive community at Haas. His volunteer initiatives are extensive, including being a mentor and sponsor of the UCB Collegiate 100 organization, teaching a Financial Literacy course for the African American Male Pipeline Project, being the keynote speaker for Upward Bound Math/Science Banquet and making himself available as a Black Student Scholarship Mentor. This is just a partial list of his involvement during the just he past year. He also convened campus-wide Black Graduate Student leaders meeting, created and facilitated Black Haas MBA/UG group, and delivered Equity and Inclusion Advisor Presentation. This kind of support for inclusion, equity and change is hard to find. Simply put, he makes Haas and Berkeley a better institution.