Adam A. Hillier
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
“Receiving the COSA was a true honor. It is one of those events in your life that you call your parents about, even at the age of 40, and want them to be proud of (and secretly want them to tell their friends about). Receiving this award meant a lot to me, because the nomination came from my team in the office, and the nomination was a way of being recognized for good work without knowing it would be seen! And truth be told, my father was in the audience during the award ceremony!”
Adam has risen as a strong project manager that has enhanced business processes and use of technology in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Recently Adam’s skills shined as one of Undergraduate Admissions’ primary liaisons with the Student Information System Project. Adam also Recently worked with the Slate technological infrastructure and with multiple colleges to design a tool that would capture the needs of the Berkeley campus. Adam is commended for his ability to learn new technology, work with consultants and programmers, and build connections between various campus stakeholders while continuing to positively drive change. In times of stress, Adam is someone that many seek out because of his ability to understand complex problems and guide staff to workable solutions. He is also described as a mentor who builds trust with his colleagues who then feel comfortable bringing him issues of concern.
Office of Planning & Analysis
“”It was a great honor to receive the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award in recognition of my work as an analyst in the Office of Planning and Analysis. Whether I am leveraging survey data or Cal Answers data to help tell the story of the UC Berkeley undergraduate experience, or working to support campus users as they learn how to use Cal Answers to meet the data needs of their units, it is a privilege to help build and sustain a culture of evidence on campus. As an alumna of UC Berkeley, former Graduate Student Instructor, and former student services staff, I have had many opportunities to see the campus from different perspectives over the past 17 years. I am convinced that these varied perspectives have had a positive impact on my cross-departmental collaborations and overall contributions to the campus community in my current role as an analyst.”
Sereeta is an integral senior analyst in the Office of Planning and Analysis (OPA) in the CFO’s office, providing analytical decision support to the campus. Sereeta is recognized for taking on tough subjects and helping to build a culture of evidence, which in turn grounds decision making that puts the well-being of students and campus first. Sereeta has won praise for her active mentorship. In support of new hires and for Cal-Answers Super-Users across campus, she develops materials, leads and participates in trainings, and holds office hours. Sereeta’s expertise and credibility have put her in demand across campus. Recently, Sereeta was instrumental in establishing a cooperative cross-departmental relationship between the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and OPA which includes regular meetings to discuss shared research interests and collaboration on data-driven projects. Her deep understanding of the needs of vulnerable student populations and the important role that financial aid plays in the educational experience of many of our students has been a key factor in the success of this collaboration. Sereeta has created numerous collaborations with other units and her outstanding reputation as a compassionate and valuable campus partner in turn amplifies the reputation of her department