The following is a list of resources focused on wellness, advocacy, conflict resolution, and other support services. If a certain population is not specified in the name or description, it is a resource open to all members of the campus community.
Basic Needs Center
The Basic Needs Center is a space for students to create community and access basic needs services. We define basic needs as an ecosystem that includes: financial stability; nutritious and sufficient food; safe, secure and adequate housing (to sleep, study, cook and shower); accessible and equitable health/medical care; sustaining emotional/mental well-being; affordable transportation; resources for personal hygiene; and, emergency needs for students with dependents.
The Basic Needs Center team is committed to fostering belonging and justice on the UC Berkeley campus through a robust model of prevention, intervention and emergency relief efforts addressing students' food, housing and financial needs. Some services are also available to staff and faculty.
Be Well at Cal
Be Well at Cal is a University Health Services effort to encourage students to take care of themselves in all aspects of their lives. The goal is not just to address illness but to support students in living balanced and fulfilled lives.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS offers short term counseling for undergraduate and graduate students on academic, career, and personal issues, and also offers psychiatry services for circumstances when medication can help with counseling. CAPS remains fully operational by phone or Zoom during the shelter in place.
CAPS is open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm (PST). Call (510) 642-9494 to schedule a phone appointment. 24/7 after-hours support is available through UHS by calling (855) 817-5667.
Employee Assistance for Faculty and Staff
Employee Assistance is the campus faculty and staff employee assistance program providing no cost confidential counseling and referral for UC Berkeley faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs. It is also the Employee Assistance program for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Getting Help for Students of Concern
Whether you are student, faculty, staff or just a concerned friend or loved one, you have many options for helping a student you are concerned about.The Gold Folder and Mental Health Handbook for faculty, staff, and GSIs are linked here for easy reference.
Graduate Wellness Center
The Wellness Center provides graduate student-focused wellness and mental health services. Services offered include individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, and DSP accommodations and services for graduate students.
Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)
The OPHD is responsible for ensuring the University provides an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of categories including race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees
Provides an informal dispute resolution process in which the Ombudsperson advocates for fairness, justice, respect for differences, and reasonable solutions to student and postdoctoral issues and concerns.
PATH to Care Center
The PATH to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. The 24/7 Care Line is (510) 643-2005.
The PATH to Care Center confidential advocates bring a holistic approach to supporting survivors. Advocates provide affirming, empowering, free, confidential support and bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources.
Staff Ombuds Office
The Staff Ombuds Office provides the same services as the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees but they serve staff, non-Senate academics, and faculty who perform management functions.
Student Legal Services
The Attorney for Students advises currently registered Cal students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations.
UAW 2865 for Academic Student Employees
UAW 2865 is the union that represents all 19,000+ Teaching Assistants, Graduate Student Instructors, Tutors, and Readers—across the University of California system. Together, we collectively bargain for better working conditions and work together for a workplace free from racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression
UAW 5810 - The Union of Postdocs and Academic Researchers
UAW Local 5810 is the union of more than 11,000 Postdoctoral Scholars and Academic Researchers (ARs; Project Scientists, Specialists, Professional Researchers, and Coordinators of Public Programs) at all 10 campuses of the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Through the union, Postdocs and ARs negotiate collective bargaining agreements that set minimum standards for pay, benefits, rights, and protections. The union also works to ensure that the contract and benefits are enforced, and provide help to Postdocs and ARs individually and as a whole to access and maintain the benefits won through collective bargaining.