Fall 2022 Staff as Students of Social Justice (SSSJ) Program

August 15, 2022

Dear Colleagues:

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 Staff as Students of Social Justice (SSSJ) Program. This program allows staff members to audit online American Cultures classes and participate in discussions about timely and important topics. This is a unique and amazing opportunity to learn firsthand from leading scholars of race, ethnicity, and gender, and to dig into subjects that are of personal interest to you. It’s also a great way to build connections with faculty, students, and fellow campus colleagues.

This program is an important expression of the campus’s commitment to the intellectual and professional development of staff, especially around issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity. We hope that many of you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity!

Program Overview

  • Attend online lectures/meetings for your chosen class
  • Participate in a weekly discussion section with a graduate student instructor just for SSSJ participants
  • Expect 3-4 hours of class/discussion per week, plus additional time to complete readings
  • No exams, grades or academic credit
  • Must attend at least 80% of meetings and participate fully
  • Upon completion, you will receive a certificate signed by Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Oliver O’Reilly which will be added to your HR file

Please take a moment to learn more about the Fall 2022 online course offerings, as you will be asked to indicate your preferences on the application form. (The form is very brief and should only take a few minutes.) Applications are due by Monday, August 22 at 12 pm. We will let all applicants know if they have been selected the following week. The Fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 24!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the American Cultures Center Staff at americancultures@berkeley.edu.


Oliver M. O'Reilly, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Victoria Robinson, American Cultures Center Director 

Monica Garcia,  UE DEIB Officer & Member of the EID Implementation Team

David Maldonado, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Education

Douglas Parada, Program Associate, The American Cultures Center

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