Sept. 2002 - April
The Hewlett Challenge, the Energy Biosciences Institute, and equity and inclusion at a public university
In this edition of Bear in Mind, UC Berkeley's ongoing online video series about campus issues, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau discusses landmark events unfolding here and explains how they connect to the role, mission and identity of the nation's preeminent public university. The unprecedented $113 million Hewlett Challenge Gift, the launch of the Energy Biosciences Institute, the appointment of a vice chancellor for equity and inclusion, and new proposals to increase financial aid for financially disadvantaged students are among the developments discussed that will define the campus for years into the future.
The chancellor is interviewed by Dan Mogulof, executive director of the Office of Public Affairs. Specific topics of discussion include:
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Watch Part One: The Hewlett Challenge (the largest gift in the university's history) and the role of a public universityRealPlayer video 12:28 minutes
"We represent the conduit into mainstream society of extraordinarily talented people from very modest backgrounds who could never imagine going to a Harvard or a Yale or a Princeton. It is our obligation as a public university to guarantee that every single qualified person in California, independent of their financial means, can get the same kind of education here at Berkeley that they would get if they went to Harvard or to Yale or to Princeton." — Chancellor Robert Birgeneau
Watch Part Two: BP, UC Berkeley, and the $500 million Energy Biosciences InstituteRealPlayer video 6:31 minutes
"As a public institution, it is our obligation to address the deleterious effects of global climate change and the economic effects of not being energy self-sufficient. And it is our view that in order to fulfill our public mission to do this effectively, we can't do just ivory tower research. It is actually a critical component of this field that you couple to a large energy company." — Chancellor Robert Birgeneau
Watch Part Three: Equal opportunity, paying for higher education, and the appointment of a new vice chancellor for equity and inclusionRealPlayer video 10:35 minutes
"If the government would put up $150 million per year over the next seven years, and the UC System, campus by campus, was to raise the matching money, that would then give us an endowment which far into the future would guarantee that we can continue to fulfill our public mission of providing an education to every talented Californian, independent of their income." — Chancellor Robert Birgeneau
Watch Part Four: Providing prominence to undergraduate education and transforming a vision of leadership, connection, and inclusion into actionRealPlayer video 4:29 minutes
"We educate 24,000 young people at any given time. More of our undergraduates go on to get Ph.D.s than any other university in the country." — Chancellor Robert Birgeneau