December 2, 2021: Updates from Berkeley International Office and Federal Relations

Updates from Berkeley International Office and Federal Relations

Event Details

December 2, 2021 | 11am - 12pm | Zoom

This session is open to UC Berkeley staff and faculty only.


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Event Summary:

Although 2021 has been less tumultuous than 2020, this year still has brought several shifts in immigration policy that affect UC Berkeley's international students, scholars and employees.  Join us to learn from members of the Berkeley International Office (BIO) and Government and Community Relations about how these members of our community have fared, and about how the BIO has worked to support the international community through these changing times. 


The Berkeley International Office's mission is to enhance the academic experiences of international students and scholars by providing the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming to the UC Berkeley campus community. Services include: 

-Advising for nonimmigrant students, scholars, staff, and faculty
-Visa document production for nonimmigrant students and scholars
-Programs and workshops for students and scholars
-Training and support for campus administrators and faculty
-U.S. permanent resident petitions for international faculty

The Government and Community Relations (GCR) office builds relationships with community leaders, elected officials, government agencies and third party advocates to further the mission of UC Berkeley in the public sector. The issues of primary focus for the GCR team include student financial aid, admissions, scientific research and other policies at the forefront of higher education and government. GCR also coordinates the University’s response to a wide range of political and policy issues, and advises administrators and faculty on strategies to gain constructive dialogue with government and community leaders.


  • Ivor Emmanuel, Director, Berkeley International Office 
  • Gina Daly, Director, Federal Relations, Office of Government & Community Relations
  • Erin Skelly, Assistant Director for Student Services, Berkeley International Office
  • Kaetlin Henry, Assistant Director for Scholar Services, Berkeley International Office
  • Rajan Eapen, Assistant Director for Employment-based Services, Berkeley International Office

Berkeley International Group events are designed for UC Berkeley faculty and staff and are not open to the general public.

The Berkeley International Group (BIG) is composed of UC Berkeley faculty and staff who are invited to meet monthly to collaborate and participate in informal discussions related to the international work we do across UC Berkeley.  During the academic year, the group typically meets once a month, with the host(s) deciding upon the topic, date, time, and location of the meeting. Each meeting is typically hosted by a different unit on campus.

Since 2019, BIG is a recognized Staff Organization Community of Practice, which facilitates opportunities for staff to become more involved in campus life. Joining relevant communities of practice allows staff to continue to develop and broaden their skills, as well as meet people who have similar professional interests.