The Student Organization Advising and Leadership Development area advises UC Berkeley’s 1200+ diverse, student run groups. From the nationally competitive Mock Trial team to the only-at-Cal Squirrel Fishing Club, these organizations serve as outlets for self expression, create leadership opportunities, and grow a sense of community on campus. Advisors provide support and resources to 15 unique interest areas.
Student organizations are categorized into 15 unique communities:
- Academic: Organizations whose primary focus is academic or educational and/or organizations who confer membership in recognition of academic or scholarly leadership achievement (i.e. honor societies.)
- Arts: Organizations whose primary focus is in the development of, participation in, or appreciation of the arts, including the visual arts, design, and fashion.
- Cultural & Identity: Organizations whose primary focus is to explore and share with the University community the diverse cultures and identities we have across campus and around the world.
- Departmental: Organizations whose primary affiliation is to a UCB school, college, academic department, major, or professional program.
- Environmental & Sustainability: Organizations whose primary focus is on the environment or sustainability. Sustainability may encompass more than just environmental initiatives.
- Health & Wellness: Organizations whose primary focus is to support the pursuit and practice of a healthy mind, body, and community.
- Media & Film: Organizations whose primary focus is to create or share media via film, television, radio, and/or the internet.
- Performing Arts: Organizations whose primary focus is in the development and performance of dance, music, and/or theater.
- Political & Advocacy: Organizations whose primary focus is to provide opportunities for political discussion and debate. Organizations whose primary focus is advocacy at the campus, local, state, federal and/or international level with the goal of generating action on a particular issue or topic.
- Professional: Organizations whose primary focus is on the professional and/or career development of their members (includes professional fraternities and sororities.)
- Publications: Organizations whose primary focus is to develop and produce printed and/or digital publications.
- Recreational: Organizations whose primary focus is to engage in recreation and entertainment activities such as games, video games, and hobbies as well as spirit, outdoor, and sports activities (which may or may not be competitive).
- Service: Organizations whose primary focus is to provide service to others and/or raise funds in support of service to others.
- Spiritual: Organizations whose primary focus is to explore, share, and support particular spiritual, religious, and/or atheist practices, philosophies and beliefs.
- Technology: Organizations whose primary focus is to explore or learn about technology or new media.
Each community is assigned a specialized advisor who can guide them in managing their organizations, developing as leaders, planning events, and seeking out opportunities and resources on campus.
If students can’t find their niche in an already established organization, they can work with a LEAD Center Advisor to start their own group.
LEAD Center Student Organization Advisors support co-curricular student involvement on campus: we can help students find and join organizations that match their interests, assist with preparation for events and initiatives, or talk through the challenges one might face in a new leadership role.
Want to know who your advisor is? Visit the LEAD Center Staff page and search for your type of organization.
Need to make an appointment to see your advisor? Contact the LEAD Center front desk at 510-642-5171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the fall and spring semesters, Walk-in Advising for Student Organizations is offered Monday through Friday from 2pm - 4pm in 102 Hearst Gym. No appointment necessary.
Student Organization Advising and Leadership Development enables students to think critically about their student organization experience as a learning opportunity that fosters personal growth, leadership exploration, organizational development, and community engagement.
Student Organization Advising and Leadership Development envisions a campus where every student has the opportunity to achieve their fullest leadership potential through meaningful involvement, transformative learning experiences, and organizational development.