Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.39
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.78 / 5.00 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Staff are offered release time for campus-sponsored activities, including activities in Berkeley Staff Organizations. Release Time for Campus-Sponsored Activities: In the normal course of business, exempt employees should receive at least 10 workdays of approved paid release time annually, and non-exempt employees should receive at least 80 hours of approved paid release time annually to participate in campus-sponsored activities. Release time cannot be accrued for carry-forward to the next year.


The University Section Club, a non-profit UC Berkeley support group, is one example of a Berkeley Staff Organization. Its mission and purpose includes:
- To provide service to the University Community
- To raise funds to aid deserving students, support student-related groups, and foster scholarship and international understanding

Volunteer activities welcome and support students, international scholars and their families. Fundraising activities, dues and donations support philanthropy to students which include emergency grants, financial support for student groups and programs, and two endowed scholarships.


Berkeley Veterans mission is to serve veterans at UC Berkeley and the surrounding communities, and to serve the campus by acting as a bridge to the military and veterans community.

Goals: Participating in/sponsoring campus service projects, such as cleanup efforts


LavenderCal is UC Berkeley’s network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ employees. We are staff, faculty, librarians, academic researchers, postdoctoral appointees, and visiting scholars. We welcome the support and participation of allies. LavenderCal is recognized as an official campus staff organization, supported by the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion.

Goal: To sustain a large, inclusive network of staff and faculty who volunteer effort—little or much, occasionally or regularly—to promote the welfare of the UC LGBTQ+ communities


UC Berkeley Wellness Ambassadors are staff or faculty volunteers who play a vital role in supporting Be Well at Work – Wellness Program by promoting health and wellness programs to your coworkers, department, or friends on campus. Any UC Berkeley faculty or staff can volunteer to be a Wellness Ambassador. Wellness Ambassadors volunteer during regular work-time hours.


Staff are invited to volunteer at Summerfest, a highlight of Staff Appreciation Week. The event is an opportunity for friends, co-workers, and colleagues to enjoy a delicious free lunch, score a free commemorative t-shirt, learn about staff organizations, and come together to celebrate their vital contributions to the university. It’s also a way for the university to sincerely thank the staff for their service. With permission from their supervisor, volunteers contribute their time during regular work hours.


The Dean of Students portfolio in Student Affairs offers an Externship program for staff, which supports staff members from a department to volunteer as an Extern for another department. This externship volunteer program takes place during the regular work hours, so volunteers are compensated for their time.

UC Berkeley also provides employee incentives and positive recognition such as the Chancellor's Awards for Public Service and a staff public service award. Individual departments also offer their own community service awards.

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The data for Part 1 were derived from the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey, which was sent in 2018 to every undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, with a 40 percent response rate. That survey found that 39 percent of respondents had participated in community service on or off campus. The data from the survey are representative of the larger campus and were extrapolated to the larger undergraduate population, our campus' predominant student body.

The data for Part 2 originated from the campus Public Service Center. In the 18-19 school year, the Public Service Center engaged 175 student leaders and about 6800 student participants, completing about 220,000 hours of service. The yearly average of about 32 hours per student was then multiplied by the estimated number of students who had performed community service.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.