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Advising and Mentoring

Advising is something that many of us in the DREAM Office are passionate about! The DREAM Office provides a variety of services to support prospective students who have faced historical, economic and educational barriers. We currently have two professional staff—Durrain Ansari-Yan and Michelle Azurin—who are available for advising appointments. Both Durrain and Michelle are alumnae of the MPH program, having been through and successfully completed the program, are happy to provide you with their insight! Connect with Durrain and Michelle through

DREAM Office

Students are welcome to come to the DREAM Office to hang out, eat snacks, have lunch and study on our couches. This is also where our biostatistics, epidemiology, writing and librarian office hours take place. Not sure where the DREAM Office is? Use this map to help guide you. Feel free to knock on the door and someone will let you in.g

Summer and Fall Preparatory Seminars

The Summer and Fall Preparatory Seminars (also called DREAM Seminars)  are two separate programs intended to prepare incoming Master of Public Health students for the transition to graduate-level studies and life at Berkeley. The seminars focus on academic preparation, introduction to key campus resources; and development of important skills such as leadership, time management and managing stress.

The program also helps create and foster a network for underrepresented students that will serve as a support system for them while in graduate studies at UC Berkeley and beyond. Summer Seminar takes place Monday – Thursday the week before school begins, and Fall Seminar takes place during a 2 hour time slot once a week during the Fall Semester (Fall Seminar). Both of these programs are open to MPH students. The majority of students who apply for the program are historically underrepresented in graduate school, educationally and financially disadvantaged, first-generation college students, or allies who are committed to serving those groups most affected by health injustice. The application for the DREAM Seminars is sent out in the summer to all incoming students who are attending UC Berkeley that subsequent Fall.

Academic Support

The DREAM Office provides a variety of tutoring (both by appointment, drop-in and group sessions) for Public Health 142: Introduction to Biostatistics, Public Health 250A: Introduction to Epidemiology and writing support for papers, capstones and projects.

We also have partnered with our public health librarians to hold weekly office hours in the DREAM Office where our wonderful librarians can help you with literature reviews, running searches in databases for your research, citation management and finding data and statistics. Public Health librarians are available by appointment and drop-in.

Student Groups

In partnership with the Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership, the DREAM Office supports several student organizations. For more information, go to the student groups page.

Diversity Inclusion Community Equity (DICE)

Who We Are

An action-oriented committee composed of students, faculty, alumni and staff that works to promote Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity at the School of Public Health.

What We Do

We work together to take meaningful, intentional action to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for SPH students, faculty, alumni and staff.

We currently focus our creative, practical actions on:

  • Inspiring and engaging SPH community members at all levels
  • Encouraging accountability with open communication
  • Building a strong infrastructure to support positive school climate
Ways to Get Involved

Everyone is welcome at our meetings. We currently have several workgroups (communications, townhalls/trainings/events) and active projects (climate survey, curriculum innovation, course evaluations) and a monthly strategy meeting that is always open to new members.

Contact us: