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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 support for current students who have faced historical, economic, and educational barriers. We currently have two professional staff—Abby Rincón and Enrique Ramirez—who are available for advising appointments. Both Abby and Enrique are alumnae of the MPH program, having been through and successfully completing the program, are happy to provide you with their insight! Connect with them by emailing sphdiversity@berkeley.edu.

DREAM Office Space

Due to COVID-19 and Fall campus guidelines, we are unable to open our office until further notice.

DREAM Office Couch Space (BWW Suite 2220)

However, when able, students will be 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 typically 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.

DREAM Preparatory Seminars

Due to COVID-19 and staff transitions, Summer Seminar is not currently offered.

Summer Seminar 2019 Cohort

The 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 building community, developing leadership, time management, self-reflection and managing stress.

Self Care Day during Fall Seminar 2019

The program also helps create and foster a network for underrepresented students in the MPH program that will serve as a support system for them while in graduate studies at UC Berkeley and beyond. 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 typically 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 from current grad students (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.