Archive of Workshops For Advisors


Below are recordings of past workshops presented by the Discovery Staff Council in collaboration with the Advancing Practice program. Recordings of past events will be posted here as they become available. 

Advising for Discovery Part 2: Engaging Underrepresented Students in Meaningful Discovery

Join us to hear advising colleagues share ideas on how to meaningfully engage underrepresented students in discovery experiences. Panelists will offer approaches to breaking down a range of barriers by engaging students about their lived experiences in relation to valuable co-curricular projects. Participants will walk away with tools to initiate and sustain meaningful conversations with students via the golden intersection of passion, purpose, planning and process: What they love and care about; What they are truly good at; What they believe the world needs; and What is their key incentive.


  • Kasra Sotudeh, Academic & Curriculum Development Coordinator, Athletic Study Center
  • Luisa Giulianetti, CE3 Curriculum Coordinator & Miller Scholars Coordinator, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence
  • Alberto Ledesma, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, College of Letters & Science
  • Keisha Hicks, Academic Advisor, Ronald E. Scholars Program
  • Serena Le, Discovery Program Director, Student Learning Center

Foundations of Practice: InformationalRelational

Engaging Underrepresented Students in Meaningful Discovery pt. 2 (Advancing Practice)

Advising for Discovery Part 1: Advising Undergraduate Students on their Discovery Journey

Advisors and student services staff across campus are uniquely positioned to initiate and sustain meaningful conversations with undergraduate students about how to envision and implement discovery projects - immersive experiential learning projects in research, service, the arts, and entrepreneurship. This advising work fits within a campus-wide Discovery Initiative to transform undergraduate education to support all students on a journey of engaged creativity and self-actualization. In this workshop, five advisors will present a framework for how to advise students on their Discovery journeys, including why it matters, when and where to get involved, and how to guide discovery conversations. Participants will walk away with tools and practices for supporting students in exploring their undergraduate path.


  • Sean Burns, Director, Center for Undergraduate Discovery
  • Christine Mullarky, Major Advisor, Psychology
  • Marvin Lopez, Director of Student Programs, Engineering Student Services
  • Christina Galli, Associate Director of Workforce Analysis and Strategic Projects Manager, Recreational Sports
  • Ira Young, Director, SEED Scholars Honors Program, E&I
  • Evelyn Thorne, Creative Discovery Coordinator & Advisor, Discovery Hub / A+D

Advising for Discovery Part 1 Advising Undergraduate Students on their Discovery Journey 1

Transformation at the Center: Fostering Advising Strategies for Undergraduate Discovery

The Berkeley Discovery Initiative is building a framework for the future of undergraduate education at UC Berkeley that is rooted in equity of student experience and promotes student agency, project-based learning, and the importance of community building and mentorship. Advisers and student services staff across all campus divisions are uniquely positioned to foster these values and learning strategies. This event will begin with an overview of the initiative, followed by advising leaders from a variety of campus units discussing how they approach supporting their students with planning for and carrying out discovery projects. 

At the event we will discuss the formation of a new “Undergraduate Discovery Advising & Student Services Staff Council” that will support the Discovery Hub and broader initiative in developing best practices for advising students for discovery.


  • Luisa Giulianetti, Curriculum Coordinator, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence and Coordinator
  • Chetan Chowdhry, Director of Student Programs, Blum Center
  • Anna Hilke - Undergraduate Advisor, Physics Department 
  • Kasra Sotudeh, Academic & Curriculum Development Coordinator, Athletic Study Center

Event Hosts:

  • Sean Burns (Director, Center for Undergraduate Discovery / Discovery Hub) 
  • Bree Rosenblum (Faculty Director, Berkeley Discovery Initiative) 

Advising Core Competencies: Conceptual

Transformation at the Center - September 14, 2021 (Advancing Practice)