Our Divisions

SAO is made up of four divisions, each of which houses Caseworkers with differing expertise and experiences.

Academic

Our Academic Division handles scholastic issues including, but not limited to, grade changes, personal withdrawals, CalCentral issues, and disputes with faculty.

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid Division handles monetary issues including, but not limited to, financial aid dispersal, student employees, emergency housing, tuition, and California residency.

Conduct

Our Conduct Division handles conduct issues for students accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct for actions including, but not limited to, alleged cheating, destruction of property, and assault.

Grievance

Our Grievance Division handles all other student grievances, including, but not limited to, DSP accommodations, discrimination, sexual violence, and non-traditional student concerns.

The ASUC Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) — effectively the campus public defender — is an executive, non-partisan office of the student government at UC Berkeley. We offer representation, help, and advice to any student or student group involved in a dispute with the University.

Our caseworkers have experience and knowledge about all sorts of problems, including conduct violations, grade disputes, enrollment issues, financial aid problems, establishment of residency, discrimination, and harassment. All assistance is free and confidential.

Visit the division pages above for information and resources about common disputes.

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Click here for more information about confidentiality, advising, and resources.

Looking to join our office? Click here for our application page.

Please visit our Resources Page for guides and recent updates to University Policy.

Our Team

SAO is comprised of the Student Advocate and two Chiefs of Staff. Each division is led by a Division Director and a Policy Coordinator.
Nava Bearson

Nava Bearson

Student Advocate
Sophia Fenn

Sophia Fenn

Internal Chief of Staff
Joyce Huchin

Joyce Huchin

External Chief of Staff
Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell

Academic Director
Tasmia Hussain

Tasmia Hussain

Financial Aid Director
Fannie Osran

Fannie Osran

Conduct Director
Stephanie Chang

Stephanie Chang

Grievance Director
Eliza Davis

Eliza Davis

Academic Policy Coordinator
Barbara de Alfaro

Barbara de Alfaro

Financial Aid Policy Coordinator
Annie Price

Annie Price

Conduct Co-Policy Coordinator
Shiwani Joshi

Shiwani Joshi

Conduct Co-Policy Coordinator
Alex De Taboada

Alex De Taboada

Grievance Policy Coordinator
Era Goel

Era Goel

Head of Finance & Operations
Lauren Cohen

Lauren Cohen

Head of Events

Blog

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