A large research university like UC Berkeley can be an amazing place to get an undergraduate education; it can also feel impersonal and overwhelming. Seven years ago, Berkeley set out to address this problem by establishing a pioneering mentoring program called Berkeley Connect, and the results have been astounding. Learn how this mentoring model is transforming the undergraduate experience by increasing the confidence and sense of belonging of thousands of students each semester.
Maura Nolan is the founding director of the Berkeley Connect mentoring program, began in 2010 as a pilot project in the English department and now serving students across the university. A scholar of late medieval English literature, Nolan is the author of John Lydgate and the Making of Public Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty in 2005, she taught at the University of Notre Dame.