Principles of Community

New students from all backgrounds come together to succeed at Berkeley Engineering (Credit: Noah Berger)
UC Berkeley admits and Cal Seismic members outmaneuver the shake table on Cal Day 2019. (Photo by Adam Lau)

CEE Principles of Community

Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which our values can thrive.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is building a vibrant and diverse community and stands in full support of the mission and principles of community of the University:

These principles of community for the University of California, Berkeley, are rooted in our mission of teaching, research and public service. They reflect our passion for critical inquiry, debate, discovery and innovation, and our deep commitment to contributing to a better world. Every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

  •  We foster an environment that is inclusive of all diverse backgrounds and strive for all students, staff, and faculty to have a strong sense of belonging.
  • We place honesty and integrity in our teaching, learning, research and administration at the highest level.
  • We recognize the intrinsic relationship between diversity and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • We affirm the dignity of all individuals and strive to uphold a just community in which discrimination and hate are not tolerated.
  • We are committed to ensuring freedom of expression and dialogue that elicits the full spectrum of views held by our varied communities.
  • We respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions.
  • We believe that active participation and leadership in addressing the most pressing issues facing our local and global communities are central to our educational mission.
  • We embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our obligation and goal.

UC Berkeley’s “Principles of Community” statement was developed collaboratively by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and issued by the Chancellor. Its intent is to serve as an affirmation of the intrinsic and unique value of each member of the UC Berkeley community and as a guide for our personal and collective behavior, both on campus and as we serve society.

CEE is committed to the success of all of our students. Members of our community who are experiencing obstacles and/or distress should speak with our staff and faculty advisors, and seek support by the many resources available on campus. Additionally, in partnership with Berkeley Engineering, CEE offers a range of support for undergraduates and graduate students.