BSC MEMBERS DIGEST -- May 13, 2024

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Mind, Death & Rebirth

May 14 thru June 12, 2024 (in-person & online)

Mangalam Research Center is pleased to present a FREE series of talks on “Mind, Death, & Rebirth.” We will approach these topics in light of Buddhist culture, thought, and practice; modern biomedical research; and cross-cultural study. In addition to exploring phenomena that defy conventional explanation (children who remember previous lives, near-death experiences, and Tibetan masters who appear to remain in meditation after death), we will consider the philosophical implications of these phenomena, how they challenge a materialist worldview, and how they relate to traditional Buddhist views. All presentations will include ample time for discussion.

Mangalam Research Center

2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704



Positions are filling up quickly, so apply now before there are no jobs left!

Unless stated otherwise, jobs fulfill workshift and any extra hours are compensated with a $22/hr rent credit

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Here are the jobs available right now! (Updated May 7th.)

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Central Food Services

Starting in Summer: Dump Run Coordinator

10 hrs./wk.

Schedule dump runs with unit-level Habitability Coordinators at each unit.

Drive the dump truck to houses, advise members on how to properly load the truck, and help load the truck if necessary.

Drive the dump truck to the Berkeley Transfer Station.

Summer only: Summer Recycling Assistant

8 hrs./wk.

Must have 6 hours of availability Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm..

Must be willing and able to drive a truck (automatic), have a valid California Driver’s License and a good driving record.

Must be willing and able to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly.

Must have knowledge of recycling & re-use programs.

Starting in Fall: Waste Reduction Coordinator

12 hrs./wk.

Must have 8 hours of availability during CFS working hours.

Must be willing and able to drive a truck (automatic), have a valid California Driver’s License and a good driving record.

Must be willing and able to lift up to 50 lbs repeatedly.

Must have knowledge of recycling & re-use programs.

Conduct Committee

ASAP and ongoing: Conduct Committee Chair

5 hrs./ wk.

Ensure that the decision-making processes of the Conduct Committee are fair, procedurally sound, efficient, sensitive to the member, and well documented.

Train ConCom members each semester, make necessary preparations before each meeting, and fulfill a number of responsibilities to the Board that occur after each meeting.

ASAP and ongoing: Restorative Justice Practitioner

up to 70 hours per semester

RJ Practitioners will be trained in Restorative Practice (RP), Restorative Justice (RJ) and other forms of conflict resolution.

Responsible for providing services in these areas for members and managers in the Berkeley Student Cooperative.

Development and Alumni Relations

ASAP and ongoing: Development and Alumni Relations Committee (Dar Com!)

5 hrs./ wk.

Aid with fundraising and alumni relations!

Help with BSC events!

Possibly the most fun job in the BSC.

Cooperative Experience/Member Resources

Starting Fall: Member Resources Assistant

17 hrs./ wk.

Preference will be given to former house managers.

Provides support for and assistance to the Member Resources Coordinator in their duties, including
the organization and development of training programs, New Member Orientation, NASCO Institute,
correspondence and research, clerical support and budget monitoring.


Summer: Recruitment Assistant

5hrs./ wk.

Help the BSC recruit and retain our targeted demographics.

Manage BSC tabling at the Gender Equity Resource Center, Transfer Student Center, and Multicultural Community Center.

Must be familiar with UC Berkeley student life.


Starting Fall: Administrative Committee Chair

5 hrs. / wk.

Ensure that the decision-making processes of the Administrative Committee are fair, procedurally sound, efficient, sensitive to the member, and well documented.

Train AdCom members.

Make necessary preparations before each meeting, attend all AdCom meetings, AdCom screening meetings, and AdCom appeals meetings.

Starting Summer: Administrative Member Advisor

8 hrs. / wk.

Be the primary resource for members making requests to the BSC Administrative Committee.

Attend all Administrative Committee (AdCom) meetings, and AdHoc meetings, screening meetings.

Assist members with requests to the AdCom and appeals.

Summer only: Network Manager Coordinator

8 hrs. / wk.

Be the primary resource for house level Network Managers.

Promote the availability of peer technical assistance among Network Managers.

Must have experience installing, maintaining and trouble-shooting at least one of the following types of routing/QOS devices, switches, and access points: Cisco, custom Linux-based solutions, Linksys, etc.

Must have experience with network and computer hardware trouble-shooting and documentation; experience with DHCP, DNS, NAT, and WINS management; and experience in creating network documentation.

Starting in Summer: Hiring Committee Member

Up to 30 hours a semester.

Help recruit for BSC member jobs.

Sit in on interviews for member positions over 10hrs/week.

Vote on best candidates for roles over 10 hrs/week.

Senior Management

Starting in Fall: Committee Administrative Assistant


Four Jobs Available: One for each Committee: Please specify which committee(s) you are interested in assisting.

  • Internal Affairs Committee (IACom)
  • Capital and Finance Committee (CFCom)
  • Experience and Training Committee (ETCom)
  • External Affairs Committee (EACom)

This job is 100% REMOTE and requires the AA to have a working laptop/computer and stable internet access.

Must commit and attend all scheduled weekly meetings on time

Typically on either Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday evenings.

Must be experienced in Google Suite and type at least 70 WPM.

Experience with taking and transcribing meeting minutes strongly preferred.

Must be reliable and punctual.


This is a 5-hour/week position fulfilling your five-hours a week workshift requirement.

Strong preference to candidates who do not hold another BSC position or house manager position.

Happenings In The Member Resources Department

WRITTEN BY PORTIA LEWIS (Member Resources Coordinator)

Introducing New Member Resources Assistant & Health Education Coordinator

I’m Tasha (she/her), and I'm thrilled to join you as the Member Resource Assistant (MRA) for the Summer.

A bit about myself: I've been a resident at Hillegass and Parker House (HiP House) for the past two years, where I've taken on roles including Community Builder, House Manager, Garden Manager, and Kitchen Manager.

As Member Resource Assistant, I collaborate closely with Portia, the BSC’s Member Resources Coordinator. I will be the member resources liaison, for all non-emergency questions & concerns. Moreover, my responsibilities include working with HM’s, helping coordinate HM Manager Training, co-facilitating New Member Orientation (NMO), reviewing house Emergency Preparedness plans, creating the Member Resources Newsletter, and more!

If you have suggestions for member resources you would like in the newsletter, please don’t hesitate to share them with me at

I'm also here to assist you with routine inquiries House Managers, Health Workers, Social Managers, emergency preparedness, parking, fees, and other non-emergency member resources matters. I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you and am excited to contribute to the BSC this summer.

P.S For those interested in starting in this role for the fall, please feel free to reach out to me, I would love to share more about the position with you!


Tasha Lewis

Hello Beloved Co-Op Community!

My name is Kaye Bergamot (they/them), and I am deeply honored to be stepping into the role of Health Education Coordinator! I’m passionate about community health, which I define as being by us and for us, being both preventative and responsive, and being adaptive and changing as our membership’s needs change. I approach health from a harm-reduction perspective that meets people where they are at and advocates for any positive change. As an abolitionist, I also emphasize non-carceral resources and revolutionary practices. I don’t subscribe to the false binary of physical vs mental health. Instead, I believe a holistic health model should include an individual’s physical, social, sexual, spiritual, financial, emotional, and mental wellness, which all influence one another.

I’m a first-generation, low-income, reentry college student who originally transferred to UC Berkeley from Mt. San Jacinto College in the Fall of 2015. However, struggles with finances, as well as physical and mental health issues, led me to leave after Spring 2016. However, after several misdiagnoses, coffee shop jobs, bad haircuts, worse situationships and a pandemic later, I found myself ready to return to Cal in the Spring of 2023!

I originally moved into Stebbins, where I had the honor of serving as House Manager for Summer ‘23 before I joined the nuns of Convent, where I helped establish the in-unit Health Worker position. I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and am now pursuing graduate studies in Public Health and Social Welfare.

I served in a variety of student leadership positions at my community college, have experience supporting crisis hotlines, participated in the Teach in Prison program at Cal, am trained as a death doula, and hold a special interest in adolescent suicide awareness and prevention while supporting survivors of suicide loss. I currently work as a Health Educator through AmeriCorp, and in that role, I support local high school students by facilitating a peer-to-peer sex education program.

When I’m not dedicated to my work or studies, you can find me hula hooping, baking up some delicious vegan goodies (I managed a bakery for two years!), or slinging tarot cards. I’m also a proud goth and love to check out the local alternative scene and dance the night away to new wave music.

I am available to support BSC managers, health workers, and all other members during my “Office Hours” on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 pm beginning on May 15th and throughout the summer~

Kaye Bergamot (they/them)

Congratulations to Convent Member, Kaye Bergamont, winner of the BSCAA’s Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Poster Design Contest! <3

The Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association (BSCAA) sponsored this Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Poster Design Contest!

This poster will be printed and sent out to all BSC units to raise awareness about suicide prevention, mental health & wellbeing & community care. Thank you Kaye for creating this poster <3

Graduating this Spring? Remember that all BSC Grads get a year of free Alumni Association (BSCAA) membership! The BSCAA is always looking for coop alums to join the Board for more information contact


Congratulations, Class of 2024!

We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see how you go out there and change the world in your own unique & cooperative way! Here is some Commencement information for you all :)

SF State:
May 24th, 5:30 pm

May 22nd, 11 am

May 24th, 10:00 am

Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives Co-Op Job Fair

Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NOBAWC pronounced “no boss”) is hosting its second annual Co-op Job Fair - Tuesday, May 28th, 2024 5-8 PM at Humanist Hall, Oakland, CA!

That's right — who wants to work for a co-op? & To our co-ops: who's hiring??

Your co-op peers are building off our biggest event ever with more MUSIC, NETWORKING, PRESENTATIONS, and MORE. Your coop network has been visiting co-ops all over & we keep hearing one thing: co-ops need workers!! so we're jumping in to support the best — and funnest — way we know how: ANOTHER FREE JOB FAIR!

So spread the call far and wide: we're looking for democratic employers...and the job seekers who want to be a part of a broad-based movement for worker power and democratic ownership...aka the NoBAWC leaders of the future!

And by the way, even if your co-op ISN'T actively hiring, you should still come out and table to meet the ~eligible candidates~ for when you WILL need people... because we all know you will ;)

RSVP as a employer or a job seeker — or a community group that wants to table at

WHAT: A job fair centering worker-owned businesses, nonprofits, & collectives. RSVP at

WHERE: Humanist Hall; 390 27th St, Oakland, CA 94612

WHEN: Tues, May 28th from 5pm-8pm

COST: FREE for tablers & seekers :)

WHO's ORGANIZING?: The Network of Bay Area Worker Co-ops, your local worker co-op network, of course ;)


Berkeley Study Abroad

Student To Student Peer Counseling (SSPC)

Due to the incredible work of SSPC leaders, our Mental Health Working Group, & the BSC Alumni Association SSPC will now allow non-UCB students who are BSC Members to book appointments with their peer counselors!

Lean On Me UC Berkeley

Lean On Me allows students to talk to trained peer Supporters in a convenient and anonymous setting - learn more on Lean On Me’s Website:

”Lean On Me strengthens communities by providing peer-to-peer text lines that allow for easy access to confidential non-crisis support. We envision a world where anyone can seek and receive emotional support.”

Text (650) 275-5766 to connect with a peer Supporter
Free, anonymous, 24/7 peer support

Cooperative Reuse & Cal Move Out

From Anton in CFS,

“Cal Move Out is happening! This is a great time to clear out Free Piles and Furniture Storage rooms. You can drop off and pick up used furniture. You can drop off old nasty mattresses. Chipman Moving will come to your house and pick stuff up. This is all free to those who participate. Please take a look at this forwarded email and make a plan for your house today!

“Also, Graham is retiring from his position as Dump Run Coordinator at the end of the semester! Three cheers for Graham <3for being such an important part of the BSC. If you see Graham around, please thank him for his efforts for the last four years. Please spread the word that we will be needing a new Dump Run Coordinator soon and apply through the Hiring Committee.”

Student leaders are also on track to host Cooperative Reuse, the furniture and household item recycling program again this year!

  • Finals end May 10. Commencement is May 11. For some, Move Out begins!
  • It's happening! Cooperative Reuse(furniture recycling, managed by students), staged at Clark Kerr for the 6th year. Dates are May 17 to May 28 ish
  • Cooperative Reuse is led by Tatum Hurley, Zero Waste Fellow, Office of Sustainability (OS), Chair, Zero Waste Coalition; Tiffany Mar Zero Waste Coalition Vice Chair; and Sylvia Cheeseman, Zero Waste Coalition Education Chair with support from GCR, OS and SERC.
  • Check out the Cooperative Reuse instagram for inspiration.
  • Goodwill will be back again this year to collect small household items, books, clothes, small electronics.
  • Chipman Moving has again donated professional moving services to collect reusable household items from student households and deliver them to Clark Kerr.
  • Mattress recycling at Clark Kerr in partnership with Mattress Recycling Coalition
  • The 2024 Move Out Student Coalition will meet soon and is co-convened by Tatum Hurley and with leadership by ASUC EAVP Alex Edgar’s Local Affairs Director Nick Grosch and the Local Affairs team. The Coalition manages outreach and supports all Move Out/Cooperative reuse activities and operations.

Fun Fact: Coöperative Reuse was started by BSC Members! <3

Current members can attend a Berkeley Repertory Theatre show(s) at a half-price rate this season (use code BSC50 or this link)!

How is this possible?! One of our alumni helped found the Berkeley Rep! Get your tickets with this link. This offer does not include opening nights and is limited to 1 discounted ticket per person.

Reach out to me anytime at or come visit me in my standing ‘Office Hours’ Fridays 10-11:30am!

Portia Lewis
CZ '18-20, Rochdale '20-21, HiP '21
BSCAA President '23-'24

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