“Foreign influence” rhetoric and internationalization at UC Berkeley

Lecture | December 10 | 4-5:00 p.m. | Ida and Robert Sproul Rooms, International House | RSVP

Panelists: 

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, Moderator, Vice Provost for Academic Planning & Senior International Officer

Randy Howard Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research

Patrick Schlesinger, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Administration and Compliance

Ashley Spinelli, Senior Global Engagement Specialist, Global Engagement Office

Gina Banks Daly, Director of Federal Relations in the Government and Community Relations Office

Co-Sponsor: Berkeley International Group

Over the last year, there has been an increasing discussion led by U.S. Federal agencies and Congress about the nature of U.S. universities and their engagement with international institutions and governments. This oversight and inquiry is expected to continue and increase, with new and revised disclosure and compliance requirements a likely outcome.

Berkeley has long been at the forefront of international engagement, with a myriad of activities administered by numerous offices. In this growing era of more scrutiny of international activities, we must continue to take the lead in developing policies and practices that comply with sponsors’ requirements, while ensuring the highest degree of academic freedom.

In this panel presentation, UC Berkeley campus leadership will discuss the rise in global and national “foreign influence” rhetoric, as well as its impact on higher education, the research community, and the Berkeley campus at large. The panel will also provide an update on UC Berkeley’s response and its International Engagement Policy Task Force, as well as the campus’ unwavering commitment to academic freedom and international engagement.