Rachel Berliner, Policy Specialist at the Success Center, provides research and policy support to the Success Center team and for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office. This includes researching and writing on higher education and policy issues, writing and editing research and policy papers, and participating in research and evaluation workgroups.
Prior to earning her Master’s Degree, Rachel worked directly in student support for 5 years as an Academic Advisor at UC Davis in the College of Letters and Science. This included advising undergraduate students through orientation, transfer credit evaluation, major and career exploration, degree completion, as well as through academic probation and readmission. During her time as an advisor Rachel wrote and edited a peer advisor training manual, helped create a First-Year-Experience program for Undeclared students, and especially enjoyed advocating for students with disabilities. Rachel began her work in higher education as a peer advisor during her undergraduate, where she also led workshops for first-year students on timely issues including choosing a major, how to find academic or personal support during times of crises, and how to navigate the university.
Rachel is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the Stanford Graduate School of Education.