L&S Staff Honored with Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards

May 4, 2023

Graphic with Sather Gate logo and a bear statue with words Chancellor's Outstanding Staff AwardsFive individual staff members from the College of Letters & Science were recipients of the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Awards (COSA) this spring. One of the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor, and the COSA awards are presented to staff members and teams who 'demonstrate exceptional initiative to create significant positive impact on the UC Berkeley campus community.' COSA awards are coordinated by the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee. The program from the 2023 COSA Awards Ceremony, including the full list of recipients, is here.

2023 L&S Individual COSA Recipients:

Anne Meyers, Department of Sociology and Demography 

"Anne works tirelessly to help sustain the inclusive and equitable community to which we are proud to belong, and finds ways to innovate when faced with a new challenge."

Brian Underwood, Department of Mathematics

"Brian is a leader who brings out the best in his team. He creates space for colleagues to be themselves and provides ample support not only for them to succeed but more importantly, for them to feel secure enough to struggle and possibly fail."

Hanna Knight, Division of Biological Sciences

"Hanna is a dedicated team member who always strives to create a positive impact at Berkeley. She consistently looks for ways to improve the experience of the community she serves."

Isela Peña-Rager, L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising

"Isela is a catalyst for student success. She embodies student-centered advising and advocacy that helps students thrive, and works to advance equity through campus partnerships."

Joan Kask, Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

"In her nearly 40 years on campus, Joan has helped students, staff, and faculty to navigate numerous unforeseen challenges. She is the co-worker whose acts of everyday kindness you never forget."

Congratulations to all of this year's COSA recipients!