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In our life together at PSR, we rely on God’s presence among us as we build a community that values diversity, mutual respect, and listening and learning from one another. The importance of these values transcends PSR: when we work to create community with others different from ourselves, we acquire important skills for leadership in churches and other communities.
At PSR, you’re sure to be with others different from yourself. We welcome students who have diverse theological views and cultural backgrounds; international students; new college graduates as well as second-career professionals; heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students; families with children; and people with disabilities.
Our students relate to campus life in a variety of ways, depending on where they live and work: Half our students are in residence, living in dorms on campus or adjacent apartments. Half are commuters, from as close as Berkeley or Oakland and as far away as Reno or Seattle. Commuters make an important contribution to the life of our community, helping to connect life on campus to diverse faith communities around us.
The PSR staff—particularly the Office of Community Life—offers a number of services that encourage community building. But our community is really created by students who take the initiative to develop systems of care and support and opportunities for conversation and play.
New Student Orientation
Welcome to Pacific School of Religion and a new phase of your academic and spiritual journey! As Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care, I am pleased to assist you in your transition to PSR.
So that you will take full advantage of your experience in Berkeley we have compiled a guide to compliment the many other resources that exist about this and the surrounding communities.
The information presented in the arrival guide is a compilation of the most frequently-asked questions that new students have when they first arrive at the Pacific School of Religion, including the Orientation Schedule. Internet links are conveniently included as a reference for each section.
When you arrive on campus, we will also provide you with a comprehensive Orientation program that will prepare you for a successful study at the Pacific School of Religion. Orientation is a requirement.
Rev. Ann Jefferson
Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care
510/849-8257 | email@example.com
New Student Academics Orientation Online
For students who are starting PSR online or who cannot make Orientation (in-person is strongly recommended), a brief summary of what you need to know just to get you through the first month of the semester is posted in these series of instructional videos. Please make sure you view all of them if you miss parts of Orientation or are a distance or online student.
These videos are not a substitution for reading both Parts I & Parts II of your program manual, but they may assist you in getting you started as efficiently as possible as a PSR student.
The videos are parsed into modules below, but to view all videos above together, view the playlist on YouTube here
00 Welcome (1:01)
01 Getting to Know Your Program (3:52)
Program Manual (parts I & II), Statement of Understanding
02 How to Navigate the Course Schedule
03 How do I Register?
04 Payments & Financial Aid (3:26)
05 Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Health Insurance Plan for Students (HIPS)
05A GTU HIPS requirement for students enrolled in 9.0 or more credits (0:48)
05B1 GTU HIPS Enrolling in Kaiser (2:54)
05B2 GTU HIPS Waiving out of Kaiser (2:17)
05B3 GTU HIPS Fewer than 9 Credits N/A (0:44)
06 Advising (3:00)
More Academic/Registration Information
The following videos were recorded during the fall 2015 orientation on campus.
Nina Galvan, Ruben Cortez, Nicole Naffaa
Excerpt from Field Education/Immersive Learning Student Presentations
This is a 15 minute excerpt of two students’ presentations addresing what their field education, immersive learning, and PSR in general is all about. Students are Marvin White & Kerri Meyer. Not featured is 3rd student, Valerie Purnell.
Academic Reading for Meaning with Dr. Shan McSpadden
Moodle, GTU’s Online Course Space
Introduction to Moodle (8:46)
Flexible Learning / Distance Students
Student Life Orientation
Meet the Faculty
- Self-Care and Spiritual Practices Inventory Questionnaire 2015
- Self-Care and Spiritual Practices Inventory Reflection 2015
Recommendations from Rev. Bruce Reyes Chow
- Please view any of the clips/videos from Race Forward Channel:
- How to Tell Someone they Sound Racist
- Microaggressions for White Folks
Recommendations from Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy
Our President, David Vasquez-Levy has also shared a resource with us from the Onward Project which highlights stories of many immigrants and their families – please select one or two to watch as well.
- http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ by Tanehisi Coates
- And another powerful reflection from ministrymatters.com