Being new to campus can be daunting, but we’re here to help our students feel at home. FPF Advisors mentor and coach students through their transition to Berkeley and beyond!
Tara Young, M.A.
Director, Fall Program for Freshmen
B.A. Sociology, New York University
M.A. Higher Education, University of Michigan
Undocu-Ally and Trained in Gender Inclusion
As a first-gen college graduate and former L&S College Adviser, Tara is passionate about teaching students to ask the right questions and find resources. She is always mindful of the challenge that transitions can be, and her goal is to assist students with their own transition to Berkeley by offering them options and showing them how to successfully engage in their studies. Two fun facts about Tara are that she loves Star Trek and is a trained genealogist!
Office Phone: (510) 643-0379
Program & Curriculum Coordinator
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Kimberly is a Bay Area native who left to complete her undergraduate work at UCLA. She then returned home to work for Berkeley. She loves coffee, brunch, road-tripping and podcasts—let her know if you have any favorite podcasts that she should check out! When she is not meeting with students, Kimberly manages course scheduling and enrollment, coordinates instructor hiring, and handles new course approvals like a pro.
Office Phone: (510) 542-0323
Program & Curriculum Coordinator
B.A. Communication & Writing minor, University of California, Davis
Originally from Long Beach, California, Theresa fell in love with the Bay Area as a youth. After working in various administrative roles post-college graduation, Theresa chose to focus exclusively on higher education. Her love of her own undergraduate experience at UC Davis inspired her to pursue a certificate in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration at UC Berkeley Extension. Theresa's hobbies include reading, writing, event planning and exploring her favorite cities: San Francisco, New York and London. Theresa loves to help students prepare for their bright and exciting futures. She manages course scheduling and enrollment, coordinates instructor hiring, and handles new course approvals.
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies and German, University of California, Berkeley
M.Ed. Higher Education, Harvard University
Originally from Orange County, Jon moved to Northern California for UC Berkeley and fell in love with the Bay Area. Jon started his Berkeley career as an FPF student, so he has first-hand experience that he could share with you. A nerd at heart, Jon loves video games, anime, and all things sci-fi or fantasy. Jon is the FPF liaison for Yield Task Force, the cross-departmental team that organizes new student outreach.
Office Phone: (510) 529-1915
Academic Advisor & Operations Coordinator
B.A. Dance and Anthropology, University of Washington
Trained in Gender Inclusion
Emma grew up on a small island near Seattle, and now lives in Oakland near Lake Merritt. Her Northwest roots contribute to her love of hiking, good coffee, and spending time near the water. Emma is always looking for new outdoor spots to explore, and new plants to add to her garden. Her favorite plant is her lemon tree, because lemons don't grow outdoors in Washington state! Emma is the on-site facilities coordinator for the FPF Building.
Office Phone: (510) 643-0388
Ramu Nagappan, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Center for Instructional Excellence
Ramu has been with the Fall Program for Freshmen many years and has seen it evolve during that time. He enjoys the outdoors, gardening, good books, and time with family. As part of his role, Ramu oversees instructor hiring and curriculum planning for FPF.
Office Phone: (510) 643-1283
Office Location and Hours
FPF Building at 2515 Hillegass Ave, 3rd Floor; Berkeley, CA 94704-7040
Fall Semester Advising Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; Wed 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Our office closed to the public during the spring and summer months, and visitors are allowed by appointment only. For appointments, please allow one business day's notice and call (510) 643-0379 or email email@example.com.
Student Advising, by the Numbers
77% in 2014
received 1-on-1 advising
between Spring-Fall 2017