Berkeley Facilitators Network (BFN)

Mission and Purpose

The practice of group facilitation encourages creative and fruitful collaboration by promoting four core values of participatory groups:

  • Full Participation: diversity of opinions is acknowledged and encouraged
  • Mutual Understanding: all group members understand and respect each other’s points of view
  • Inclusive Solutions: everyone’s perspective and needs are taken into consideration when forming solutions
  • Full Responsibility: each individual has ownership for creating and developing sustainable agreements or outcomes

Source: Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making by Sam Kaner

The Berkeley Facilitators Network is devoted to cultivating the art and practice of facilitation on campus by providing a working group where colleagues can make connections, find support, receive training and share best practices on the topic of facilitation.

Goals

  • To create a participatory working group for individuals interested in practicing skills and sharing best practices in the area of facilitation
  • To positively impact the UC community by promoting participatory decision making and providing a directory of trained individuals who are willing to serve as facilitators for groups, teams and meetings

Sponsors

Jennifer Chizuk, Director of Staff Learning and Development
Sidalia Reel, Director of Staff Diversity Initiatives

Contact

If you would like to be added to the BFN listserv and/or have BFN events added to your bCal calendar, contact:

Ruthann Haffke
haffke@berkeley.edu

You may also contact co-chairs:

Bene Gatzert
bene@berkeley.edu

Kelly McNeese
mckelly20@berkeley.edu

Officers

Bene Gatzert
Co-Chair 
bene@berkeley.edu 
(510) 642-3629

Kelly McNeese 
Co-Chair 
mckelly20@berkeley.edu 
(510) 642-6837

Andrea Lambert
Resource Management Lead, Past Co-Chair 
andrealambert@berkeley.edu 
(510) 643-4940

Ruthann Haffke
New Member Engagement Lead 
haffke@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-0431

Omar Ramirez
Marketing & Communications Lead 
oramirez@berkeley.edu 
(510) 642-0926