STF's Legacy: expansion of student tech equity and access
All students got ZoomPro and could apply for free long-term checkout of laptops and hotspots, thanks to their Student Tech Fee.
Students had access to Adobe and Microsoft Office, plus tech support using it, available thanks to their Student Tech Fee.
Students watched webcast lectures, used AV-enabled meeting rooms, and more, thanks their Student Tech Fee.
Students borrowed laptops at Moffitt or iClickers from the ASUC or EOP, thanks to their Student Tech Fee.
Students laser-printed and 3D printed at OCF, Jacobs, and others, thanks to their Student Tech Fee.
The Student Technology Fund (STF) equitably and transparently stewarded use of student fees in support of technology initiatives that advanced undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students’ academic and co-curricular experiences at UC Berkeley. The STF supported efforts that spanned academic disciplines. It championed initiatives that were both innovative and practical in nature. It conducted this work while paying particular attention to ensuring that the needs of historically underserved students were equitably met. STF centered students' voices as agents of their own resources and included a diverse representation from the community in its Committee and staff composition.
Work in Brief
The Student Technology Fund's committee and staff, respectively, made funding decisions and administered the Student Technology Fee from Fall 2014 through Spring 2021. Voted into place by students in the 2014 ASUC election, the $51/semester fee harnessed students' collective buying power to negotiate software licenses at scale and channel funding to grant-based technology projects that enhanced the student experience.