GWE Buddies Program

Are you a returning graduate student who would like to help a first year grad student adjust to Berkeley? Are you a first year grad student who would like an older grad student to answer your questions and show you the ropes of grad school? Join our buddies program!

The purpose of the GWE Buddies Program is to help first year graduate students feel more included in the community at UC Berkeley. This program pairs first year graduate students with returning graduate students in GWE as an informal resource for learning the ropes of grad school.

This program is paired with our Grad School 101 series, which also aims to ease the learning curve of grad school.


Program Timeline

August 28th-September 1st: Sign up for buddies program

September 4th-9th: Meet and greet event

September 11th: Matches sent out

Program Requirements

  • Attend at least 1 GWE event together per semester
  • Meet up at least once per month:
    • Zoom meetings
    • GWE events
    • Events for other organizations
    • Meeting up for lunch
  • Fill out feedback form at the end of the semester

Program Rewards

  • All buddies who met the above requirements will receive a reward at the end of the semester!
  • Mentorship & friendship 🙂


If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to reach out to Ananya at or on the GWE Slack.