The Programming Committee plays an essential role in the planning and organization of all Forum events for the following semester. Members of the committee work together to come up with ideas for new events and prospective speakers, invite guests, reserve venues, handle speaker travel and accommodations, and take care of other event logistics. No experience is necessary, but well-read, organized applicants are preferred.
The Communications Committee serves as the marketing and public relations wing of the Berkeley Forum. Each committee member will specialize in one of these three roles while also gaining exposure to and experience in the other three. The marketing team focuses on promoting the Berkeley Forum’s events through a variety of social and traditional media and partnerships with other organizations. Members of the public relations team will work together to manage the organization’s brand and graphic standards, share the Forum’s work with the world, and keep in contact with the general public and members of the press.
The Finance Committee is responsible for sourcing, budgeting, and planning all financial inflows and outflows of the Forum. Finance members have various responsibilities including conducting all crowdfunding outreach campaigns, negotiating with business and corporate partners, projecting event financials, drafting event grants, and planning future Forum expenditures. The committee has two concentrations: Internal Finance and External Finance. Internal Finance is primarily responsible for managing relations with on-campus departments and past donors along with ensuring funding from the student union. External Finance works to create small business sponsorships and campus organization partnerships while minimizing speaker auxiliary costs. Focused on pursuing independent initiatives with regards to the motto of ‘many teams, one Forum,’ Finance members strive to maintain financial security and transparency within and for the organization.
The Moderating Committee moderates all Forum events. The Committee is responsible for providing the necessary platform for the audience to ask questions and interact with the speakers and panelists.
The Technology Committee attends to all of the Forum’s technical needs. During Forum events, the committee is responsible for setting up backstage equipment and monitoring sound/light systems during the speakings. In between events, the committee’s primary focus switches to managing and maintaining the Forum’s website and media content, from videos to podcasts. Additionally, the Data Analytics and Ticketing team analyzes the organization’s data to improve efficiency and oversees the ticketing process. Coding, video editing, or photography experience is preferred but not required.