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A Proclamation on National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2021

Sep 13, 2021
Today, more than a quarter of American schoolchildren are Hispanic — and the proportion of Hispanic Americans in our workforce is projected to grow substantially over the next 10 years. The educational success of Hispanic Americans is vital to the future of our entire country; how we as a Nation nurture that success will define our strength and stability, our shared prosperity, and our...Read more

New student Artemio Reyes Orta: ‘Find a light in the people around you’

Sep 10, 2021
Showing your vulnerability can be difficult. For Latino men, a lot of times we are taught to be tough. To show strength, and not to share our feelings. So, I have always had problems sharing how I felt with other people. I wouldn’t tell those close to me that I loved or cared about them. And I wouldn’t express if I was hurt by something or someone. Holding things in, it sometimes felt like I had...Read more

Amazon is offering to cover the full cost of college degrees for more than 750,000 US hourly employees in a push to attract new workers

Sep 09, 2021
Amazon is broadening its education benefits in an attempt to attract new workers. The company announced Thursday that it will offer to pay for a college education for its more than 750,000 hourly employees in the US. Starting in January, both part- and full-time employees can enroll in associate or bachelor's degrees, high school completion programs, GEDs, or English as a Second Language...Read more

UC Berkeley No.1 on Forbes’ list of America’s top colleges

Sep 08, 2021
For the first time, UC Berkeley has taken the No.1 spot on Forbes magazine’s annual list of America’s top colleges, beating out several elite private universities, including Yale in second place and Princeton in third. Rounding out Forbes’ top 10 for 2021 are Stanford in fourth place, followed by Columbia, MIT, Harvard, UCLA, the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University. As the...Read more

How New College Students Can Set Themselves Up For Financial Success

Sep 07, 2021
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a new college student whose parents sent you this article. But before you roll your eyes and go back to scrolling on Instagram, consider this: What if you could do a few things now to make your financial life easier for the years to come? Your college years are one of the most pivotal moments of your financial journey. Most of the time, you have a clean slate...Read more

Students Share Optimism, Nerves About In-Person Semester

Sep 03, 2021
Incoming first-year students and returning seniors share their thoughts about being on campus this fall. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some are elated. Some are nervous. Others are frustrated by vaccine hesitancy among their peers. Students arriving on campus this fall are expressing a wide range of strong and sometimes conflicting feelings about the coming semester. Dominique Nicolas, a senior biology...Read more

UC Berkeley No.1 U.S. public, 8th best globally in Times Higher Ed rankings

Sep 01, 2021
UC Berkeley is the No. 1 U.S. public university, the sixth-best among publics and privates nationally and the world’s eighth-best university overall, according to the Times Higher Education ‘s 2022 World University Rankings, released today. The United Kingdom’s University of Oxford ranked first among private and public universities worldwide, followed by Harvard University, the California...Read more

A glimpse of fall 2021 at UC Berkeley: Masked, eager, back on campus

Aug 27, 2021
A year ago, UC Berkeley looked all but abandoned, with offices and classrooms dark, athletic venues empty, the Campanile bells silent, and students starting fall semester 2020 remotely. This fall, the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but in-person instruction, residence hall living and extracurricular activities are back. The vast majority of students, staff and faculty are now vaccinated, and mask...Read more

Five Ways to Celebrate Your Students’ Cultures

Aug 25, 2021
Developing cultural competence can help teachers create more trusting relationships with students and a more positive learning environment. Effective teachers cultivate positive relationships with students every day, no matter if the classroom is physical or virtual. They foster emotional connections among students, and help them to feel a sense of belonging and purpose. This is not a small task...Read more

Sonoma State awarded more than $4 million to help low income, potential first-generation college students access higher education

Aug 25, 2021
(Rohnert Park, CA) – The U.S. Department of Education has announced that Sonoma State University will receive more than $4 million to continue helping low-income, potential first-generation students in Sonoma and Mendocino counties prepare for and enroll in college. By way of two federal Talent Search grants lasting five years, totaling $4,129,412, Sonoma State’s Academic Talent Search program...Read more

Fee-Free College Applications Gain Popularity

Aug 23, 2021
More colleges embrace the idea, but some worry about the lost revenue. When several colleges stopped charging students application fees in 2016, they found that more students applied for admittance. Trinity College in Connecticut was among the institutions for whom the strategy was successful. The percentage of admitted applicants who committed to enroll at Trinity, and who were the first in...Read more

UTSA wins millions to increase college access in the region (TRiO/ETS)

Aug 20, 2021
AUGUST 20, 2021 — TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) projects within the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) secured over $5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education to improve college attainment in targeted middle and high school students over the next five years. The university’s efforts will be focused on target schools in Crystal City, Uvalde, Eagle Pass...Read more

Delta variant sparks renewed interest in college tuition insurance

Aug 20, 2021
One year ago, rising cases of coronavirus put an abrupt halt to the fall semester on many college campuses, just as classes got underway. This year, the delta variant is threatening to shut down schools once again. And the possibility of more campus closures has sparked renewed interest in college refund policies and tuition insurance. Roughly 78% of colleges and universities plan to resume all...Read more

Doctoral candidate’s award-winning research explores life for Latina girls growing up in rural California

Aug 19, 2021
The Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Dissertation Scholarship will provide Villalobos with $18,000 in funding, which she plans to use as compensation for research participants and to help cover travel-related expenses. The award supports women and non-binary scholars from underrepresented groups whose work is in service of women of color. Villalobos is pursuing a doctoral degree in...Read more

Chancellor's New Student Convocation Fall 2021 (VIDEO)

Aug 19, 2021
The Chancellor’s New Student Convocation is the official ceremony welcoming incoming undergraduate students into the campus community and marking the beginning of their time at UC Berkeley. The ceremony is an opportunity for new students to hear from campus leaders and celebrate the start of their time at Cal.Read more

Berkeley Talks: ‘Indigenous United’ podcast hosts on being Native at Berkeley

Aug 13, 2021
In episode 121 of Berkeley Talks, graduate students Sierra Edd (Diné) and Ataya Cesspooch talk about their experiences at UC Berkeley as Native American students and reflect on the history and future of the campus’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and Berkeley’s relationships with Indigenous communities. Edd and Cesspooch are co-hosts of Indigenous United, a podcast from Native American...Read more

Why UC Berkeley plans to resume in-person instruction this fall

Aug 12, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ and Catherine Koshland, the interim executive vice chancellor and provost, sent the following message to the campus community on Thursday: In just two weeks we will resume in-person instruction on a large scale for the first time since the pandemic began. This transition is being met with both excitement and trepidation. We know that this is a challenging time for some and...Read more

How Families Budget for College During COVID-19

Aug 12, 2021
ollege students and their families enter another uncertain year this fall. Last year, they wondered whether classes would be in-person or virtual, and this year vaccine and mask requirements are popping up daily at institutions throughout the country as case counts rise again. But a report surveying undergraduates and their parents about the 2020-2021 academic year found that the pandemic didn't...Read more

Parent & Supporter Orientation Program (fall 2021) (VIDEO)

Aug 11, 2021
Congratulations on your student’s acceptance as an undergraduate to UC Berkeley! The Parent and Supporters Orientation program addresses issues and concerns directly related to the support systems of incoming students. While your students are transitioning to the campus community, here are some resources just for parents and student supporters from New Student Services and CalParents.Read more

What does the spike in COVID cases mean for UC Berkeley? (VIDEO)

Aug 09, 2021
The rise in the number of COVID-19 cases locally and nationally, along with reports of breakthrough infections among those who are vaccinated, has resulted in localities reinstituting preventive measures such as mask requirements. And it has caused a fresh wave of anxiety for those ready and preparing for a return to normal. Is the delta variant a game-changer? How worried should vaccinated...Read more

Women in STEM: 3 Challenges we face ̶ and how to overcome them

Aug 09, 2021
“One of my main worries after graduating isn’t necessarily securing a job but is being accepted in the workplace,” said Marlee Kopetsky, a biomedical engineering student with a focus in psychology at Stevens Institute of Technology. Women have made strides in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math): They made up 27% of STEM workers in 2019, compared with just 8% in 1970, according to...Read more

Target And Walmart Are Offering Free College Tuition To Attract And Retain Workers

Aug 04, 2021
Businesses can’t find workers. An onslaught of events and changes in circumstances, including the fear of catching Covid-19, the sudden surge of the Delta variant, a desire to leave low-paying retail and food services jobs, childcare issues, worries of what to do if public schools don’t reopen in the fall and enhanced unemployment benefits, created a massive shortage of job seekers. To remedy the...Read more

California Governor Signs Bill on College Access

Jul 29, 2021
California governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation Tuesday implementing a series of measures to make college more accessible as a part of the state’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. “With massive increases in funding for our world-class colleges and universities, expanded college savings accounts, increased student financial aid and opportunities to gain work experience while learning, we are helping...Read more

Building a college access pipeline

Jul 29, 2021
A program in Maryland uses sport and games to connect university students with marginalized middle-school youth to create a college access pipeline. Students of color and low-income youth are at a considerable disadvantage compared to their white peers, especially those living in more affluent school districts, as they are less likely to graduate high school , less likely to attend and graduate...Read more

UC Berkeley Ambassador Student Panel -(VIDEO)

Jul 29, 2021
What is it really like to be a student at Cal? Prospective students ask our student campus ambassadors their questions! This video features 3 ambassador panelists: * Emily, a junior from Auburn, CA majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology and Public Health * KC, class of 2021 from Long Beach, CA with a degree in Chemistry * Nina, a junior from Ghent, Belgium majoring in Business Administration...Read more

UC Berkeley Campus Visit in Spanish (VIDEO)

Jul 29, 2021
Learn all about the Cal campus - in Spanish - with our student campus ambassadors! This virtual campus visit is given by Eric (Society & Environment) and Savanna (Business Administration) Two ambassadors present an overview of the campus and then answer questions from prospective students watching the visit live on Zoom. We cover our history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student...Read more

What the new UC test-blind policy means for you (VIDEO)

Jul 29, 2021
Standardized tests have long been an inescapable part of the college admissions process — until now. This year the University of California has announced that it will no longer consider SAT or ACT scores in applications, a decision which could have implications for colleges across the country. Join Elias to find out how exactly the new UC admissions process will work and what these changes could...Read more

Bringing Back Low-Income Students

Jul 27, 2021
College of Marin leaders hope to use $2,000 grants to persuade more than 400 students who left during the pandemic to return and to entice others to enroll this fall. College of Marin administrators are trying to lure low-income students to campus, particularly those who stopped out during the pandemic, by giving them $2,000 grants using federal COVID-19 relief funds. The community college in...Read more

Job Opportunity! -UC Berkeley Destination College Advising Corps

Jul 26, 2021
JOB OPPORTUNITY!! UC Berkeley Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC) is seeking College Adviser Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year. We welcome recent college graduates with shared passions to increase educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income, historically excluded high school students at our partner sites in the Bay Area. School districts include Alameda, Southern Alameda...Read more

Kamala Harris meets with DACA recipients (VIDEO)

Jul 22, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris met with DACA recipients and immigration advocates Thursday, nine years after the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program was created for people who had been brought to the U.S. illegally as children. CBS News immigration reporter Camilo Montoya-Galvez joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss the meeting.Read more

College is more expensive than ever. Here’s how families are paying the tab

Jul 20, 2021
In the wake of the pandemic, many families are taking a hard look at college and whether it is worth the high cost. Tuition and fees plus room and board for a four-year private college averaged $50,770 in the 2020-21 school year; at four-year, in-state public colleges, it was $22,180, according to the College Board, which tracks trends in college pricing and student aid . When adding in other...Read more

Unprecedented California budget to usher in sweeping education changes

Jul 19, 2021
Big new spending on transitional kindergarten, teacher shortage, student mental health Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature have seized a once-in-a-generation deluge of state and federal funding to set in motion a sweeping and ambitious set of education programs that seemed implausible six months ago. The 2021-22 state budget, which Newsom signed late Monday, expands the state...Read more

University of California makes more admission offers following big spike in applications

Jul 19, 2021
The University of California made a record number of admission offers to incoming freshmen and transfer students this year, the result of a significant spike in applications among those students , according to data the university system released Monday. Across the system’s nine undergraduate campuses, more than 132,000 students received offers for freshman admission, or about 13,000 more than a...Read more

In a pandemic year, UC Berkeley admits another outstanding, more diverse class

Jul 19, 2021
One year after admitting its most diverse freshmen class in 30 years, the University of California, Berkeley, has met or exceeded last year’s success in its admission of underrepresented minority students for fall 2021. “We have admitted a class almost identical to the record-breaking class of last year,” said Olufemi Ogundele, UC Berkeley associate vice chancellor of enrollment management and...Read more

UC admissions reach record highs for California freshmen, underrepresented students and community college transfers

Jul 19, 2021
Following an unprecedented year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, hybrid instruction and travel restrictions, the University of California announced today (July 19) that its campuses made record-breaking admission offers to a new class of undergraduates for fall 2021. Systemwide freshman admissions jumped 11 percent over 2020, rising to 132,353 from 119,054. Admission of California freshmen...Read more

Mixed Report on Test-Optional Admissions

Jul 19, 2021
Colleges find significant gains in enrollment of minority and low-income students, but also difficulties in predicting yield. A new survey of colleges that have gone test optional finds that "solid pluralities of respondents believe that test-optional is improving access broadly for low income, underrepresented, and first generation students." But the survey -- conducted by Maguire Associates --...Read more

Higher Ed Groups Call On U.S. News To Stop Using SAT/ACT Scores In Its College Rankings

Jul 12, 2021
Several higher education policy and advocacy groups are calling on U.S. News to end its practice of using average SAT and ACT scores of incoming students as part of its annual rankings of America’s best colleges. The call comes in An Open Letter to The Editors of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings, which can be read in its entirety in a blog published today by New America , the D...Read more

California lacks timely data on who goes to college. This might fix that.

Jul 12, 2021
California high schools say they make students college-ready, but rarely does the public have the data to see if students actually made it to college and thrived. California lags the nation in public data that shows how students move from school to college and the workforce. A statewide fix is on the horizon. Pop quiz: How many California high school students went to college this year or last?...Read more

UC Berkeley announces return of in-person services before fall semester

Jul 10, 2021
As UC Berkeley prepares to return to its first in-person semester since spring 2020, many in-person student services will resume before the fall. Beginning July 12, fully vaccinated students will have unrestricted access to certain facilities and services, including parts of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building and certain libraries . Students with a vaccine mandate exception may...Read more

Diversity Questions for Colleges: What to Ask

Jul 06, 2021
Asking these questions about diversity during a college tour can help students find a place where they belong. Colleges are often a microcosm of American society, with the same challenges, disagreements and cultural clashes playing out on campuses. That can lead to disputes and controversies centered around race, politics and various facets of one's identity. While social and political...Read more

Announcing UC Berkeley’s new vice chancellor for equity and inclusion

Jul 02, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ and Catherine Koshland, interim executive vice chancellor and provost, sent the following message to the campus community on Friday: We are thrilled to announce that following a national search, Dania Matos has agreed to serve as vice chancellor for equity and inclusion. This appointment is effective August 16, 2021. Dania joins us from UC Merced where she has served as...Read more

The Importance of Mentorship for LGBTQ+ Scientists

Jul 02, 2021
The Importance of Mentorship for LGBTQ+ Scientists For an LGBTQ+ scientist, finding a mentor who shares their scientific expertise as well as their identity can be challenging—especially given the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, connecting with a thriving LGBTQ+ community in science can provide an essential support system. It’s also the best way to find mentors who can guide you along...Read more

I’m A Berkeleyan: Em Huang on why it’s important to acknowledge multiple identities

Jun 30, 2021
When I was hired as UC Berkeley’s Director of LGBTQ+ Advancement and Equity in the Gender Equity Center this month, I was so excited. The opportunity to contribute to the policies and practices that will impact queer, trans and BIPOC folks is something I look forward to helping shape. Also, the ability to stay connected to students is so important to me. I think institutions of higher education...Read more

UC Berkeley among campuses to allow for more in-state admissions

Jun 28, 2021
UC Berkeley and two of its popular University of California sister campuses would admit more in-state residents and the overall UC system would add 6,230 more freshmen for 2022 in a proposed state budget bill legislators are scheduled to vote on Monday evening. Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego would make spots available for Californians at the expense of out-of-state and international students in...Read more

High School Seniors Are Changing Their College Plans Because Of Covid

Jun 28, 2021
Covid-19 has turned everyone’s world upside down. Among those especially hard-hit are young adults transitioning from high school to college, according to surveys released last week by America’s Promise Alliance and Strada Education Network . The America’s Promise survey, given to 2,439 high school students of all grades nationally, revealed that 78% of 11th and 12th graders felt Covid affected...Read more

Income Share Agreements Are Growing In Popularity To Pay For School

Jun 28, 2021
In 2016, Wake Forest graduate James Bacon made the decision to pursue a graduate degree. After paying his way through his four-year degree program and taking out student loans to cover the rest, he figured he would do the same for his advanced degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Ultimately though, he uncovered a program that would cover his college costs without any student loans provided...Read more

Summer SAT, ACT Prep: 4 Tips for Success

Jun 21, 2021
For high school juniors and seniors who intend to take the ACT or SAT in the fall, the summer months are an ideal time for review. But this time is not without unique challenges – challenges often driven by reduced motivation or less access to study resources. If you plan to prep this summer, use these four tips, all of which provide solutions to the most common challenges surrounding summertime...Read more

President Drake announces Juneteenth a new UC holiday

Jun 18, 2021
Yesterday President Biden declared a federal holiday for Juneteenth, the day that celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. This is an historic moment for our nation — 156 years in the making. Celebrated on the 19th of June, Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Freedom Day, marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Texas learned they were free...Read more

Biden signs bill into law making Juneteenth a national holiday

Jun 17, 2021
(CNN) President Joe Biden said that signing legislation into law on Thursday establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day -- a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States -- will go down as "one of the greatest honors" of his presidency. "I have to say to you, I've only been president for several months, but I think this will go down, for me, as one of...Read more

UC Berkeley LGBTQ+ staff, faculty reflect on their queer journeys

Jun 16, 2021
Paola Bacchetta, a gender and women’s studies professor, remembers what it was like to be the only out lesbian of color faculty on campus when she first started teaching at UC Berkeley in 2003. Throughout her life, Bacchetta said she stepped into a multitude of social movements relating, and not limited to, colonialism, racism, sexism and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric — writing about them and their...Read more

How some college counselors are fighting back against pandemic-induced enrollment decline

Jun 16, 2021
IN SUMMARY Thousands of California high school graduates didn’t go to college last year due to the pandemic. The drop, which mostly affected community colleges, might be temporary, but it showed the need to provide more support for students going from high school to college. A new counseling program in Riverside County aims to do just that. In early June, 19-year-old Brian Cruz was on a break...Read more

UC Berkeley will proceed with Wednesday’s voluntary return to campus

Jun 15, 2021
Vice Provost for the Faculty Ben Hermalin and Chief People and Culture Officer Eugene Whitlock sent the following message to the campus community on Tuesday: The campus will proceed with tomorrow’s voluntary return to campus that was described in last Friday’s campus message with important caveats that reflect inconsistencies between the California Department of Health (CDPH) and Cal/OSHA, the...Read more

UC Berkeley's Lavender Cal

Jun 14, 2021
LavenderCal is UC Berkeley’s network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ employees. We are staff, faculty, librarians, academic researchers, postdoctoral appointees, and visiting scholars. LavenderCal is recognized as an official campus staff organization, supported by the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion. Representatives of LavenderCal serve on the...Read more

A Guide to Early College and Dual Enrollment Programs’: A Review

Jun 14, 2021
Russ Olwell’s book on dual enrollment, A Guide to Early College and Dual Enrollment Programs (Routledge, 2021), is frank enough to be useful. That’s uncommon in treatments of relatively new programs, and I mean it as a compliment. Drawing heavily on his experience with dual-enrollment programs in Michigan and Massachusetts, as well as others around the country, Olwell offers a practical overview...Read more

Opal Lee: The Grandmother of Juneteenth | Voices Magnified | A&E (VIDEO)

Jun 14, 2021
Opal Lee, "the Grandmother of Juneteenth," is a 94-year-old activist who has spent decades working to make June 19th a national holiday celebrating of the true abolition of slavery. She wants all Americans to understand that none of us are free until we are all free, and celebrating Juneteenth is crucial to that understanding. Voices Magnified is an original shortform series that spotlights a...Read more

Sunday Reading: Commemorating Juneteenth

Jun 13, 2021
Juneteenth, the commemoration of emancipation, is a moment of reflection for this country. Last year, the Harvard professor and historian Annette Gordon-Reed published a piece in The New Yorker about her childhood in Texas and the meaning of the holiday for her family and community. Juneteenth and the Fourth of July were inextricably linked during those years, she notes, in part because the...Read more

How to celebrate Juneteenth in the Bay Area

Jun 13, 2021
On June 15 , California and the Bay Area will loosen restrictions on outdoor gatherings, mask wearing and capacity limits at live entertainment venues and bars. Juneteenth is the first holiday celebrated after the end of many COVID restrictions, a welcome relief after a mostly virtual observance of the day in 2020. Also known as Independence Day, Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is...Read more

University of California COVID-19 vaccine mandate update

Jun 11, 2021
Guy Nicolette, assistant vice chancellor for University Health Services; Eugene Whitlock, chief people and culture officer and Ben Hermalin, vice provost for the faculty sent the following message to the campus community on Thursday: We write with an update on the vaccine policy. Following a 30-day public comment period, President Drake has confirmed that the University of California will move...Read more

Annette Gordon-Reed: On Juneteenth (VIDEO)

Jun 09, 2021
President Abraham Lincoln announced the end of slavery in 1862, but it wasn’t until two and a half years later on June 19, 1865, that the news finally reached enslaved people in Texas. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native Annette Gordon-Reed chronicles the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African Americans have...Read more

Think you know your LGBTQ history? Take our quiz!

Jun 07, 2021
Happy Pride! UC and members of its community have played a pivotal role in many landmark moments related to LBGTQ culture and rights. Test your rainbow knowledge and see how many you get right. You betta werk! Click here to take quiz:)Read more

Who Showed Up and Who Didn't

Jun 07, 2021
College Board analysis is latest to find that community colleges suffered more than four-year colleges, but report also suggests that four-year colleges saw a loss of students with higher grades. And some states saw gains in enrollment at four-year colleges. Who showed up last fall? That's the question the College Board attempted to answer with a new report on enrollment -- new and continuing --...Read more

The Books Briefing: Works That Chart New Queer Narratives

Jun 04, 2021
Stories on visibility, self-understanding, and the development of queerness as an identity: Your weekly guide to the best in books In A Little Life , a novel by the author Hanya Yanagihara, the tone is exaggerated, almost melodramatic . But the book brings nuance to a key realm—its portrayal of queerness—as its four protagonists each arrive at complex understandings of their sexuality. Indeed the...Read more

Pride Month celebrations around the Bay Area

Jun 01, 2021
Rather than the usual large celebrations traditionally hosted on the last weekend of June, Bay Area event organizers are presenting their Pride events in 2021 in multiple installments. The result of this cautious approach seems to be a wide-ranging palette of opportunities to honor and support the region’s beautifully diverse and inclusive communities, which extends beyond the scope of San...Read more

Biden will allow undocumented students to access pandemic relief

Jun 01, 2021
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona recently announced that undocumented and international college students will now be able to receive pandemic relief grants. This announcement reverses a Trump administration policy that narrowed eligibility for the $35 billion in emergency aid that Congress authorized over the last 18 months for students facing housing, employment and food insecurity. The Trump...Read more

UC Berkeley’s in-person classes will begin at the start of the semester

May 21, 2021
Paul Alivisatos, executive vice chancellor and provost, Catherine P. Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education; Lisa García Bedolla, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the graduate division and Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, sent the following message to the campus community on Friday: With the recent University of California...Read more

How California college savings accounts sow the seeds of higher learning at a young age

May 20, 2021
Newsom's proposed state program would give accounts to 3.7 million low-income students. Giving low-income youth college savings accounts at a young age has emerged as a strategy across California to not only help families build financial assets, but also stoke tangible college aspirations. Such programs have sprung up in Oakland, Los Angeles and several other cities since San Francisco became the...Read more

Advising Undocumented Students (VIDEO)

May 20, 2021
Dr. Kathleen Wong(Lau), Chief Diversity Officer and Ana Navarrete, Program Director of the UndocuSpartan Resource Center provide this webinar on research-informed practices that increase belongingness and reduce marginality in student-advisor interactions with undocumented students. This webinar features an over view of some of the basic concerns facing undocumented students along with a specific...Read more

Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A Reading List

May 17, 2021
In the past year, and throughout history, narratives surrounding Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been rife with violence, hardship and grief. Yet they are so much more than their experiences of suffering — beyond tales of war and isolation, there is joy, confusion, anger and relief. In celebration of Heritage Month, we've compiled a reading list of works from Asian, Asian American and...Read more

University of California drops SAT scores for admission

May 17, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO— The University of California won't consider SAT and ACT scores that are submitted with admission and scholarship applications under a settlement of a student lawsuit that was announced Friday. The 10-campus system, which has more than 280,000 students statewide, decided not to continue fighting a judge's injunction issued last fall that barred it from considering the scores for...Read more

Advancing Equity, Accessibility, Affordability and Achievement

May 17, 2021
How pace-setting institutions break higher ed’s iron triangle. A relatively small number of colleges and universities punch far above their weight . Despite resource constraints and high proportions of historically underrepresented, low-income, first-generation and transfer students, these institutions are upward mobility machines , with outsize graduation rates and striking records of graduates...Read more

Watch UC Berkeley’s complete 2021 commencement ceremony (VIDEO)

May 14, 2021
UC Berkeley had a simple message for the thousands of graduating students who make up the Class of 2021: The pandemic did not diminish your years of hard work, nor did it define who you will become. In fact, it has brought into sharp focus the remarkable humans you already are. That message permeated Saturday’s live-streamed commencement ceremonies. Highlights included: The keynote speaker...Read more

AWAKENING: An Anthemic Celebration of Asian America (VIDEO)

May 12, 2021
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM), we are proud to share “Awakening,” a celebration of Asian-Americans, with a spotlight on artists whose work has changed the world. Directed by former CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) Board member Peilin Chou, Oscar® nominated producer of Over The Moon. Featuring: BD Wong, Bowen Yang, Daniel Dae Kim, Ken...Read more

The White House will allow undocumented college students access to emergency pandemic aid.

May 11, 2021
The Biden administration said early Tuesday that it would issue a regulation allowing undocumented students access to some of the $36 billion in emergency stimulus aid flowing to colleges, a split from a Trump-era decision to bar those students — even among the federally protected ones known as Dreamers — from accessing earlier rounds of funding. “The pandemic didn’t discriminate on students,”...Read more

Netflix Launches Asian American and Pacific Islander Hub, National Campaign for AAPI Heritage Month (EXCLUSIVE)

May 10, 2021
To highlight its Asian American and Pacific Islander creators and talent during AAPI Heritage Month, Netflix is launching a hub on the service dedicated to AAPI content, as well as a national ad campaign. The company joins other streaming services in spotlighting its AAPI shows and movies — HBO Max and Hulu are just two other streamers that debuted a dedicated collection of content featuring...Read more

UC Berkeley ranked best public university in US, 4th overall

May 09, 2021
For the second year in a row, UC Berkeley was ranked the top public university in the country and fourth-best overall, in the QS World Rankings 2021 list of best American universities. Out of a total of 352 institutions featured, Harvard University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took the top three scores ahead of UC Berkeley. UCLA secured the fifth-place...Read more

Paying for College as an LGBTQ+ Student

May 06, 2021
Figuring out how to pay for college can be both difficult and confusing. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ students because some face the barrier of not receiving parental support or guidance. The College Board estimates that the average price of undergraduate tuition, fees, and room and board were around $50,770 for a four-year private college and $22,180 for a public, in-state college.1 Many...Read more

Berkeley Freshman and Transfer Edge Program Information Session 2021 (VIDEO)

May 05, 2021
Learn more about Freshman and Transfer Edge, a specially designed program for those who have been admitted as freshman and transfer students to UC Berkeley for the coming fall. This program gives you an early start on your Berkeley experience. Take classes that fulfill breadth, prerequisite requirements, as well as courses in your major. Get to know the campus and its many resources before the...Read more

UC Berkeley Transfer Campus Tour - May 4, 2021 (VIDEO)

May 04, 2021
Learn all about the Cal campus with our TRANSFER student campus ambassadors! This special tour focuses on the transfer student experience. This virtual campus visit is given by Matthew (Media Studies and Sociology) and Kalysta (Legal Studies). Two ambassadors present an overview of the campus and then answer questions from admitted transfer students watching the visit live on Zoom. We cover our...Read more

The Real History Of Cinco De Mayo

May 03, 2021
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Cinco de Mayo is a time when Americans celebrate Mexico, and Mexicans grumble that Americans have no idea what they're celebrating. This year, there is data to back up that perception - well, if you can count a poll paid for by Avocados from Mexico as reliable data. The poll says that only 22% of Americans know what Cinco de Mayo is actually about. Here's the real...Read more

Organizing for Tomorrow: Double the Pell Today! (VIDEO)

May 03, 2021
Looking for ways to get involved in the Double the Pell movement? In this webinar, the UC Student Association and leading advocates share an overview of the campaign along with advocacy tips, actions and resources you can take to help grow this student-led effort. Learn more and download an advocacy toolkit at: more

150 Years of Women at Berkeley--Janet Daijogo

May 03, 2021
The celebration of 150 Years of Women at Berkeley includes the stories of AA and PI women. One of those is the oral history of Janet Daijogo , a Cal alumna and survivor of the Japanese American incarceration in the U.S. Her oral history is now available through the Berkeley library and online archive. The website also includes an Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) project led by...Read more

Shifting Focus From Access to Completion

May 03, 2021
President Biden's proposal to invest $62 billion in student success represents a shift in federal higher education policy. Details surrounding President Biden’s proposed investment of $62 billion to support student completion and retention in higher education are scarce, but experts say there’s potential for the program to be the most transformative of the administration’s postsecondary proposals...Read more

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month...Resource information

May 03, 2021
Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) Journalist, feminist, and activist Helen Zia was the keynote speaker at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference (APIICON) hosted by Asian Pacific American Student Development . In 1982, the former autoworker brought attention to the brutal killing of Vincent Chin and the need for stronger federal hate legislation - something urgently...Read more

UC Berkeley Bear Pair 2021 Promo (VIDEO)

May 02, 2021
Congratulations on getting into Cal! Being a new student at Cal is exciting, but it can also be pretty intimidating. “Bear Pair” is here to help you find your way! Bear Pair gives you a chance to connect with a current student or recent alumni. Ask questions, get the inside scoop on Cal, and form friendships with other Golden Bears! #berkeleybound ​ #BearPair2021 ​ Check out our website: http://...Read more

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

May 01, 2021
By Beatrice Alvarez May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Every year, this is an opportunity to listen and learn about the diversity within AAPI communities as well as how deep the connections are to all facets of American history. Several new films and shows featuring AAPI stories will premiere this month on your local stations. We're also happy to present many more...Read more

11 Moments From Asian American History That You Should Know

Apr 30, 2021
More than 30 years after President George H.W. Bush signed a law that designated May 1990 as the first Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month , much of Asian American history remains unknown to many Americans—including many Asian Americans themselves. Often the Asian-American history taught in classrooms is limited to a few milestones like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the...Read more

Next Steps at Berkeley (2021-2022) (VIDEO)

Apr 29, 2021
Next Steps at Berkeley Recap and Q&A session from Cal Week 2021. New Student Services Office Representatives provide an overview of the Golden Bear Experience for all new incoming UC Berkeley undergraduate students for the 2021-2022 academic year.Read more

Essential Programs and Resources for Historically Marginalized Students at Berkeley (VIDEO)

Apr 29, 2021
(recorded April 29, 2021) One of the many things that makes UC Berkeley so special is the rich diversity of its student community. Berkeley is home to first generation college students, low-income students, former foster youth, student veterans, student parents, undocumented students, formerly incarcerated students, and transfer students of all ages and life experiences. Learn about programs and...Read more

College Advising Corps: Episode 10: Pillars of Impact (VIDEO)

Apr 28, 2021
Welcome to Knowledge for College, a weekly podcast hosted by Nicole Farmer Hurd, Ph.D., College Advising Corps founder and CEO. In Episode 10, Dr. Hurd speaks with Jordan Kijewski, College Advising Corps adviser at the University of Virginia, and Victoria Thach, College Advising Corps adviser at the University of Michigan. In this episode, we highlight the shared values of our advisers and our...Read more

UC Berkeley Res Hall Roundup: Cal Students Share What It's Like to Live on Campus (VIDEO)

Apr 26, 2021
Join UC Berkeley students Gerard, Susie, Liz and Gaby as they give you a residence hall roundup! Learn about some of the students' favorite things about living on Berkeley's campus including the dorm life, food, nature, and proximity to downtown Berkeley. We cover our 8 residence halls: Unit 1, 2 and 3, Blackwell, Clark Kerr, Foothill, Stern, and Martinez Commons. To learn more, visiting housing...Read more

Campus vaccination program update

Apr 24, 2021
UC Proposed Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements The University of California has shared details(link is external) of a proposed policy (PDF)(link is external) on COVID-19 vaccination as part of an expected return of students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff to in-person instruction across the state this fall. Given the importance of vaccination, UC is engaging its community in a...Read more

Oski the Bear: The history of UC Berkeley’s mascot

Apr 24, 2021
Hobbling over, his gloved hands clasped behind his hunched back, a grinning bear with vacant eyes and a yellow cardigan approaches you as you walk down Sproul Plaza. It’s Oski the Bear, UC Berkeley’s infamous mascot, and he’s headed your way. As Cal’s mascot, this iconic — albeit questionably designed — bear has been gracing UC Berkeley’s sports games since his initial live debut 80 years ago in...Read more

Author Releases Book to Help First-Generation Black College Students Achieve Their Goals

Apr 23, 2021
Nationwide — The Education Equalizer™, Dr. Carjie Scott, reveals in her new book, You Are Accepted: How to Get Accepted into College and Life! how owning her story led her to become a first-generation college graduate who courageously stood up to workplace racism and sexism in higher education. In the book, published by MTE Publishing and available at , Dr. Scott reveals why and...Read more

Earth Day News: The environmental justice league

Apr 22, 2021
For UC Irvine junior Neda Ibrahim, it’s not enough to merely reduce carbon emissions. She believes that society needs to simultaneously confront the injustices related to the disproportionate environmental effects on low-income communities and people of color. “There are so many intersecting issues of race, economic inequality, social justice and how they relate to environmental challenges that...Read more

Learn about the Berkeley Pre-College Scholar's program through this online information session. Apply by June 13, 2021! (VIDEO)

Apr 20, 2021
The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Virtual Program offers international and domestic high school students the opportunity to join an online community of scholars and pursue their academic goals at the world’s No. 1 public institution. Pre-College Scholars participants will have the opportunity to earn college credit with other students from Berkeley and worldwide. From the convenience of...Read more

Earth Day News: New UC Center for Climate Justice launches

Apr 20, 2021
The University of California is launching a new center just in time for Earth Day: the Center for Climate Justice. Led by management of complex systems professor and UC Presidential Chair Tracey Osborne , the Center for Climate Justice is a system-wide initiative to address climate change as a social justice and equity issue. The center’s mission is “to leverage and harness the power of the...Read more

UC Berkeley leaders: Chauvin verdict delivers ‘a measure of justice’

Apr 20, 2021
The following message was sent to the campus community from Chancellor Carol Christ on behalf of the chancellor’s cabinet: Today, a jury in Minneapolis delivered a measure of justice with its conviction of Derek Chauvin on three separate charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Yet, these verdicts cannot return George Floyd to his loved ones or even begin...Read more

Filmmaker gives a voice to first gen college students

Apr 19, 2021
Editor's note: This column is part of a series featuring Lakeshore residents sharing their stories. 2020 was a year of learning to manage expectations. I had just started a thriving personal training business in the heart of Chicago. My expectations for the business went up and then came sliding down due to the Corona-coaster. I once again had to uproot my life, pack, unpack, pivot, shift, and...Read more

UC Berkeley Res Hall Roundup: Cal Students Share What It's Like to Live on Campus (VIDEO)

Apr 19, 2021
Join UC Berkeley students Gerard, Susie, Liz and Gaby as they give you a residence hall roundup! Learn about some of the students' favorite things about living on Berkeley's campus including the dorm life, food, nature, and proximity to downtown Berkeley. We cover our 8 residence halls: Unit 1, 2 and 3, Blackwell, Clark Kerr, Foothill, Stern, and Martinez Commons. To learn more, visiting housing...Read more

5 things you should know about Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting

Apr 15, 2021
Muslims around the globe are observing the holy month of Ramadan, which begins for most on either around Monday, April 12 or Tuesday, April 13. Throughout the holiday, observers fast from sunrise to sunset and partake in nightly feasts. Here are five things to know about Islam’s sacred month: What is Ramadan? In the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is the ninth month and according to the BBC , it...Read more

Commencement speaker Wally Adeyemo followed a remarkable road to leadership

Apr 15, 2021
On a solemn late-summer afternoon in 2001, just a few days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, UC Berkeley student body president Wally Adeyemo stood with campus leaders on the steps of Doe Library and offered consolation and hope to the grief-stricken campus community. Jenny Kwon, his friend since the early days of their freshman year, was among the 12,000 people on Memorial Glade that day,...Read more

3 Ways to Support Immigration-Impacted Students

Apr 14, 2021
The pandemic has disproportionately affected such young adults, and faculty members should support and advocate for them during this time, write Laura E. Enriquez, Mercedes Valadez and Melissa J. Hagan. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing social and economic disparities in the United States. As college faculty, we have seen this play out among our students. Our students have...Read more

UC Berkeley Engineering Campus Tour for Admitted & Waitlisted Students (VIDEO)

Apr 09, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS! We know you have a big decision to make and we’d love to answer all your questions about Cal. Learn all about Berkeley Engineering from the student campus ambassador perspective! This virtual engineering visit is given by Kristina (IEOR) and Nina (Economics & Statistics).. Two ambassadors present an overview of the College of Engineering and then answer questions from...Read more

Visita de UC Berkeley [Virtual Visit in Spanish] (VIDEO)

Apr 07, 2021
¡Descubra todo sobre el campus de Cal con nuestros estudiantes embajadores de la universidad! Esta visita virtual cuenta con Andrés (Las ciencias políticas y español & portugués) y Haley (biología molecular y celular). Dos embajadores presentan una descripción general del campus y luego contestan preguntas de futuros estudiantes mirando la visita en vivo por Zoom. Abarcamos temas tales como...Read more

UC Berkeley Campus Ambassador Student Panel (VIDEO)

Apr 06, 2021
What is it really like to be a student at Cal? Prospective students ask our student campus ambassadors their questions! This video features 3 ambassador panelists: * Violet, a junior from Berkeley, CA majoring in Physical Geography * Vincent, a rising junior from Hawaii, HI majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology * Celest, a senior from Glendora, CA majoring in Media Studies Kara, a junior from...Read more

Berkeley’s virtual tour gives future students a way to interact with campus, from afar

Apr 06, 2021
Prospective students can now soak in the sights, sounds and history of UC Berkeley through a new virtual campus tour , accessible through their laptops, tablets and smartphones. The virtual space was recently launched by Berkeley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Visitor and Parent Services to supplement in-person campus tours. The platform also serves as an accompaniment to Berkeley’s new...Read more

A Great Admissions Year, for Some

Apr 05, 2021
For the most selective colleges, 2021 is pretty perfect in admissions. For everyone else, that remains to be seen. Not all of the most selective colleges have given out their acceptance letters yet -- the Ivy League will announce Tuesday evening -- but the trends are already clear. The pandemic has not hurt the colleges in admissions; it's helped them. It has sent them new applicants, new...Read more

Your Home at UC Berkeley: A Transfer’s Guide to On-Campus Housing (VIDEO)

Apr 05, 2021
An overview of UC Berkeley's campus housing options for incoming transfer students. Learn about residence halls, meal plans, and what's included when you live in campus housing. COVID-19 Update: Campus plans to offer in-person instruction and student housing are contingent upon continuing evaluation of public health conditions and compliance with state and local public health requirements...Read more

UC Berkeley shifts COVID-19 testing requirements as vaccinations rise

Apr 04, 2021
As COVID-19 vaccine rollout progresses throughout California, UC Berkeley has eased mandatory testing requirements for students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated. If not vaccinated by UHS, one can indicate their vaccinated status in eTang by uploading a photo of their vaccine card and indicating the date they were vaccinated in the COVID-19 Vaccine section of Medical Clearances,...Read more

Will Biden cancel student loan debt? As college costs spiral, here’s what he’s considering

Apr 04, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Biden administration entered the White House with an eye toward relieving the strain of student loan debt, particularly amid the added financial burden of the coronavirus pandemic. On Day One in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order extending a pause student federal loan payments enacted by the previous administration as part of COVID-19 relief. Liberal activists...Read more

Easing the transfer path in California from community colleges to universities

Mar 29, 2021
Asecond-year student at Long Beach City College, Emilio Mann is part of an experiment that aims to ease and improve the way he and classmates transfer to a public university and ultimately earn a bachelor’s degree. So far, things are working well for him. Mann was recently accepted to California State University, Long Beach for next fall through a pilot program that connected him very early on as...Read more

UC Berkeley Campus Tour for Admitted & Waitlisted Students -(VIDEO)

Mar 26, 2021
CONGRATULATIONS! We know you have a big decision to make and we’d love to answer all your questions about Cal. Spend an hour with our current student campus ambassadors Kara (Media Studies and Sociology) and Violet (Physical Geography) and as they talk about our history, traditions, academics, housing, safety, student life, athletics and so much more. #IAmBerkeley ​ This video features: * Kara, a...Read more

Berkeley launches one-year residential program at Mills College

Mar 25, 2021
First-year students accepted to UC Berkeley for the 2021-22 academic year will have a new option for how — and where — to start their undergraduate experience. In addition to the traditional path on the Berkeley campus, and the longstanding Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) , which since 1983 has offered a one-semester opportunity in Berkeley for about 750 incoming students to take core classes...Read more

Experts in higher education discuss its evolving role (VIDEO)

Mar 25, 2021
America is reexamining the role of higher education today. Changes in technology have profoundly altered the list of skills now most valued by prospective employers, causing traditional four-year universities and community colleges to recalibrate curriculums to address the evolving workforce. The global pandemic has also exacerbated a widening inequality with many lower-income students not able...Read more

Your Home at UC Berkeley: Freshman Guide to On-Campus Housing (VIDEO)

Mar 24, 2021
An overview of UC Berkeley's campus housing options for incoming freshman students. Learn about residence halls, meal plans, and what's included when you live in campus housing. COVID-19 Update: Campus plans to offer in-person instruction and student housing are contingent upon continuing evaluation of public health conditions and compliance with state and local public health requirements...Read more

Celebrate Equal Pay Day: Learn More About Recommendations for Systemic Change

Mar 22, 2021
This year on Equal Pay Day we recognize the massive amount of work that still needs to be done to ensure Equal Pay for all. Disparities in pay disproportionately impact women and people of color. Research shows that for every dollar paid to a white man, employed full-time year-round: Latina women were paid 54 cents Native American women were paid 57 cents Black women were paid 62 cents White...Read more

The Story of Cesar Chavez

Mar 22, 2021
The story of Cesar Estrada Chavez begins near Yuma, Arizona. Cesar was born on March 31, 1927. He was named after his grandfather, Cesario. Regrettably, the story of Cesar Estrada Chavez also ends near Yuma, Arizona. He passed away on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, a small village near Yuma, Arizona. He learned about justice or rather injustice early in his life. Cesar grew up in Arizona; the small...Read more

4 women whose work won the Nobel prize for their male colleagues

Mar 22, 2021
Throughout history, female scientists have made groundbreaking discoveries that have contributed to the betterment of humankind. To celebrate Women’s History Month, this Special Feature looks at some of the most influential female scientists who never received a Nobel Prize for their work. Instead, the Prize landed in the hands of their male colleagues. The Nobel Prize is a coveted honor granted...Read more

Quick tips to help college students start saving money

Mar 19, 2021
I’m a senior at UC Berkeley and I decided before I graduate, I’m going to get my money game together. I set up a budget , figured out where I could cut expenses and the next step — start saving money. If you’re anything like me, you live out of your checking account and try to budget for needs, wants and paying off debt. But saving is the first major step to ensure financial security. And the...Read more

Self-Care Tips For Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus

Mar 18, 2021
It’s a difficult time to be Asian American : Along with the everyone else in the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has infiltrated almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. And racially motivated violence against Asian Americans seems to be spreading just as quickly as the coronavirus itself. People are being coughed at and spat on . Verbal insults and threats against women and older people make...Read more

How to support Asian American colleagues amid the recent wave of anti-Asian violence

Mar 18, 2021
Many communities are seeing a disturbing wave of anti-Asian violence in recent weeks, including robberies, burglaries and assaults targeting older Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals. In San Francisco, 84-year-old Thai American Vicha Ratanapakdee died from injuries after he was pushed to the sidewalk. In San Jose, Calif., a 64-year old Vietnamese American woman was robbed of $1...Read more

UC Berkeley: Introducing A New Dean Of The Goldman School Of Public Policy

Mar 18, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ and Paul Alivisatos, executive vice chancellor and provost, sent the following message to the campus community on Wednesday: David Wilson is the new dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy. Following a national search, we are pleased to announce that David C. Wilson has been appointed dean of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, effective July 1, 2021...Read more

UC Merced guarantees freshman admission to eligible local students in effort to expand access to underserved areas

Mar 16, 2021
UC Merced announced Monday that it would guarantee a freshman seat to eligible local students, the first University of California campus to do so in an effort to expand college access in one of the state’s most underserved areas. University officials are aiming to motivate more students in the San Joaquin Valley — which lags behind other California regions in high school graduation rates — to...Read more

UC Berkeley Engineering Campus Tour (VIDEO)

Mar 15, 2021
Learn all about Berkeley Engineering from the student campus ambassador perspective! This virtual engineering visit is given by Isha (Bioengineering) and Kate (Molecular & Cell Biology). Two ambassadors present an overview of the College of Engineering and then answer questions from prospective students watching the visit live on Zoom. We cover the 11 engineering majors, a comparison of EECS...Read more

UC Berkeley Campus Tour (VIDEO)

Mar 13, 2021
Learn all about the Cal campus with our student campus ambassadors! This virtual campus visit is given by Sasha (Applied Math and Molecular & Cell Biology) and Dylan (Rhetoric with minors in Public Policy and Journalism ). Two ambassadors present an overview of the campus and then answer questions from prospective students watching the visit live on Zoom. We cover our history, traditions,...Read more

A Big Give Thank you!

Mar 12, 2021
And that's a wrap! Thank you for following us on this journey as we uplift the amazing work of our CEP programs! Thank you to those who made a gift to support our CEP programs! #BerkeleyCEP #CEPCollegeDreams #MakingCollegeDreamsARealityRead more

Helping Families Cross the FAFSA Finish Line | Excellence in College Counseling Webinar Series (VIDEO)

Mar 12, 2021
Counselors know that students aren’t truly done applying to college until they’ve submitted their FAFSA. This year, far too many low-income students are falling behind. We’ll discuss roadblocks families encounter and strategies for helping them complete the critical financial aid process, including searching for last dollar awards and scholarships. Speakers include: Ashley Bianchi, Director of...Read more

Gloria Steinem on International Women’s Day: ‘We Just Need to Keep Going’

Mar 08, 2021
The fact that we have an International Women’s Day means we are still in trouble. There is no International Men’s Day. Only less powerful people or forgotten historical events need “A Day” to be part of the present. Yet it’s an important step because any notice is better than no notice. On this International Women’s Day, we might start by admitting why women are subordinated in the first place...Read more

What is International Women’s Day for Black women?

Mar 08, 2021
By: Edna Bonhomme Today much of the world marks International Women’s Day. From Afghanistan to Guinea-Bissau and the United States, March 8 is recognised as the day to celebrate the achievements of women’s rights movements. The origins of International Women’s Day can be traced to New York where, in 1908, thousands of garment workers went on strike, marching through the streets of the city to...Read more

Announcing New Undocumented Student Support Initiative (UCSC)

Mar 08, 2021
From: Jennifer Baszile, Interim Vice Chancellor, Division of Student Affairs and Success I am pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative, an 18-month campus program to enhance structural supports for undocumented students to thrive on campus and beyond, and to strengthen relationships between undocumented students, staff, and faculty at UC Santa Cruz. Our goal is undocumented students’...Read more

Celebrate Women Photographers this Women’s History Month

Mar 08, 2021
Welcome to Women’s History Month, it’s that time of year where we look back on all the courageous women who have sacrificed and stood up for their rights and for the progress of women’s rights as a whole. Today March 8th , marks International Women’s Day as recognition of the global fight for gender equality, pay equity, and the liberation of women. Besides indulging in women’s history...Read more

If You Could Reform Admissions…

Mar 08, 2021
If You Could Reform Admissions… And wipe the slate of all the bad practices, particularly those that favor wealthy students, what would you change? Recommendation letters? Campus tours? The funding system? Later deadlines? These and other ideas were recommended by experts..... What if admissions could be done in a totally new way? Without tests? Without the many parts of the process -- think of...Read more

How do you pick a college during COVID? Five critical questions to ask every school

Mar 08, 2021
Colleges have faced innumerable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the way they’ve responded to those issues should influence how prospective students evaluate them. Online learning, strict campus rules and lingering economic concerns have left many students wondering if their college investment will be worthwhile. As a result, fall 2020 enrollment declined by 2.5% — or by more than 400...Read more

10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership

Mar 05, 2021
In critical fields like agriculture, science, finance and technology, they have staked a claim with their pioneering work and are building a path for the next generation. Verónica Pascual Boé, of Spain, recalls being asked by customers early in her engineering career: Can I speak to the man in charge? “At first I got angry,” she said. “But then I discovered it was quite fun to say things like, ‘I...Read more

Women’s History Month 2021: How to celebrate safely in the Bay Area

Mar 05, 2021
The month of March is typically dedicated to honoring mighty women and shining a light on the impactful ways they have brought change and contributed to the improvement of equal rights through the ages. Women’s History Month is celebrated across the U.S. and around the world and corresponds with International Women’s Day (March 8). Bay Area organizations plan to recognize the celebration with a...Read more

Black Excellence website

Mar 04, 2021
February came to a close, but that doesn't mean we're going to stop celebrating Black history. The ASUC Student Union would like to introduce an exciting new part of the Student Union website honoring Black Excellence . This site was created by our Digital Media Specialist, Kalelia Wilson, and Graphic Designer, Noelle Nunez, to commemorate Black history year-round. Visit the Black Excellence...Read more

Books about strong women to read for Women’s History Month

Mar 02, 2021
(NEXSTAR) – As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, there’s no better excuse to read a book by and about some of the world’s most inspiring women. From an alternative history of Hillary Clinton’s life to a collection of empowering goodnight stories, these are some of the books you should read in celebration of the month: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous...Read more

What to Watch: Women's History Month

Mar 01, 2021
Every March since 1987, Congress and U.S. Presidents have designated the month as Women's History Month . This year, we are celebrating the accomplishments and vital contributions of women in history with documentaries and stories that center women's experiences in history. Everyone can enjoy and learn something new from this collection of stories by women and about women. Click here to view KQED...Read more

17 books that are essential reading for Women’s History Month

Mar 01, 2021
March is Women’s History Month, a time when we can educate ourselves on historic moments women fought for and our progress thus far, along with celebrating women as a whole. And what better way to do that than reading a bunch of books about women by women? If you are looking for recommendations on biographies that will educate you, comedies that will make your belly ache or stories that...Read more

150 Years of Women at Berkeley

Mar 01, 2021
Celebrating 150 Years of Women October 3, 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the UC Regents’ unanimous approval of a resolution by Regent Samuel F. Butterworth: “That young ladies be admitted into the University on equal terms in all respects with young men.” The first women were admitted in 1872, and Rosa Scrivner became the first woman to graduate in 1874 with a Bachelor's degree in...Read more

Recognizing the Legacies of Black Women at Cal

Mar 01, 2021
To celebrate 150W, we honor some of the many Black women pioneers at the University of California, Berkeley with profiles of their legacies. Reflecting on Black History Month, UC President Michael V. Drake(link is external) acknowledges the contributions of Black leaders to the history of UC. We are committed to highlighting both the past struggles and achievements of Black women affiliated with...Read more

Celebrating Women's History: Remembering the Mothers of Three Iconic Civil Rights Figures

Feb 28, 2021
Anna Malaika Tubbs on the Historical Contributions of Alberta King, Berdis Baldwin, and Louise Little I cannot fully express just how much hurt and frustration the erasure and misrecognition of women and mothers, especially Black women and mothers, causes me. In my own life I’ve experienced others demeaning me and questioning my abilities simply because I am a Black woman. How many times have men...Read more

‘College Belonging’ book on first-generation students

Feb 17, 2021
Author discusses her new book on first-generation students and how they navigate college life Colleges, for generations, have encouraged new students to "find their place" in student organizations on campus. That's bad advice, writes Lisa M. Nunn in College Belonging: How First-Year and First-Generation Students Navigate Campus Life (Rutgers University Press). Nunn, a professor of sociology and...Read more

UC Berkeley releases draft report on Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force

Feb 08, 2021
After the Hispanic Serving Institution, or HSI, initiative was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, UC Berkeley is continuing its efforts to increase diversity. In a campuswide email sent Wednesday, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ released a draft report providing details on the campus HSI Task Force. Dedicated to achieving an HSI distinction for UC Berkeley from the U.S...Read more

UC advocates for Congress, Biden administration to invest in college affordability with Double the Pell campaign

Feb 08, 2021
The University of California announced today (Feb. 8) that it is launching the Double the Pell campaign to urge Congress and the new federal administration to charter a more affordable pathway to higher education for America’s students and families. UC is partnering with the University of California Student Association (UCSA) in this national advocacy effort to boost financial support for low-...Read more

African American Initiative expands support, aims to better campus climate

Feb 08, 2021
Despite budget cuts faced by UC Berkeley, the African American Initiative, or AAI, hopes to continue its efforts to increase Black recruitment and retention rates, bolster support systems and cultivate a better campus climate. In order for Black students to have a better UC Berkeley experience, campus needs to focus on equity and justice, according to Takiyah Jackson, AAI committee chair and the...Read more

How 7 Black Leaders Are Shaping History Today (VIDEO)

Feb 06, 2021
From Harvard's first Black male class president, Noah Harris, to the first Black female CEO of an NBA team, Cynthia 'Cynt' Marshall, here are seven leaders who are making history today. They share what it means to be a part of history, who paved the way for them, and their advice for future generations.Read more

Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming. Here's What You Need to Know to Find an Affordable Option

Feb 05, 2021
For many students and their families alike, the mere thought of the college-application process generates healthy doses of agita, if not outright terror. The tests, the financial-aid maze, cutthroat selectivity and outrageous tuition bills : what’s not to hate? In Ron Lieber’s new book, The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will...Read more

Summer Opportunities Providing Access to STEM and Computer Science

Feb 02, 2021
Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing access opportunities to populations of students who have been historically underrepresented in the STEM and Computer Science fields. We materialize this support through our Summer Academy for Math and Science, AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon, and our new Computer Science Scholars program offerings. The Summer Academy for Math and Science is a six-week...Read more

17 Things to Know About Merit Aid Scholarships

Feb 01, 2021
Merit aid helps lower college costs. When it comes to paying for college , merit aid is one way to close the gap between the cost of attendance and need-based financial aid. Merit aid is a form of college financial aid that does not consider a student's financial need, but rather is awarded based on academic, athletic, artistic or special-interest merit. The average merit award to full-time...Read more

The significance of Black History Month in 2021 (VIDEO)

Feb 01, 2021
It's been 45 years since "Negro History Week" expanded into Black History Month. This year, the celebration of the contributions of Black people comes in the wake of widespread protests over the death of George Floyd and a racial reckoning across the United States. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to discuss.Read more

UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on Black History Month (VIDEO)

Feb 01, 2021
UC President Michael V. Drake reflects on the Black workers, scholars, artists and activists who have propelled the University of California — and the world — forward, and the work that remains to be done to achieve our ideals of equality, inclusion and justice. Learn more: Black Californians have played a significant role in UC’s history. Learn more about the figures President Drake referenced...Read more

PBS Black History Month Documentaries and Digital shorts

Feb 01, 2021
By Beatrice Alvarez Black History Month is here and we are thrilled to share a host of documentaries and digital shorts that highlight the richness of the Black experience in American history. Here are previews of films premiering this month on PBS, as well as a dozen films you can stream to celebrate Black history. Make sure you also visit our feature: 28 Black History Makers in 28 Days to learn...Read more

A new plan for coordinating undergraduate admissions

Feb 01, 2021
Chancellor Carol Christ, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos and Stephen Sutton, vice chancellor for student affairs, sent the following message to the campus community on Monday: Femi Ogundele will serve as the new associate vice chancellor of enrollment management and dean of undergraduate admissions. We are writing today to let you know of plans to elevate the campus...Read more

UC Berkeley sees record high number of freshman applications for fall 2021

Jan 31, 2021
Both the UC system and UC Berkeley announced a record high number of high school students applying for freshman admission for fall 2021. In addition to a 28% increase in freshman applications overall, UC Berkeley saw applications from underrepresented minority students increase from 20,494 for fall 2020 to 28,383 for fall 2021, according to a campus press release. The UC system as a whole saw an...Read more

Honor and Learn This Black History Month

Jan 30, 2021
It’s not an understatement to describe the events of the past year as historic, and particularly for Black Americans. The nation elected its first Black vice president, a woman and a graduate of a historically Black university, and Georgia send its first Black senator to the Capitol. (Both of these realities were possible through the tireless organizing efforts of women like Stacey Abrams of Fair...Read more

Kick Off Black History Month With Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain and a Host of Other Events

Jan 28, 2021
Smithsonian will celebrate Black History Month this year with a twist—virtual programming. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is offering a wide range of digital programs for all ages this February. The month kicks off February 2 with a book discussion with authors and scholars Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain on their newly released book Four Hundred...Read more

The College Board's (Smaller?) Future

Jan 25, 2021
The College Board's announcement last week that it is killing the SAT Subject Tests and the SAT Essay was both rumored for some time and a surprise. Many had speculated that the board would be forced by the pandemic to make major changes. In the fall, it turned away hundreds of thousands of students who registered for the SAT (the main SAT and subject tests) because of test-site closures. And the...Read more

Campus public health leaders ‘extremely confident’ in COVID-19 vaccines (VIDEO)

Jan 22, 2021
The initial rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. has been rocky, with poor coordination among federal, state and local agencies resulting in far fewer people receiving the vaccine in the first month after approval than promised. But the existence of a safe and effective vaccine, and the start of a new presidential administration, should give us reason to hope, agreed a panel of Berkeley...Read more

Biden Proposes New Immigration Legislation That Would Impact Undocumented Students

Jan 21, 2021
President Joseph R. Biden had a busy first day in office. Alongside a slew of executive orders and memorandums, he proposed new immigration legislation, celebrated by undocumented students and their advocates. If passed, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. It would allow them to apply...Read more

‘The Hidden Curriculum’

Jan 19, 2021
Author discusses her new book on first-generation students who end up at top colleges. Imagine the first-generation students who end up at one of the top colleges in the country. They are largely from lower-income families and more likely to be minority students than the entire student body. They enter universities with amazing potential to provide academic and other resources. But are they well...Read more

Billions in Aid Head to Colleges

Jan 19, 2021
The Education Department releases a new round of COVID-19 funds to colleges and universities, and Biden proposes $35 billion in additional money. The U.S. Education Department on Thursday made available the $21.2 billion in help to higher education included in the coronavirus relief legislation Congress and President Trump approved in December, but undocumented students could be left out of...Read more

College Board drops SAT's optional essay and subject tests to 'reduce demands on students'

Jan 19, 2021
The College Board announced Tuesday that it is ending the optional essay section and subject-area exams of the SAT for college-bound U.S. students. The coronavirus pandemic "accelerated a process already underway" to "simplify our work and reduce demands on students," the College Board, a standardized testing nonprofit, said in a note to members . Broader and more diverse access to Advanced...Read more

UC Berkeley’s African American studies department receives $2.8M grant

Jan 18, 2021
UC Berkeley’s African American studies department was awarded a $2.8 million grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on Dec. 11, 2020, to support an initiative led by the department’s faculty. Referred to as the “Black Studies Collaboratory,” the project seeks to encourage community involvement in the area of Black studies while expanding opportunities for new voices in the academic arena...Read more

UC Berkeley will start giving COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday

Jan 12, 2021
Anna Harte, medical director of University Health Services and Guy Nicolette, assistant vice chancellor of University Health Services, issued the following message on Tuesday: We write to provide an update on our campus COVID-19 vaccination plan. The first shipment of vaccine arrived at University Health Services today and we are ready and very excited to start vaccinations at clinics on Thursday...Read more

RSVP! Richmond Promise Scholarship Application..act by December 31

Dec 11, 2020
The Richmond Promise Scholarship is a $1,500 college scholarship, renewable for up to 4 years, with an additional 2 years available for students who want to petition for extra funding . Students may attend a 2-year or 4-year college, and/or pursue a Career Technical Education Certificate at any not-for-profit institution in the United States. To be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship,...Read more

Judge Orders Restoration of DACA

Dec 07, 2020
A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and otherwise restore the program to the form it took prior to Sept. 5, 2017, the day the administration announced plans to end the program. The Supreme Court ruled in June to vacate President Trump’s decision to end DACA, which provides protection...Read more

Rep. Barbara Lee named UC Berkeley’s 2020 winter commencement speaker

Dec 06, 2020
Rep. Barbara Lee was chosen by UC Berkeley’s graduating class to give the keynote speech at the 2020 winter commencement. UC Berkeley alumna and a member of Congress for more than 20 years, Lee currently represents California’s 13th Congressional District, which encompasses the city of Berkeley. Through her hard work and passion, Lee embodies what the graduating class strives for, said Megan...Read more

UC Berkeley professors post lectures online for free public access

Dec 04, 2020
Some UC Berkeley professors are choosing to offer their class lectures online and free of charge to the public on platforms such as the UCTV YouTube channel and edX, a website for free online classes. David Wagner, campus electrical engineering and computer sciences professor, teaches Data 8 and Data 8X — a free online course based on Data 8 with customized assignments. The campus course contains...Read more

DACA students’ guide to filling out the FAFSA

Dec 03, 2020
illing out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is notoriously difficult. Not only is it a long process, but it requires a lot of very specific information about both parent and student that can only be found by dredging up tax documents and other financial paperwork. If you or your child is involved in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, things get even...Read more

Berkeley professor Nikki Jones wins national award for criminology research

Dec 01, 2020
UC Berkeley African American Studies professor Nikki Jones has won the 2020 Michael J. Hindelang Award. The national honor given by the American Society of Criminology (ASC), recognizes a book published within the past three years that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology. Jones recently received the award for her book The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of...Read more

DEADLINE Nearing...Next steps for Freshman applicants

Nov 30, 2020
If you are a current freshman applicant, check out critical application next step info here . Make sure to keep track of your progress online. You will receive an email in early December indicating we have received your application and that you may log in to the student portal. If you have any additional questions, please check UC Admissions resources below or feel free to contact our office ...Read more

UC application deadline extended to Dec. 4 after technical difficulties

Nov 29, 2020
The UC application deadline has been extended from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 after technical difficulties experienced by many applicants. According to a tweet from UC Application, the website experienced an outage. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Story by BY MAYA AKKARAJU at the Daily CalRead more

UC student regent advocates for Indigenous community in admissions

Nov 24, 2020
In mid-November, UC Berkeley student Alexis Atsilvsgi Zaragoza went online to attend the UC Board of Regents meeting. As the student regent-designate, it’s something she’s done every other month since the beginning of the school year. It wasn’t a position she’d ever dreamed of or thought possible when she initially made her plans to go to college. Last year, as a transfer student applying to four...Read more

VIDEO: A New Era of Student Access at California’s Community Colleges

Nov 23, 2020
Until recently, most community college students started in remedial courses that slowed down or halted their academic progress. A landmark law (AB 705) has dramatically expanded student access to the math and English courses needed to transfer to a four-year college. How has AB 705 affected students’ chances of completing these courses? Have racial equity gaps narrowed? PPIC researcher Olga...Read more

Two Spirit and LGBTQ Identities: Today and Centuries Ago

Nov 23, 2020
As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, it is helpful to reflect on Two Spirit and LGBTQ identities in Native American communities, beginning during pre-colonial times, and the impact of colonialism on these identities today. Most known scholarship about pre-colonial American sexuality and gender comes from the journals of early European colonizers. The most prominent accounts note seeing...Read more

UC regents approve 2021-22 budget plan, student basic needs report

Nov 20, 2020
On its second day of virtual meetings this week, the UC Board of Regents approved a report on student basic needs as well as the 2021-22 budget plan. The board meeting began with public comment, during which the UC system was called to withdraw its funding from the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea, defund UCPD and stabilize working conditions for lecturers. The regents were also urged by UC...Read more

Here's How One School Is Trying To Help New Immigrants Get To College During The Pandemic

Nov 18, 2020
After moving from Yemen to the Bronx three years ago, Ahmed Ehdad had his heart set on leaving the city for college, hoping to move from the two-bedroom apartment he shared with his mother, brother, grandmother, and uncle to a more pastoral setting. The pandemic nearly sidelined him, revealing the steep uphill climb for many first-time college-hopefuls whose families have been significantly...Read more

Various Ways Of Helping You Pay For College

Nov 17, 2020
Attending college is a dream that many students have. It's what the high school journey is all about, from studying for your finals to joining the debate club or football team, to after school volunteer hours; all of which will look great on a college application. The dream of higher learning may fizzle for some, when the financial reality of tuition and books sets in. With the time it takes to...Read more

COVID-19 makes it more important than ever for students to file for federal financial aid

Nov 15, 2020
Some college students are just trying to navigate a socially distant trip home for Thanksgiving. Other students feel stuck at the midpoint of their college or high school semesters, weighed down by staring at a computer screen for 10 hours a day. While next school year might seem far off, it's time to start thinking about paying for it. And experts say not enough families are filling out the Free...Read more

President Drake announces new Presidential Policy on Gender Recognition and Lived Name

Nov 10, 2020
Across the University of California, students, staff and faculty have advocated for changes to make UC more equitable and inclusive. In a significant step toward this goal, President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has announced a new presidential policy to ensure that all individuals are identified by their accurate gender identity and lived or preferred name on university-issued documents and in UC’s...Read more

University of California expands list of courses that meet math requirement for admission

Nov 09, 2020
High school students planning to apply to the University of California now have a broader set of courses they can take to meet the math requirement for admission to the public university system. As more high schools across California have developed and adopted new college-prep math courses, math education and equity advocates have urged the state’s public universities to allow these courses to...Read more

K-12 Trends and the Future of Higher Education

Nov 09, 2020
What happens in K-12 schools rarely stays in K-12. You don’t need a long memory to recall that higher ed’s preoccupation with accountability, collaborative learning, learning outcomes and workforce preparation actually originated in K-12. If you want to glimpse the post-pandemic future of higher education, you might want to see what’s occurring in K-12 schools today. There you will see a stress...Read more

UC celebrates Veterans Day

Nov 09, 2020
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, UC will join Americans nationwide in recognizing Veterans Day by expressing gratitude for the selfless and meaningful service the veterans of our armed forces have provided, and continue to provide. UC’s support for veterans and military families is systemwide and year-round — and includes employment resources, advising, counseling and opportunities for connection. Join our...Read more

How The Biden Administration Will Make College More Affordable

Nov 08, 2020
Joe Biden’s agenda for higher education may be limited by split control of Congress. Nevertheless, there are several proposals that have bipartisan support. President Biden can also implement some changes using his executive, regulatory and enforcement authority. Likely changes will include an extension of the payment pause and interest waiver for federal student loans , improvements in college...Read more

PODCAST: Berkeley Talks: How Native women challenged a 1900s Bay Area assimilation program

Nov 07, 2020
This episode of Berkeley Talks is a 2019 interview on KALX’s The Graduates with Katie Keliiaa, a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Department of Ethnic Studies. In this interview, Keliiaa discusses her research on the Bay Area Outing Program, an early 20th century assimilation program that took Native American girls and women out of their tribal lands and brought them to the Bay Area to perform...Read more

Berkeley-raised Kamala Harris makes history as new vice president-elect

Nov 07, 2020
The news that Joe Biden had beat Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States was greeted with relief and jubilation in Berkeley. Drivers honked their horns and residents yelled with joy and relief from their homes when the networks began calling the race. Read about Kamala Harris’s Berkeley years and how they shaped her The victory is also a Berkeley one since Vice President-...Read more

November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Nov 01, 2020
WASHINGTON — November is designated American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month by the U.S. government. Others refer to it as Native American Heritage Month. Regardless, it is a month designated to celebrate the Indigenous peoples of this country and a time educate others about the rich heritage of Native peoples. In preparation of this celebration month, the United States Census Bureau...Read more

HAF Launches 'Our DREAMS Scholarship'

Nov 01, 2020
Hispanic Access Foundation will provide monetary relief and educational resources to undocumented youth. Costs are steep for Dreamers, undocumented students, and others partially protected (TPS) – and we're not just talking about filing fees. To help offset the costs, Hispanic Access Foundation will provide monetary relief and educational resources to our undocumented youth to help with...Read more

VIDEO: The Origins of Native American Heritage Month

Nov 01, 2020
Today, November 1, is the first day of Native American Heritage Month. How did the month get its start? What is the history of Native Americans in the U.S.? Why is this month so important? Little Cheiis ( ) explains.Read more

Berkeley CEP leader Marsha Jaeger to retire after over 30 years on campus

Oct 30, 2020
Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Oscar D. Dubón shared the following message with the campus community Friday: After more than 32 years on the Berkeley campus and 21 years of leading the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) within the Division of Equity & Inclusion, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships Marsha Jaeger is retiring on November 1, 2020. I have had...Read more

UC Berkeley-led university alliance formed to increase STEM diversity in academia

Oct 30, 2020
A UC Berkeley-led research alliance aims to increase the number of postdoctoral scholars and faculty from historically underrepresented minority groups in STEM fields . The Research University Alliance, or RUA, works to help minority students obtain postdoctoral and eventually faculty positions through research partnerships between the nine member universities. The alliance hopes to foster...Read more

Making Berkeley Home: NavCal creates community for nontraditional students

Oct 26, 2020
When he transferred to UC Berkeley last fall, Andrew Mendoza was intimidated. He said the sprawling 1,200-acre campus, with its emblematic Sather Gate, abundance of vast libraries and towering Campanile looked like “something you see in a Harry Potter movie.” But more than those iconic structures, he feared what they represented: spaces of privilege that felt foreign. Mendoza, then 24, was many...Read more

How Gratitude Can Help With Students’ Anxiety

Oct 20, 2020
Students and educators have started a new school year in the midst of a pandemic, an economic crisis, a reckoning with racial injustice, and a divisive political climate. Everyone’s mental health is at risk, and schools are searching for ways to support young people’s well-being in addition to their academic learning. In recent years, many educators have done this with social-emotional learning (...Read more

Disability Awareness Month at UC Berkeley

Oct 20, 2020
The UC Berkeley community celebrates disability awareness in October each year, and this year is especially meaningful as it is the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Berkeley campus is the home of the Disability Rights/Independent Living Movement and we are excited to share several announcements and events related to disability awareness. Announcements...Read more

Campus archives reveal genesis of U.S. disability rights movement

Oct 20, 2020
It was 1997, and Jane Rosario, a librarian at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, was on her way to visit Mark O’Brien, a former Berkeley student with an extensive literary collection of his own works. He was a poet and journalist and larger than life — and Rosario had the job of collecting his poems, essays and book reviews to include in the library’s archives on disability rights and the...Read more

UC Berkeley co-launches program to increase Black venture capitalists

Oct 19, 2020
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business co-launched a program aimed at doubling the number of Black venture capital investors over the next three years . Black Venture Institute is a two-week program that will start Nov. 2 and will provide intensive education, mentorship and networking opportunities for Black operators — those who work with privately held companies to increase value — planning to...Read more

UC Berkeley’s campus community brings women’s untold stories to the forefront

Oct 16, 2020
Martha Horne was born in 1853 in the Klamath River Basin, near southern Oregon, and experienced the violent American invasion of her tribe’s land. Fluent in English, Horne grew up learning Indigenous languages such as Karuk, Shasta and Tolowa. She helped to preserve her tribe’s traditions, and her work documenting these languages with UC Berkeley researchers helped change the field of linguistics...Read more

VIDEO: Take a tour of Blockeley University, a replica of UC Berkeley campus!

Oct 16, 2020
Take a campus tour of Blockeley University! Blockeley is a virtual replica of the UC Berkeley campus in the popular Minecraft video game, built by more than 100 Berkeley students. This past May, hundreds of graduating students attended a virtual, mock commencement ceremony at Blockeley. You’ll experience avatars walking through campus and see Doe Library, Sather Gate, and other iconic places in a...Read more

Colleges see surge in enrollment by children of immigrant families: study

Oct 15, 2020
Universities and colleges across the U.S. are seeing a large shift in student demographics with more than 5.3 million of all enrolled college students coming from immigrant families, according to a new study reported by The New York Times. The study, released on Thursday, showed that the percentage of first-generation and immigrant students increased from 20 percent in 2000 to nearly 30 percent...Read more

VIDEO: Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci at the Berkeley Forum

Oct 08, 2020
Listen to one of the leading experts on the American response to COVID-19 and learn what the country is doing to control the disease’s spread. Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses how the coronavirus could affect the abilities of colleges to re-open safely and the broader impact of the virus on our country. Following Dr. Fauci’s fireside chat, questions were fielded from the UC Berkeley audience.Read more

VIDEO: UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry

Oct 07, 2020
Doudna, the first woman at Cal to win the Nobel, shares the prize with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier for developing the genome editing breakthrough CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists to rewrite DNA — the code of life — in any organism, including human cells, with unprecedented efficiency and precision. The groundbreaking power and versatility of CRISPR-Cas9 has opened up new and wide-...Read more

I’m a Berkeleyan: Student Alena Morales on the fight for campus’s new disability cultural center

Oct 06, 2020
“Something that I’ve heard around the disability community, that I also feel as a disabled person, is that society is not built for me. Not only do we spend a lot of energy navigating access barriers and having to get creative with navigating the world, but it’s also really exhausting to be disabled and then having to prove that you’re capable and that you can keep up with this world that’s not...Read more

VIDEO: Ensuring college access for first-gen students

Oct 06, 2020
Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s parents didn’t go to college, but today the UCI graduate (BA ‘96, MBA ‘99) leads the largest higher education system in the country. As chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Oakley oversees 116 campuses across the state that educate 2.1 million students, while he also serves on the University of California Board of Regents. Oakley’s story demonstrates the capacity...Read more

Four women with UC Berkeley ties changed California politics forever

Oct 02, 2020
It was a year of challenge and turmoil: an overseas war, a deadly pandemic, a damaging economic shock. The U.S. Congress was polarized and paralyzed. Across the nation, conflict flared over political rights and equality and led to protest leaders being arrested and jailed; some began hunger strikes. The year was 1918, and the protesters were pressing for the right of women to vote. In California...Read more

2020's Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

Oct 01, 2020
The personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020's Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities ince the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990, many social barriers have been removed or reduced for people with disabilities. But there is more work that needs to be done for people with disabilities to become more independent and involved in their world...Read more

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month 2020 @ UC Berkeley

Oct 01, 2020
Latinx Heritage Month recognizes, honors, and celebrates the resilience, contributions, and cultures of Latinx, Chicanx, and all Latinx-identified folx from America and with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America. It began in 1968 when then-President Lyndon Johnson signed Proclamation 3869 designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988 it expanded to a...Read more

VIDEO: Rashad Robinson, Color Of Change - Election 2020: UC Berkeley Big Ideas

Sep 30, 2020
This lecture features Rashad Robinson, the President of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. The organization helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, they move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in...Read more

Breonna Taylor verdict highlights issues with police accountability, UC Berkeley professors say

Sep 28, 2020
The Kentucky grand jury’s Wednesday decision against indicting police officers for the shooting of Breonna Taylor highlights issues surrounding police accountability, some UC Berkeley professors said. After Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot March 13 by Louisville police who entered her home, protesters nationwide called for charges against the police officers involved. According to UC...Read more

Video: In the fight for racial justice, Native stories should not be ignored

Sep 25, 2020
Race in America was socially constructed —based on white supremacy— and cannot exist without the creation of a racial hierarchy that leads to violence against communities of color. That’s according to University of Alberta professor Kim TallBear , who teaches in the school’s Faculty of Native Studies department. A member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota, TallBear was one of...Read more

PODCAST: Berkeley Talks: How plantation museum tours distort the reality of slavery

Sep 25, 2020
In this Berkeley Talks episode, Stephen Small, a professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of African American Studies, and interim director for the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, discusses research from his upcoming book, tentatively titled Inside the Shadows of the Big House: 21st Century Antebellum Slave Cabins and Heritage Tourism in Louisiana. Since the 1990s, Small has visited more...Read more

Stupski Foundation announces $5 million investments to support counseling across 13 high schools for over 3,000 12th-grade students

Sep 21, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2020 – At a time when high school seniors are navigating their college and career options during the pandemic, today the Stupski Foundation announced nearly $5 million in student advising grants to community-based organizations that partner with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The investments will bolster...Read more

UC Berkeley community mourns death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 18, 2020
The death on Friday of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, prompted heartfelt reaction at UC Berkeley , where Ginsburg gave a lecture at a packed Zellerbach Hall just last fall. The Supreme Court announced her death , which occurred at her home in Washington, D.C., where she was surrounded by family; the...Read more

VIDEO: This UC Berkeley student is making college a reality for Central Valley teens

Sep 17, 2020
UC Berkeley student Michael Piña (she/he) grew up in California's Central Valley, dreaming of going far away for college to escape years of bullying and exclusion for her queer identity. Now she's co-founded Central Valley Scholars, an organization providing college prep workshops, scholarships, and themtorships - a word it finds more inclusive than mentorships - to make higher education a...Read more

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with these 10 new books by Latinx authors

Sep 16, 2020
National Hispanic Heritage Month has officially begun, and to celebrate, we rounded up some of the most popular books that were released this year by Latinx authors, according to Goodreads . If you're like me, you're always looking for new book recommendations, and this list is full of great options for any bookworm. These books feature captivating story-telling, beautiful imagery, and engaging...Read more

Spotlight on campus staff: Cruz Grimaldo: ‘I see my former self in our students’

Sep 15, 2020
Cruz Grimaldo, assistant vice chancellor and director of financial aid and scholarships, helps make college a reality for students who – like her former self – wouldn’t be able to attend Berkeley without financial assistance. I am very grateful for the financial aid that I received as a low-income student when I was a student here at Berkeley. I’m the fifth director of Financial Aid and...Read more

Hispanic Heritage Month On World Cafe: The Playlist

Sep 14, 2020
World Cafe celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. To celebrate we're taking a musical journey throughout Latin America, through cities in Central America, South America, and Mexico to explore the rising Latinx voices and sounds that sometimes fall under the radar. Discover new music by musicians from Guatemala City, San Salvador, Lima, Costa Rica, Ecuador and more in our...Read more

UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly unanimously supports Prop. 16, defunding UCPD

Sep 13, 2020
On Thursday, the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly, or GA, joined the ASUC in unanimously supporting Proposition 16, which would restore affirmative action for race and gender in public universities and public sector jobs in California if passed. The meeting was the Graduate Assembly’s first of the academic year, and delegates were joined by Lisa García Bedolla, UC Berkeley’s vice provost for...Read more

VIDEO: UC Berkeley | Decoding: University of California, Berkeley Application Review

Sep 10, 2020
Download Presentation: How much will the UC Berkeley's application reading process change in the age of COVID-19? Most importantly, how will it impact your students' application? Join admissions experts Olufemi Ogundele, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions, and Robert Penman, Associate Director of Admissions Outreach from the University of California,...Read more

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a Time for Honoring & Thanking Hispanic Americans

Sep 09, 2020
Every year, from September 15 through October 15, Americans take the dedicated time to thoughtfully honor, celebrate, and thank prominent Hispanic Americans for their many contributions to the country and culture of the United States . But this year, in the midst of a global pandemic and a relentless news cycle, Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 takes on a whole new meaning. Last year, the country...Read more

PODCAST: COVID-19’s effect on the college decision process

Sep 08, 2020
Constance Iloh, an assistant professor of education at UCI, discusses why the framework of college choice doesn’t accurately reflect the college-going process. “So for me, even just the notion that college decision-making is sequential or that college is this one time event is already deeply flawed and not representative of the very heterogeneous student population that we have now,” says Iloh ...Read more

‘Estamos unidos’: proposal for a new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino awaits Senate review

Sep 04, 2020
After passage in the House, planners try to line up support for an institution that would fill in an incomplete US narrative. Although integral to the economy, represented on the Supreme Court and a vibrant force in American culture, the nearly 60 million-strong Latino population in the US is often overlooked in the narrative presented in the nation’s museums, many argue. The Latino presence in...Read more

Washington Monthly’s 2020 College Rankings Are Out: Stanford, Amherst, Goddard And College Of The Ozarks Top Their Respective Categories

Aug 31, 2020
As the pandemic continues to rage and universities across the country postpone their fall openings or pivot back and forth between in-person vs. remote vs. hybrid classes, one fall semester tradition continues - the publication of the annual college rankings. Today, Washington Monthly released its 2020 rankings , promoted by its editors as “the socially conscious alternative to U.S. News &...Read more

California colleges increase online mental health services to serve expected student need

Aug 31, 2020
With surveys showing that the pandemic is worsening anxiety and depression among college students, campus counseling centers across California are bracing for an expected sharp rise in the numbers of students seeking mental health services . Like most college and university classes, psychological therapy sessions switched to online — or on telephone — in March. The campuses say they will try...Read more

End of affirmative action at UC hurt Black, Latinx students, study finds

Aug 27, 2020
The end of affirmative action at California universities 22 years ago had a significant negative impact on Black and Latinx students , forcing many out of the University of California system and reducing their later earnings, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at UC Berkeley. The study by economics Ph.D. student Zachary Bleemer found that voter...Read more

VIDEO: A DACA Student's Journey to Medical School and his Remaining Obstacle

Aug 24, 2020
Edgar Velázquez is a second-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He’s also one of more than 650,000 young people nationwide who are protected from deportation as long as the federal DACA program remains in effect. Learn how Edgar beat the odds to get into medical school and how he manages the biggest obstacle from getting in the way of his dreams. Full story: https://health...Read more

Historic $24 million gift lights path for underrepresented students, diversity at UC Berkeley

Aug 24, 2020
Daisy Boeckmann always dreamed of being a UC Berkeley student and proudly walking on campus through iconic Sather Gate, with its “Fiat Lux” emblem at the center. But her path there wasn’t easy. When she was nine, her father, a Guatemalan immigrant to the United States, died in a traffic collision while visiting his native country. A year later, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. As one...Read more

Chancellor Christ to new students: There is no place I’d rather be than Berkeley

Aug 21, 2020
Chancellor Carol Christ gave the following address during the 2020 new student convocation, a virtual, livestreamed welcome to UC Berkeley’s newest group of first-year and transfer students. The ceremony marked the kickoff of Golden Bear Orientation, the official welcome event for new UC Berkeley students . Watch the complete convocation ceremony here . Hello, my name is Carol Christ, and as...Read more

‘A people’s project’: UCI professors and HBCU students archive the work of living Black activists

Aug 19, 2020
From the confines of a prison, journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal sent four students from the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities a personal message during the first week of their research fellowship. “One of the things he said to the students is, ‘The work that you’re doing is part of a really powerful inheritance of the best of the revolutionary spirit of our...Read more

Here’s what community college students want to know about the coming year

Aug 19, 2020
As school starts for the California Community Colleges system next week, students want to know exactly what another semester of remote learning is going to look like. Will professors have reasonable grading policies, and will they be available even if they aren’t face-to-face? How has the pandemic exacerbated disparities in access to education and support services? Students were able to get...Read more

Berkeley Caring for Families

Aug 17, 2020
A new campus website called Caring for Families has launched to connect families to dependent care resources. In the near future the website will include an online parent-to-parent resource for supporting one another with dependent care needs.Read more

Colleges Must Attend to 3 Crucial Areas

Aug 17, 2020
The global health crisis is about to claim some unlikely victims, who have actually been ill for a long time. I refer, of course, to vulnerable members of our American system of colleges and universities, some of whom face the terrible choice of putting students, administrators and faculty members at risk or experiencing certain economic calamity. For some colleges and universities, the pandemic...Read more

‘On equal terms’: Josephine Williamson, director of operations

Aug 16, 2020
The sixteenth woman honored as part of this series is Josephine Williamson, director of operations for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. You were nominated for being an influential leader who goes above and beyond for employees. Vice Provost and former chair Tsu-Jae King Liu says, “She is an exemplary builder of positive working relationships. She...Read more

The Week in Admissions News

Aug 10, 2020
Trump and student loans, tuition-free terms, liability waivers, FAFSA simplification, aid for undocumented students. President Trump said in a tweet that he is looking into using his executive powers to continue providing help for those with student loans during the pandemic. Two colleges -- St. Norbert College and Pacific Lutheran University -- will offer students an extra term or two without...Read more

Activists are commemorating Black August. Here's the history behind the month-long celebration

Aug 04, 2020
(CNN) Activists and social justice organizations are celebrating the history of Black resistance this month in what's known as Black August . This year's commemoration follows months of ongoing nationwide protests over systemic racism and the killings of Black people at the hands of police. And no, it's not a second Black History Month . "During Black August, we honor Black freedom fighters, many...Read more

COVID-19 pandemic prompts UC Berkeley to make equity-minded budget cuts

Aug 02, 2020
During a campus conversation Friday, UC Berkeley leaders said budget reallocations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been made through an equity lens. According to Chancellor Carol Christ, the campus’s pandemic-related costs are estimated to reach $340 million by the end of June 2021. This deficit includes $65 million for expenses such as additional cleaning, testing and contact tracing...Read more

What new UC Berkeley students need to know about fall 2020

Jul 30, 2020
A panel of UC Berkeley staff discussed the new student student experience in a livestreamed conversation Wednesday evening. (UC Berkeley video) Each year, it’s a UC Berkeley tradition to welcome incoming students with a plethora of live tours, outings, information sessions, artistic performances and resource fairs that help connect new Golden Bears to each other and to a campus known for its...Read more

‘On equal terms:’ Lucy Greco, web accessibility evangelist

Jul 30, 2020
Women first were admitted to the University of California as students just two years after its founding in 1868. That’s notable, when you consider that many elite private universities across the country didn’t admit women until women had won the right to vote in 1920 through the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This year, UC Berkeley is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the UC Board of...Read more

What Work-Study Looks Like During the Coronavirus

Jul 29, 2020
STUDENTS WHO RELY ON part-time jobs funded by the federal work-study program to pay for college may see their financial aid options limited or rescinded this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether students can access work-study funding, which is a form of aid that requires them to work for wages paid in part by the U.S. Department of Education, will depend on the policy in place at the...Read more

How UC Berkeley has improved remote instruction

Jul 22, 2020
Campus academic leaders joined Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos Wednesday to discuss what remote instruction will look like in the fall. (UC Berkeley video) When UC Berkeley pivoted to remote instruction in the middle of the spring semester due to the pandemic, the abrupt transition from in-person to remote learning left some students disoriented and in need of help. As the...Read more

Fall semester update, student resources for remote instruction

Jul 21, 2020
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen C. Sutton, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Catherine P. Koshland, and Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion Oscar Dubón sent the following message to UC Berkeley students on Tuesday : As you are all aware, the trend lines regarding COVID-19 positive...Read more

Writing to Belong

Jul 20, 2020
Authors of a new paper on a first-year writing intervention warn that cultivating students’ sense of belonging is now more important than ever. Colleges and universities pour resources into student retention efforts, sometimes without much gain. These efforts will be further challenged by the social, educational and economic effects of COVID-19. A new paper in Science Advances doesn’t pretend to...Read more

UC Berkeley has a poor reputation among Black students. It’s trying to change that

Jul 20, 2020
BERKELEY — Two years ago, UC Berkeley seemed like a dream campus for Ahmad Mahmuod. The San Diego-born son of Somali refugees, the first in his family of nine to attend a four-year university, could hardly believe he’d earned admission to the world-famous campus, known for its top academic rankings and history of progressive activism. But he quickly learned that Berkeley had another, dubious...Read more

Latino students make up largest ethnic group of students admitted to UC

Jul 16, 2020
As universities across the state consider how to increase diversity on campus, the University of California’s fall admission class has the highest percentage ever of Latino students. UC announced Thursday that it had offered a record number of Latino students admission to its nine undergraduate campuses for this fall. The students now comprise UC’s largest ethnic group of admitted freshmen,...Read more

Femi Ogundele: A diverse student body fosters excellence

Jul 16, 2020
UC Berkeley released its 2020-21 freshman admission numbers today, which show the most ethnically diverse admitted class in more than 30 years, in terms of offers of admission to African American and Latinx and Chicanx students. Those numbers increased by about 40% over the previous year. The campus also saw gains in various measures of greater socio-economic diversity among students offered...Read more

Biden and Sanders's Joint Higher Ed Recommendations

Jul 10, 2020
The attempt by Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to unify his party with former challenger Bernie Sanders brought no major surprises in higher education policy. A 110-page set of policy recommendations on a range of issues from climate change to education, crafted by representatives of both campaigns, called for canceling up to $10,000 in student debt relief per borrower...Read more

New ICE regulations ‘run counter to our values,’ Berkeley leaders say

Jul 08, 2020
Chancellor Carol Christ and Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Senior International Officer Lisa Alvarez-Cohen sent the following message to the campus community on Tuesday, July 7th: Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security issued new guidance to universities related to international students and fall instruction requirements. The guidance is deeply concerning: It could potentially...Read more

UC system picks first Black president

Jul 07, 2020
After a six-month search, the University of California Regents picked Michael V. Drake as the new head of the school system , the first Black president in the system’s history. Drake, the former president of Ohio State University and former chancellor of UC Irvine, succeeds Janet Napolitano as new president of the 10-campus system as the novel coronavirus pandemic upends higher education’s plans...Read more

UC Merced Welcomes Juan Sánchez Muñoz as Fourth Chancellor

Jul 06, 2020
The University of California, Merced, is nearing the completion of an unprecedented campus expansion project and raising its reputation across the nation and the world, all during a time in which the COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of people’s daily lives and created much uncertainty about the near future. And today, the university welcomes a new leader. Juan Sánchez Muñoz took...Read more

Five years ago, love won

Jun 26, 2020
Five years ago today, the Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriage to become the law of the land when it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. It was a victory built on generations of tireless advocacy, election day disappointments and spurts of progress across the country. One of the key elements to winning this battle was research,...Read more

Napolitano says farewell to UC, advocates for affirmative action and Covid-19 research

Jun 26, 2020
Most university presidencies end quietly as major decisions are deferred for campus successors and outgoing leaders don’t rock the boat. However, Janet Napolitano’s final months as president of the ten-campus University of California have been tumultuous . With the pandemic, UC campuses effectively shut down and switched to online classes. A related budget crisis hit the 285,000-student UC system...Read more

Supreme Court’s DACA ruling ‘enormously important,’ Berkeley leaders say

Jun 18, 2020
Chancellor Carol Christ; Oscar Dubón, vice chancellor for equity and inclusion; and Stephen Sutton, vice chancellor for student affairs, sent the following message to the campus community on Thursday: We are very much relieved by today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Trump administration failed to provide a reasoned explanation for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...Read more

Juneteenth declared day of remembrance at UC Berkeley

Jun 17, 2020
Eugene Whitlock, chief people and culture officer, sent the following message to the campus community on Wednesday on behalf of the Chancellor’s Cabinet: We are writing to share with you that Juneteenth (June 19, 2020) will be a day of remembrance for UC Berkeley. This Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, takes on an even...Read more

6 LGBTQ people (with Berkeley ties) you should know

Jun 16, 2020
This is a Pride Month unlike any other in recent memory. We’re living in a time scarred by tragedy. This June, crowds won’t be pressing their way down Market Street to watch a parade. Instead, they are taking to the streets for another reason: to stand against the deeply rooted injustices and violence targeting the Black community. In times of hardship, we look for wisdom and inspiration from...Read more

Supreme Court Delivers Major Victory To LGBTQ Employees

Jun 15, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring sex discrimination in the workplace protects LGBTQ employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation . The vote was 6-3 with conservatives Chief Justice John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joining the court's four liberal justices in the majority. LAW Supreme Court Will Not Reexamine Doctrine That Shields Police In...Read more

UC Irvine School of Medicine Graduates First Undocumented Student

May 31, 2020
IRVINE, Calif. – Becoming a doctor takes years of school, dedication, passion, and hard work. It is a journey that is difficult, but for at least one student at University of California Irvine School of Medicine, the path had extra challenges. But he stuck to his dream and is now the medical school’s first undocumented student to graduate. Oscar Hernandez has been packing up for the next step...Read more

Diverse students display inventions at HBCU showcase

May 29, 2020
A social media platform for online education, a smart cane that warns visually impaired users of objects along their path, and a mobile app that connects customers to restaurants eager to distribute surplus food were just a few of the inventions that student innovators from historically black colleges and universities displayed at a recent showcase. The American Association for the Advancement of...Read more

Where to Find Scholarships for Black Students

May 26, 2020
TO AVOID TAKING OUT large loans , students can turn to college scholarships offered by private organizations or colleges themselves that do not need to be repaid. Many awards target specific students, such as scholarships for black students, which aim to support African American students and other historically underrepresented groups. Black students and their families are among the groups that...Read more

UC Board of Regents votes to phase out SAT, ACT from admissions

May 22, 2020
In a unanimous vote, the UC Board of Regents decided to eliminate use of the SAT and ACT in the admissions process for California applicants by 2025 in a meeting Thursday. During the meeting, several people, including UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, other UC chancellors and UC professors, offered differing views on the proposed plan. Some topics dominating the discussion included racial bias...Read more

UC changes standardized testing requirements, adopts principles for return to on-site activities

May 21, 2020
As the ongoing public health crisis continues to make the future uncertain for many California families, the University of California took important actions this week to advance its commitment to equity as well as to address the impacts of COVID-19 and chart a roadmap for a return to on-site activities. Changes to standardized test requirement (SAT/ACT) for undergraduates On Thursday, May 21, the...Read more

How College Students Manage Coronavirus Stress

Apr 27, 2020
Virtual parties, telehealth services and resources from student health centers are helping students cope with COVID-19's impact on mental health. By Emma Kerr , Reporter THE NEW CORONAVIRUS that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 has upended countless lives, and college students are no exception. But the additional stress placed on students has left some struggling to manage their mental...Read more

CSU to Suspend Standardized Testing Requirement for Upcoming Admission Cycles

Apr 17, 2020
​​​The California State University (CSU) will temporarily suspend the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles. First-time freshmen must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a high...Read more

UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program educates campus students on US Census

Apr 16, 2020
BY SHYLIE ATI | STAFF Partnering with the ASUC External Affairs Vice President’s office, UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program hosted a virtual presentation Tuesday educating campus students about the U.S. Census . Census community organizer and campus sophomore Griselda Martinez led the presentation, discussing the history and impacts of the census while also giving instructions on how to...Read more

11,000 registered for virtual HBCU tour

Apr 16, 2020
Author: Annette Peagler Published: 10:27 PM CDT April 16, 2020 Updated: 10:27 PM CDT April 16, 2020 MEMPHIS, Tennessee — By now, high school seniors across the country are preparing to graduate, many without an official ceremony. However, what about college? Due to COVID-19 , spring college tours have been canceled, but two historically black college graduates came up with an idea where students...Read more

UC temporarily adjusts admissions requirements to help students, families in wake of COVID-19

Apr 01, 2020
UC Office of the President The University of California acted last night (March 31) to implement temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. These measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We...Read more

Free tools, teacher resources for distance learning in math

Mar 26, 2020
By Andy Fell, UC Davis With many K-12 schools closed nationwide, teachers and students can now get free access to tools for online learning in mathematics and computer science from the Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education, or C-STEM, at the University of California, Davis. The California Department of Education has told school districts to plan for distance learning, said C-STEM...Read more

UC campuses virtual programs for admitted students

Mar 26, 2020
As part of UC's ongoing effort to take proactive measures to limit the potential spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), campuses have transitioned from in-person events and programs for admitted students and families to virtual and online formats. These changes are in keeping with guidance from public health officials to avoid large gatherings as a way to limit community spread of the...Read more

College Promise Programs and Undocumented Students

Mar 03, 2020
Roughly 98,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the U.S. every year, according to recent estimates by the Migration Policy Institute . These students face a number of barriers to postsecondary education. Due to federal regulations they are ineligible for federal financial aid, including Pell and other grants, work-study and subsidized loans. Even with the rescinding of Deferred...Read more

African American Initiative makes Berkeley education a reality

Nov 01, 2018
Thanks to the African American Initiative Scholarship, 28 African American students can afford to attend Berkeley this fall. Through the scholarships each student will receive $8,000 annually. Once fully funded at $20 million, the endowed scholarship fund will provide admitted African American undergraduate students an annual financial incentive. Read the African American Initiative article by...Read more

Hot off the press! New book on CAL Prep's success

May 12, 2016
On May 12, 2016 at the Alumni House, a Book Launch was held for Achieving College Dreams: How a University and Charter District Partnership Created an Early College High School. This book about CAL Prep's creation and success, tells the story of this remarkable 10-year partnership between UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools. It was edited by Professors Rhona S. Weinstein, Psychology and Frank C...Read more

UC Berkeley Freshman Admission Policy Changes

Aug 01, 2015
In April 2015, UC Berkeley adopted a new freshman admission policy. Starting in fall 2015, some applicants to UC Berkeley will be invited to submit two letters of recommendation. This will be optional and not required. Furthering UC Berkeley's belief in the value of holistic review, Undergraduate Admissions asks that those who write letters consider the following concepts when asked to add a...Read more

Is Your First Grader College Ready?

Feb 09, 2015
EDUCATION LIFE What is college? To Madison Comer, a confident 6-year-old, it is a very big place. “It’s tall,” she explained, outlining the head of Tuffy, the North Carolina State mascot, with a gray crayon. “It’s like high school but it’s higher.” Read more...Read more

Who Gets to Graduate?

Feb 05, 2015
The New York Times Magazine ... And he did everything he could, both in his lectures and outside the classroom, to convey a new sense of identity: They weren’t subpar students who needed help; they were part of a community of high-achieving scholars.Read more

For Recent Black College Graduates, a Tougher Road to Employment

Jan 29, 2015
The New York Times William Zonicle did what all the job experts advise. He majored in a growing field like health care. He studied hard and took time to develop relationships with his professors. Most important, he obtained a great internship in the human resources department at Florida Hospital in Tampa the summer before his senior year. Reade more... For Recent Black College Graduates, a...Read more

DCAC Adviser featured in Education Week

Jan 15, 2015
Roxana Cruz, Destination College Advising Corps college adviser fellow works with students at Tennyson High School through our EAOP program. She is featured in an Education Week article about DCAC's national organization, College Advising Corps.Read more

Become the change we want to see

Dec 12, 2014
Op-Ed piece in The Daily Californian from Gibor Basri, Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion more

Lifting up Oakland’s young black men a rough road for schools

May 31, 2012
Focus on the specific interventions and programs in the Oakland Unified School District to close the achievement gap and encourage African American students to have high expectations for life after high school. CEP partners with OUSD's Office of African American Male Achievement in three of its comprehensive high schools.Read more