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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