The Berkeley Student Cooperative Alumni Association (BSCAA) was formed in 1996 expressly to support the Berkeley Student Cooperative and its mission of providing quality, affordable housing to students who might not otherwise be able to afford Cal. Seventeen years later, with tuition and housing costs escalating, the co-op's mission is all the more vital.
Current BSCAA president Justin Erickson, who has been a member since 2001, lived in cooperative housing during all five of his years at Cal. "It was very central to my experience," he said.
With 750 current members, the BSCAA provides social and networking opportunities to co-op alumni across the country, builds alumni involvement with the Berkeley Student Cooperative, works closely with co-op staff and student leaders, supports the cooperative in its relations with the City of Berkeley, and directs fundraising efforts. Alumni association members have donated more than $2 million to the BSC, which has been used for seismic safety and disabled access renovations, IT upgrades, and other programs.