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Finding and Building Community at UC Berkeley

TAAP Scholars Magali Venegas and Justin Hogenauer Share their Stories

The Achievement Award Program’s (TAAP) 22nd Recognition Dinner took place this year on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This annual event brought together TAAP scholars, alumni, and donors to foster community, honor guests, and celebrate the accomplishments of scholars. This year’s theme was “community”, and offered an opportunity for the TAAP network to come together in person and celebrate for the first time since the pandemic. We invite you to read excerpts of their speeches below.

Run for California 5K 2021 Recap

Thank you to all the Golden Bears who participated in our second annual Run for California 5K on October 1 – 3, 2021! More than 300 runners and walkers set their courses (and their paces) this past Homecoming weekend to demonstrate their Cal spirit at our virtual race.

Blast from the Past: Cal Class of 2001

Each UC Berkeley class experiences some Cal history first-hand. In honor of the Class of 2001’s twenty-year reunion, we looked back at some of the major events that occurred during their time at UC Berkeley.

Ethics and Identity

In the wake of the George Floyd tragedy and the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the United States, the Cal Alumni Association collaborated with the Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association and the Cal Armed Forces Alumni to create a series of conversations that explore the shared pain of systemic inequality. We hope that meaningful conversations like these can open the door to a more equitable and inclusive world.

Paying It Forward: The JAWA Legacy

The Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley Chapter has a rich and longstanding history, dating back to the late 1920s. At that time, Japanese students faced much adversity and exclusion, even on their own university campus. The Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley Chapter, or JAWAUCB, was created during this era to provide a community and resources for students who otherwise would have none.

Wrapping Up: More Summer 2021 Welcome Parties to Greet New Cal Students

As this summer comes to its close, so do Summer Welcome Parties. Summer Welcome Parties are the Cal Alumni Association’s traditional signature summer event for alumni across the country to welcome incoming first-year and transfer students to the UC Berkeley community. 

Graduation at the End of the World

College graduation is a significant milestone. For the class of 2020, however, senior year and graduation looked different. Alumni Sam Halladay ’20 and Amanda Chiu ’17 compare notes about what COVID-19 changed (and didn’t change) for the class of 2020’s senior year experience.

6 Things to Do Before You Do the Run for California 5K

Golden Bears run together, even when apart. As the Cal Alumni Association’s Run for California 5K comes around the annual track again, here are some pre-race steps all participants can take to experience the Cal community as they run.

Twenty Years Later: Remembering Mark Bingham

September 11 marks the anniversary of the tragic loss of countless lives, including UC Berkeley’s own Mark Bingham ’93. On September 11, 2001, Bingham was the last passenger to board United Flight 93, the flight that was hijacked by terrorists but crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, following an attempt of the passengers and crew members to regain control of the plane and avoid the intended target. During the hijacking, Bingham called his mother and reported the events unfolding onboard.

Industry Support for New Transfer Students at Annual Alumni Mixer

The Cal Alumni Association is thrilled to announce its annual Alumni–Student Mixer for transfer students on Sunday, August 22, 2021. The Cal transfer student community is a diverse and vibrant group of individuals who are eager to begin their academic and professional development. Events like these allow incoming students to connect and engage with alums from the expansive global Cal community. 

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