CAA Announcements

Meet the 44 Incoming Recipients of the African American Initiative Scholarship

A Radical Transformation: Susan Stryker’s Fight for Trans Visibility

Susan Stryker Ph.D. ’92 was born in 1961 and earned her bachelor’s degree in letters from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 before receiving her doctorate in history from UC Berkeley. In less than a decade, however, Stryker’s graduation from Cal would quickly become the first of many awards, honors, and recognitions she garnered in her career as a professor, author, filmmaker, and activist in the trans community.

Margaretta Lin M.A. ’91, J.D. ’91 Finds Her Voice for the Voiceless

Margaretta Lin M.A. ’91, J.D. ’91 says she has a weird superpower. It’s a bit like x-ray vision. Whenever she sees a crisis, she can immediately see opportunities for justice. It’s always said that with great powers come great responsibility, and Lin hasn’t let her power sit dormant. Now a lawyer and serial social justice entrepreneur, Lin says she found herself at Cal and learned there how to yield her power. And as with all people with superpowers, there’s always an origin story.

Cal Alumni Rally Online to Support the UC Berkeley Community

Alumni Pivot to Technology to Interview Scholarship Applicants

Cal alumni have always proven themselves to be special, and this year’s scholarship selection process has definitely demonstrated alumni commitment to current and incoming Berkeley students. 66 alumni interviewed 58 candidates for the African American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship, selecting 44 first-years for the 2020 cohort, the largest class of incoming AAI Scholars since the award’s conception in 2018.

Students Bring the Berkeley Experience Online

Every spring, the Cal Alumni Student Association (CASA) hosts the Overnight Stay Program (OSP) for prospective UC Berkeley students. OSP is a student-run, on-campus weekend event featuring student and alumni panels, campus tours, an overnight dorm stay, and a hike up to the Big C. With its unique student-to-student perspective, OSP offers admitted students a taste of Berkeley, allowing them to decide if Cal is the right fit for them.

Alumni Offer Advice to Incoming Students for Cal Week

Cal Day began in spring 2008. For 12 years, the day-long, campus-wide open house allowed prospective students and their families to get a taste of Cal. This April, Cal Day transformed into a digital Cal Week that offered all of the same Berkeley welcome festivities, events, and tours online.

The Leadership Award Helps Golden Bears’ Leadership Shine

Mikela Lazari ’20 projected herself as a leader at the start of her undergraduate career and has been thriving as a leader ever since. She is a two-time recipient of the Cal Alumni Association’s Leadership Award, a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership. Since 1934, students have competed for the scholarship, forming a diverse and dynamic annual cohort of leaders whose work is relevant and inspiring.

Emily Nodal ’22: No Shortage of Laughs on the Cal Campus

Emily Nodal ’22 is a recipient of The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) and a 2019 Lair of the Golden Bear staffer. Like her TAAP peers, Emily works hard to make Cal more inclusive. She is majoring in society and environment with an emphasis on justice and sustainability, minoring in public policy, and she aspires to build a career in international development.

Celebrating the Graduating Class of Alumni Scholars

On May 9, 2020, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program Class of 2020 gathered virtually for a senior brunch to support one another and celebrate a remarkable milestone: graduation from UC Berkeley. During the online celebration, The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholars and TAAP Diversity Scholars were welcomed to the Cal alumni community as they reflected on their years at Berkeley with fulfillment and pride.

From the Executive Director: Community Unites to Face Our New Reality

headshot of Cloey Hewlett In this time of uncertainty and need, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) remains dedicated to Berkeley—and our students and alumni are demonstrating their commitment to supporting the next generation of trailblazers in thoughtful and solution-oriented ways, in spite of the challenges they themselves face.

A Letter from the Executive Director | Spring 2020

Dear Cal family,

We know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a tremendous impact on the personal lives of all those in our global Cal community. Your ongoing connection and collective support is invaluable as we face challenges together during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. We must demonstrate our commitment to uplift all those in our community to be true reflections of the light of UC Berkeley.

Scholarship Selections Made Virtual

Earlier this year, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program had been finalizing plans for its in-person selection process for the African American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship. When restrictions for COVID-19 were instated, the Alumni Scholars Program team quickly pivoted to make the remainder of the selection process entirely virtual, ensuring that students in need of financial aid would be able to receive the support they needed to attend UC Berkeley.

Life After Sports: A Conversation with Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker is one of the greatest baseball managers in the Major Leagues. A California native, Baker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1967, and over the course of his All-Star career played for the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics. In 1993 he began his managerial career with the San Francisco Giants before moving on to manage the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and now the Houston Astros.


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