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Ashneel Pratap’s “let there be light” moment

At 15, I realized that my grandmother was completely illiterate, my parents didn’t have a proper education, and that we had slavery in our family. I began to learn about how Indian slavery occurred up until the 1950s and how my own grandmother was in bondage all the way up to this time. I learned about how political strife led to the deaths of thousands of my ancestors. And finally when I was 20, did I realize the impact my ancestral history was having on me this whole time. I felt as though I couldn’t attend a prestigious university like Cal, that maybe I should just work in a labor profession, just like my parents and those before me. All of this changed when a cousin of mine said, “Why don’t you apply to Cal? Why don’t you try for Cal?”

Top Draft Picks: Berkelium 5K Edition

Our first Berkelium 5K Walk/Run was a huge success, with more than 700 Golden Bears, their friends, and families participating internationally. We are so impressed with everyone who laced up their running shoes, threw on their favorite Cal gear, and got moving for this virtual event.

Good News from Berkeley: October 23, 2020

Berkeley remains world’s No.1 public university; NFL head coach Ron Rivera ’83 supports Cal softball in a big way; archivists chronicle Disability Rights Movement’s rich history.

Former NFL Running Back C.J. Anderson Returns to Cal as Volunteer Offensive Coach

Cal alum and former pro football running back C.J. Anderson will return to Cal as a volunteer offensive assistant coach for the Golden Bears. A transfer student from Laney College, Anderson played college football at Berkeley from 2011–2012 before beginning what would become a seven-year NFL career.

The Cal Alumni Association Supports Transfer Scholars During a Remote Fall Semester

In an increased effort to support transfer students, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) held its second annual Transfer Success Dinner virtually on September 30, 2020. Three years ago, around 24% of the Alumni Scholars Program community was comprised of transfer students; this year, 30% of scholars are transfers—the largest number yet in CAA’s history.

Where to hike, run, or walk in Berkeley

The Cal Alumni Association’s first Berkelium 5K Run/Walk is underway! This virtual race provides alumni and friends of Cal with the opportunity to be active as a campus community from wherever they are. If you have yet to participate in the Berkelium 5K and happen to reside in Berkeley, the following list of our recommended trails will inspire you to go on that trek you’ve always been meaning to.

Shattuck Avenue East Renamed After Immigrant Activist Kala Bagai

On September 15, 2020, the Berkeley City Council renamed Shattuck Avenue East to honor Kala Bagai, an Indian immigrant activist and leader who fought tirelessly against racial prejudice in early 20th century Berkeley. Her life’s work is now commemorated in Kala Bagai Way. Cal alumna, community activist, and historian Barnali Ghosh M.L.A. ’01, along with her husband, Anirvan Chatterjee, created and led the year-long public campaign for the renaming of the two-block eastern stretch of Shattuck Avenue as part of the couple’s continuing efforts to make Berkeley more accepting of its Asian American population and help South Asian immigrants feel welcome in the city.

Golden Bears, New Students Connect from Afar

Summer Welcome Parties are a Cal Alumni Association signature event, hosted by alumni chapters across the country to welcome incoming students and their parents to Cal. Traditionally, alumni volunteers hold these events in person, but this year, in light of COVID-19, Cal Alumni Association (CAA) alumni chapters pivoted to virtual events. The collaborations between our alumni chapters enabled more alumni-student engagement outside of their local communities. This year, there were approximately 2,000 participants, including more than 500 alumni volunteers and 1,300 students.

Alumni Show Up for Students and Each Other at Summer Welcome Parties

Alumni chapters hosted Summer Welcome Parties to give new students a warm, Berkeley welcome, and reconnect with their fellow Cal alumni. From Cal Band music to Cal-themed trivia and casual conversations about Berkeley student life, this year’s Summer Welcome Parties provided much-needed fun and connection in these virtual times.

Best in Show: Cal Doggo Edition

The dog days of summer are coming to a close, so let’s take a moment to acknowledge our furry friends on campus with the most Cal spirit. We might not have a doggy yearbook, but that won’t stop us from curating our own (subjective) yearbook superlatives! If you’re interested in having your pup featured in future Cal Alumni Association posts, tag @calalumniassociation in your photos and hashtag #BerkeleyForLife.

10 Cal Alumnae You Should Know

In honor of the 150th anniversary of women’s admittance at Berkeley, the following list recognizes 10 inspiring women graduates as introduced by California magazine. Our achievements range from producing Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism and saving marine life to challenging stereotypes through stand-up and ensuring children receive proper school lunches.


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