CAA Announcements

The Student Body President

When Manuel Buenrostro ’06 was a senior at UC Berkeley, he won the election for Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) president.

Meet the 12 Incoming Recipients of the African American Initiative Scholarship

In 2018, the San Francisco Foundation funded the first set of African American Initiative Scholarships. Administered by the Cal Alumni Association, these scholarships were awarded to 28 deserving undergraduate students in support of the university’s commitment to Black and African American student success at Cal. The African American Initiative (AAI) is UC Berkeley’s effort to address the underrepresentation of and campus climate for African American students, faculty, and staff, and includes steps to improve recruitment, yield, retention, and graduation rates of African American students. The scholarship grants $8,000 annually for up to five years of undergraduate study, or a maximum of $40,000 total.

Around the Nation, a Warm Welcome for Incoming Golden Bears

This summer, Cal alumni welcomed incoming first-year and transfer students at 24 Summer Welcome Parties across the country. More than 450 students and 400 of their family members joined more than 350 alumni at local parties hosted by volunteer-led Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Alumni Chapters.

Giving Back to Her Alma Mater

Growing up in Carson, California, Liliana “Lili” Iglesias ’12 remembered her mom saying often to her, “When you go to college….” This message ingrained in Lili the thought that she would go to college someday. Then, in middle school, her mom admitted to her, “I don’t know what [going to college] means, so try and ask your teachers and counselors how you can get there.”

TAAP: A Safe Space That Fosters Growth

Coming from a tight-knit immigrant family in South Central Los Angeles, Sara Bachez ’06 nervously awaited her first day at UC Berkeley.

TAAP’s Intentional Community Was Its Key to Success

Jarvis Givens ’10, M.A. ’12, Ph.D. ’16, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, credits the small communities he joined at Cal for successfully supporting him through his academic journey. One of the most significant communities, he says, was his cohort of students at The Achievement Award Program (TAAP).

These 3 Young Alumni Are Giving Back to Their Alma Mater

Marco Ponce ’12

Being a volunteer for The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) hits close to home for Marco Ponce ’12. He was a former TAAP recipient, and he says it was a major reason why he decided to come to Cal. The conversations he had with alumni volunteers and staff from the Cal Alumni Association before committing to Cal were what sealed the deal.

Students Reignite These Cal Alums’ “Spark”

Larry Gray ’79

“Every time I step on campus for whatever reason, I feel a charge,” Larry Gray ’79 says, “so that’s part of the benefit of [volunteering to interview scholarship applicants].”

Chris Ategeka ’11: Finding Joy Through Community

“Some things in life: you cannot put a price tag on them. The value of being around like-minded people, people who come from the same background as you and have the same aspirations as you—I don’t think you can put a tag or value on it.”

Remembering Dan Cheatham ’58

Norden H. (Dan) Cheatham ’58 (1936 – 2019)

“Remember who you are and what you represent.”

That’s what Dan Cheatham told new Cal Band members during the Silent Walk, an initiation held the day after the first home game, where Cal Band newcomers receive a guided tour of important UC Berkeley campus landmarks.

Celebrating Our LGBTQ+ Community at the San Francisco Pride Parade

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, more than 600 Cal alumni, faculty, students, and friends joined together to march at the 49th annual San Francisco LGBTQ+ Pride Parade. The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) partnered with UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq) to lead the Cal contingent of marchers for the third year in a row. This special year also marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a catalyst of the gay rights movement.

‘A New Day’: One Alumna Finds Cal Pride, 40 Years After Graduation

Dana Stevenson Lang MBA ’77 is a proud Cal alumna, but her pride doesn’t stem from experiences like going to football games and studying at coffee shops around the UC Berkeley campus. In fact, just a few years ago, Dana’s memory of Cal was far less rosy than it is now.

Share a Memory from Berkeley

We have many kindred memories of Cal, such as lounging on Memorial Glade with friends or eating Top Dog. We each have experiences from Berkeley that are just ours. Whether you once ran to class in your slippers to make it to a final on time, or met your college sweetheart handing out flyers on Sproul, each of us has special memories from our years at Cal that made our Berkeley experience unique.

Director’s Chair: Summer 2019

In late April, I had the privilege of traveling to Sacramento to discuss the inclusion of higher education in California’s state budget. I joined UC Berkeley leaders like Chancellor Carol Christ and UC Regent Jason Morimoto ’02 to meet with those working on the budget to advocate on behalf of students and their needs.

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