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LGBTQ+ Living History: The Turbulent ’50s

In a six-part series, we highlight a few of the moments, movements, and people that made their mark on Cal’s LGBTQ+ history. We move through the decades, beginning in an era of secrecy and continuing through today.

A State of Continual Growth

Omar Ramirez ’06 hadn’t thought he would attend college—much less graduate from UC Berkeley and remain on campus as a full-time staff member for the next 12 years. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood in Lynwood, California, in a family of immigrants with mixed citizenship statuses, Omar was more familiar with interviewing for minimum-wage jobs at fast food restaurants than applying to colleges. In fact, he didn’t make plans to go to college until the summer after his senior year of high school, when he figured, “Maybe I’ll give community college a shot.”

LGBTQ+ Living History: Coming Together in the 1980s

In a six-part series, we highlight a few of the moments, movements, and people that made their mark on Cal’s LGBTQ+ history. We move through the decades, beginning in an era of secrecy and continuing through today.


Coming together in the 1980s

Just as the gay community was enjoying less discrimination and harassment, more peer support, better health services, and greater visibility, people started getting sick. Very sick. The first known AIDS patient was identified in the United States in 1981. By 1985, 12,000 Americans had died.

LGBTQ+ Living History: The Early Years

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have been part of UC Berkeley’s campus community since its inception, but their physical and social environment has changed dramatically. No longer do they have to live in isolation. No longer do they have to risk getting arrested for being who they are.

A Community with Shared Values

When Salvador Limon ’10 first heard he was admitted to UC Berkeley, he thought he was being pranked. “I got a call on April Fool’s Day, and someone told me I’d gotten into Cal,” Salvador recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘Someone’s prank calling me. I’ll believe it when I get a letter in the mail.’”

LGBTQ+ Living History: Toward Equality

In a six-part series, we highlight a few of the moments, movements, and people that made their mark on Cal’s LGBTQ+ history. We move through the decades, beginning in an era of secrecy and continuing through today.

LGBTQ+ Living History: The Transformative ’60s and ’70s

In a six-part series, we highlight a few of the moments, movements, and people that made their mark on Cal’s LGBTQ+ history. We move through the decades, beginning in an era of secrecy and continuing through today.

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).

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