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Letter from the President: Fall 2022

I began my service as president of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) during a period of global change. External factors—global health and economic crises, boiling-point tensions in this nation, and more—loomed over us. In response, alumni rallied to new ways of connecting with, and caring for, one another. As we emerge from what seems an interminable hibernation, I am energized to move forward toward all that lies ahead for Berkeley.

Cal Alumni Association
Director’s Chair

A Little ‘California Spirit’

Alumni community leaders joined Cal Alumni Association staff and board members for strategic-planning sessions–and a dose of Cal spirit–at the Lair of the Golden Bear.

Keegan Houser / UC Regents
Giving Back

New Alumni Mentorship Program Increases Support for Underserved Students at UC Berkeley

First-generation, low-income, underrepresented, and underserved* UC Berkeley undergraduate students will be given an opportunity to build social capital by being paired with alumni who share similar identities.

Alfonso Salazar ’90 with wife and son at the Lair. / Cal Alumni Association
Lair of the Golden Bear

Continued Commitment to Community

On August 12, the CAA Board of Directors and alumni leaders convened at the Lair of the Golden Bear for an opportunity to listen, learn, and collaborate on CAA’s strategic efforts.

Elena Zhukova / UC Regents
Cal Culture

Words of Wisdom for Incoming Golden Bears

By Josephine Thornton

This past summer, we asked Cal alumni around the world to share their Berkeley college advice for the incoming students. Whether you’re a first-year, transfer, or non-traditional student, welcome to the Cal community!

Travelers on Cal Discoveries Travel's Inside the London Theatre Scene 2022 tour / Cal Alumni Association

How to Get the Most Out of London’s Theater Scene

For centuries, London has entertained the world with its vibrant performing arts scene—follow these tips to immerse yourself in the London theater experience.

Scholars from The Achievement Award Program's graduating Class of 2022 celebrate a shared milestone. CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association

Belonging at Berkeley

How the Alumni Scholars Program is advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through scholarships and student support.

Courtesy of the UC Berkeley Armenian Alumni (UCBAA) archives
Alumni Chapters

The Armenian Legacy at UC Berkeley

Explore the history of the UC Berkeley Armenian Alumni Chapter and the profound impact of Professor Stephan Astourian.

Norman Yoshio Mineta ’53 / Photo by Regis Lefebure

Mr. Mineta goes to Washington

By Karlyn Barker

Norman Yoshio Mineta ’53 was a distinguished American politician and the 2001 Cal Alumni Association’s Alumnus of the Year. Mineta passed away on May 3, 2022. In his honor, CAA shares this article from the 2001 issue of California magazine.

Two UC Berkeley students before the 52nd San Francisco Pride Celebration on Sunday, June 26, 2022. / Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small
Cal Culture

The Cal Community Celebrates Love

The Cal Alumni Association, in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Gender Equity Resource Center, celebrated at the 52nd annual San Francisco Pride Parade.


Leading through Sustainability: A Conversation with Jodi Russell ’96

An alum with a 22-year career “never settling for the status quo” shares how she helps solve everyday consumer problems to achieve a better and more sustainable future.

2022 – 2023 Cal Alumni Association Native American Scholarship Recipients (L to R): Breanna Wheeler, Parker Yazzie-Umberger

Meet the 2022 – 2023 Cal Alumni Association Native American Scholarship Recipients

Now in its second year, this award recognizes Native American students at UC Berkeley for leadership, community involvement, and contributions to the Indigenous community.