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Families and friends come together at the Lair’s Camp Oski. / Cal Alumni Association / Suz McFadden
Cal Culture

Building Year-Round Community at the Lair

Reflections from the Lair staff on their connections to the Lair, a home away from home for all who visit.

(l-r) Jason Gant '06, Chancellor Christ, and Susie Cohen Crumpler on Homecoming weekend. / CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association
Cal Culture

Building Community by Giving Back

Jason Gant ’06 reflects on his time at Cal and how it shaped his desire to get involved and give his time to support the Cal community through programs like Cal Alumni Mentors.

Art Wong ’63 and Tiffany Grant King '04 at a Berkeley Network event / CJ Poloka
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Making Dreams Achievable

By Jackie Krentzman

As a first-generation student, Art Wong ’63 found his footing at Cal and beyond. Now, he supports other students so that they can do the same.

Keegan Houser / UC Regents
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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.

Luisa Armijo
Alumni Chapters

More than a Mirage: Cal Bears Provide Real Community Support for Students in Coachella Valley

Being a new face in a big place like Berkeley can be overwhelming—but for one student, all that changed with one dinner.

Alum and child // Catharyn Hayne - KLC Fotos
Alumni Chapters

In Pandemic Year, Alumni Find Virtual Spirit

In a year marked by physical and often emotional isolation, the Cal alumni community found new ways to connect to each other and to the university. Robust virtual programs engaged more than 9,000 UC Berkeley alumni in activities that inspired our Cal spirit anew.

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For Gabby Cole ’05, Self-Care Is Following Your Dreams

I knew then—and I am even more sure of it now—that the path to the real me was through Cal. It was challenging, but no one grows in their comfort zone.

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“Pursue Your Dreams Fearlessly”: An Entrepreneur’s Wisdom for Graduating Scholars

Ten years ago, I was exactly where you are right now: graduating with big dreams and aspirations ahead.

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Margarita “Maggie” Landeros ’09: Leading On Campus and Beyond

My parents are from Guanajuato, Mexico, and I am the oldest of four siblings. As a proud Compton native, my identity as a Mexican American and the educational disparities I witnessed in my low-income community drive my work as an educator. I help to improve college access in communities like my own through my work with school counselors and my involvement with Cal.

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‘Justice for Communities of Color’: Amber Gonzales-Vargas ’15 on Inspiring Change

The November 2020 election season is not one that anyone will forget. It was an exhausting period that brought many first-time voters and more people paying attention to the voting process. Berkeley alum Amber Gonzales-Vargas ’15 was meant for this.

Alumni Chapters

Candice Elder ’06 Takes Pride in Serving Her Local Community

Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Cal alum Candice Elder ’06 has a background in law and philanthropy and uses it to serve her community every day. Elder is the founder and executive director of The East Oakland Collective, a nonprofit organization that addresses and focuses its efforts on racial and economic equity in East Oakland. She was appointed by the mayor of Oakland in November of last year to a new advisory commission on homelessness as the city’s crisis escalates.

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Supporting the UC Berkeley Community

Please join us in congratulating our incoming 2021 – 2022 Alumni Scholars and honoring our continuing students.