Close Mobile Menu

Giving Back

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.

Giving Back

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.

Giving Back

“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.

Giving Back

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.

Giving Back

‘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.

Giving Back

Supporting the UC Berkeley Community

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

Giving Back

Margaretta Lin M.A. ’91, J.D. ’91 Finds Her Voice for the Voiceless

Margaretta Lin M.A. ’91, J.D. ’91 says she has a weird superpower. It’s a bit like x-ray vision. Whenever she sees a crisis, she can immediately see opportunities for justice. It’s always said that with great powers come great responsibility, and Lin hasn’t let her power sit dormant. Now a lawyer and serial social justice […]

Giving Back

Cal Alums’ Tradition Supports Education for ‘the Children of the World’

By Heather R. Johnson

A daycare in a developing country. A youth camp that brings rival nationalities together. And two substantial gifts designed to give historically underrepresented students the means to attend UC Berkeley.

Giving Back

Cris Gomez ’15: Veteran Continues to Serve at Cal

Cris Gomez ’15 never considered going to UC Berkeley a dream of his. Attending Cal just seemed out of reach to him—until he connected with people who showed him that Cal provided resources for non-traditional students, and that a bustling community of people from all walks of life awaited him. Cris grew up in Hayward, […]

Giving Back

Keeping California Strong

UC Berkeley’s impact on California ranges far and wide, from educating tens of thousands of students to moving the state’s economy forward. Now, we need California’s continued support to keep Cal thriving.