The Berkeley Changemaker™

“Becoming a Berkeley Changemaker”: The Cal Alumni Association has partnered with UC Berkeley to introduce Cal alumni and student communities to the groundbreaking, interdisciplinary Berkeley Changemaker™ curriculum. Cal Alumni Association board member and Haas faculty member Diane Dwyer ’87 interviewed Rich Lyons, Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer at UC Berkeley, and current student Noah East ’22 to learn more about this exciting program.

What is the Berkeley Changemaker?

Berkeley Changemaker is a way to codify an essential part of what UC Berkeley stands for, and judging from early feedback may provide a future-oriented narrative that our campus can rally behind, humanists and scientists alike. Its curriculum seeks to activate our undergraduates’ passions and help them develop a sharper sense of who they want to be and how to make that happen.

Berkeley Changemaker can be identity-making.

Changemaking is at the heart of the Berkeley identity.

Berkeley Changemaker can be an inspiring unifier.

Berkeley’s uniqueness in the breadth and depth of its intellectual creativity provides an opportunity to integrate disciplines as no other university can.

Berkeley Changemaker can be a people-vision.

Since its founding as a public university, Berkeley has distinguished itself from other top universities by leading inclusively.

How Alumni Can Get Involved

Please share your stories of Berkeley Changemakers on social media using the hashtag #BerkeleyChangemaker. We are currently developing related curriculum specifically for our alumni—if you would like to be amongst the first to receive it, please contact us at

How Students Can Get Involved

“The Berkeley Changemaker: A Discovery Experience (L&S 12)” is offered remotely this summer to incoming students. The course is team-taught by many of Berkeley’s most distinguished faculty, representing sixteen departments and seven schools.

For more information about the course, contact