Alumni Making a Difference

2020 was a tumultuous year. We experienced uncertainty and stress as the pandemic affected our daily lives. We were reawakened to systemic racial-justice issues while witnessing record-high voter turnout. In 2021, we watched in horror as insurrectionists attacked our nation’s capitol building, and were troubled by the violence against our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

Though the COVID-19 vaccine rollout shows a glimmer of hope, we can’t predict when things will return to “normal”—or what the new normal will look like. We need space and tools to process our feelings when we see empty chairs at our family, holiday, and company gatherings.

The Cal Alumni Association is bringing together alumni and campus leaders to help our community reflect and heal in a new series, Alumni Making a Difference. Alumni and members of the Cal community will explore how we can use gratitude, faith, community, and service to move forward. Together, we can draw meaning from our past and use our experiences to make a difference for our future.

Episode 1: Priorities, Social (Re)Connection, and Mental Health

Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology and founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and Paraag Marathe ’99, president of San Francisco 49ers Enterprises and executive vice president of Football Operations.

Episode 2: Alumni Supporting Students and Racial Injustice

Award-winning broadcast journalist Sherry Hu ’74 and Sandra Bass ’91, ’98, director of the UC Berkeley Public Service Center, discuss healing, recovery, and hope amid the pandemic and racial injustice.

Image by Elena Zhukova | UC Regents