October 1–3, 2021
Welcome back! Homecoming is a time to come together—reconnecting with cherished friends and forming bonds with new members of our Golden Bears community. This year, you’ll find a mix of in-person and virtual events to rekindle your Cal spirit, whether you’re on campus or away from Berkeley. Check out our list of recommended Homecoming events for Cal alumni, below, and see the full list of Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming events at homecoming.berkeley.edu.
Join us to Run for California! Show your Cal spirit and walk or run this virtual 5K to support CAA’s alumni and student programs. Participate in fun photo contests, enter to win prizes, and vibe to our Berkeley-inspired workout playlist.
Friday – Saturday, October 1 – 2
Saturday, October 2
In light of the George Floyd tragedy and the hate crimes against Asian Americans, a speaker series has been organized to explore the issues of race, identity, justice, and discrimination against minorities and people of color. Referencing “The June 19th Dialogues: Stories & Histories from the Black & Asian Communities” initiated by the Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association and Cal Armed Forces Alumni Association, we invite other Berkeley community leaders to discuss experiences on our shared struggles and how we can all work together to create a more inclusive and equitable society.
Chizu Omori ’54 will be in conversation with Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley (JAWAUCB) vice chair Stacy Kono ’95 about the people, organizations, and movements that have inspired her activism over the years, which continues today in support of immigrant rights and Black reparations movements.
Learn about current challenges that students with disabilities face in obtaining housing and what UC Berkeley and the local community are doing to help mitigate those challenges and create more accessible options. The panel will feature Alana Theriault, a disabilities benefits counselor with the Berkeley Student Cooperative; Liliana Quintero, disability specialist for UC Berkeley; and Alex Ghenis, an owner and consultant for Accessible Climate Strategies and a Berkeley Student Cooperative alum.
Acute pain acts as a warning signal that alerts us to noxious stimuli in our environment that are potentially tissue damaging. Likewise, itch sensations trigger reflexes that protect us from diseases that insects may be carrying. Despite these essential protective functions, itch and pain can outlast their usefulness and become chronic debilitating conditions that affect millions of people worldwide. Dr. Bautista will summarize what is known about the biology of itch, touch, and pain then focus on her latest research identifying novel mechanisms that drive chronic itch, chronic pain, and inflammatory disease.
Calling all Chicanx/Latinx alums and familias! Join us for a reunión to celebrate our comunidad. The program will start virtually with campus updates from our Latinx leadership, faculty, and staff. We will have an opportunity for virtual and in-person networking and reconnecting as well as a presentation of our annual scholarship award recipients. We especially hope to see our alums celebrating 5th, 10th, 25th, and 50th reunions this year.
Join the entire Cal Lacrosse community for festivities before the Cal v. Washington State football game. All past, present, and future Cal Lacrosse players and coaches are invited, as well as their families, friends, and anyone who supports Cal Lacrosse—all are welcome!
The Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club’s third annual Homecoming panel features panelists from academia and industry who will discuss the importance of representation in their fields, advocating for equitable and inclusive applications of technology, distribution of resources, and opportunities for career advancement..