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Alumni Scholars Program Workshops and Events

The Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program is excited to share our workshops and events focused on personal, professional, and academic development. Learn more below!

Virtual Senior Brunch 2021 “Daring to Dream”


Congratulations to the Class of 2021! The Alumni Scholars Program serves incredible student leaders who are resilient, creative, and community-minded. This event brought us together as a community to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2021 graduating Achievement Award Program Scholars. Our work would not have been possible without the continuous support of our alumni, donors, and community partners. We invite you to watch the livestream here.

Celebrating our LGBTQ+ Alumni and their Career Journeys

Want guidance on how to pursue your career goals and navigate workspaces as a leader in your community? Watch our alumni career panel which brought together four UC Berkeley alumni to discuss their experiences as LGBTQ+ professionals in their respective fields of reproductive justice, disability advocacy, psychological counseling, renewable energy financing, executive coaching, and more!

Creating and Cementing Relationships – LinkedIn Workshop

Join us in revisiting our LinkedIn profile and learn how to best utilize this digital tool to grow your network and grow your professional career. Hear from Assistant Dean of Development at the College of Letters and Science.

Mobilizing Your Major Workshop

Learn how to best translate what you are learning in your classes and in your extracurricular activities to your grad school applications and resumes.

Black Alumni Career Panel

Black Cal alumni share their career tips and how they navigate life after Cal. Check out this video to learn more about careers in education, law, and tech.

“The Importance of a Personal Vision During Changing and Chaotic Times” workshop led by Deary Duffie

In this interactive workshop, our alumni guest Deary Duffie MBA ‘85 will provide context for the importance of having a personal vision as a compass and anchor on your UC Berkeley and life journey. The focus of this workshop will be on the power of having a clear vision & its benefits, tools for how to respond to times of chaos and confusion, and staying anchored in your values.

“Building Community Virtually” Workshop

In this workshop, Alyssa from the L&S Grad Mentors Program shared resources with our scholars on how to build community virtually and find a support system at Cal

“Study Tools and Tips” Workshop

Patricia de Nobrega Gomes, L&S Grad Mentors Program

Patricia from the L&S Grad Mentors Program guided our students through study tips and tools for how to stay focused and engaged during virtual learning this semester.

“Financial Wellness” Workshop

Pearl Chan, Snowball Wealth

In this workshop, Pearl Chan, one of our community partners from Snowball Wealth, led an insightful discussion around financial wellness, personal finance basics, and how to prepare your finances for when you graduate

Rich Lyons’s Changemakers Workshop: How Leaders Set Winning Culture

Rich Lyons, Chief innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship officer, Rich Lyons, introduced to our scholars’ ways to set the culture as leaders in their communities, and how to strengthen their leadership skills.

2020 Transfer Success Dinner

In its increased effort to support transfer students, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) held its second annual Transfer Success Dinner virtually on September 30, 2020. Three years ago, around 24% of the Alumni Scholars Program community was comprised of transfer students; this year, 30% of scholars are transfers—the largest number yet in CAA’s history.

Deary Duffie’s “Using Anxiety and Fear to Fuel Your Personal Power” Workshop

Deary Duffie MBA ’84 joined us at our All Scholar Retreat to share his wisdom on “Using Anxiety and Fear to Fuel Your Personal Power.”

Virtual Mock Interviews

In response to the challenges students and recent graduates are facing, alumni hosted mock interviews to help them prepare for internship and employment opportunities. Watch reflections of our event from an alumni volunteer and student attendees.

“Strategies for job searching during COVID-19” Alumni Career Panel

Watch a career-focused panel led by Emmy-Award winning journalist Sherry Hu ’74. Hear from Deary Duffie MBA ’84, Jordan Cisneros ’17, Trixie Cordova ’05, and Patrick Pan ’09.

Senior Brunch

The Cal Alumni Association congratulated our Class of 2020 TAAP and TAAP Diversity Scholars and welcomed them to our Cal alumni community. View some highlights from their virtual graduation and hear an inspirational message from keynote speaker Minh Dang ’06. Go Bears!