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Meet the 2022 – 2023 Cal Pride Scholarship Recipients

Honoring the three recipients of the Cal Pride Scholarship in 2022 – 2023.

February 10, 2023
The Cal Pride Scholarship Recipients for 2022–2023

The Cal Pride Scholarship is a one-year, merit-based award that recognizes sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UC Berkeley and incoming transfer students for academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement, as well as their contribution to the LGBTQ+ community. This scholarship is supported by Cal Pride, the LGBTQ+ alumni club of UC Berkeley. Its mission is to support and promote the interests of UC Berkeley and its alumni, emphasizing issues and interests specific to the LGBTQ+ community.

Kenede Pratt-McCloud ’23

Kenede Pratt-McCloud
Image credit: Juan Mireles-Palomar

Hello, my name is Kenede, and I am an Aquarius sun, Aries Moon, and Sagittarius rising (I love astrology and think it’s a fun way to break the ice!). I am double majoring in English and social welfare. I love working with my middle schoolers and being an adult that they can lean on. If you ever see me on campus, I will be wearing something vibrant, colorful, and funky, so please don’t hesitate to say hello! I enjoy meeting new people.

Louis Cimmino ’24

louis cimmino
Courtesy of Louis Cimmino

Hello! I’m Louis, a second-year ecosystem management and forestry major here at Cal. I’m learning how best to steward California’s forested landscapes in the face of massive-scale concerns like wildfire, carbon sequestration, and sustainable forest-business operations. When I’m not in the classroom or field, I’m finding ways to blend my Queer and environmentalist identities to promote community and equitable access to professional opportunity. Namely, leading SERQueer meetings via the Student Environmental Resource Center, implementing sustainable initiatives/activities through ASUC, and facilitating Berkeley student’s participation in the California Forestry Mentorship Program. With dreams of working in the Cooperative Extension Service, I’m excited to advance two-way communication between universities as research hubs and the communities of environmental professionals who’ll apply that research in their work as we collaboratively endeavor to return our planet to the right health.

Nathan Navejas ’24

Nathan Navejas
Image credit: Vanessa Crawford

My name is Nathan Navejas and I am a Latinx, Queer, Trans-Man, born and raised in Highland Park, CA. As a third-year transfer student majoring in social welfare, I am determined to help address the systemic inequalities and barriers that many LGBTQ+ individuals face in our society. My service helping the queer and transgender community in Los Angeles, where I founded and led a virtual peer support group during the height of the 2020 pandemic, led me to work alongside the LGBTQ+ community at my community college, and eventually at UC Berkeley. Currently, I serve as an intern for the Queer Alliance Resource Center (QARC) on campus and actively assist with providing resources and programs for other queer and trans students. I strive to continue helping the community beyond undergrad and into my future career, as a licensed psychologist, making trans-affirmative mental healthcare and other resources more accessible to all.