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Leslie Cruz-Cabrera ’22 / CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association
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The Difference Community Makes

Leslie Cruz-Cabrera ’22 is an Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholar in UC Berkeley’s Class of 2022. Below is an excerpt from their speech delivered at this spring’s TAAP Senior Brunch.

Eric Esparza '22 / Photo Credit: CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association
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Against the Odds

Eric Esparza is an Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholar in UC Berkeley’s Class of 2022. Below are his reflections on his journey to UC Berkeley.

Cheryl Wright ’83, president of the Cal Black Alumni Association / CJ Poloka
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Helping Students Rise in Community, Toward Purpose

Though there are many resources for those who pursue higher education, navigating the post-grad landscape is less clear, especially for students from underrepresented backgrounds.*

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Setting a Road Map to Success

Attending college can be a challenge for formerly incarcerated students. No one knows better than TAAP scholars John Lam ’23 and Michelle Maxwell ’23.

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Finding and Building Community at UC Berkeley

TAAP Scholars Magali Venegas and Justin Hogenauer share their stories.

Giving Back

“Pursue Your Dreams Fearlessly”: An Entrepreneur’s Wisdom for Graduating Scholars

Ten years ago, I was exactly where you are right now: graduating with big dreams and aspirations ahead.

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Yuner Evelyn Lu ’21 Urges Class of 2021 to Realize Its Power

I’m a senior studying electrical engineering and computer science at Cal, and I am honored to share my UC Berkeley journey with you.

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What Pedro De Anda Plascencia ’21 Wants His Fifth-Grade Self to Know

Dear Fifth-Grade Pedro: I want to begin by telling you that I love you. You are valid, and you are worthy of love and protection.

Director’s Chair

A Letter from the Executive Director | Fall 2019

Dear Cal family, It has been an epoch-making year for diversity and student excellence at the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and UC Berkeley. Words simply cannot describe how proud I am of today’s engaging and all-encompassing programming, the success of which is mainly due to your investment and support as committed CAA donors. You continue to […]

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Creation of The Achievement Award Program

In 1996 California voters approved Proposition 209, which prohibited the consideration of race, ethnicity, or sex in the admission process at public universities. Immediately, the percentage of students at the University of California, Berkeley from low-income, minority communities decreased dramatically. As a result, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), encouraged by Chancellor Robert Berdahl, formed a task […]

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Freshman Scholar Takes Flight at Berkeley

Justin Hogenauer ’22 dreams of becoming an Air Force pilot, but when it came to choosing where to go to college, he wanted a top-tier school—one that provided the kind of broad academic, professional, and social advantages for which Cal is so well known. “The Air Force Academy was an option,” he says. “But the […]

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These 3 Young Alumni Are Giving Back to Their Alma Mater

For these three young alumni, giving back is personal. Here's why they volunteer.