Alumni

Berkeley to mark ‘400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice’

August 15, 2019

The 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in North America will be observed at UC Berkeley throughout the entire 2019-2020 school year, starting with a daylong symposium Friday, Aug. 30. Berkeley’s commemoration is in the spirit of “The 400 Years of African American History Commission Act,” federal legislation signed last year. It acknowledged the impact of slavery in the United States and called for a national commission to commemorate the anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in the English colonies in 1619.

From farming in rural Ethiopia to graduating from UC Berkeley

May 21, 2019

Growing up in rural Ethiopia, Lelisa Bera knew that getting an education wasn’t a given. It was a privilege that many parents couldn’t afford to give their children. But now he will graduate on Wednesday, May 22, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. And without a teacher who gently encouraged him to think bigger, he might never have made it to where he is today.

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Berkeley alumni score three 2019 Pulitzer Prize victories

April 18, 2019

Political science alumnus Darrin Bell, who started cartooning for the Daily Cal in 1995, became the first African American to be awarded the editorial cartooning Pulitzer, which has been handed out since 1922. He is a freelance cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune and Washington Postand who is a contributing cartoonist to the New Yorker.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launches effort to increase diversity of STEM students

April 10, 2019

In an effort to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, engineering and mathematics, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is partnering with UC Berkeley and UC San Diego to expand a successful program that has operated for 30 years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Alumnus’ ‘Dreamers’ oratorio inspired by Berkeley undocumented students

March 13, 2019

The world premiere of composer Jimmy López’s oratorio “Dreamers” — a work informed by interviews with undocumented students at UC Berkeley — will be performed at Zellerbach Hall on Sunday, March 17. López, 40, received his Ph.D. in music from Berkeley in 2012, and recently talked with Berkeley News about becoming a composer, his time on campus, and how he created this large-scale composition for orchestra and voices.

I’m Asian-American. Affirmative Action Worked for Me.

February 9, 2019

Young Jean Lee, a playwright, director and filmmaker, credits affirmative action for getting her into Berkeley in 1992, changing her life for the better.

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A Dance Teacher's Legacy

Photo of Sunni BlolandEducating the Whole Student Through the Sunni Bloland Lectureship in Dance