Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

UC Berkeley Announces First Class of Curci Foundation Ph.D. Scholars

December 22, 2021

2021_CurciFoundationScholarsUC Berkeley is proud to announce its inaugural class of Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation Ph.D. scholars. The university received $1.78 million to support this pilot program, providing three years of incoming cohorts of six graduate students with two years of funding.

“It’s an honor for UC Berkeley to have been chosen...

Varsha Sarveshwar, UC Berkeley graduate, selected as a 2022 Rhodes Scholar

December 15, 2021
Varsha Sarveshwar, 2022 Rhodes ScholarVarsha Sarveshwar '20, a UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science alumna, has received one of the world's most prestigious honors for academic excellence—the Rhodes Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded “on the basis not only of intellect, but also of character, leadership and commitment to service,” and Sarveshwar was among 32 American students...

Q&A with Sarafina Nance, a Ph.D. candidate selected for Forbes "30 Under 30"

December 9, 2021

 @KMooneyPhoto)Sarafina Nance is a Ph.D. candidate in astrophysics at UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Science, in the Division of Mathematics and Physics. Deeply passionate about the world of science and our Universe in particular, Nance has promoted public engagement and learning through a variety of platforms: Constellations, a digital series; a children's book...

Nikki Jones is the new H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Professor and Department Chair for African American Studies

December 8, 2021

Nikki Jones, new Department chair of African American StudiesNikki Jones, a celebrated scholar and professor at UC Berkeley, was appointed the H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Professor and Department Chair for African American Studies in the College of Letters & Science.

H. Michael Williams ‘82, former UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee, Director of Cal Athletics and retired global financial services...

Berkeley Talks: Scholars on new book, ‘Atmospheres of Violence’

November 19, 2021

In Berkeley Talks episode 128, a panel of artists, organizers and academics discuss UC Berkeley professor Eric Stanley’s 2021 book, Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable, which interrogates why, in a time when LGBT rights are advancing in the U.S., anti-trans violence continues to rise.

Kamala Harris’ residence to display mezuzah from UC Berkeley

November 19, 2021

Magnes museum registrar Julie Franklin holds the mezuzah that will soon be in the vice presidential residence. A sacred Jewish object called a mezuzah that is in the collection of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life will soon be hung in the official Washington, D.C., residence of Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.

Emhoff, who is the first Jew to live in an American...

Racism isn’t rocket science — it’s more complicated

November 16, 2021

Black marchers holding signs for civil rights As opponents of critical race theory continue to gather at school boards across the country protesting its use in classrooms, it has become evident that the study of racism in America continues to be seen, by some, as trivial.

But UC Berkeley College of Letters & Science...

Professor Peter Nelson adds wildland firefighting to his expertise

November 16, 2021

Peter Nelson, a California Native American who joined the faculty in January 2021.For Peter Nelson, stepping foot on the UC Berkeley campus last January as a new faculty member, after 3 1/2 years on the San Diego State University faculty, was a return to his alma mater, where he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology.

Returning to Northern...

Event: Arts Research Center celebrates Cave Canem

October 18, 2021

Cave Canem event on October 20Join us on October 20th at 5pm Pacific to welcome poet and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady to the ARC virtual stage. He will be joined by two emerging poets who have benefitted from his teaching and mentorship in the Cave Canem Black artists collective: Morgan Parker (author of Magical Negro) and Cameron Awkward Rich (author of Dispatch). Following their...