Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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...

I’m a Berkelyan: Hector M. Callejas on finding communities that support Latinx research

October 6, 2021

Hector Callejas, Ethnic Studies student“At the end of the day, despite all the trials and tribulations we go through as Latinx students, it’s our communities and identities that ground us as we pursue our research projects,” Ph.D. candidate Hector Callejas said. (Photo by Edgar Castrejón)

For many first-generation Latinx students, our traditions and culture are what connect us to our family...

Paralyzed at 15, student finds self-advocacy, independence at Berkeley

October 6, 2021

Mariana Soto Sanchez, Media Studies studentIn January 2015, 15-year-old Mariana Soto Sanchez woke up one Saturday morning at her home in Ontario, California, with weakness in her hand. Within minutes, the feeling had spread throughout her body. Her parents rushed her to the hospital. By the time they got there, she had total paralysis. Later that night, they found out she had a rare disorder...

Upcoming Event: Grassroots Organizing for Immigration Justice: A Multi-racial Conversation

September 21, 2021

 Immigration JusticeOn the Same Page invites you to the first in a series of accompanying events to the keynote lecture with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, which took place in August. Join us for an informative conversation with Angela Chan (Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus), Amaha Kassa (African Communities Together), and Gerónimo Ramírez (International Mayan League)....

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month 2021

September 15, 2021

Latinx Heritage Month recognizes, honors, and celebrates the resilience, contributions, and cultures of Latinx, Chicanx, and all Latinx-identified folx from America and with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America.

New faculty, hired in clusters, to address global issues, equity, justice

September 2, 2021

Five new faculty members at UC Berkeley this fall hail from disparate U.S. states, academic disciplines and personal backgrounds. But they’re already forming a team partnered around one critical global issue — climate equity and environmental justice — as part of six interdisciplinary faculty “cluster hires” underway on campus.

From sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen, another member of the new Climate Equity and Environmental Justice Cluster and an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Letters & Science: “For a long time, I’ve...

Memory of Dr. Sam Dubal '15 Honored Through $1M Anthropology Fellowship

September 7, 2021

Sam Dubal '15The Sam Dubal Fellowship in Critical Cultural and Medical Anthropology honors the legacy of Sam Dubal, M.D., Ph.D. ’15, as an anthropologist, activist, medical doctor, professor, and ardent contributor to many vibrant intellectual communities. Dubal’s family generously established a fellowship following his tragic disappearance during a hike on Mt. Rainier in October 2020. The Dubal family’s gift,...