Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Making and remaking music of the Great Migration

February 4, 2022

Between 1910 and 1970, about 6 million Black Americans moved from the rural South to cities in the North, the West and other parts of the United States. It’s known as the Great Migration.

Musicians who moved to these cities became ambassadors, says UC Berkeley history professor Waldo Martin, not only for the music of the South, but for the culture from which the music emerged. And the music was made and remade, and continues to be today.

On Feb. 17, mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran and jazz pianist Jason Moran — and an all-star roster...

Celebrating Black History Month

February 1, 2022

In observance of Black History Month, we celebrate the rich array of organizations and resources created by and for the Black community at Berkeley. Berkeley Diversity has created this comprehensive site with news stories, events, and resource guides that amplify Black Excellence on our campus.

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.

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...

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...