Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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...

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,...

Student president: At Berkeley, 'you can live your ancestors' wildest dreams'

August 19, 2021

Tellum (left), ASUC president, sitting with a friendFrom ASUC Student President and political economy major, Chaka Tellem:

The tumultuous nature of politics, the pandemic and national movements has made your being here, striving for higher education, a more impressive feat than ever before. I can say without a doubt that remote learning has not been easy for many of us. I mean, when I first came to...

Building a Just Social Sciences

May 3, 2021

Dean Raka Ray Photo

In May of 2021, the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences launched a multi-year initiative, Building a Just Social Sciences. Imagined by Dean of Social Sciences Raka Ray, this initiative builds on UC Berkeley's unique positioning as a global engine of teaching, research, and economic mobility with the objective of creating a social science that is...

UC Berkeley's Division of Social Sciences Awarded Grant for Faculty Diversity

August 3, 2021

The Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters & Science received a grant totaling nearly $500K from the UC Office of the President for its proposal, Advancing Faculty Diversity in the Social Sciences. Part of the UC’s systemwide Advancing Faculty Diversity (AFD) program, this funding seeks to improve faculty diversity and enrich teaching, research and service missions among all UC campuses.


SEED & SMASH: The Kapors' gift to diversify the next generation of science and tech leaders

June 2, 2021

Freada Kapor Klein '74 and Mitch Kapor"Diversity in STEM enhances discovery and provides a catalyst for social change by enabling an equity of experience. Our ultimate goal is to diversify the next generation of STEM leaders and empower them to achieve their academic and professional aspirations. We aim to change the face of science and technology."

- Chancellor...

Bruno Anaya Ortiz pursues work at the intersection of legal studies, political theory, and colonial studies

July 7, 2021

Bruno Anaya Ortize, PhD Student in RhetoricCongratulations to PhD student, Bruno Anaya Ortiz, for becoming a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Fellow for 2021-2022. Ortiz is a fifth-year student in the Rhetoric Department.

Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) is characterized by a rich interdisciplinary approach that seeks to ground empirical analysis in sociolegal theory and embrace a...