Davis Projects for Peace Summer 2019 $10K Grant Opportunity

UC Berkeley Undergrads: Apply for a $10,000 grant to fund your grassroots project for peace!

Projects for Peace is an initiative open to undergraduates at UC Berkeley to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2019 – anywhere in the world – which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

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I-House Berkeley, 2nd stop on the Grains of Sand tour

Below is a post from Alice Lewthwaite about the alumni reception at I-House on her 100,000 Grains of Sand tour.

Alice Lewthwaite, great-granddaughter of Harry Edmonds, the founder of the International House movement, is currently on a world tour called “100,000 Grains of Sand,” which represents the approximate number of alumni of International Houses worldwide. Following in Harry Edmonds’ footsteps, Alice will travel to 18 countries and appear at more than 25 events along the way. International House Berkeley was her second stop after New York!

In her post, Alice shares story snippets from I-House alumni and shows how the light is being passed from I-House to I-House.

Follow the 100,000 Grains of Sand tour on Facebook.

Follow the 100,000 Grains of Sand tour on Facebook.

Read Alice’s full post below:

100,000 Grains of Sand

Sunday 6th of January 2019

After a long and delayed flight arriving in a rainy San Francisco, determined to ensure the weather made us feel at home, arriving at I-House Berkeley with the fire roaring and the Christmas tree still up in the great hall, was a welcome sight.

The House is far more beautiful than I had imagined it largely due to all the many details and patterns woven into the structure of the building. From the patterned tiles on the stair risers to the wonderful painted ceiling in the main hall there is plenty to appreciate.

This morning before the event I had the huge privilege of spending some time with Sherry Warrick, who was Executive Director of the House for 28 years from 1961 to 1988. He is now 97 and very frail but both him and his wife Betsey still have lots of I-House stories to…

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Honoring the Dead in a Culturally Respectful Way

Happy new year! We are pleased to feature a guest post by Monique Rodriguez, a resident who participated in our social media challenge during the Fall 2018 semester. Monique, along with resident Ricardo Martinez, brought the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) into the atmosphere of International House.  The events were  appreciated by both I-House residents and staff. Monique’s guest post below describes the coordination involved in the bringing the unique cultural traditions to life, which included honoring the founder of the International House movement, Harry Edmonds.

Honoring the Dead in a Culturally Respectful Way

By Monique Rodriguez, I-House Resident Assistant (Fall 2018-Spring 2019)

Since the movie Coco has gained so much popularity worldwide, we thought it would be a great idea to implement the real tradition for the global residents to truly see how it all takes place. Fellow I-House resident Ricardo Martinez from Villa de Zaachila, Mexico, and I teamed up on two interactive events to celebrate our heritage: one being the Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop, and the other being a Dia de Los Muertos Coffee Hour–something that has never been done before at International House. We quickly thought of having Resident Support Services manager, Maribel Guillermo, originally from Mexico, as part of the brains behind the making of these events for logistical purposes.

Maribel, Monique and Ricardo

Maribel, Monique and Ricardo

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Top 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with I-House

Greetings from Berkeley! I am happy to feature a post by an I-House resident who participated in our social media challenge this fall. Loyalty is her name and anthropology is her game. She did a great job capturing some of the reasons we love I-House. Enjoy.

Some call love a chemical reaction made up of adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Others, like the protagonist of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, quip, “Love is many things, none of them logical.” Regardless, we can all agree that love is an important factor to happiness. Below are a few reasons why I love living at I-House, and why I’m happy to call this place home.

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Global Homecoming is Sunday, 10/14. Sneak preview of menu:

Global Homecoming

Preserving the Legacy of the Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures

Dear alumni and friends,

Please join us for our Global Homecoming at International House Sunday, October 14th, from 10 am to 3 pm.

Tickets are $7 for I-House alumni; $12 for community members; Free for I-House residents.  Admission includes entry to all Global Homecoming events throughout the day including the Global Table Talk Lunch in the Dining Commons from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Advanced ticket sales have ended but walk-in guests can still purchase tickets during Global Homecoming at registration on October 14th. 

Event highlights include:

  • Joe LurieI-House Director Emeritus Joe Lurie will be presenting Cultural Disconnects with Refugees and Immigrants, a theme from his newly expanded book, Perception and Deception.
  • I-House Architecture Walking Tour will reveal wondrous stories underlying the architectural history, furnishings, and design of the building.
  • Global Table TalkGlobal Table Talk Lunch where I-House alumni and current residents have the opportunity to reunite and converse in our Dining Commons.
  • Around the World Under the Dome – Guests will witness the lively international Fashion Show while enjoying international treats.

International Fashion ShowSee the full schedule of events at ihouse.berkeley.edu/globalhomecoming.

International Tasting selections include:

Albania

Byrek me Djathe dhe Spinaq (Spinach and Cheese Pie)
Bakllava me Mjaltë (Walnut Baklava)
Dhallë (Yogurt Drink)

Colombia

Arepas con Queso Paipoa (Corn Cake with Cheese)
Arepas de Choclo (Sweet Corn Cake)
Agua de Panela con canela y Limon (Sweet Lemon and Cinnamon Tea)

Kenya

Kenyan Tilapia Biryani (Spiced Rice and Fish)
Chips Mayai (French Fries and Eggs)
Saladi ya matunda (Fruit with Chocolate sauce)
Chai Tea

Vietnam

Chien Sa Ot (Lemongrass Chicken)
Bánh Khoai Mì (Cassava Cake)
Cà Phê Dá (Iced coffee)

The House will be buzzing with excitement, and we hope you will join in the fun. Register today!


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

I-House LogoI-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team
(510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu

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Global Homecoming, News from Joe Lurie, UC Berkeley Global Leadership & Innovation Program, and more!

Dear alumni and friends,

Join Us! Global Homecoming is Sunday, October 14, from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Global Homecoming Entrance

Enjoy a day featuring exclusive I-House experiences, community building, and scrumptious international treats. The House will be buzzing with excitement, don’t miss out on the fun!

Activities include: an interactive discussion guided by the Roberston Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) that demonstrates the neuroscience of how humans naturally react to cultural difference; a presentation on Cultural Disconnects with Refugees and Immigrants by I-House Executive Director Emeritus Joe Lurie; a thought-provoking Global Table Talk lunch with residents in the Dining Commons; and the popular Around the World Under the Dome fashion show and tasting festival.

FJoe Lurieor a full schedule of activities or more information, please visit: ihouse.berkeley.edu/GlobalHomecoming

$7 alumni and $12 community member ticket prices include admission to all events. Those who register by Wednesday, October 10th, will receive a special Global Homecoming commemorative gift. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Alumni at Global HomecomingBe an I-House Alumni Volunteer!

I-House alumni volunteers will receive free admission and a Global Homecoming t-shirt.

Talk It Up at Global Table Talk
Sign up for Global Table Talk from 12 pm – 1 pm in the Dining Commons and enjoy lively discussion over lunch with other I-House alumni and current residents. All participants will receive special desserts.

Global Homecoming Fashion Show

International Fashion Icons Needed
Join in our popular fashion show from 1:30 pm – 2 pm by modeling your favorite cultural attire. Limited spots are available for alumni to be models at this year’s show.

Help Us Welcome the World
Global Homecoming volunteer tasks include greeting, ticket taking, and event assistance. Shifts vary depending on need.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above activities, please email Angela Rauch arauch@berkeley.edu by October 5th, and she will confirm your participation.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call 510-642-4128.


Participate in the Host Family Program

Residents and hosts mingling Every year, volunteers, alumni, staff, and friends sign up for our Host Family Program to occasionally host an I-House resident for a dinner, a mini trip, an evening of conversation, or a holiday event. The goal is to ease the international student’s transition to their surroundings and to help them understand the local community and way of life. Hosts offer so much more that can be shared: cultural revelations, new perspectives on life, surprises, fun, and friendship. The commitment is minimal but the rewards are great!

Resident Host receptionWhat Host Families see: Participating resident names are added to a map (by country) along with details about their interests and what they’re studying. Families can read about them and learn about the diversity represented at I-House this year.

What residents see: Families that have opted to share similar information are added by name to a spreadsheet with details about what their interests are, what fields they work in, and what they’re looking forward to this year for the residents to experience.

Matching: Residents and families will be able to match themselves up using this tool. In addition, they will be able to meet at I-House events including Global Homecoming on October 14th.

More details: ihouse.berkeley.edu/programs/hostfamily.php
Questions: Contact Gemma Givens Email: ggivens@berkeley.edu Phone: 510-642-9490


News from Joe Lurie (I-House executive director from 1988 to 2007)

The newly released, expanded edition of Joe Lurie’s Perception and Deception is a spirited exploration of cross-cultural miscommunications in an increasingly globalized, hyper-connecting world. With tweets and fake news rapidly crossing cultures without context, the expanded edition offers a timely, intriguing, and sometimes tragic array of intercultural encounters that have gone wrong across the globe because of the limitations of our respective cultural lenses.

There’s more than just a catchy and timely cover. Joe has added a fresh chapter, “Globalization and its Disconnects-Convergence Without Context,” focusing on spiraling misunderstandings across cultures, especially in the worlds of migration and refugees, religion, and technology.

To better cope with the disrupting forces of globalization, Joe has also added interactive activities at the end of each chapter (including the chapter about I-House). For more information, visit: www.PerceptionAndDeception.com


I-House Alumni Card Program

Alumni Card Program

Do you still have your International House at UC Berkeley alumni card? Has it expired?

All I-House Berkeley alumni cardholders are entitled to the following benefits: $2 discount in the I-House Dining Commons (click here to see current pricing), 20% off discount at the I-House Café, invitations to I-House events and reunions, exclusive networking opportunities, and much more.  Don’t miss out on these fantastic benefits.

Click here to request your new card today.


UC Berkeley Global Leadership & Innovation Program

Check out this video of an innovative program hosted by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House.This 2-week intensive program is open to all undergrad and graduate level students worldwide looking to enhance their leadership practice in an academic or professional setting. Through various activities and simulations, students will develop tangible skills for leading and working in a global context.

For more information about this program, visit cil.berkeley.edu/upcoming-events/global-leadership-innovation-program/. You can also email cil@berkeley.edu to connect with a CIL staff member.


Calling all alumni!Calling all alumni!

We’re working on the Fall I-House Times Newsletter and would love to hear from you. Email your updates to ihalumni@berkeley.edu. Photos are welcome!


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

I-House LogoI-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team
(510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu

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Our 88th Birthday, Host Family Program, Global Homecoming and more

The I-House Connection

Dear alumni and friends,

Today is our birthday! Please help us celebrate by sharing a story for our I-House Stories website.

I-House Berkeley, circa 1930

Consider a donation to honor 88 years of I-House!

To submit your story, click here, or share a post  on Facebook or Instagram telling us about why you love International House. Tag I-House and include the hashtag #ihouseberkeley. Videos welcome!

Each person who makes a birthday donation or shares an International House story by August 31st will be entered for a chance to win a swag bag filled with International House goodies. Winner will be announced on September 5, 2018.

Donate NowQuestions? Email us at ihalumni@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4128.


Read All About It!

I-House Times Spring - Summer 2018The latest International House Times newsletter is evidence of the unique value of I-House as a resource for global understanding. We hope you enjoy this issue, which highlights diversity at I-House, a rare glimpse into the 2018 summer session, and guidelines to help address different conflict styles. Plus, you’ll find student reflections, campus-wide initiatives, event photos, alumni news, and much more.

View Flipbook | Download PDF | Subscribe

As always, we welcome your feedback and news for next newsletter at ihalumni@berkeley.edu!


Apply to Host the World

Host Family with I-House resident

Shan Wang (center) with her host family Eugenio Frongia and Carmen Ochoa

Every year, volunteers, alumni, staff, and friends sign up for our Host Family Program to occasionally host an I-House resident for a dinner, a mini trip, an evening of conversation, or a holiday event. The goal is to ease the international student’s transition to their surroundings and to help them understand the local community and way of life. Hosts offer so much more that can be shared: cultural revelations, new perspectives on life, surprises, fun, and friendship. The commitment is minimal, but the rewards are great!

New for 2018: Participating residents are added to an interactive map by country (example below) with details about what they’re studying, their interests, and what they’re looking forward to this year. Host families are then able to choose residents to meet with from their location on the map.

Host Family Program map

Host Family Program Kick-off Reception

Join us on Sunday, September 16th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm for the kick-off event for all participating hosts and residents.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about the program. Please RSVP by emailing Gemma Givens at ggivens@berkeley.edu.

Learn more about this special program and apply on the Host Family Program webpage.


Save the Date!

Global Homecoming 2018Global Homecoming is Sunday, October 14, 2018
10 am to 3 pm

Join us for our 2018 International House Global Homecoming, featuring unique I-House experiences, community building, and scrumptious international treats! The House will be buzzing with excitement, don’t miss out on the fun!

Those who register by Wednesday, October 10th, will receive a special Global Homecoming commemorative gift. However, walk-ins are welcome.

Eventbrite - I-House Global Homecoming 2018 (I-House Alumni and Community)$7 alumni and $12 community member ticket prices include admission to all events. Free for I-House residents.

See details at ihouse.berkeley.edu/globalhomecoming


The I-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team looks forward to welcoming you back to I-House. If you’re in the area, please let us know!

Best regards from Berkeley,

I-House LogoI-House Development, Alumni Relations & Communications Team
(510) 642-4128 | ihalumni@berkeley.edu

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