Each year, I-House proudly celebrates and honors distinguished individuals who embody our mission to promote a world of greater understanding and peace.
Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90)
This year, I-House honors Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) as I-House Alumna of the Yearin recognition of her work as a member of the British Parliament, her advocacy for human rights, and her visionary leadership as the Director of Diversity Strategy at Google. Oona writes, “Really looking forward to returning to I-House (where I had the best year of my life)!”
Oona is a member of the House of Lords (a life-time appointment as Baroness King of Bow in January 2011), and former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. Oona became a member of the House of Commons at the age of 29 – the second woman of color, and 200th woman elected to the British Parliament. Read Press Release (PDF)
See below for more Gala event details.
Hello friends! The semester is winding down, and I know that a lot of people (myself included) are trying to make the most of living in Berkeley and I-House before having to leave. If you’ve spent most of your time here studying and hustling, then take a break, and check out some of my personal favorite Berkeley sights!
Of course, one of the iconic symbols of Cal! You can go to the top for free with Cal Student ID, and get a BEAUTIFUL view of the entire Bay Area. The history of Sather Tower is also fascinating, from how it received its title as the third tallest clock tower in the world, to how there are hundreds of fossils tucked away in the base. Even if you don’t enter the Campanile, you can still hear the bells being played by students, and that alone often makes me smile! Continue reading →
International House is, in my humble opinion, the best residence for students attending UC Berkeley. The location, view, and amenities are fantastic, and the people are, of course, wonderful. Below is how my typical week at I-House plays out. Let us know in the comments below what your week is like. Happy spring, everyone!
After waking up and grabbing a tea or coffee from the dining commons, I rush off to campus. My day is full of classes, lab, and work, but I come back in time for dinner with some friends. After chatting about cultural differences and our weekend plans, I excuse myself and make my way to the Chevron Auditorium. On Mondays, from 7-8 pm, there is a free yoga class for residents, and from 8-9 pm, there is a free Zumba class. After a long day, some physical exercise is very welcome, and the instructors are very kind and funny!
It is our goal to celebrate the lives and achievements of our alumni and the contributions they have made and continue to make in the world. Please help us to update our records and locate lost alumni. If you have moved, changed email or mailing addresses, or want to give us an exciting update, please let us know by filling out this brief contact update form.
By sharing this email with your I-House friends, you are helping to extend our reach and to keep the I-House connection alive! Continue reading →
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Big Give for International House on Thursday, March 14th! You truly helped I-House “seize the moment” and made a big difference in the lives of our residents.
By exceeding the ambitious goal of 150 gifts and ending the day with 175 gifts, we received $3,000 in matching challenge funds from our I-House Big Match donors. Thanks to the efforts of resident volunteers and the I-House Resident Council (pictured above), we received a record number of gifts from current residents.
I-House won an additional $4,000 campus prize in the Raising the Bar challenge because of the impressive increase over last year’s 104 gifts.
Today’s the day! Help us reach our matching challenge goals by making a gift now. If you already made a gift, we thank you! All gifts to I-House during the Big Give make an even greater impact. If we make our goal of 150 gifts, I-House will receive an additional $3,000 because of our challenge match. Help us get there by making a gift to I-House at ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive2019 by 9 pm PST tonight. Check our progress on the Big Give Leaderboards.
Why should you support I-House? Let’s hear from our residents, who collaborated on this video highlighting the friendship, discovery, conversation, and magic that happen here every day. It’s an interpretation of a familiar song. We hope you enjoy “The Rainbow Connection, I-House Style.”
We think the residents did a great job. If you agree, please give it a “Thumbs Up” and share it with your networks! Forward this email to friends, and share the I-House love!
As a reminder, here are more ways you can participate in the Big Give:
UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz starts now! Your online gift will go a long way to help us reach our goal of 150 gifts in 24 hours. International gifts made now through 6 a.m. will increase our odds to win an additional $1,500 for I-House for the random international donor contest in the Big Countdown! So, whatever time zone you are in, make a gift to I-House at ihouse.berkeley.edu/biggive2019.
If you already made a gift, we thank you! Your support will benefit The Fund for I-House, a valuable resource that provides for life-changing scholarships, inspirational programming, and preservation of our historic home.
As a reminder, here are a few ways you can participate in the Big Give:
As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. What can I say? I enjoy sharing the I-House love! ♥
Juan Antonio Pérez (Juanan) is a 3rd-year undergraduate exchange student majoring in Global Studies. He loves music, especially playing piano and guitar. His hobbies include hiking, traveling, and learning about different cultures. He is currently working in the International House Program Office as a Program Assistant, and he is very excited to start working this Spring semester as a Social Media Ambassador.
Loyalty Traster-Lee is currently a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in anthropology. She was born and raised in Long Beach, California, but has traveled extensively, including attending kindergarten in Singapore, volunteering with the Lions Club in Germany, and studying abroad in England. Loyalty's favourite Berkeley sights include the Botanical Gardens and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, which, for the record, are both within walking distance of each other and free with student identification. Her favourite thing about living at I-House is the view from the cafe, although the easy access to hot chocolate is a close contender.