Author Archives: Laurie Ferris

About Laurie Ferris

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. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at lferris@berkeley.edu. Share the I-House love! ♥

The I-House Connection: November 2020

Embracing Diversity Amidst Profound Polarization Dear I-House Alumni & Friends, I hope that this message finds you well. In this edition of the I-House Connection, I’d like to share some thoughts on the recent U.S. election; highlight a conversation this … Continue reading

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The I-House Connection: September 2020

Dear I-House Community – Just over a month ago I wrote to you to share a number of exciting ways to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of I-House’s founding, and to launch our new Global Community Initiative engagement and mentoring platform: ihouse.berkeley.edu/connect. … Continue reading

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The I-House Connection: Ways to Celebrate our 90th Anniversary

Dear I-House Community – As we now celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of International House at UC Berkeley, our mission still rings true: to foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills for a more just … Continue reading

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I-House Berkeley Alum Patrick Thelen on “doin’ good”

Every year, I-House receives a generous grant through Davis Projects for Peace that is awarded to a resident for designing a grassroots project that addresses the root causes of conflict. Patrick Thelen (IH 2016-17) won the 2017 Davis Projects for … Continue reading

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Big Give is a week away!

Participate with VIP gifts, challenge matches, and contests to unlock extra funds for I-House! The countdown is on and I-House is buzzing with excitement about UC Berkeley’s Big Give on March 12th! We are grateful for all of your support … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Support I-House in 2019

Sharing a message on behalf of I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke: Best wishes for peace, prosperity, and progress in the New Year If you have already made a gift in 2019, we sincerely thank you. If you still would like … Continue reading

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The I-House Connection: December 2019

Projects for Peace; Social Media Ambassador; Grad Student Feature; and Hong Kong Meets Mainland China Podcast December 2019 Dear Alumni & Friends, Greetings from Berkeley! We are delighted to share a peace-building initiative, highlights from some of our current residents, … Continue reading

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International House Annual Appeal

Sharing a message on behalf of I-House Executive Director Hans Giesecke: The Mission of International House: To foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills for a more peaceful world. Dear Alumni and Friends, I would like to … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from International House Berkeley

Dear Alumni and Friends, In this season of gratitude, I am writing to thank you for helping to make the dream of International House a reality for our residents from around the globe.

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I-House Times Newsletter: Building a Foundation for Global Fellowship

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends, As we strive to make the resident experience the best it can be, we are also preserving the architectural heritage of our well-loved and well-used building. The latest issue of our International House Times newsletter features stories … Continue reading

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