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Ethnic Studies Alum Challenges and Inspires Students

Ethnic Studies Berkeley Connect invited alum Ruben E. Canedo, described by faculty director Michael Cohen, as “irrepressibly inspirational,” to share his undergraduate experience and provide insight into his post-graduation path. Canedo began the session by asking the group two questions: “Who here is the first of their family to attend college?” and “How many of […]

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My Favorite Berkeley Connect Moment: Ethnic Studies

As the Fall 2016 semester drew to a close, Berkeley Connect students were invited to share their favorite Berkeley Connect moments. All three posts that were selected for publication focus on a moment of connection. Here, Taylor Chan describes how she connected with another student in Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies & African American Studies. […]

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Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom

    Students at UC Berkeley know that a history of our university would be woefully incomplete if it didn’t mention Cal students’ longstanding engagement with issues of social justice. We are reminded of past victories every time we refuel at the Free Speech Movement café. Ongoing protests and open letters to campus leaders remind […]

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Power, Pop Culture, and Drunk History

At a recent Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies and African American Studies small-group discussion, students shared their thoughts on issues of power in pop culture. To kick the discussion off, graduate student mentor Christina Bush showed the class an episode of Comedy Central’s series “Drunk History.” The video presented a humorous rendition of Harriet Tubman’s military […]

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Mentor Spotlight: Wanda Alarcon & Michael McGee

A chat with Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies & African American Studies mentors Who are the graduate students who serve as mentors in the Berkeley Connect program? A few weeks ago, I set out to learn more about mentors Wanda Alarcón and Michael McGee, Jr., who mentor the students in Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies and African American […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Chang

Author speaks with Berkeley Connect students about his own days as a student at Cal “I actually was not an Ethnic Studies major here at Cal,” Jeff Chang admitted as he introduced himself to the students at a recent event in Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies & African American Studies. In fact Chang, who has since […]

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“What’s Missing?”

Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies & African American Studies hosts its first-ever faculty game show African American Studies professors Leigh Raiford and Michael Cohen agreed to go head-to-head in “What’s Missing?,” a faculty conversation in game show format, hosted by Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies & African American Studies. Professors (and students) shared critical perspectives about current events while […]

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The Politics of Everyday Life

Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies discuss the ways their research changes their everyday life Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies & African American Studies students recently got to hear two professors talk about their work on a very personal level.  In a conversation moderated by Professor Na’ilah Suad Nasir, faculty members Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Ethnic Studies) and Brandi Catanese (African […]

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What To Do With a Ethnic Studies Major. Seriously.

Comedian and UC Berkeley graduate Irene Tu entertain and inform On October 9th, Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies and African Americans Studies welcomed Irene Tu, Berkeley graduate and stand-up comic. Irene graduated in 2014 as an Asian American and Asian Diaspora major. “I spent $200,000 to move back in with my mom,” she cracked as she […]

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Why (And How) I Became A Professor

Ethnic studies professors talk to BC Ethnic Studies about academia On April 15th, Professors Michael Omi and Raul Coronado spoke with Berkeley Connect Ethnic Studies students about how and why they became professors. The truth? Neither expected to go into academia when he first started college. In fact, Professor Omi initially wanted to be an immigration attorney, […]

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