Using Your Education to Make a Difference

What does your future hold? Are you bound for success? These may seem like the opening lines of a kitschy psychic, but they are also questions many students ponder during their undergraduate years. Students with a strong social conscience may be drawn to majors such as Ethnic Studies, but wonder how their studies will translate … Continue Reading »

Developing an Intellectual Project

How do scholars decide on the focus of their research projects? Berkeley Connect mentor Robert Connell began his academic journey far before he began the PhD program in African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. Even before he entered York University as a Environmental Studies Major, his experiences and family background were shaping his academic interests. … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

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. … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »

“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 … Continue Reading »

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 … Continue Reading »