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Resident Speakers Bureau

Residents at Gala 2014

The International House Student Speakers Bureau (IHSSB) provides our scholars with opportunities to share their knowledge, experience and interests with Bay Area residents. IHSSB selects and coaches speakers who represent broad spectrum of national, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Volunteers are International House residents who gain firsthand experience of US institutions while making new friends outside the university community. All participants enhance their knowledge of countries and cultures, moving them one step closer to becoming "global citizens."

Speakers Bureau Program Brochure (pdf)



IHSSB volunteers facilitate cross-cultural awareness and exploration among community members in the greater Bay Area. Audiences may include elementary, middle and high school students; civic organizations, retirement communities and local non-profits. If a volunteer would like to present at an organization not listed here, we will match you with a suitable community partner.

  • Volunteers who express interest in a specific community, work closely with the IHSSB staff to curate appropriate and meaningful presentations designed to create and advance discourse.
  • PowerPoint can be boring. All volunteers are encouraged to present their chosen topic in a creative way, utilizing visuals, music and even food. You are encouraged to think "outside of the box" when presenting.
  • Speaking opportunities are free of charge to I-House residents and all community partners with transportation provided to and from speaking engagements.
  • Most volunteers are asked to commit 5 hours per semester, including training and presentations.

If you are an I-House resident or a potential community partner and would like more information, please contact Shylah Hamilton, Assistant Director of Admissions at 510.642-8676 or shy@berkeley.edu