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June 29, 2020

In this issue: Message from the I-House Board of Directors; Standing Against Racism; Resident and Alumni News
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to convey our sincerest thanks and appreciation for your support during these challenging times. I also want to thank Dr. Hans Giesecke who retires today after eight years at the helm of International House. He leaves a legacy of many achievements for which we are all extremely grateful.

June 1, 2020

May 15, 2020

In this issue: Message from the Executive Director; Go Bears, Beat Finals; Alumni Rise to Meet Challenges; Messages to Residents; I-House Virtual Backgrounds

April 21, 2020

The Board of Directors, senior team, and staff of International House at UC Berkeley remain committed to keeping I-House open and available for the residential and dining needs of our diverse community of residents for as long as operationally feasible and safe from a public health standpoint.  I write to you today to provide an update on the status of I-House operations, but first wish to express gratitude for all of the expressions of support from you, our alumni and friends throughout the world.  

In This Issue: Executive Director's Message for our Community; I-House Residents Fighting COVID-19, One Care Package at a Time; Virtual Programs; Views from I-House; Send a Message to our Residents

March 27, 2020

Through these uncertain times, we want to wish you and your family health and wellness. We would also like to share some insights from the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) for personal reflection during this historic crisis.

March 25, 2020

Dear Friends,

Nobody has been left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the harm being wrought by the disease itself, and the “downstream” impacts of the disease, all of us, every moment, are managing an elevated level of stress, anxiety, and fear. Being a human right now is harder than it usually is. 

March 20, 2020

California Magazine
“People learn so much from one another in this building,” Giesecke says. “You have people who are in political science learning from the electrical engineers, and you have people in gender studies learning from people in chemistry. It goes across cultures; it goes across departments.”

March 18, 2020

To our International House Community -

March 12, 2020

The time has finally come for Cal Big Give 2020! We love our I-House community and want to keep it strong and growing! Donate today to help current and future residents experience the joy of living at I-House Berkeley! Watch the video below to see how you can show support! Giving ends at 9pm (PST)! Make your gift at

March 5, 2020

I-House is buzzing with excitement about UC Berkeley's Big Give, starting on Wednesday, March 11 at 9 p.m. We are grateful for all of your support throughout the year and wish to thank you in advance for considering taking part in this annual all-campus fundraising drive. We want to give you some ways you can participate through early bird giving and planning for contests.

March 3, 2020

This episode features International House resident Jiger Kairatuly. Jiger invites us into his homeland, Kazakhstan, which remains today a place of intrigue to many. Join us as we learn more about a land synonymous with the Silk Road, nomadic lifestyles, and the Soviet Union. See all episodes at:

February 26, 2020

All I-House Big Give donations go toward the Fund for I-House, which supports our mission and provides the I-House experience to more than 600 students from across the globe each academic year. Earlybird Giving You can make your Big Give gift now and be an I-House VIP by using the special instructions below at

February 20, 2020

We wanted to share with you all a wonderful article written about International House Dining Services, published in the February 2020 issue of Foodservice Director Magazine. Read the two-page article, "When the World Comes to Dine" featured on pages 48-49.

January 24, 2020

The I-House Gateway Fellowship Program for 2020-21 is now accepting nominations from UCB Graduate Advisers for admitted Ph.D. students. With appreciation to I-House alumni and donors, I-House partners with the graduate division and connected academic departments to seek "best match" Ph.D. students.

December 27, 2019

The collective impact of countless friendships, conversations, laughter, and cherished memories have forever shaped the aura of I-House. Your generosity provides support for room and board scholarships for students with financial need, for the preservation of our historic home, and for innovative program offerings.

December 17, 2019

Projects for Peace; Social Media Ambassador; Grad Student Feature; and Hong Kong Meets Mainland China Podcast Dear Alumni & Friends, Greetings from Berkeley! We are delighted to share a peace-building initiative, highlights from some of our current residents, and the latest episode of the "From All Corners" podcast series.

November 26, 2019

For nine decades, I-House Berkeley has opened minds and broadened perspectives to prepare the next generations of leaders from around the world. Today, the ideals of I-House are more important than ever. If you have already made a gift recently, we sincerely thank you. If not, we hope that you will consider supporting I-House and will make a gift now during our annual appeal to help future residents have this singular opportunity to enjoy such a life-changing experience.

November 6, 2019

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 about the residential experience and our efforts to build a foundation for global fellowship. We hope you enjoy reading it.

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