The I-House Connection: April 2023

The I-House Connection: April 2023
April 6, 2023

Dear Alumni and Friends,

In this issue of the I-House Connection, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Luis Escamilla to the newly created position of Vice President, Administrative Services. Reporting to the Executive Director and CEO of International House, this new role is responsible for managing, planning, and performing the administrative services and general business operations of International House at UC Berkeley.

On a bittersweet note, please join me in extending warm wishes to Cedric Martin, the Vice President of Hospitality at International House at UC Berkeley, who will be leaving our organization soon. After many years of dedicated service to our community, Cedric has decided to move on to new opportunities in Southern California.  I would like to take this opportunity to express deep appreciation for Cedric’s leadership, vision, and support. His tireless efforts have helped shape the direction of our organization, especially after the unfortunate shutdown resulting from COVID, and he has played a critical role in our success. We are grateful for his many contributions, and we will miss his presence and his contributions to our team.

I’d like to encourage you to register now to participate in some exciting events open to alumni, friends, and the community.

The first is the International Culture Festival on April 8, 2023, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Chevron Auditorium at I-House.  This signature tradition, organized by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership and Programs, celebrates the diverse cultural traditions of our unique global community. The International Culture Festival is free of charge and is made possible by the Edith S. Coliver Fund.

It is also not too late to register for the April 19, 2023 I-House Reunion in Manhattan, NYC! I’ll be sharing some exciting I-House updates, and I look forward to connecting with friends old and new.  I’d like to express my appreciation to I-House New York, and to I-House alumna, Lynn Caporale (IH 1967-72), for their support in organizing the event.

In response to requests from many I-House alumni, I’m excited to share a “save-the-date” for an All Years Brunch Reunion to be held at I-House on August 6, 2023. This will be a fun and rewarding opportunity to visit the house to tour and see the many recent restoration projects, share memories with I-House friends, and enjoy a meal prepared by Executive Chef Abbie together in the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Dining Commons.

Thanks to all who have already participated in our online survey! If you’ve not yet had a chance, there is still time! Look for your email invitation sent on Monday, April 3rd, and take the survey by April 30th. Your feedback will be used to help us understand how your time at I-House has influenced your life, and inform our planning to ensure that current and future students can share in the life-changing International House experience.  

Finally, I hope that you enjoy a retrospective on the recent Resident Benefit Concert in support of earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria.


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

Shaun R. Carver Ed.D., MBA 
Executive Director and CEO
International House at UC Berkeley

Welcome Luis Escamilla, Vice President, Administrative Services 

Luis Escamilla, Vice President, Administrative Services Reporting to the Executive Director and CEO of International House, this new role is responsible for managing, planning, and performing the administrative services and general business operations of International House at UC Berkeley.

Luis Escamilla has 20 years of experience working in technology, consumer goods, and education. For ten years, Luis ran the Dubai campus operations of Hult International Business School. In 2018, he moved to the U.S. to become the Dean of Hult’s San Francisco Campus where he was responsible for the academic and non-academic operations, including housing, of 1,300 international students.  Luis has also lived and worked in Shanghai and Mexico City.  

Recently Luis has been consulting in the field of Business Analytics, including having led the development and training of a Power BI deployment at Omantel, national telecom in Oman. In 2021, he deployed databases and BI tools for Santillana, Sanofi, and Unilever in Latin America. His business experience includes launching the Industry Analytics function for P&G, consulting for Honeywell in China, and Google in the UAE. Luis earned his Cybernetics Engineering and MBA degrees from Hult and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Economics.  

Please join me in welcoming Luis to I-House!

International Culture Festival: Saturday, April 8, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the diverse cultural traditions of our unique global community. Explore booths representing many cultures showcasing global customs, traditions, and cuisine. Performances will feature music, dance, and much more! The International Culture Festival is made possible by the Edith S. Coliver Fund.

Register now on Eventbrite to be eligible to win one of the raffle prizes shown below:

International Culture Festival

I-House Berkeley Comes to New York!
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

 Meet Shaun Carver on April 19 in NYC

Register for a gathering of I-House Berkeley alumni and friends, hosted by I-House alumna, Lynn Caporale (IH 1967-72), in Manhattan, NYC! You’ll have the opportunity to meet I-House’s Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Shaun Carver, hear some exciting I-House updates, participate in cultural exchange, and connect with friends old and new.

Please RSVP for this free reunion on April 19th now using this link, by contacting, or via phone at +1 (510) 643-3268.

I-House All Years Alumni Reunion Brunch
August 6, 2023 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
I-House Dining Commons

Alumni Reunion August 6, 2023
Graphic by Shigeru Kojima (IH 1980-84)

Join us for good conversation and a leisurely brunch in the Dining Commons, just like the ones you remember from your time at I-House. Save the date!

A Night Full of Music: The Resident Benefit Concert
By Bhawna Chowdhary

At 7:00 p.m. on a Wednesday, people hustled into the Chevron Auditorium to get a good seat for the Resident Benefit Concert. When I entered and saw some people at the back of the room with paintings, a resident told me the paintings were for auction to help the earthquake victims of Turkey and Syria. Once again, I-House kept to its purpose of bringing different communities together and helping them through challenging times. 
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Watch the video of concert performances:

2023 Resident Benefit Concert at International House, UC Berkeley.

Video filmed and edited by Aneta Felix, I-House resident, Social Media Ambassador, Mastercard Foundation Scholar and graduate student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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Join our vibrant community of 2,095+ alumni, current residents, and staff. We encourage participation in this online global community at, where you can:

  • Browse the Alumni Directory and connect with I-House friends;
  • Download I-House Yearbook PDFs from previous decades;
  • Post or browse job opportunities;
  • Offer mentoring or find a mentor;
  • List your business or passion project in the Business Hub;
  • Read Shaun Carver's Friday posts to stay in the know!

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