The I-House Connection: August 2023

The I-House Connection: August 2023
August 8, 2023

Dear Alumni and Friends,

 This August 18th marks the 93rd anniversary of the opening of I-House, and the beginning of our 94th year!  I invite you to enjoy some of the recent pictures from the All Years Reunion held here last weekend. Please save the date for our upcoming live-streamed State of the House Address on September 21, 2023, details to follow.

This month's edition of the IH Connection highlights this year’s recipients of the prestigious Gateway Fellowship, a three-way partnership between I-House, the Graduate Division of UC Berkeley, and select academic departments.  We also feature this year's winners of the impactful Davis Projects for Peace initiative, open to residents to design grassroots projects for the summer—anywhere in the world—which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

I am pleased to introduce to the I-House community our new Resident Support Manager, Hawk Anderson.  Finally, please consider celebrating I-House's 93rd birthday by making a monthly gift of $19.30 or more and visiting Edmonds' Café for a special birthday milkshake between August 14th - 20th! 


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

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

All Years Alumni Reunion Roundup

By Margie Ryan (IH 1992-93) I-House Assistant Director of Philanthropy

Welcome Home sign

This past weekend, we were happy to welcome back to I-House more than 125 alumni along with their friends and families for the first annual All Years Alumni Reunion. Food, friendship, memories, and lots of laughter were shared throughout the day. The words of I-House alum George Ho (IH 1939) rang ever true: “A meal shared in community brings camaraderie and enduring connection.”

To see photos of this year’s gathering, visit our IH Alumni Reunion 2023 photo album. We’ll announce the date of the next All Years Alumni Reunion soon and hope you’ll plan to join us in 2024. Stay tuned!

Save the Date! September 21, 2023
State of the House Address

Please save the date and plan to join us for our live-streamed
State of the House Address with Executive Director Shaun Carver.

Stay tuned for more details and a link for joining this virtual gathering.

2023-2024 Gateway Fellows

I-House Residents Advancing Peace in Africa

Davis Projects for Peace logo

Projects for Peace is an initiative that has been open to residents of International House - UC Berkeley to design grassroots projects for the summer—anywhere in the world—which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.

We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Projects received funding at $10,000 each.

Our Davis Projects for Peace award recipient roundup includes in-depth interviews with three I-House residents working on projects in their home countries in Africa:

Congratulations to all!  Special thanks to Carina Samson, our Summer Global Community Ambassador, for interviewing the peace award recipients.  

Meet Hawk Anderson, Resident Support Manager

Hawk AndersonWe are pleased to announce our new Resident Support Manager overseeing the Resident Assistant team. Born and raised in the vibrant city of San Diego, California, Hawk's passion for community support and advocacy began to take shape during their upbringing in this diverse environment. During their K-12 education, Hawk participated in a Spanish immersion program, where they engaged in a full immersion experience to learn the Spanish language and culture. Hawk pursued their academic journey with a Sociology bachelor's degree at the University of California, Riverside. Building upon their passion for understanding human relationships and societal dynamics, they furthered their education with a master's degree in Human Relations at Northern Arizona University. During their studies, Hawk also had the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture while studying abroad in Greece. There, they conducted research on queer activism and history, broadening their perspectives on global LGBTQIA+ issues.

For the past three years, Hawk has been devotedly serving the student community at UC Berkeley. Their commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality is evident through their various roles and achievements on campus. Hawk proudly served as the Chair for the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for the LGBTQIA+ community, championing the rights and well-being of queer staff, students, and faculty. Throughout their time at UC Berkeley, Hawk has taken on diverse leadership positions, including Resident Director at both Unit 1 and Unit 3, where they fostered a welcoming and inclusive living environment for all residents. Additionally, they have been an influential advisor for the Hall Association and UNITY, an organization that orchestrates the Annual Drag Show, a cherished event celebrating self-expression and acceptance.

Hawk's advocacy extends beyond campus life, as they are a passionate advocate for public transportation, recognizing its role in promoting sustainable living and accessible mobility for all. Their dedication to queer and feminist theory reflects their commitment to creating spaces where individuals can be their authentic selves without fear of judgment or discrimination.

 Make a monthly gift of $19.30 in honor of our birthday!

Celebrate our Birthday at Edmonds' Café!

Special Café Offer:
Memory Lane Milkshake $3 August 14-20 only
Special Offer: Memory Lane Milkshake $3 August 14-20 only


Summer Hours through August 13th
Open seven days 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fall Hours Starting August 14th
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

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