The I-House Connection: February 2021

February 11, 2021

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,

We are grateful for the many messages of encouragement following the recent announcement that the I-House Board of Directors has officially and unanimously approved the reopening of the House for Fall 2021.  In this issue of the I-House Connection, Roxanne Pifer, Director of Admissions and Housing Operations, provides an update on the application process for new and returning residents.  Also in this issue is an invitation to participate in the inaugural Global DEI Practitioner Institute organized by the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL).  I’d like to invite and encourage you to watch the next installment of our I-House Spotlight oral history interview series, featuring the third I-House Executive Director Joe Lurie, details below.  Finally, this issue includes a “save the date” notice about Big Give this year focused on supporting our reopening efforts.  Please visit the I-House Berkeley Global Community platform for some fun posts I’ll be making tomorrow and Sunday about Lunar New Year 2021, and in honor of Valentine’s Day and the many I-House couples who found one another under the Dome!


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director
Shaun R. Carver
Executive Director
International House, UC Berkeley

I-House Admissions Update

Roxanne Pifer, Director of Admissions and Housing Operations

Roxanne Pifer

Dear I-House Community,

You may have seen our Executive Director’s recent announcement that the I-House Board of Directors has officially and unanimously approved the reopening for Fall 2021! Our housing application will launch on February 15th, 2021. We are so excited to welcome our resident community back into the House. During our temporary closure, many improvements have been made to the I-House safety, security, dining, programs, and admissions processes in efforts to provide our incoming residents with safe and rewarding intercultural leadership development and residential experiences. We look forward to welcoming you in August!

If you would like to apply, know someone who would, or can help spread the word please take a moment to fill out our expression of interest form or contact us at  To learn more about how the I-House experience has helped to prepare the next generations of global leaders, please visit our website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Roxanne Pifer, at

CIL's Global DEI Practitioner Institute

Global DEI Practitioner Institute

CIL, the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership at I-House, is just a few short weeks away from launching our first-ever Global DEI Practitioner Institute. This 12-week, train-the-trainer, multi-certification program equips you with skills to design and facilitate impactful workshops with a focus on global diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gain qualification to administer and debrief five industry-leading global DEI assessment tools, and join a cohort of global professionals to support you in your ongoing professional development. Click here to sign up for updates. To learn more, email (Limited scholarships are available, based on financial need.)

I-House Executive Director Spotlight: Joe Lurie

Joe Lurie Interview

Former I-House Berkeley Executive Director Joe Lurie (IH 1988-2007) is featured in the latest oral history “spotlight” interview, where he shares memories from his time at the intercultural residence and lessons he learned during his leadership. 

Part 1 Highlights:
-Stunning Discoveries: The Long Forgotten Pioneering Origins of I-House Berkeley
-Understanding the Needs of the Disabled and Gay Communities
-How Experiences in Africa Helped Prepare Joe Lurie for Understanding Inexplicable Encounters at I-House
Premiered February 5, 2021  WATCH NOW

I-House Spotlight: Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, Part 1

Part 2 Highlights:
-Breaking Stereotypes and Resident Transformations: I-House at its Best
-Reflecting on how a Fax Machine Brought the First News of Tiananmen Square to I-House
-Welcoming/Honoring Famous Alumni and Other Recognized World-Renowned Figures
Premieres February 12, 2021
Please stay tuned for the future release of Parts 3 and 4. This series was produced by IH Social Media Ambassador Chan'Cellore Makanjuola (IH 2019-2020) in collaboration with I-House staff members Laurie Ferris and Tim Lynch. Read the accompanying blog post, Joe Lurie: I-House Berkeley Through His Eyes.

The oral history discussions are a way to help keep the I-House alumni community connected virtually. If you would like to provide an interview or volunteer to help produce more videos, please contact Laurie Ferris at


Support I-House for Big Give on March 11, 2021

We are delighted to participate once again in Big Give, UC Berkeley's annual online fundraising blitz on Thursday, March 11, 2021. This year, Big Give will kick off our celebrations to mark the upcoming reopening of I-House in Fall 2021. We invite the I-House Berkeley community to join us so that we may support the continued excellence and influence of UC Berkeley’s global solutions, peerless students, and life-changing research.
Visit today to see the impact of past Big Gives, preview contests, and tell us about your I-House Berkeley moments. Then come back March 11 to join in the excitement and help International House win contest prizes, and make I-House moments possible for years to come.

Make your gift to International House at between 9 p.m. on March 10 and 9 p.m. March 11 (PST). 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.

We thank you for staying connected to International House Berkeley. We welcome your participation in our online Global Community.


I-House Alumni Relations, Communications, and Philanthropy Team
(510) 642-4128

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