The I-House Connection: January 2024

January 17, 2024

Dear I-House Community,

In this issue of the I-House Connection, I encourage you to mark your calendars to “save the date” for some exciting events. The I-House Comedy Show, the Alumni Happy Hour at Edmonds Cafe, the Lodestar Executive Director’s Speakers Series, Big Give, the Celebration and Awards Gala, the International Cultures Festival made possible by the Edith S. Coliver Fund, and our 2024 All Years Alumni Reunion are just a few of our upcoming activities – please do join us again here at I-House!  

Also, in this issue Global Community Ambassador Sanidhya Rao shares a piece on his recent visit to International House New York, highlighting the many similarities and some noteworthy differences between our two houses. 

I encourage you to enjoy the Fall 2023 I-House Resident Yearbook created by our resident Global Community Ambassadors and Marketing and Communications Leads. I’m excited to reinstitute the tradition of yearbooks. Editions from prior years, going back to the 1930s, may be found at  If you have a copy of a yearbook or directory not in our archive, please do let us know! We’d love to add to our collection.


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

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

I-House Comedy Show
Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Comedy Show

Join us for an evening filled with hilarity as talented comedians take the stage, bringing people together. It goes beyond the laughter - it's about forging lifelong friendships and memories. Indulge in the joy of shared laughter as we celebrate the diversity that enriches our community.

This event is free and open to I-House residents, alumni, and friends. Come, be a part of the fun! Registration Required.

Let's Go 2024Save the dates for more upcoming I-House events:

  • February 15: Alumni Happy Hour at Edmonds Café
  • February 27: Lodestar Executive Director's Speaker Series
  • March 14: Big Give, UC Berkeley’s cross-campus day of giving 
  • March 21: I-House Awards Celebration and Gala 
  • April 27: The International Culture Festival made possible by the Edith S. Coliver Fund 
  • August 18: I-House All Years Alumni Reunion 
Keep an eye on your inbox for more details in the coming months.

I-House Celebration and Awards Gala
Thursday, March 21, 2024

International House Celebration & Awards Gala

Join us for a festive evening celebrating valued members of our global community and honoring their support and service to I-House. To learn more about this year’s event and to purchase your tickets, visit

We'd like to thank our generous Gala sponsors:
Fillmore logo  Chevron logoBuchalter logo Plant logo 

If you’re interested in supporting the Gala as an event sponsor, please visit here or call us at 510-642-4128.

I-House New York: Our Big Sister

By Sanidhya Rao

I-House New York facade

Founded in 1924 by the visionary Harry Edmonds, International House (I-House) in New York City stands as a beacon of cross-cultural exchange and understanding. The institution, constructed and completed in 1924, officially opened its doors in 1925, becoming a haven for international students and young professionals seeking a dynamic and diverse living and learning environment. Harry Edmonds, the charismatic and forward-thinking educator behind a long line of International Houses, conceived the idea of International House as a response to the challenges of a post-World War I world. The horrors of war had underscored the critical need for fostering global understanding and collaboration. Edmonds envisioned a space where individuals from different cultures, backgrounds, and nationalities could come together to live, learn, and exchange ideas, transcending boundaries and biases. The first International House, often referred to as I-House (though each subsequent I-House has co-opted the name since), was strategically located near Columbia University in Morningside Heights. The Gothic architecture of the building not only provided a distinctive physical presence but also symbolized the enduring values of education, community, and enlightenment. From its inception, the house embodied the belief that meaningful cross-cultural interactions could contribute to peace and unity on a global scale.

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Fall 2023 I-House Resident Yearbook

Fall 2023 Yearbook

We're super excited to share with you the I-House Yearbook for the Fall 2023 Semester! It's packed with fun activities, heartwarming resident memories, and a comprehensive text listing of our Fall 2023 residents. Click here to take a peek at the Yearbook. This amazing collection of I-House memories was put together by our dedicated Global Community Ambassadors and Marketing and Communications Leads. Enjoy flipping through the pages!

Did you know that we have an archive of previous years' resident directories?  Visit

Ways to Give

Join our Global Community

Join current residents and alumni at I-House Berkeley Connect, home to a vibrant global community boasting over 3,000 members! As part of our big family, you'll have the chance to guide current residents, mingle with alumni from diverse corners of the world, and catch up with your old I-House buddies. Plus, you get the bonus of posting an ad in our exclusive business hub - isn't that awesome? Don't let this opportunity slip by to be part of our exciting community. Join I-House Berkeley Connect today via!

I-House alumni are doing remarkable things all over the world, and we love celebrating them! When you join our I-House Berkeley Connect, you aren't just keeping the I-House spirit alive, you're also helping us re-connect and grow our global community.

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Edmonds' Café Specials

Enjoy these winter drink specials:

Happy Hour     January drink special

See more café events and specials

Regular Café Hours:
Weekdays: 7:30  a.m. – 9 p.m.
Weekends: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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