The I-House Connection: June 2020

I-House Berkeley: Celebrating Nine Decades
June 29, 2020

The I-House Connection -  June 2020

Message to the International House Community
from International House Board Vice-Chair Jamy Faulhaber

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.

As you know the Board has been engaged in a search over the last months to identify a new Executive Director. We hope that we will be able to welcome a new leader very soon. In the interim, I am pleased to announce that Bill Gong, Director of Business and Finance, has been appointed as Acting Executive Director during the transition period while maintaining his usual duties. Read full message >

If you'd like to send a note of congratulations or gratitude to Dr. Giesecke, please click here.

Global Leadership & Innovation Virtual Program
July 20-31, 2020

The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at International House invites you to apply to the Global Leadership & Innovation Virtual Program being held July 20-31. The Virtual Program is a two-week interactive online training ground for aspiring global leaders and innovators. Through our experiential learning process, participants will develop tangible skills to work, lead, and drive innovation effectively in diverse global and remote teams.

Application deadline: June 30
To learn more about the program and submit your application, visit or email to speak with an advisor.

Standing against Racism and Injustice

A Message from The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

Our hearts are broken as we witness, along with all of you, more violence and death inflicted upon Black Americans, more pain and suffering and anguish, all the result of systemic racism and anti-Blackness.

Like so many others, we at CIL are taking a look, individually and collectively, at the ways in which we have been complicit in supporting an unjust system, and we are committed to creating a more just system — through our work at CIL, and in all aspects of our lives. 

Read more >

Resident Podcast Series
From All Corners: Under the Dome

Created during the time of COVID-19 by the Program Office, an I-House podcast Under the Dome helped residents feel the community of being under the I-House dome — even if they were in different places across the globe. Throughout the 2020 spring semester, the Program Office chatted with fifteen I-House residents who brought the I-House experience to life by sharing stories such as favorite I-House memories, family traditions, and more.

Under the Dome

Listen to all episodes at:

Alumni News

Congratulations to Khatharya Um (IH 1983-88) for being this year's recipient of theChancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity.

For the past 14 years, the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity (CAAIEE) has been presented to UC Berkeley faculty members who have an extraordinary record of accomplishment in advancing equity, inclusion and diversity through their scholarship, research, teaching, and public or university service.  

Khatharya Um, Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies is one of our I-House Notable Alumni listed under the Trailblazers category:

I-House Alumni Rise to Meet the Challenge

Grace Hong (IH 2016-18) banded together with several fellow alumni in Taiwan to contribute protective masks with the I-House logo for I-House residents and staff.

Taiwan Alumni

In an email that Grace sent with the graphic above, Grace wrote:

"While the pandemic is severe and we are forced to stay home, none of you is left behind. With the I-House spirit in mind, we want to do our best to make you feel our care and support from the other side of the Pacific and strengthen international friendships. Together, we will go through this.


46 Taiwan Alumni of I-House Berkeley & I-House New York"

I-House Class of 2019 - 2020 Final Snap

In May, residents provided photos of themselves to be included in this virtual variation of the traditional front steps group photo, created by our talented social media ambassador, Chan'Cellore Makanjuola.

International House 2019 - 2020

When Chan'Cellore learned that residents wouldn’t be able to gather together for the traditional photo, she knew she wanted to do something to keep the tradition alive. This photo is proof of that. Spring 2020 will be a semester for the history books, and we hope they all cherish the memories and friendships they made during their time at I-House. For a wonderful look back, please read, A Semester Like No Other: An I-House Berkeley Spring 2020 Recap.

Save the date! I-House Virtual 90th Anniversary Celebration: Tuesday, August 18th

90th Anniversary of International House
August 18th is the 90th birthday of International House Berkeley! Help us celebrate by sharing a story for our I-House Stories website. To submit your story, email, or share a post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram about your favorite International House memory. Tag I-House and include the hashtag #ihouseberkeley #IHBerkeley90. Videos and photos are welcome!

Stay tuned for more announcements leading up to our milestone 90th birthday on August 18th, 2020.

Please consider a donation to honor 90 years of International House

We thank you for staying connected to International House Berkeley. 


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

I-House Berkeley

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