The I-House Connection: June 2023

The I-House Connection: June 2023
June 15, 2023

Dear Alumni and Friends,

 Juneteenth (the 19th of June each year) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 158 years after a June 1865 military order enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at long last established freedom for African-Americans who had been enslaved, I-House applauds the long overdue recognition of Juneteenth as an official U.S. national holiday. Juneteenth has taken on even greater significance as the U.S. continues to reckon with its past and present while working towards racial justice and equality.

"Inclusive Leadership, Global Impact" sounds like an apt description of the I-House recipe for working towards a more just and peaceful world. In fact, it is the title of the latest book from I-House Board Member, Dr. Ernest “Ernie” Gundling, written together with co-author Dr. Cheryl Williams. The book is now featured in the Business Hub section of the I-House Berkeley Connect Global Community platform, and I invite you to learn more about it below.

In this issue of the I-House Connection, Oke Iroegbu, Social Media Ambassador, provides a retrospective at the end of the academic year, and reflects upon his experiences and gratitude as he conveys an inspiring message to departing residents (and alums and friends): “Go, Let Your Light Shine!”

If you haven’t yet registered to attend the I-House All Years Alumni Reunion, please consider doing so now at the link below as space is limited. We are looking forward to welcoming alumni from all years back to I-House for brunch in the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Dining Commons on Sunday, August 6, 2023. 
Please pardon our enthusiasm if you've responded already to our spring appeal in support of financial aid for deserving students in need. Thank you!  If you’ve yet to have the opportunity, please consider helping us to empower the next generations of global leaders with a contribution to the I-House Scholarship Fund.
Many thanks for helping us to keep the I-House dream alive!


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director

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

Inclusive Leadership, Global Impact

The latest book from I-House Board Member, Dr. Ernest “Ernie” Gundling, written together with co-author Dr. Cheryl Williams, is now featured in the Business Hub section of the I-House Berkeley Connect Global Community platform.

Inclusive Leadership, Global Impact Book coverFrom the book’s overview: “Inclusive Leadership, Global Impact provides a welcome guide for leaders who seek to make real progress with inclusion because they see it as both the right thing to do and also as good for their business. This approach, now in use by many companies around the world, is based on the authors’ combined experience of more than fifty years working with corporate audiences and applying academic research.

Leaders at various levels, whether they are working with a diverse domestic team or with colleagues based in different countries, will find relatable examples, anecdotes, advice, and useful recommendations for converting positive intentions into effective action steps. The authors demonstrate how global inclusion initiatives can be combined with local insights to develop, retain, and engage valuable employees, mitigate a range of legal and other risks, and position organizations for a new wave of innovation and growth propelled by a truly inclusive work environment.”
You can purchase this new book online here and learn more about I-House Board member and co-author Dr. Ernest Gundling here.     

Go, Let Your Light Shine
By Oke Iroegbu

The direction you choose to face determines whether you’re standing at the end or the beginning of a road.”
- Richelle E. Goodrich

                    I-House at night

Writing this gives me nostalgic feelings. It is that part of the year when we say congratulations and goodbyes to each other. It is that part of the year that we give out hugs and kisses and flowers and wishes for a greater journey ahead. We can’t help it, this is life, but we can cherish the memories I-House had given to us. The end of something, they say, is the beginning of another. So remembering where it all began is important. Remembering also, how it ended is more important. We started our I-House journey, unsure of what to take out of it. We concluded this academic year with enriching experiences that positively impacted our lives. I'd like to recap what I’ve learned living in I-House.

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Join us for Brunch at I-House on August 6, 2023

International House All Years Alumni Reunion

We are looking forward to welcoming alumni back to I-House for brunch in the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Dining Commons on Sunday, August 6, 2023. This is a fantastic opportunity for I-House alumni to reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and swap stories about their time “under the dome.” We welcome all alumni, regardless of when they stayed at I-House, and encourage them to bring families and friends.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from I-House Executive Director Shaun Carver, take a tour of the building, and more. 

At this point, we have over 70 alumni registered to attend, from decades going back to the 1950s!  We have a limited number of seats, so please register by July 23, at The cost of brunch is $20/person.

If you have questions, please let us know at or (510) 642-4128.

We look forward to welcoming you back to I-House!

Empower the Next Generation of Global Leaders

4 residentsThe support of the I-House community directly impacts the lives of our residents, many of whom credit their personal and professional development to the quality time spent, ideas exchanged, and friendships made under the dome.

But uncertain economies around the world have made attaining the I-House experience a stretch for many students who wish to reap the benefits of living here. By contributing to the I-House Scholarship Fund today, you can open a world of possibilities for students from around the globe and help I-House to maintain and grow socio-economic diversity among our residents.  

Your support for scholarships at I-House also helps UC Berkeley attract and retain the brightest minds from around the globe, creating a vibrant and inclusive community as, together, we strive for a more just and peaceful world. I hope you will join me and make a gift today

Remember, your contribution of any amount helps empower students today and shape the global leaders of tomorrow!

Spotlight on I-House Berkeley Connect

Did you know alumni can post a free listing about their business, book, project, or other work on our official global community? If you have something to feature, simply click the Business Hub link and Start Posting button, as shown in the screenshot below.

Business Hub screenshot

If you need assistance with posting a listing, we're happy to help! Email us at

I-House Berkeley Connect now supports pronouns She/Her, He/Him, and They/Them. If this is something that is relevant to you, be sure to log in and edit your profile where you can select which pronouns appear below your name.

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 a free advertisement in the Business Hub;
  • Read Shaun Carver's Friday posts to stay in the know!

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