Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,
In this edition of the I-House Connection — on the cusp of the last day of finals and Commencement weekend — I am reminded of the new beginnings and enduring challenges not only for the worthy graduates, but for our I-House community. I’m pleased to convey that we are optimistic about the reopening of the House in August, and wish to share Roxanne Pifer’s update on admissions and the room and board Scholarships application process. In these fraught times, I am also gratified that our Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership is offering a diversity, equity, and inclusion workshop series, with a special discount for alumni members of our global community. The final Big Give results are in, and I’d like to thank all of you who participated once again. I’d also like to encourage all of you to join our global community platform, I-House Berkeley Connect, if you haven’t already done so.
Finally, I’d like to share that on April 30, University of California President Michael Drake and the chancellors of all 10 UC campuses sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security urging them to take immediate action to allow international students and scholars to travel to higher education institutions in the United States for the fall 2021 semester. On May 5, the State Department responded to President Drake's letter, affirming that international students are a priority for the department. The letter cited the department's National Interest Exception policies for international students and stated that the department "is reviewing all possible options" to issue visas to qualified applicants, including international students.
Go Bears, and congratulations Graduates!
Shaun R. Carver
International House, UC Berkeley