The I-House Connection: October 2021

October 21, 2021

 October 2021

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,

As the full October moon strives to shine through the welcome rain over the I-House dome, please join me in welcoming our new Social Media Ambassador, Louise Riche. In this edition of the I-House Connection, please enjoy a short video “Glimpse of Life at I-House” and a compilation of favorite memories shared on our Global Community platform. We’d love to hear your I-House stories too, and welcome you to participate at


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

Meet Louise, our New Social Media Ambassador

Louise Riche, Social Media AmbassadorHello everyone! My name is Louise Riche and I am very excited to be the second Social Media Ambassador for I-House for this academic year! Along with Azza Chairannisa, I will be sharing life at International House and its incredible community on social media.

A little bit about me: I am a French exchange student staying in Berkeley for a year. However, even though I grew up in France, I have spent the last two years studying in London! People often ask me what my major is, and I always reply that it is a complicated question. That is because I study an interdisciplinary degree of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meaning that I study a little bit of everything. For example, at Berkeley, my classes range from Chinese and computer science to theatre and social entrepreneurship! In my free time, I love watching movies (my favorite being La La Land) and traveling.


In addition to breathing new life into our Instagram and Facebook pages, our Social Media Ambassadors are curating Spotify playlists and a new TikTok account for I-House!  

A Glimpse of Life at I-House

Meet some of our residents who gathered on the Heller Patio for a photoshoot organized by residents Azza Chairannisa and Holly Pilling. Residents from Belgium, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, The Philippines, and the U.S.A. enjoyed a break from studying for midterms.

Meet some I-House residents

Video created by Social Media Ambassador Azza Chairannisa.

Thanks for the I-House Memories! 

Watch our latest compilation video with memories provided by users of the I-House Berkeley Connect platform. Accompanied by the music of current resident performer Allen Mao, this video highlights some of the alumni responses spanning from the 1960s until today.  On the occasion of Allen playing the piano in the Great Hall for the first time, the residents and staff who enjoyed the impromptu concert applauded heartily! Thanks to all of the alumni who have shared I-House memories, and thank you, Allen, for gracing our halls with beautiful music for the first time since our closure!

I-House Memories Compilation 2021

For the memories compilation video, Allen performs a classical medley on the Kawai grand piano in the Chevron Auditorium, the first time the piano has been played in two years!
Watch the video on our YouTube channel

Who Opened Doors for You?

As a way to honor the reopening of International House for residents in Fall 2021, we want to hear from you about Who opened doors for you? — whether at I-House, UC Berkeley, or beyond. Please fill out this form to share a story and upload a photo or video, or email us at

Join the I-House Team! 

We are continuing to recruit for a variety of roles at International House. The search is underway for the following job opportunities:

If you or someone you know would be interested in any of these positions, please visit the Jobs portal:  For hiring questions, please email

Calling All Alumni!

It is our goal to celebrate the lives and achievements of our alumni and the contributions they have made and continue to make in the world. Please help us to keep you informed of upcoming regional events, update our records to help you reconnect with old friends and locate lost alumni, and to share recent I-House news with you. If you have moved, changed email or mailing addresses, or want to give us an exciting update, please let us know by filling out your profile in I-House Berkeley Connect. As always, we welcome your news at

By sharing your updates with your I-House friends, you are helping to extend our reach and to keep the I-House connection alive! And now that we have reopened, our membership has increased to over 1,400 alumni and current residents. We encourage participation in this online global community, where you can:

  • Connect with another member via video chat or direct message;
  • Browse the Alumni Directory and connect with I-House friends;
  • Post or browse job opportunities;
  • Offer mentoring or find a mentor;
  • List your business or passion project in the Business Hub;
  • Read Shaun Carver's Friday posts to stay in the know!

Get Started on I-House Berkeley Connect

New Members October 2021 I-House Berkeley Connect

If you need some assistance or have any questions, just let us know! 


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

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