Statements & news


July 18, 2016

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

The past two weeks have ripped at the heart of America.

We have had to witness senseless killings and we’ve had to witness far too many of them.

July 15, 2016


Diana Lizarraga, the director of the Cal NERDS program, has been given the KPIX Jefferson Award for her work with non-traditional students studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Reporter Sharon Chin came to Stephens Hall to talk with Diana and then joined some of the NERDS on their service day while they turned elementary students into scientists. Watch the story now.

July 8, 2016

June 30, 2016

Washington Post

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that starting today, transgender people will now be allowed to openly serve in the armed forces. "Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly. Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who can best accomplish the mission,” Carter said. That means trans troops can no longer be discharged from the military.

June 28, 2016

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision blocking President Obama's plan to allow some illegal residents to work legally in the United States. The program would have protected up to five million undocumented workers from being deported and allow them to work. The vote was tied 4-to-4, leaving in place an appeals court ruling that blocked the plan.

UC Berkeley's Undocumented Students Program got in touch with their immigration attorney to answer some questions about whether this decision affects your status or plans you have to travel. Here is the information:

December 14, 2015

As members of an academic community, united in its commitment to the public good, we feel a unique responsibility to confront prejudice, hatred, and bias. Whether we are confronting anti-Islamic words and deeds; racism; or hostility and discrimination based on religion, gender, or sexual orientation—these are all antithetical to what we stand for both personally and as members of Berkeley’s leadership team.