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July 2020 News Blitz

OPEN CALL: BlackSO Workshop Facilitators Wanted

The FLHBRC Summer Team is looking for individuals interested in leading workshops during this year's virtual BLACKSO. The tentative week for BLACKSO right now is 8/17-8/21, with the workshops on 8/19 and 8/20 for a potential 1-2 hours (~30 minutes per workshop). We have a few workshops already planned, but we want to open up the possibility of Black students, faculty, staff, or otherwise to create their own workshops based on their personal experiences in order to introduce the incoming class a wider range of people and interests. Some examples include: Black Skaters Workshop, Black Fitness at Cal, Black Vegetarian/Vegan Life at Cal, etc. Feel free to be as creative as possible; What would you have liked to know, see, and experience as a freshman? 

If interested in facilitating a virtual workshop for the incoming class, pre-planned or otherwise, please visit for more details and registration. 


“I’ve seen a huge capacity for redemption from people… if given a chance.” That’s Thelton Henderson, a renowned civil rights lawyer who spent 37 years as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California...

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Berkeley News: Legacy of Berkeley Law’s first Black female graduate lives on
If you were to look at a group photo of the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Class of 2022, which arrived on campus last fall, a majority of the students are women, and over half are students of color. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1929, Annie Virginia Stephens Coker was one of just two women in her class and the first Black woman to graduate from Berkeley Law.

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LA Times: UC Berkeley has a poor reputation among Black students. It's trying to change that
Special thank you to one of our BSFO members for downloading a PDF version of the article for us! Read more here >>
Golden Bear Voices - Josh Drayden
Football Student-Athlete Uses Platform To Empower Others
7/15/2020 12:00 PM | By: Josh Drayden

"I recognize that the Black Lives Matter movement extends far beyond my life, and this means being critical of the state of our nation. I understand that there are good things about America, but I also believe that we need to fix systems that were designed to oppress Blacks and minorities. Understanding systemic racism means that you can't expect the same systems that built racism to be the ones to dismantle it."

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Congratulations to Josh for sharing their activism on a large platform!
Resources to share with your Black student networks.
Apple Summer 2021 internship connection from UCOP BSFO colleague...

"We have begun recruiting for our Summer 2021 Internship with the Finance Development Program in SCV! If you know of any students who may be interested, we’d love your referrals! Eligible candidates should be a rising junior in college (graduating December 2021 through Summer 2022) with an interest in Finance. The internship can lead to a full-time role in our Finance Development Program (FDP) - the job description is attached below and includes more information about the internship and FDP. 

 If you know of someone who may be a fit or would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to Courtney Yeager at and encourage interested candidates apply to the role on our students jobs site. Given that it is early in the recruiting season, candidates are welcome to apply now for early consideration or wait until later in the summer/fall if that timing works better for them."

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