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When I moved to Berkeley from home, I went from a school of 140 to a school of over 30,000, and I was worried about being lost in the middle of it. But the moment I stepped foot on campus, groups welcomed me into their community, and Berkeley suddenly seemed a lot smaller. — Franklin D., Major: Physics, Tribe: Dry Creek Pomo
major: political science • tribe: Tohono O’odHam
Joining the Native American organizations on campus has been the most meaningful experience because I wanted to help the community while exploring my cultural roots. We all share a common goal: Bringing more Native American students to Cal while ensuring that they receive the adequate support to succeed once accepted. By joining the organizations, I’ve learned that even though we are small in numbers, our motivation and hard work can certainly have a positive impact on our community.
I also work for Cal’s Native American Student Development Office (NASD), providing Native American students with academic support. Whether we’re creating workshops or planning our mentorship program, we do work that benefits many students. NASD has inspired me to consider a future career in tribal government. My passion for government and helping my community will both be satisfied with a role as an elected official in my Tohono O’odham Reservation.
Being in the theme program has opened my eyes to contemporary issues and given me a sense of community. — Robert N., Majors: Mathematics & Computer Science, Tribe: Cahuilla
majors: Native American Studies & Ethnic Studies • minor: LusOBrazilian Language & Literature • tribeS: Yerington Paiute,Washoe, & Native Hawaiian
Coming from a low-performing East Bay high school to over 30,000 top-tier students at Cal was scary. At first I was not sure if I could do well, much less find my place. But the wonderful people I met in the Native American Recruitment and Retention Center (NARRC) helped me along the way. We studied together, supported one another, and became lifelong friends. And in NARRC I honed my leadership skills and became more involved in the Native community. One of my most memorable jobs was working as a tutor at the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland. Best of
all, my work-study jobs throughout my four years helped me pay for school and fun things like study abroad trips and outings to San Francisco with my friends. Now, as a graduate student, I am back at Berkeley pursuing my Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies. My research projects focus on my tribe’s history and the historic contributions of the greater Bay Area Indian community. I study alongside our phenomenal Native American Studies faculty who continue to foster my development as a Native scholar and guide me toward my dream of becoming a professor.
My first research job combined my love of physics and my indigenous heritage in a way that I never could have anticipated. By using physics I learned in the classroom and at the lab, I was able to restore and enhance recordings of Native Californian tribal songs and stories that were housed in Berkeley’s Hearst Museum. — Maryrose B., Major: Physics, Tribes: Tule River Yokut & Mono
James B. Maryrose B. and James B. are siblings from the Tule River Yokut & Mono Tribes.
Berkeley offers a wide range of courses and concentrations in Environmental Economics and has allowed me to develop a keen understanding—and a particular set of skills—to address environmental and economic issues in a practical real-world setting. I’ve been exposed to world-class instruction from top-notch professors, and I’ve participated in multiple
Major: Environmental Economics & Policy • Tribes: Tule River Yokut & Mono research programs, working alongside professors on projects that have shaped my career path to hopefully one day work in the renewable energy sector. I have also encountered a Native American community that has always supported, motivated, and provided countless academic resources.
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As chair of the American Indian Graduate Student Association, I’ve joined students, staff, and faculty to strengthen Native American/ Indigenous presence at Berkeley. — Olivia C., Major: Ethnic Studies, Tribe: San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Indians
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