To that end, $2 million of the gift will be earmarked for the African American Initiative Scholarship program, a joint effort of the San Francisco Foundation, the Cal Alumni Association, and the Haas, Jr. Fund that supports African-American students who have been admitted to Berkeley but who may be undecided about enrolling.
The gift also will support campus programs aimed at increasing the diversity of the student body, including efforts to maximize outreach to and recruitment of low-income, underrepresented minority students in the Bay Area and California who are the first in their families to attend college, and provide a welcoming, supportive experience for all students. Programs receiving support include a series of bridging experiments led by professor of law john powell that are designed to create life-changing experiences for students and expand practices that promote belonging, foster a more cohesive campus environment, and prepare students for the twenty-first century.
"We are grateful to the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund for this remarkable gift, and our longstanding partnership, which will help us make important strides toward becoming a truly inclusive and welcoming campus for African-American, Latinx, and Native American students," said Berkeley chancellor Carol Christ. "These efforts embrace the California spirit and its diversity, befitting our tradition as an engine of social mobility."