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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

UCEAP in The White House
As a new federal government begins to take shape, a growing list of UCEAP alumni have joined UC Hastings College of Law graduate Kamala Harris in the Biden administration.
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Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of the Department of Energy A two-term governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm is an expert in the policy and politics of energy. Most recently, she has been teaching classes in clean energy and policy innovation at UC Berkeley. Jennifer attended the UCEAP Bordeaux program from 1982-83.
“I’m so grateful to UC Berkeley and the Goldman School of Public Policy for giving me the ability to access great research talent and fabulous grad students passionate about clean energy,” Jennifer said.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs In 2000, Julie Chavez Rodriguez graduated with a Latin American Studies degree from UC Berkeley. She served in the Obama White House as senior deputy director of public engagement. Julie led engagement with leaders in the LGBTQ, Latinx, veterans, and other communities. Joining the Biden-Harris campaign, she served as deputy campaign manager. In 1999, she studied with UCEAP at the UC Center in Mexico. She is the granddaughter of César Chávez, co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association.
This article was adapted from UC in the White House on the University of California news site.
Main photo: US Vice President Kamala Harris takes the Oath of Office on the platform of the US Capitol during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC, Jan. 20, 2021. Photo credit: DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum. Headshot top: Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Department of Energy. By energy.gov - energy.gov, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia page Headshot bottom: Julie Chavez Rodriguez, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement. Photo Credit: White House Photo Office
Main photo: US Vice President Kamala Harris takes the Oath of Office on the platform of the US Capitol during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC, Jan. 20, 2021. Photo credit: DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum. Headshot top: Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Department of Energy. By energy.gov - energy.gov, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia page Headshot bottom: Julie Chavez Rodriguez, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement. Photo Credit: White House Photo Office

UCEAP EVENT

UCEAP Open House Goes Online April 6 and 7
To keep study abroad on the minds of students, UCEAP is hosting a spring recruitment fair.
The Open House will take place April 6 and 7. This virtual event will offer an information desk and the following sessions:
  • Study abroad in different regions
  • Scholarships
  • UCEAP Finance 101
  • UCEAP 101
  • Peace Corps Prep
  • COVID FAQs
  • Incorporating UCEAP into your UC career
  • How UCEAP fits into your future career
  • Identities abroad
If you have questions, please contact May Pothongsunun.

ALUMNI NEWS

UCEAP Connect Boasts 3,000 Alumni Members
UCEAP Connect, a digital networking community for UCEAP alumni, staff, and supporters has reached an important milestone.
There are now 3,000 members staying connected to UCEAP. This platform is used to:
  • Reconnect with friends
  • Share photos
  • Mentor young alumni
  • Learn about alumni events
Help UCEAP Connect engage another 3,000 members by creating your own account and getting the word out to alumni.
Don’t miss these alumni events in March:
  • Australia Alumni Zoom Reunion on March 4, 2021
  • UCEAP Trivia – International Foods on March 24, 2021
For more information, email
alumni@uceap.universityofcalifornia.edu

The californian abroad

What I Learned as a Korean American Studying in Korea
UC Santa Barbara student Brandon Yoon attended Korea's Yonsei University to get a better understanding of his Korean American heritage. While exploring family roots, he lived with his grandparents, attended the university where his parents met, and re-learned the Korean language. "Korea was a completely transformative experience. The way I think about myself, the people around me, and the world was significantly changed after study abroad," he said. Share the post about Brandon's experience in Korea in your student communications and inspire students to discover their heritage while they study abroad.
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