August 4, 2022

Dear Newly Admitted Students and Families,                                                                              

Congratulations on your acceptance to UC Berkeley! 

On behalf of the Raíces Recruitment and Retention Center (RRRC) and the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office (CLSD) at UC Berkeley, we would like to invite you to attend our bilingual familia orientation. “Están En Buenas Manos” is the theme for orientation. It’s symbolic of the caring and supportive staff, professors, students, and alumni in our comunidad that will welcome you and your familias as you start your journey at Cal. This year, there will be two familia orientation events – one virtual and the other in-person – and we encourage students and their families to attend either one, or both events.

  • Our first familia orientation will be primarily in Spanish and will take place virtually on Wednesday, August 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP for this event by no later than August 8th to confirm your participation. Prior to the event, you will receive the Zoom link.  

During this familia orientation event, students and their families will hear from and gain insight on the  Berkeley campus experience from Professor Cati V. de los Ríos from the School of Education and from staff representing different campus resources such as the Undocumented Student Program, Financial Aid, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disabled Students' Program, and much more. In the last 30 minutes of this event, students and their familias will have the opportunity to start meeting with some of the Latinx student organizations and learn about academic seminars offered by the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office.

  • Our second familia orientation event will be held in-person on Wednesday, August 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Pauley Ballroom, MLK Building. Click here to RSVP by no later than August 15th to confirm your participation. RSVP as soon as possible as this event has a capacity limit. We will close the RSVP form once we reach our maximum capacity limitFor our second familia orientation event, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Dania Matos, Professor Pablo Gonzalez (Lecturer, Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies), and student speakers will welcome you and your familias to UC Berkeley and share some tips to help you feel more connected to campus. There will also be a resource fair featuring different campus resources that provide services to support you throughout your time at Cal.

Should you have any questions feel free to contact the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office at (510) 642-1802 or e-mail

Stay updated on these events via Instagram: @clsd@theraicescenter@familiaorientation

We look forward to meeting you all soon! 

Kristal Roman, Retention Coordinator of Raíces Recruitment and Retention

Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, Director of Chicanx Latinx Student Development 

Evelyn Rojo Flores, Assistant Director, Chicanx Latinx Student Development

Gladys A. Perez, Assistant Director, Latinx Community Center