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Welcome

Cultural Peer Mentors (CPMs)

The Cultural Peer Mentors (CPMs) provide guidance, resources, and support to international students in BISP. We are here to assist international students to make a successful cultural and academic transition at UC Berkeley.

Our goal is to represent US American cultures to incoming international students. We hope US American and international students alike can develop cultural awareness and acquire intercultural competency through frequent cross-cultural interaction in order to become globally-minded citizens. 

 

How can I get a mentor?
How can I get a mentor?

You will automatically be assigned a mentor at the beginning of the semester. You can choose whether or not to attend the events, but you will always be invited!

Zero cost, 100% gain!
Zero cost, 100% gain!

It is absolutely free! Our Cultural Peer Mentors understand how international students can struggle to adjust to a new environment, so they volunteer time and energy to help you!

Mentor options
Mentor options

You can have a mentor and receive weekly update on events, or you do not have to have a mentor, but can still receive newsletter and get invited to all program-wide events from BISP.

Meet our CPMs

llsia Hernandez

llsia Hernandez

Hi! My name is Ilsia Mercedes Hernandez I’m 24 years old. I’m from Los Angeles CA and I’m currently a Senior majoring in English. I love listening to music and learning new languages. I wanted to become a CPM because I love helping ... Read more
Nikolai Oh

Nikolai Oh

Hi! I’m Nikolai Oh, a rising sophomore here at Berkeley. I’m currently intending to pursue both a degree in both Biology and Business Administration. My hobbies include mechanical keyboards, skiing, and eating good food. I love outdoor activities like hiking, and I’m ... Read more
Ximena Dergal

Ximena Dergal

Hello! My name is Ximena and I am a second year at UCB; I intend to major in Media Studies and minor in Journalism (numbers tend to disagree with me which is why I’ve decided to spend my college years writing instead). I grew ... Read more
Jade Rowe

Jade Rowe

Hi! My name is Jade Rowe, I am a senior this year. Go bears! I am an English major with a special interest in Southeast Asian studies and languages. I speak conversational French and Indonesian, as well as very basic Mandarin and Spanish. I wanted ... Read more
Chester-Jehu Arevalo

Chester-Jehu Arevalo

Hey everyone! My name is Chester, a senior at UC Berkeley. I am majoring in Media Studies and English. I am from Los Angeles, California and I fluently speak English and Tagalog; I am still working on my fluency in some of the romantic languages, ... Read more
Andrea Chau

Andrea Chau

Hello! My name is Andrea and I just recently graduated from Berkeley actually this past spring but I still wanted to get to know all of you. I majored in Cognitive Science and Art practice. I’m a Chinese American from Los Angeles that can ... Read more
Amy Wu

Amy Wu

Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I’m a second year pre-med student intending to major in Interdisciplinary Studies and double minor in Global Public Health and Global Poverty and Practice. I’m Taiwanese but I was born and raised in San Diego. I ... Read more
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