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Cultural Peer Mentors (CPMs)

Bridging Cultures, Making Connections

The Cultural Peer Mentors (CPMs) are Cal undergraduates who 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.

The mission of the Cultural Peer Mentors is to bring together students from diverse backgrounds to foster cross-cultural exchange, understanding, and friendship for a more personalized and globally connected college experience.

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

You will automatically be assigned a pair of mentors 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

CPM Anson

Anson Tan

Hello everyone! My name is Anson and I am a rising senior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Public Health. I was born and raised in San Francisco, just across the bay from Berkeley. When I’m not studying or teaching my decal, I’... Read more about Anson Tan
CPM photo of Britney Casillas

Britney Casillas

Heyyy! My name is Britney and I’m a second year majoring in Economics. I’m from Los Angeles, California. In my free time I love to listen to music and spend every free moment with friends. Last summer I studied abroad in the Netherlands ... Read more about Britney Casillas
Indy Rivera

Indy Rivera

Hi and welcome! I go by Indy, I am a second-year student majoring in Economics and Art Practice, with a minor in Spanish. When I'm not studying or volunteering, you can find me exploring the city, always on the lookout for new places to eat. ... Read more about Indy Rivera
CPM photo Jennifer Lico

Jennifer Lico

Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer Lico! I’m a second year studying Political Science and minoring in Education! I am originally from Los Angeles and my family is from Mexico and El Salvador. During my free time, I like to watch movies, go surfing/... Read more about Jennifer Lico
Katherine Maddison

Katherine Maddison

Hi! My name is Katherine and I'm a senior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I'm originally from the San Diego area in Southern California and while I miss the white sand beaches and warm weather, I love to explore the Bay Area - visiting ... Read more about Katherine Maddison
CPM Leben

Leben Kawaguchi

Hi everyone! My name is Leben, a junior majoring in Chemical Biology. I grew up in the Bay Area so am excited to learn about other cultures as a CPM while also in turn sharing some of the beautiful sights that I grew up with. ... Read more about Leben Kawaguchi
CPM photo Malavika Sushil

Malavika Sushil

Hey everyone!!! My name is Malavika Sushil and I am a junior double majoring in Economics and Data Science. I grew up in the Bay Area so if you are ever interested in seeing more of the Bay, I am so excited to share my ... Read more about Malavika Sushil
CPM Olivia Kurtz

Olivia Kurtz

Hi everyone! My name is Olivia, and I'm a junior majoring in Political Economy. Although I was born in Florida, I grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. If you ever want to visit Los Angeles, I'd be happy to provide ... Read more about Olivia Kurtz
CPM Ryan Kuyo

Ryan Kuyo

Heyo, my name is Ryan and I am a second-year studying Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS). I wanted to become a CPM because I am eager to learn about different cultures and languages. I am from Southern California, ... Read more about Ryan Kuyo
CPM Mixer
CPM Picnic
ice cream social
LGBTQ+ Mixer
Self-care show & tell challenge
Telegraph Ave Tour
Yoga with Rachel