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Cultural Peer Mentors throwing hats in the air

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 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

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Damaris Velazquez

Hi! I’m Damaris, a senior majoring in English and Hispanic Languages, Linguistics, and Bilingualism. I was interested in being a CPM so I could meet new people and different cultures! I’m also looking forward to helping international students feel comfortable and supported in ... Read more about Damaris Velazquez
Edison Guanuna

Edison Guanuna

Hey! My name is Edison and I'm a junior studying EECS and Business. I want to be a CPM because I love learning about new languages and cultures! I'm excited to help everyone assimilate to life here while keeping their home cultures shining for others ... Read more about Edison Guanuna
Iago Zavala

Iago Zavala

Hello everyone! I am a Junior from Lima, Peru, majoring in Economics. I wanted to be a CPM to learn from all of you and your cultures. I am fluent in Spanish and English and am currently learning Italian but hope to learn more languages ... Read more about Iago Zavala
Ilan Naor

Ilan Naor

Hi everyone! My name is Ilan and I am currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. I was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, and moved away from my hometown for the first time last year to study at ... Read more about Ilan Naor
Katherine Mullin

Katherine Mullin

Hello everyone! My name is Katherine and I am a rising senior majoring in Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Studies. I love to read, cook, and bake new recipes! I became a CPM because I love to meet new people and learn about ... Read more about Katherine Mullin
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Lillie Bui

Hello! My name is Lillie Bui and I'm a senior double majoring in Psychology and Molecular and Cell Biology. I'm from Portland, OR and some of my interests include neuroscience, watching movies, and finding good food places in the Bay Area! I am a CPM ... Read more about Lillie Bui
Makenzie Parajon

Makenzie Parajon

Hello! My name is Makenzie and I am a junior majoring in Sociology with a minor in Native American Studies! I was born and raised in the Bay Area so if you are in need of any fun activity ideas I am your girl! Some ... Read more about Makenzie Parajon
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Manish Jaganath

Hello y’all! My name is Manish, and I’m currently a junior at Cal double majoring in Economics and Data Science. I owe a debt of gratitude to the people who made adapting and settling in exponentially easier which I hope to repay through ... Read more about Manish Jaganath
Rachel (Zhiyang) Wang

Rachel (Zhiyang) Wang

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am a senior double majoring in Economics and Sustainable Environmental Design. I was born in China and went to high school in New York. I am fluent in both Mandarin and English. I am hoping to learn ... Read more about Rachel (Zhiyang) Wang
Reuben Rodriguez

Reuben Rodriguez

Hello! I am Reuben Rodriguez, a senior this year. I am a Music major and a linguistics minor. I am Mexican-American and am transferring from a community college in Southern California. Aside from English, I speak Spanish fluently and just started learning Mandarin! I also ... Read more about Reuben Rodriguez
Samantha Doyle-Jacobson

Samantha Doyle-Jacobson

Hello! I'm Samantha, a fourth year student working towards a major in Linguistics and a minor in Japanese. I'm from Long Beach in Southern California. Studying languages is a passion of mine (particularly Japanese and Russian), and I love learning about other cultures. I think ... Read more about Samantha Doyle-Jacobson
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