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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

Amy Wu

Amy Wu

Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I’m a third year pre-med student majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies and minoring in Global Public Health. I’m Taiwanese but I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I can speak some Mandarin and Spanish but ... Read more about Amy Wu
Ani Banerjee

Ani Banerjee

Hello! My name is Ani Banerjee, and I'm a third year studying Economics and Psychology. I applied to be a CPM because I enjoy learning more about other people's cultures and sharing my own with them. If I'm not working or studying on campus, you ... Read more about Ani Banerjee
Annie Li

Annie Li

Hi everyone! My name is Annie Li, an incoming freshman majoring in Global Management and music with a Data Science minor. I am from Irvine, CA, and growing up in a rather traditional Chinese family since I was young, I speak conversational Mandarin. I have ... Read more about Annie Li
Cameron

Cameron Johnson

Hi everyone! My name is Cameron and I’m a second year majoring in Human Geography and minoring in French. I became a CPM because I’m passionate about helping others find a place of belonging on campus, and because I believe everyone has a ... Read more about Cameron Johnson
Jill Bhatia

Jill Bhatia

Hi everyone! My name is Jill Bhatia and I am a freshman this year! I am majoring in Global Management through the Haas School of Business. I wanted to become a CPM because I have spent time abroad and wanted to help people adjust while ... Read more about Jill Bhatia
Julieanna Guo

Julieanna Guo

Hi y'all! My name is Julieanna, and I'm a rising junior majoring in Sociology and Music. I can fluently speak English and Chinese, and I'm currently trying to learn German and Korean through Duolingo. I'm a Chinese American from Pasadena CA who loves to go ... Read more about Julieanna Guo
Lillie

Lillie Bui

Hi everyone! I’m Lillie, a third year double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology. I’m a Vietnamese American from Portland, Oregon, and I am a CPM because I love meeting new people, learning more about different cultures, and sharing about my ... Read more about Lillie Bui
Manish

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
Patricia Fernandez

Patricia Fernandez

Hi everyone! My name is Patricia Fernandez. I am a senior majoring in Legal studies with a minor in Education and Human Rights. I am Salvadoran American and have spent my entire life in the Bay Area. I am fluent in Spanish and English but ... Read more about Patricia Fernandez
Reuben Rodriguez

Reuben Rodriguez

Hello! I am Reuben Rodriguez, a transferring Junior 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 ... Read more about Reuben Rodriguez
Katie Barkun

Valérie Barkun

I am a History of Art rising senior, minoring in Landscape Architecture. I am friendly and I love learning different cultures and languages.
Ximena Dergal

Ximena Dergal

Hello! My name is Ximena and I am a rising senior at UCB majoring in Media Studies and minoring in Journalism! I grew up in Mexico City, but moved to Miami to attend an art and design high school. I’m very passionate about art ... Read more about Ximena Dergal
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