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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

Alondra Zamora

Alondra Zamora

Hey! I'm Alondra a second year studying Conservation and Resource Studies, and Society and Environment. I was born and raised in Redwood City, a small town in the Bay Area. I love to eat Mexican food, probably because I grew up eating and watching my ... Read more about Alondra Zamora
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Ana Sannia

Hi! My name is Ana and I am a senior Economics student. I'm bicoastal- half of my heart is with my family in Miami, FL and the other half is here in Berkeley. I'm passionate about music, books, languages, and the outdoors. I spent the ... Read more about Ana Sannia
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
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Catherine Tong

Hello! I'm Catherine, a third-year majoring in comparative literature with a focus on Chinese and English. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and my go-to place for a tasty meal is Jubba, a local restaurant back home that serves delicious Somali food. ... Read more about Catherine Tong
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
Jennifer Lico

Jennifer Lico

Hi!! My name is Jennifer Lico. I’m a second year studying Political Science and Social Welfare 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 try new ... 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
Krish Rambhiya

Krish Rambhiya

I'm Krish, a rising senior from UC Berkeley double majoring in Data Science and Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, originally from Mumbai, India. My own journey inspired me to become a Campus Peer Mentor, hoping to ease others' transition into this dynamic environment, much like ... Read more about Krish Rambhiya
CPM Kristie

Kristie Moore

Hello! My name is Kristie and I am a junior from Irvine, CA majoring in Global Studies. I enjoy learning foreign languages, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends. I have grown so much through my interactions with diverse communities abroad ... Read more about Kristie Moore
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 Ryan

Ryan Kuyo

Heyo, my name is Ryan and I am a second-year studying Materials Science and Engineering. I wanted to become a CPM because I am eager to learn about different cultures and languages. I am from Southern California, love the outdoors, and cannot wait to meet ... 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