Campus Programming taking place during Inauguration Week at UC Berkeley

Campus Programming taking place during Inauguration Week

at UC Berkeley


January 10, 2017: As Chancellor Dirks announced to the UC Berkeley community in November, our campus remains steadfast in our values, committed to the safety, growth, and well-being of all of our students, faculty, and staff.  The first week of our new semester (January 13-20, 2017) coincides with the Inauguration of a new President of the United States.  Recognizing that our campus is brimming with activities and events that address the timely issues of our shared political landscape, the offices for Equity & Inclusion and of Arts + Design have collaborated with Campus Public Affairs to create a schedule of events, lectures, and other gatherings that address a range of topics and welcome diverse perspectives.

Programming at our university serves many roles; some events offer safe spaces of reflection and of healing; others offer spaces of deliberation, provocation, self-reflexive learning, or creative problem-solving. As a public research university, our spaces are arenas for learning and for debate, propelled by a commitment to deep inquiry, empirical research, and thoughtful investigation.

We invite you to join the many different campus organizations that are addressing important issues for 2017.   Find your voice, speak your mind, and support your fellow students. For event times, dates, sponsoring units, and contact information, please see below. This page will be updated regularly, but for event details or questions, please reach out to each unit specifically. You may also view this on the campuc calendar, here. Thank you!



Friday, January 13, 2017


The American Cultures Center and The Division of Equity and Inclusion
The Value of Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
Multicultural Community Center, MLK Jr. Student Union
Friday, January 13, 2017, from 12:00-2:00pm
To learn more, please visit their event page.

Given the very real and fraught conversations elicited by the election, its racism, xenophobia, sexism, and so much else, please join AC faculty, Brandi Wilkins Catanese, Michael Cohen, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Khalid Kadir, and Zeus Leonardo, in a discussion addressing the value of coming together around difficult conversations? How might we, or can we, best prepare to engage our students in articulating their thinking and learn with each other? Co-sponsored by the Division of Equity & Inclusion.


Art Practice Department
RADICAL CRAFT JAM: A Day of Pre-Inauguration Artistic Resistance + Production!
Friday, January 13, all day
Wurster and Kroeber Halls
To learn more, please visit their event page.

On Friday, January 13, the art studios at Wurster and Kroeber Halls open up for a day of drop-in visual resistance and production in the lead-up to the January 20 Inauguration (J20). Students, staff, faculty, and the general public are invited to work together to make screenprints, fabric banners, ceramic talismans, laser cut stencils, political puppets, and more! Come with ideas and creative energy, and leave with your very own forms of visual resistance! Presented by “Someday Is Now”, a collective group of students, faculty, and staff at UC Berkeley’s Art Practice Dept.


Saturday, January 14, 2017


Center for Political Education
People Get Ready: Building Resistance in the Trump Era
Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:00-6:00pm
Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
To learn more, please visit their event page.

Join the Center for Political Education and friends for a one-day conference considering the context we may be facing under Trump and proposing strategies to fight for our future.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Division of Equity & Inclusion
Nationwide Social Media campaign across colleges and universities
Launching on Monday, January 16, 2017

Starting on Martin Luther King Day, students, faculty and staff are invited to use #OurTomorrow on all social media platforms to show and tell the country what you and your fellow students and colleagues are doing to support equity and inclusion and have an impact during these changing times. For example, Tweet information about a gathering you’re going to on Inauguration Day or send an Instagram of the work you’re doing to help protect and expand the civil rights of our DREAMer students. Since the 2016 election, many of us have been experiencing fear and uncertainty along with the desire and need to take action. In response, campuses across the nation are joining together in a campaign to provide support to students during this time of change, promote equal opportunity for all, and encourage people to get involved locally, nationally, and globally through civic and public service. This effort is nonpartisan, inclusive of diverse perspectives, and a celebration of the profound power we all have to make change.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Berkeley Arts + Design | Arts Research Center
Urban Ghosts: The Future Of Artists, Place and Displacement in The American City
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7pm
The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Traditionally, artists have flocked to the cities, turning them into engines of creativity. But after Ghost Ship and under a new Trump presidency, what are the prospects for artists and culture in the American city? Is the era of Maker culture and place-making giving way to an era of intensified displacement? How might artists, educational institutions, government institution, the non-profit sector, and creative companies respond to the new conditions? What strategies might we use to preserve affordability, diversity, and creativity?

Featuring: Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland; Jeff Chang, Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts; Moy Eng, Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust; Walter Hood, Founder, Hood Design and Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, UC Berkeley; Marta Riggins, Director of Employee Experience & Marketing, Pandora; and Fantastic Negrito, Musician. Moderated by Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design, UC Berkeley. Supported by Berkeley Arts + Design, The Arts Research Center, and the David Brower Center.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#J18: Teach! Organize! Resist!
January 18, 2017, all day
For more information, please visit their event page.

#J18 is a day to Teach, Organize, Resist. #J18 is meant to be a day of actions, ideas, dreams, dialogues, performances, alliances, plans, marches, and assemblies created by many in a multitude of spaces and places. They invite educators, students, and community partners to plan programs and activities on that day and to share information via this website. Together, they will build a platform that connects education and protest across the United States and links these to actions of solidarity in other parts of the world.


The American Cultures Center and the Labor Center
From Direct Action to Social Movements
Center for Labor Research and Education, 2521 Channing Way # 5555
Wednesday, January 18th, from 5:00-7:00 pm
For more information, please visit their event page.

The American Cultures Center and The UC Berkeley Labor Center are pleased to announce an evening discussion ‘From Direct Action to Social Movements,’ which will include a panel of community organizers, faculty and labor leaders, addressing movement building is created and sustained.


Thursday, January 19, 2017


School of Journalism
Separating fact from fantasy: Is fake news undermining the truth?
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30pm
Please register here in advance of the event

“Separating fact from fantasy: Is fake news undermining the truth?” The proliferation of fake news and what can be done about it comes under scrutiny by a multidisciplinary panel of experts assembled at the University of California, Berkeley.

After a deluge of criticism and widespread expression of concern, Facebook announced steps to partially address the threat of never-ending information wars. The incentives to spread misinformation, disinformation, lies, fantasies and propaganda include great financial and political gain. Do tech companies and news sites have the ability and/or the responsibility to contain a flood of inaccuracy? Can they do that without bias or censorship?


Gender & Women’s Studies
GWS Café
602 Barrows Hall
Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 12:00-4:00pm, and every Thursday during the semester

The GWS Café is a sanctuary space/conversation space for the campus and GWS community, and will be especially be so the day before and week after the inauguration (January 19th and 26th).  This series will act as a regular community gathering space for students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff.


LEAD Center
Lower and Upper Sproul
Thursday, January 19th, from 11:00am- 4:00pm
To learn more, please visit their event page.

Calapalooza is the University’s premier twice-a-year student activities fair. Featuring over 500 student organizations and 30 departments, Calapalooza is a great way to connect with co-curricular and leadership development opportunities!


Friday, January 20, 2017


School of Social Welfare
Advocacy Skills 101
Friday, January 20, Friday, 10am – 11:30am
Haviland Hall, room 5

A overview of 10 skills residents and citizens need to effectively and strategically engage in policy advocacy. Students will leave the session with fundamental skills to improve their efficacy as change agents in the local, state, or federal policy environment.


School of Social Welfare
Detecting bogus claims
Haviland Commons, Haviland Hall
Friday, January 20, from 8:15am-9:45am

Claims that are not true are common both in the media as well as in peer-reviewed publications. This meeting will provide everyone with practice in enhancing critical appraisal skills to not only increase detection of bogus claims but also to increase speed in detecting bogus claims.


The Division of Equity & Inclusion and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS)
Beyond Business as Usual: Academic Engagement for Our Changing Times
Friday January 20, 2017
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Beyond Business as Usual: Academic Engagement for Our Changing Times is a faculty panel planned for Inauguration Day to discuss the ways in which our academic lives and work might be affected in these changing political times. Moderated by Na’ilah Nasir, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion and co-chair of the HIFIS Race, Diversity and Educational Policy cluster, this session is designed to pose the question: how do the outcome of the election and the prospect of our country’s new leadership impact our work as scholars, teachers, thinkers, and members of the academic community? The panel will feature distinguished faculty from a range of disciplines. Open to faculty, students, staff, and community members in all fields and departments.


Center for Educational Partnerships
R&R: Creating Spaces of Resistance & Resilience
2150 Kittredge Street, Suite 2c, Berkeley CA
Friday, January 20, 2017, from 1:00-5:00pm
To learn more, please visit their event page.

Potluck followed by watching clips based on R&R (MLK, Malcolm X, Mike Norton, Maya Angelou, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, Victor Rios, among others). The event will conclude with a group discussion on moving forward. Using this challenge as an opportunity to reflect on how we can build grassroots movements of resistance, and maintain personal resilience in light of ongoing pressure and threats to our everyday well being.


Comparative Literature
Reading for Resistance
a J20 teach-in at UC Berkeley
Friday, January 20, 11:00 A.M.
Grass outside of Valley Life Sciences Building; In case of rain: Dwinelle Hall lobby

Led by graduate students in Comparative Literature, “Reading for Resistance” is open to the public and all members of the Berkeley community. Faculty members and students will read poems from the disciplines they represent. Together we hope to create space and visibility for all languages and cultures, and to promote the idea that art can serve as a form of resistance in times of crisis. Join us for an hour of poetry and solidarity, and bring a poem to read as well!


Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies Open House
554 Barrows Hall
Friday, January 20, 2017 from 2:00-4:00pm
Contact: 510-643-0796

Open house to create connections, build community, and provide a safe, supportive space during a difficult time.  All are welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.


School of Social Welfare
Drug policy as human rights policy
Haviland Hall
Friday, January 20, 2017, from 1:00-2:30 pm

Dr. Amanda Reiman is an international expert in drug policy. This discussion will review the relationship between drug policy and social work and why drug policy reform is a social justice issue. Reiman will discuss the history of drug policy and its impact on marginalized communities and draw similarities between social work and social justice and drug policy. The group will hopefully develop strategies for protecting drug policy reform in the face of a new administration.


Gender Equity Resource Center
Reflection Space at GenEq
202 Chavez (GenEq Community Space)
Friday, January 20, 2017, from 9am-2pm
To learn more, please visit their event page.

The team at the Gender Equity Resource Center invite you, our UCB community, to share space with us. The space is open for reflection, quiet contemplation, crafting and individual connection. This space is open to anyone who needs it, particularly those who identify with our program and service areas of LGBTQ+, Women, Men, and survivors of sexual & dating violence.


School of Public Health
School of Public Health Action Group Teach In/Walk Out: Resisting Trump
University Hall – Room 150
Friday, January 20, from 9:20am-12:00pm

Students and faculty at the School of Public Health will speak on the diverse topics listed below, and welcome thoughts, ideas, and questions from others.


9:20-9:30 – Introductions
9:30-9:50 – Rohini Haar – Health as a Human Right
9:50-10:10 – Ann Keller – Presidential Power & evidence in politics and policy
10:10-10:30 – Claire Snell-Rood – Mental Health
10:30-10:50 – Malcolm Potts – Women’s Health
10:50-11:10 – Borders and Bodies Collective – Immigrant Health
11:10-11:30 – Dan Woolridge + Carolyn Kraus Speaker on Native American health – Health of people of color & Native Americans
11:30-11:50 – Lee Lemus – LGBT health
11:50-12:00 – Closing

Resisting Trump is an event at which students, faculty, and staff can learn how public health will be under siege during Trump’s presidency, and what we can do to resist and organize against the harmful aspects of his team’s agenda.


School of Public Health
School of Public Health Healing Circle
University Hall – Room 461
Friday, January 20, 2017 from 2:00pm-6:00pm

The School of Public Health will host a healing circle for students who prefer and need a low-key safe space. It will be hosted and open dialogue facilitated by DICE staff members, Eric Abrams and Kate Jerman.

To create a safe space for open dialogue and reflection for the SPH/UCB community – students, faculty, staff and alumni.