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CONNECTING STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND COMMUNITY THROUGH MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION AND EDUCATION SCROLL THROUGH TO L EARN MORE

Every Connection Has an Impact

Support a welcoming and enriching environment for Israel Studies, and Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity as well as student and faculty engagement on the UC Berkeley campus

"While we were at Cal, there wasn’t much opportunity for Jewish involvement. There was Hillel and there were Jewish fraternities and sororities, but no avenue to interact with Jewish thought in an academic context. We are very proud to be among the first supporters of the Institute, as it provides an opportunity to students that we never had ourselves."

Mr. Gary J. Shapiro (1963 Haas School of Business; 1966 Berkeley Law)

Ms. Dana B. Shapiro (1965 College of Letters & Science; 1966 School of Education)

350 students enrolled in 13 Institute sponsored courses in 2020/2021

The Institute provided me with the resources and community I needed to take advantage of my time as a visiting professor at Berkeley. I was able to start teaching within one week of arriving from Israel because of the tremendous support that I received from the Institute and its network of scholars.

The Institute facilitated an amazing community of all the visiting scholars from Israel that were at UC Berkeley during the time(s) that I was there. The Institute provided an avenue for us to interact, have an academic and personal exchange, and to become friends. Having this community was invaluable to my time at Berkeley.

2100 PEOPLE REACHED WITH PUBLIC EVENTS during the 2020/2021 academic year

CREATING STUDENT CONNECTIONS

This spring, Undergraduate Fellows Samantha Behar and Randy Cantz co-taught a student-led course: The Dangers of Online Hate. The course investigated various forms of online hate and empowered students to act as agents of change and critical consumers of online content by learning to spot misinformation, disinformation, and fake news on the Internet. Students had the opportunity to critically engage with law, technology, policy professionals, and professors about their work on hate speech, and specifically antisemitism, in the online sphere.

SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INFLUENCE THE DILLER INSTITUTE HAS HAD ON SAMANTHA & RANDY'S CAL EXPERIENCE

I joined the Institute during the second semester of my sophomore year. At that time, I’d already been involved in the Jewish community at Berkeley. I was talking with some older students who were involved in the Institute’s Undergraduate Fellowship and they shared incredible stories of their experiences, including the interesting events they hosted and connections they had made. I was really excited to join the fellowship as it brought together my interests in Judaism, Israel, and law. From the first semester I joined, I have had the rewarding experience of working with intelligent and driven fellows. Overall, being a fellow has allowed me the opportunity to expand my leadership skills and dive into my interests in a way I wouldn't have been able to without the Institute.

I’ve always felt a strong connection to the other Undergraduate Fellows and the faculty of the Institute. Everyone has been warm and inclusive. It’s been a great place to come home for the last two years. One of my biggest regrets in my Cal experience was not joining the Institute earlier because it really provides a wonderful community on campus for all students affiliated with the Institute. We were exposed to world-class thinkers, received mentorship, and had such an amazing community that always supported us.

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Your gift will help the Institute offer more mentorship opportunities for students, expand our teaching and learning opportunities, grow the number and diversity of students and faculty we engage, and fulfill our goal of expanding experiential learning opportunities in Israel.

Visit our Spotlight Series here to learn more about the experiences of Gary and Dana Shapiro, Undergraduate Fellows Randy Cantz and Samantha Behar, and Prof. Itay Fischhendler at the Helen Diller Institute and UC Berkeley.