Berkeley Hope Scholars Mentor Information

 A CISN Scholar and her Mentor

A CISN Scholar and her Mentor

The  Berkeley Hope Scholars program (formerly the Cal Independent Scholars Network) pairs UC Berkeley faculty, staff, community, and peer mentors with BHS scholars to provide personal support to students in their adjustment to college life. Peer mentors are current Juniors or Seniors who support new students and help them navigate their way through Cal by sharing their experiences, offering encouragement, and reassurance. Berkeley Hope Scholars mentors work collaboratively to guide BHS scholars to resources that enhance their success and academic path leading to graduation.

BHS students are matched with mentors prior to their arrival at Cal. Mentors initiate contact with students to introduce themselves, to ensure that they have transportation to campus, and offer assistance in setting up their residences. At the beginning of each Fall semester, Berkeley Hope Scholars hosts a Welcome Event where new students meet mentors, other BHS students, and volunteers. We want BHS students to feel welcome at Cal and to experience the caring community of Cal staff, faculty, volunteers, and students on which they can rely.

Each July, the Berkeley Hope Scholars holds an information session for prospective mentors.   If you are interested in serving as a mentor for a BHS student, please contact:

Deborah Lowe Martinez, J. D.  at (510) 642-6151 or