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( Please check out the activities at the YWCA     The Centre - Calendar of Events )




Co-Chairs: Judy Gordon (Milton)
  Marjorie Sauer (Kenneth)

This committee of volunteers works in cooperation with International House, the YWCA (on Bancroft), and the Berkeley International Office (BIO) to provide the following services for international students, scholars, their spouses and children.

The Centre

Co-Chairs: Marjorie Sauer (Kenneth)
  Grace Kobayashi (Shoshichi)
  Sylvia Rock (Irvin)

The Centre, located at the University YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, offers spouses and children of visiting international students and scholars an introduction to the community and a friendly place to meet every Thursday during the academic year from 9:30 AM to 12 noon. Summer 10 AM to 12 noon.  New volunteers welcome.

Click here for The Centre - Calendar of Events


The International House Holiday Party for the children and their families spending their first holiday season at the University is always a great success.  It is scheduled for Sat. Dec. 5, 2009, 2 - 4 PM in the Great Hall.   

Holiday Party at I-House - December 2006

Mie Suzuki holding a Centre participant, and Grace Kobayashi with handmade bears.                   

                                                                   Picture taken by Larnie Macasieb

Equipment Loan Center:


Katherine Graburn (Nelson)
  Linda Wei (Eddie)

THE EQUIPMENT LOAN CENTER lends small household items (pots, pans, dishes, etc.) to newly arrived international students & scholars for a small fee.  It is located in Bldg F on Haste St. between Bowditch and Telegraph.  The Center is open every Wednesday from 1 - 3 pm during the summer months (July through September) and then from October through June on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday also from 1 - 3 pm.  We are closed the month of April and on major holidays (e.g. New Years Day, Fourth of July).  Please bring current CAL ID.  It is a quick and inexpensive way for newcomers to acquire some basic household equipment.  However, we have no furniture.  For those needing to return items when the Center is closed, please contact one of the co-chairs (ucsectionclub@berkeley.edu) to make a special arrangement.  Please include your telephone number and the best time to reach you.  Donations are welcome. (Updated May 18, 2011)

Host Family Program:

Please contact International House Program Office, 642-9460


Co-Chairs: Judy Gordon (Milton)
  Betsy Smith
  Marjorie Sauer (Kenneth)

Orientations are provided every month at International House and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to cover important immigration matters for new arrivals. Our volunteers talk about campus and community services. An invitation is extended to come to The Centre and the Equipment Loan Center.



Chair: Donna Oliver (Robert)

Student Grants assist individual students referred to us by a network of advisors throughout the campus. Donations and the Section Club fundraising events support these grants, a lifeline for students.



Co-Chairs: Audrey Richards (Paul)
  Betsy Smith

Since the founding of the Section Club, S.O.S., with generous donations from our members and fundraising events, provides support to the university student community.  The students are referred to us by a network of advisors throughout the campus. The Sylvia Elberg Memorial Fund gives Emergency Grants to aid students and their families. The S.O.S. Fund is for student related special projects, which are requested by campus departments through S.O.S. Liaisons. Twice a year, the S.O.S. Committee meets to allocate the funds for the projects. S.O.S. encourages Section Club members to serve as volunteers at the Tang Center (University Health Services) and University Village in Albany.



University Village (Albany) Danielle de Fontaine (Didier)
  Geneviève Dreyfus (Hubert)
Disabled Students' Program Mary Lee Noonan (John)
Center for Transfer, Re-entry and Student Parents/  
Student Life Advising/EOP Marjorie Sauer (Kenneth)
Tang Center Volunteers Sonja Vélez

Updated July 7, 2011

University Section Club, Inc.
UC Berkeley, Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-4300

A Non-Profit Organization in the State of California

Email:  usectionclub@berkeley.edu