2014-2015 Casa ResidentsCasa Joaquin Murrieta is a multi-ethnic residential community that supports leadership development and academic success while providing a nurturing living environment for UC Berkeley students. It was founded in 1970 by Chicano/Latino students at a time when there were only 150 Chicano students on campus. Over the years, Casa made history through its involvement as headquarters for social justice efforts. To read more about the history of Casa, click here.

In 2004, Casa became part of the Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy, becoming a multi-ethnic residential leadership program and a home away from home as it continues to serve low-income, first-generation students.

Casa is home to 38 students per academic year and is conveniently located blocks away from the UC Berkeley campus. Casa has a long tradition of supporting and meeting the needs of first-generation, low-income, UC Berkeley students, with the goal of increasing recruitment and retention. Through the support, mentorship, and leadership development curriculum of the Greenlining Leadership Academy, we work to:

  • empower student leaders of color to advocate for social justice and equity on campus and in their communities
  • inspire students to fulfill their true potential; nurture and develop leadership skills
  • foster a positive and healthy university experience
  • facilitate the development of life-long friendships and professional networks

Casa provides its residents with academic support and mentorship through connections with campus advisors who are committed to the success of first-generation, low-income students of color. Within the Casa community, students are also peer advisors who support and uplift each other’s academic success and personal growth.

Throughout the academic year, Casa residents participate in leadership and skills development workshops, attend weekly community meetings, regularly meet with their academic counselors, and are exposed to valuable on-campus resources. In addition, residents receive mentorship, academic support, exposure to various career and educational trajectories, and have the opportunity to learn about critical public policy issues that impact their communities.

Residents participate in personal and professional development workshops that strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Casa experience as well as prepare them for future professional and academic opportunities.
Workshops include:

  • Resume Building
  • Public Speaking
  • Mock Interviews
  • Networking & Etiquette
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Strengths Finder (individual leadership assessment)
  • Career Planning
  • Introduction to Negotiation Techniques
  • Introduction to Lobbying

Casa offers Single, Double, Triple, and Quadruple rooms. Rent includes wi-fi and five dinner meals at the International House Dining Hall per week. Casa has a kitchen, living room, and study room, open 24 hours a day.

Community Building activities include:

  • Fall & Spring Retreat
  • Meet & Greets with Greenlining Staff and Casa Alumni
  • Hiking trips
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Holiday Dinner
  • Socials with other on-campus organizations
  • Community Service
  • Football games

Applying for Casa

A complete application requires:

Ready to apply?

  • One-page essay responding to the essay prompt- ” Casa is a unique opportunity geared towards those who are eager to learn and grow into their leadership potential no matter what field you are in. Casa is not just a place just for affordable housing instead, we ask all Casistas to invest time through workshops, peer events and really invest in the community here. In your essay, tell us why you are interested in living and being part of the Casa Community?
  • Headshot or a professional photograph
  • Copy of your Financial Aid Offer Letter or the copy of parents previous year’s taxes
  • Copy of the Official UC Berkeley Offer Letter or other proof of enrollment
  • Professional resume and list of references (minimum 2)

Current Students (all students enrolled at Cal): April 5th, 2019
Incoming Students (all new admits, freshman and transfers): May 10th, 2019

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