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May 31, 2022

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We’re “gonna soak up the sun…” No. We aren’t singing a remake of a popular summer song. 

March 7, 2022

February 8, 2022

University Partnerships Community of Practice

University Partnerships Community of Practice logoIn the summer of 2018, a group of 20 higher education professionals met at UC Berkeley to share best practices on campuswide partnerships and sponsorships. Four years later, the group has evolved into a formal not-for-profit organization that now includes membership from over 65 national colleges and universities.

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Berkeley wordmark and the Clorox wordmark over a gradient blue and gold backgroundUC Berkeley and The Clorox Company today announced an exclusive agreement making Clorox the Official Cleaning and Disinfectant Product Partner of UC Berkeley.

October 5, 2021

UBPS 2020-2019 Impact Report cover featuring campus CampanileIn FY21, we learned the true meaning of the word partnership.

August 18, 2021

Cal Move Out ImageMoving is one of the most stressful and anxiety-inducing tasks as a college student. Each year, thousands of UC Berkeley students lease unfurnished apartments and houses, furnish them, and then find themselves questioning what to do with the furniture when moving out.

March 8, 2021

March 3, 2021

Ever wondered who was working behind the scenes to bring businesses to students on campus? Hear from the team about what they do and what they enjoy about their job through this link here!

February 17, 2021

Members of the University Business Partnerships & Services team talk about the step-by-step process behind all of the work they do to bring businesses to the UC Berkeley campus. Click here to learn more. 

January 25, 2021

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FY20 Impact Report CoverFY20 was a time of change. Student groups, campus departments and university initiatives directed their focus to supporting opportunities of impact and change that would positively affect our campus, our culture and the world.

November 17, 2020

Kira Stoll, Nicole Haynes, and Chancellor ChristPlastic can be found in a majority of items individuals use daily. From snack bags and wrappers, to bottled beverages, straws and to-go containers. 

Now, imagine trying to change the reliance on plastic at a college campus. That’s exactly what Nicole Haynes set out to do.

November 16, 2020

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Peet's Healthy MenuUC Berkeley has been heavily advocating for healthy food and beverage choices for all members of the campus community, made evident by University Health Service’s Food and Beverage Choices Policy.

October 27, 2020

MetLife LogoThe University of California Partnership Programs (UC Partnership Programs) and MetLife Auto & Home®, one of the nation’s leading personal lines insurance groups, today announced a multicampus program that provides personal auto, homeowners and renters insurance products to faculty, staff, alumni and students at the Berkeley, Davis and San Diego campuses.

August 18, 2020

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Every year in August, thousands of incoming students arrive at the UC Berkeley campus, excited for new adventures, friendships and learnings. For these new students, Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) is the weeklong welcome experience that makes this possible and introduces students to the campus. 

This year’s GBO will be special.

May 29, 2020

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Students of the Womxn of Color Collective at Berkeley Law had an opportunity to speak their truths and tell their stories during their annual night of monologues this year. The two-day event, “Our Monologues,” provided women at the school an opportunity to have their voices heard. 

Women of Color Collective

April 27, 2020

March 25, 2020

University Business Partnerships & Services Executive Director Amy Gardner explains our four guiding principles: brand alignment, priority services, campus impact, and revenue growth. Learn more here.

February 21, 2020

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Headshot of Krystal Thomas, Haas faculty memberStudents in Krystal Thomas’ Product, Branding and Entertainment class at the Haas School of Business are getting a chance to apply their skills to help companies with their real-world case studies.

December 12, 2019

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Student Jessica Wang of the Coalition for the Institutionalization of Free Menstrual Product  at UC Berkeley poses with a box of menstrual pads

What started as a push for free tampons and pads has now grown into a student-led group that manages distribution of free menstrual products to the UC Berkeley campus community.

December 9, 2019

University Partnership Program

"Coffee for a Cause" comes to the classroom

Students in Krystal Thomas’ Product, Branding and Entertainment class are getting a chance to pitch their marketing ideas to Peet’s Coffee. The Bay Area roaster wants to spread the word that its mission is more than coffee – it’s sustainability.

September 10, 2019

University Partnership Program
Fiscal Year 2019 has been a time of discovery and growth for University Business Partnerships & Services. From multicampus collaborations, systemwide partnership opportunities, and expanded campus services, UBPS and our campus partners continue to support initiatives and programs that foster the Berkeley experience. Learn more in the 2018-2019 UBPS Campus Impact Report.

August 15, 2019

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Photo of Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya

It was 9 a.m. on a Saturday – the last day of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) conference – and Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya was feeling anxious.

June 13, 2019

University Partnership Program

The University of California Office of the President has launched a 2-year pilot program to help UC campuses jumpstart their revenue generation (Rev-Gen) activities through establishing multicampus partnerships. Developing new sustainable sources of revenue is an important strategy for UC campuses to develop firmer and broader financial foundations.

May 8, 2019

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Panelist address questions from the Peet's Partner SummitWhat’s the biggest challenge for you as a coffee farmer?

For Lucía Álvarez, it was the lack of understanding from her family and many male community members as to why she, a woman, wanted to pursue and start her own coffee farm.

March 11, 2019

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Fitness means different things to different people. For some, it can represent the physical act of completing an activity like running on a treadmill.  For Alina Del Rosario, a UC Berkeley staff member, it means “making the right choices for [her] mind and body.”

February 1, 2019

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 Nina Schank and Tuomas KaukolahtiCal Athletics recently celebrated the 2018-19 Bank of the West student-athlete scholarship recipients — Nina Schank and Tuomas Kaukolahti — during the 2019 Cal Athletics Scholarship Banquet.

December 17, 2018

University Partnership Program

Female student in classroom sitting at desk smiling with blurred image of other students in backgroundIt’s the week of finals at UC Berkeley. Some students have spent days reviewing lecture notes and textbook material, but the students of Krystal Thomas's Product Branding & Entertainment (PBE) class have been working diligently on developing their team marketing launch campaigns.

December 4, 2018

Volunteer assists student with buffet lineOver 400 students and community members attended this year’s Annual Community Dinner at the Graduate Hotel.

November 15, 2018

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 Carolyn Cool, Bank of the WestOn Tuesday, November 12, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) co-hosted this year’s Alumnae Career Advancement series, an event providing space for career-driven alumnae and

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Group of ABA students present their pitch to the Peet's panelIt’s early on a Saturday morning.

November 2, 2018

The challenges change slightly each semester, but the goal remains the same–bringing the UC Berkeley community together through fitness. See the results of the Work it for 150 Challenge and learn more about future UC Berkeley - Under Armour challenges.

September 17, 2018

University Partnership Program

Headshot of Vivienne Ayala, UC Berkeley Class of 2020Vivienne Ayala is a junior at UC Berkeley studying economics. This summer she interned at Peet's Coffee in the wholesale marketing department.

August 30, 2018

University Partnership Program

2017-2018 brought change and growth to the University Business Partnerships & Services Program (UBPS). We launched two new partnerships, expanded our campus outreach, and created even more opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. See how UBPS partners continue to contribute significantly to the university through financial commitments and service engagements in UBPS' first annual Impact Report.

June 26, 2018

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Headshot of Devin Wicks, associate director at Berkeley Rec SportsCampus wellness is an important part of our Berkeley experience.

May 16, 2018

University Partnership Program

Students present their final prototypes at the Sport Tech Collider Demo Day. Photo courtesy SCET.The goal of the Sports Tech Collider Sprint is simple yet ambitious – create technology-based innovations to revolutionize the sports world.

May 7, 2018

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UC Berkeley students pedal their smoothie bikes at the UA-Cal Giveback Challenge event on May 4, 2018Could you run 150,000 miles in 30 days? A feat that might seem impossible to one individual can be obtained by a community that rallies together for a common goalsupporting campus basic needs programs and initiatives.

April 23, 2018

Bank of the West

Beth Hale served as keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Women's Empowerment DayBeth Hale, head of product management and payment solutions at Bank of the West, served as the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual Women's Empowerment Day where she shared insights about her personal journ

April 18, 2018

University Partnership Program

Ruben Canedo, research and mobilization coordinator at the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3)UPP members, including Bank of the West and Peet's Coffee, continue to support campus groups and priority student initiatives by funding basic needs security.

April 4, 2018

Berkeley News

2 female runners and a male biker in front of Doe Library with Campanile Tower in backgroundUnder Armour, Berkeley's official outfitting partner, collabortates with campus groups to launch Berkeley Miles for Meals, a fitness challenge encouraging students, faculty, staff and alumni to collectively walk, hike, run, roll or bike 150,000 miles between April 4 and May 3.

March 12, 2018

University Partnership Program

Headshot of Amy Gardner, executive director of UPPThe University Partnership Program (UPP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Gardner as the next executive director of University Business Partnerships & Services (UBPS).

February 8, 2018

University Partnership Program
Growing up in a single-parent household, the youngest of four, Daisy Medina was convinced there was more to life than the everyday problems at home. She dreamed of being successful, traveling the world and learning more about opportunities that life had to offer. Medina was one of 12 UC Berkeley student recipients recognized at the 16-17 Bank of the West Bear Opportunity Scholarship Reception held this past January. The Bank of the West Bear Opportunity Endowment fund annually awards 10 merit-based scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need and a passion for social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

February 6, 2018

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Joyce, Griffin, and Katie from the Cal Band sport their Under Armour Gear. Photo courtesy Kush Patel.It’s 8 am on a Saturday and bandsmen are already on the field, tuning their instruments and making last minute adjustments to their upcoming halftime performance.

December 13, 2017

University Partnership Program

Cori Evans (UHS) hands a participant their Under Armour prizeThis fall staff from Recreational Sports, University Health Services, and the University Partnership Program, along with undergraduate and graduate student representatives, collaborated with Under Armour to launch the Berkeley Active Lifestyle Fitness Challenge.

December 5, 2017

Berkeley Student Affairs Philanthropy

We recently welcomed Bank of the West, the official bank of UC Berkeley, and Peet’s Coffee to the University Partnership Program (UPP) in recognition of their overall alignment with the university’s mission and values. The partnerships help fund student programs across campus, and Peet’s and Bank of the West will also provide significant merit- and need-based scholarship funds.

December 4, 2017

University Partnership Program
As company internship recruitment begins earlier every year, students find themselves searching for opportunities prior to the start of a semester. In addition to the campus hosting multiple events, student organizations are also helping their peers find personal and professional development opportunities by connecting with companies through information sessions, weekly workshops, speaker panels, and more.

October 3, 2017

University Partnership Program
When seeking out potential interns for Bank of the West, Recruiting Manager Elijah Padua emphasized the mutually beneficial relationship with UC Berkeley noting the bank “provides summer internships to UC Berkeley students who in turn provide fresh perspectives and new ideas to the bank.” Of the 29 interns hosted this past summer, it comes as no surprise that 11 of these positions were secured by UC Berkeley students.

August 30, 2017

Kate Tinney, The Daily Californian

Bank of the West has opened its doors to more international students this semester as its partnership with UC Berkeley continues to offer financial literacy training and accessibility to students. In addition, the bank has funded many programs, including 24 student scholarships, the financial literacy program and the UC Berkeley Food Pantry.

June 28, 2017

IEG Sponsorship Report

After launching its University Partnership Program in 2015, UC Berkeley's approach to fostering campuswide partnerships has garnered national attention. Read more about the launch of UC Berkeley's UPP initiative, how it works, and what's coming for the campus in the near future. 

June 7, 2017

University Partnership Program

UC Berkeley students holding Under Armour sponsored yoga matLast Thursday, June 1, marked the official launch of the campuswide Under Armour apparel partnership. The day started with the inaugural Wellness Celebration hosted by Recreational Sports, where over 300 plus students, faculty, staff and community members celebrated by sweating it out to Zumba, tai chi and yoga.

June 1, 2017

Cal Athletics

Under Armour and Cal Athletics logoInitially announced in April 2016, California's partnership with Under Armour® officially begins today with a launch that marks a return to tradition for the Golden Bears and expanded opportunities for the Cal community. The 10-year agreement is the first outfitting partnership launched in the Under Armour family that features a comprehensive, campuswide relationship

April 11, 2017

University Partnership Program
What started as a proposal for the 2015 Big Ideas@Berkeley competition to address results from a 2014 Undergraduate Experience Survey administered at UC Berkeley, won the contest and would eventually lead to the launch of the Financial Literacy and Economic Justice Conference (Flejcon).
Wall Street Journal

Peet's at the UC Berkeley Den, photo credit Eric Kayne for the Wall Street JournalCompanies often pay colleges for the right to sell sweatshirts or pour coffee on campus. Read more about how UPP and other schools are increasingly looking to leverage those deals into internship slots, sponsorships for food pantries and other projects.

University Partnership Program

UC Berkeley and Peet's Coffee, founded in 1966 in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, have agreed on a 10-year, $8 million partnership that will support the university’s commitment to enhancing the educational experience of UC Berkeley students while benefiting campus programming. Read the

UC Berkeley News

With state support down and campus enrollment numbers increasing across college campus’s, universities are now pursuing creative partnerships with companies to help offset costs. Among a handful of universities pioneering these broad relationships is UC Berkeley’s University Partnership Program (UPP).

March 29, 2017

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Cloey Hewlett moderates the CAA Alumnae Career Advancement Panel

On Tuesday, March 28, the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) hosted their inaugural Alumnae Career Advancement panel. The event included a networking reception and panel discussion on the unique barriers to career advancement women face, particularly in male-dominated industries.

March 13, 2017

University Partnership Program

When one thinks of a college party, water bottles and hydration stations don’t exactly come to mind. University Health Services' (UHS) PartySafe@Cal, a student organization focused on improving party culture by reducing problems related to alcohol, is trying to change that perception with the help of Brita.

December 16, 2016

University Partnership Program

The University Partnership Program team and official campus partners, Sungevity and Bank of the West, participated in this year’s 30 Days of Gratitude series hosted by Recreational Sports. A set of community events were held between November 7-December 9 and included a social media challenge, the Do Something Good clothing drive, and a holiday-themed Family Dinner.

December 7, 2016

University Partnership Program
Launched in the summer of 2014, the UC Berkeley Food Pantry was created to provide emergency supplemental nutrition support to any university undergraduate or graduate students in need. Since opening, they have been visited over 5,000 times.

November 28, 2016

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Bank of the West Campus Branch in ASUCThe Bank of the West Campus Branch is now open on the first floor of the MLK Jr.

September 20, 2016

Berkeley News

Berkeley-Brita LogosBrita, the nation’s largest water filtration brand, is joining UC Berkeley in a combined effort to increase campus sustainability efforts while offering students and the broader campus community healthier beverage choices. 

September 8, 2016

Berkeley Rec Sports

Students trying out the new RSF cardio equipmentJust in time for the fall semester, students and the campus community can experience all new cardio equipment at the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) and 

September 7, 2016

Bank of the West

Sather GateA total of 11 UC Berkeley students worked this summer at Bank of the West in roles ranging from technology to finance to human resources. Once their internships ended, they shared their experiences in insightful “exit interviews” that may help future interns.

April 22, 2016

UC Berkeley News

Beginning in July 2017, Under Armour will exclusively design and supply footwear, apparel and equipment for Cal Athletics as well as clothing for club sports, employ Berkeley student interns and graduates and give exclusive product discounts to campus departments. Under Armour and Berkeley also will collaborate on philanthropic and social responsibility programs.

Cal Athletics

The University of California, Berkeley and Under Armour® (NYSE:UA) today announced a new, 10-year agreement that will benefit both the athletic department and the greater campus community. Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank joined Director of Athletics H. Michael Williams to introduce the partnership between of one of the country’s most prestigious collegiate athletic programs and the global leader in performance footwear and apparel. Learn more about our Under Armour partnership.

March 11, 2016

University Partnership Program

Sungevity TeamSungevity, the Official Solar Partner of UC Berkeley and first partnership secured through the University Partnership Program, recently supported the College of Environmental Design (CED) by serving as a platinum sponsor of the 2016 CED Soirée.

December 1, 2015

Banking Exchange

Banking Exchange Magazine Cover, December 2015 Issue.UC Berkeley's relationship with Bank of the West is the lead case study in this article about innovative financial services.

October 29, 2015

UC Berkeley News

Image of male and female Food Pantry studentsThe 10-year agreement, which establishes Bank of the West as the “Official Bank of UC Berkeley,” will provide the campus with more than $17 million in revenue to support merit-based scholarships and paid summer internships for students, as well as funding for priority programs like Bears for Financial Success and the UC Berkeley Food P

UC Berkeley News

Anthony Abril and Raj Bhargava, UC Berkeley undergraduates, played a key role in shaping the campus’s agreement with Bank of the West.Anthony Abril and Raj Bhargava, UC Berkeley undergraduates, played a key role in shaping the campus’s agreement with Bank of the West.

October 28, 2015

June 24, 2015

UC Berkeley News

SungevityUC Berkeley has selected Sungevity, Inc., a leading global solar service, as its official solar energy partner for the next decade. One important aspect of this partnership is a focus on reducing the regional carbon footprint by expanding renewable energy to the campus community through innovative