Today’s the big day: show your support for Canadian Studies! ūüá®ūüá¶

Note this appeal from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Dear Michael,
Today, Canadian Studies is taking part in Big Give, Berkeley’s annual day of giving. This fundraising extravaganza is a special opportunity to demonstrate your support for our work, and have your gift make a big impact!
This year, we’re celebrating 40 years of promoting public knowledge about Canada. Since our founding in 1982, we’ve become one of the largest programs of our kind in the United States, with a continuously expanding network of friends of Canada in California and beyond. We couldn’t have achieved that without the generosity of our friends: as a 90% donor-funded program, your support is crucial to our success.
We hope you’ll join us by making a donation towards our mission today. Read some of the ways we’re putting donations to use below, from travel and research grants to public events. Your gift makes a difference!
With gratitude
Irene Bloemraad
Director, Canadian Studies Program
Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies
Read this before you give: you could help us win a big prize!
Throughout the day, the university will be running special¬†timed contests¬†with thousands of dollars in prizes for winning units. Your gift of¬†any size¬†could enter us to win if your name is randomly selected during the contest period – just see which group you fall into below and make your gift during the contest window. It’s that easy!
  • Berkeley alumni:¬†Donate between 10 a.m. and noon PT ($750)
  • Non-alumni:¬†Donate between 9-11 a.m. PT ($750)
Canadian Studies supports students!
Whether through our graduate Hildebrand Fellowships or undergraduate awards, Canadian Studies is proud to support Berkeley students engaged in world-class research with our donor-funded grants. Read what our current fellows have to say about the program, and don’t miss our¬†Graduate Research Showcase¬†on March 15!
“The Canadian Studies Program has been a huge asset to my time at Cal.¬†The faculty and staff at Canadian Studies have been incredibly supportive… My dissertation research examining the social and cultural implications of new agricultural frontier development in the Northwest Territories was funded by the Canadian Studies Center, and I absolutely couldn’t not have done my 2021-22 field season without their support.
–¬†Mindy Price, 2020-22 Hildebrand Fellow
“The Canadian Studies Program is a wonderful resource for students of all disciplines.¬†My research attending to renewable energy infrastructures developed by First Nations in British Columbia was made possible by the Hildebrand Fellowship, alongside the institutional support and intellectual networks forged amongst faculty and Fellows alike. It facilitates a shared sense of community throughout a diverse range of students and scholars, providing a vibrant place of academic and intellectual engagement.”
–¬†Aaron Gregory, 2021 Hildebrand Fellow
… and we set alumni up for success!
Canadian Studies is committed to helping young scholars of Canada develop the career skills and connections they need to succeed professionally. Recent Hildebrand Fellows have gone on to academic appointments at schools including Yale, UC San Francisco, University of British Columbia, and University of Windsor.
Canadian Studies supports public education!
The core of our mission is in public education on the most important issues facing Canada today. Our free public colloquium series brings these issues to the front through engaging, intellectually rigorous lectures.
This semester, we’ve already hosted an event on developing respectful repatriation policies for Indigenous artefacts in museum. And coming up, we have events on¬†rethinking artificial intelligence¬†through an Indigenous lens and what a Canadian teacher’s¬†fight to keep her job¬†in California tells us about the boundaries of American identity.
Finally, this May, Canadian Studies will be hosting a major¬†policy research conference¬†featuring 15 scholars from across the United States and Canada. The conference will examine the effects of bureaucracy on immigration policy in a global context, with the goal of developing specific policy recommendations. We hope you’ll join us then!
Canadian Studies supports community!
Canadian Studies serves as a hub for the Canadian community at Berkeley and beyond! From events like election watch parties to our annual Canadian Family Thanksgiving, we make it easy for students, faculty, and friends to connect with other Canadians and friends of Canada from across the Bay Area. We hope to create a welcoming environment for all, whether international students, expats, or just enthusiasts!
I learned about Canadian Studies when I was a visiting prospective student! I was worried about leaving Montreal and losing my connection to the Qu√©bec history that I had really grown to treasure at McGill. Knowing that Canadian Studies was here made me feel confident that I could keep my connection to Canadian scholarship…¬†It was actually a major draw in deciding to come to Berkeley!
–¬†Julia Lewandoski, 2015-16 Hildebrand Fellow
Canadian Studies Program
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