Our Story

CIL was born at International House Berkeley, home since 1930 to UC Berkeley students and scholars, who hail from over 70 countries during any one semester. Since its founding, I-House has embodied the value of radical inclusion. The first co-ed, interracial residence west of the Mississippi, I-House was intentionally located amongst Berkeley’s all-white fraternities and sororities, in order to “strike bigotry right hard in the nose.”

Founded in 2013, CIL has inherited the I-House legacy of intercultural understanding and social justice, and is charged with amplifying, deepening, and broadening this legacy. All of our work is aimed at enhancing skills for leading inclusively and equitably across differences of all kinds, for a more just and peaceful world.