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Bloom, Asian American Community Program

Description

The Bloom Asian American Community Program: Dedicated to the Asian American Experience at Cal

Bloom, originally the Asian Pacific American Theme House, was established in 1992 and is a residence for students who have an interest in Asian American history, culture, and contemporary issues. Bloom provides a small community experience in a large university. The program offers a dynamic environment for interaction and learning through academic and social activities such as group discussions, cultural events, and community service. A live-in theme program assistant provides resources and support for residents’ social and academic needs. Our academic seminar brings together students and faculty, alumni, community leaders, activists, and other speakers to discuss a variety of topics. Through social and academic activities, students gain leadership skills, form a close-knit community, and have fun.

Program Requirements

Bloom community members are expected to engage in and actively participate in the following theme program activities, including:

  • A yearlong (fall and spring) seminar, Asian American Studies 194A/B. The seminar is a 2-unit, graded class that meets once a week for two hours. If you’re admitted to Bloom, you will be given more information about how to enroll in the seminar.
  • Community development activities and other Theme Program activities.
  • Sixty-minute Bloom weekly meetings.
  • At least one Bloom committee per semester.
  • Bloom fall and spring retreats.

Signature Events & Programming

Events include a wide variety of interaction with faculty and staff, as well as community activities. Examples of Bloom activities include the Lantern Festival, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cal Day, high school outreach, retreats, and much more.

Living Space

Bloom residents live together on a floor in Cunningham Hall in Unit 2, which is situated on the south edge of campus a few blocks away from the bustle of Telegraph Avenue. For more information about Unit 2, including amenities and features, academic services, and more, please visit housing.berkeley.edu.

Contact

If you have additional questions about living arrangements that are not answered here, please email Residential Life at themeprograms@berkeley.edu. If you have questions about Bloom, please email Eunice Kwon, Director, Asian Pacific American Student Development, at eunicekwon@berkeley.edu.