Stiles Hall, the community service center that serves as Berkeley’s home away from home for many students, has moved its offices to make way for a new residence hall. Its new space, in the basement of the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union (entrance from Lower Sproul Plaza). Its grand reopening was Friday, and Berkeley News photographer Hulda Nelson and Berkeley Experience photographer Kenny Gutierrez were there; their photos are below.
“We want this to be a welcoming, positive space for students – a place they can feel at home,” said Stiles Hall Director David Stark.
The campus Food Pantry, Berkeley Scholars to Cal, veteran services, the new Wellness Apparel Project and the Underground Scholars are all part of the Stiles community network and can now be found in the new Stiles at the student union. The space is a temporary home for Stiles, which will move back across Bancroft Way into the new residence hall once it’s built.
More information on some key Stiles programs:
Experience Berkeley provides support to black, Latino, and Native American high school and community college students who are interested in coming to Berkeley. Admission rates for students in the program are three times higher than they are for underrepresented minority applicants overall.
Underground Scholars is creating a prison-to-college pipeline and has become a national model for support of formerly incarcerated students. The program was recently awarded a $500,000 grant to contribute to its growth.
The Food Pantry is another national model, showing one way to address the increasing problem of food insecurity. With a new freezer included in the move to the student union, the Food Pantry can now offer frozen meals as part of the emergency supplemental nutrition support they provide to any undergraduate or graduate student in need.
“In the past, we’ve had about 200 visitors a month. Since we moved into the new space, we’ve had 200 in just one week!” said Ruben Candso, Food Pantry staff adviser. “The student union is easier for students to find and more convenient — they can come between classes or after work.”