Berkeley at Home

Berkeley At Home

Berkeley at Home aims to foster community and bring the campus spirit home during social distancing. See below for some ideas of how to come together with teams and friends while maintaining physical distance and some interesting articles from UC Berkeley experts.

Berkeley at Home Variety Show

Think of it as a weekly homeroom video for the campus community, featuring messages from Chancellor Carol Christ, news updates, cooking ideas, fitness tips and interviews with Berkeley’s brightest.

Episode 6

Out of respect for and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, Episode 6 was postponed. #TheShowMustBePaused

Episode 5

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Show notes


Cal Falcons.

150 Years of Women at Berkeley.

CalPerformances 2020-21 season.

Scavenger Hunt: Congratulations to Kathleen Arata, a Data Systems Analyst in University Development and Alumni Relations, and James Dudek, a Senior Organizational Strategist in People & Culture. Kathleen and James are both Berkeley alumni and long-term staff members, having worked for the University for 26 and 30 years, respectively.

Bandaloop (watch the full video of the performance from 2015 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Campanile).

Attend a virtual event

View the Berkeley at Home events calendar for a listing of events that bring the campus spirit into your home.

Stay connected as a team or friend group

Invite your team or a group of friends to a Zoom or Google Hangouts meeting for lunch or happy hour. Encourage everyone to turn on their cameras and set the meeting to gallery view, so you can see everyone at once. Keep the conversation going by asking what everyone is doing to stay active while sheltering in place or if they have any good TV or movie recommendations. Maybe take turns offering virtual house or garden tours or introduce each other to children and pets. Combine exercise and fresh air with distant socializing by making it a virtual walking meeting.

This is a great way for instructors to make themselves available to students and for managers to stay connected to their employees. Set up a Zoom meeting and invite others to pop in for a chat. Use the waiting room feature in Zoom to manage participation and allow one person in at a time.

Invite colleagues or friends to nominate TV shows that they would like to watch and discuss. Each person nominates one show each round. Once the nominations are in, send the list out to the group. Each member should rank the shows in order of preference. If someone ranks a show first, assign it a score of one. Second, two points. And so on. Then tally up the scores. Golf rules apply here: The show with the lowest score wins. Then each member watches the first episode and shares their thoughts in a scheduled online meeting or using an synchronous video sharing platform like Marco Polo.

Does shelter in place have you feeling the blues? Find a new beat by creating a soundtrack to COVID-19. Invite your team or friend group to pick a song (or songs, depending on the size of your group) for the soundtrack. This could be your favorite song of all time, a song that represents what you’re going through right now, or just a song you’re vibing to right now. Ask everyone to submit the song name and artist, and why they chose the song. You can create and share out the soundtrack via Spotify. Just don’t forget the liner notes, a listing of everyone’s pick and the reason why they chose it. This is a great way to get to know each other a little better and to have a collective soundtrack to COVID-19.

Organize a time for your team or friend group to meet virtually and solicit speakers. Each talk should be 5 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A. Participants are encouraged to present whatever they want: hobbies, recipes, exercise tips, etc.

Stay informed

Tune in to Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19 (live) to hear leading experts on what they know and what they’re learning about the novel coronavirus.

UC Berkeley staff strive for normalcy amidst pandemic

Throughout the Bay Area, Berkeley’s more than 13,500 staffers are finding new and creative ways to navigate the shifting reality of remote work during the statewide shelter-in-place. 

Strategic plan for working at home: Stay connected

A UC Berkeley expert on workplace culture spells out a range of challenges that are arising in a time of social distancing, when millions of people in the United States and worldwide have been sent home to work. The technology makes it possible, she says, but the human connection is difficult to replace.

What use is worry? Psychologist explains anxiety’s pros and cons

Excessive worry about COVID-19 is becoming a mental health pandemic unto itself. But when is anxiety useful, and when is it destructive?

How to cope when school closures keep kids at home

Christine Carter, a parenting expert and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, offers poignant insights and helpful tips on how families can survive long days together in close quarters, get work done and, in the process, strengthen bonds and have fun.

COVID-19 Social Sciences Portal

A portal for insights about the COVID-19 coronavirus from the UC Berkeley social science community.

Cope through COVID

The CalTeach program is offering free math and science tutoring for members of the UC Berkeley community with K-8 students.

Guide to Well-being During Coronavirus

Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, and educators facing COVID-19.

Calm amid COVID

In a series of short videos, UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, who has studied stress, relationships and well-being for 25 years and is co-founder of the campus’s Greater Good Science Center, will share ideas and practices for cultivating resilience and connection as we face the challenges of the coming months.

Drawing on insights from the center’s Science of Happiness online course, podcast series and magazine, Keltner shares tips on how to manage stress and find meaningful connections while social distancing, completing each video with simple, science-tested practices useful for this moment in time.

Rec Sports Online

Stay active and stay healthy with a collection of free resources, virtual classes and online videos for the UC Berkeley community.

WorkFit online

WorkFit is offering free virtual WorkFit fitness classes via Zoom to campus.

Boredom busters

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at Home

Experience BAMPFA exhibits from home, including a virtual tour of “Rose Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective.”

Now, more than ever

A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing. Compiled by Jeremy Geffen, executive and artistic director, Cal Performances.

“Quarantine” Book List

Curated by the UC Berkeley English Department

Shelter-in-place book list: UC Berkeley librarians suggest things to read while you’re stuck at home

It’s clear: We are in uncharted waters. But that doesn’t mean we need to put our imaginations on hold. It doesn’t mean that we can’t keep learning new things and exploring new worlds.

Lawrence at Home

Science in your kitchen, backyard and more!

Science at Cal @Home

Videos, lectures, articles, and activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Get involved

California Volunteers has listing of ways you can support your community through COVID-19.

Share your ideas

Share your ideas for how we can foster community and bring the campus spirit home during social distancing.