As we approach the end to a year like no other, we remain hopeful for the possibilities and changes that a new year may bring. To guide us on our way, we are excited to align the Hearst Museum’s goals with Light the Way: The Campaign for Berkeley. The priorities of the Campaign are to support faculty and graduate students, create undergraduate opportunities and experiences, promote research for the public good, and invest in places of possibility.
Our vision for the Museum is to become a hub for discovery where learners of all ages and backgrounds can connect with one another to explore, innovate, and share ideas. The pandemic, a global movement for social justice and anti-racist action, and a devastating wildfire season have inspired us to reflect on how we can learn from our past to create a more inclusive future. In building a community of belonging, we want everyone to feel welcome at the Hearst Museum, whether experiencing the Museum online, in our gallery, or while researching our vast collection.
As a place where cultures connect, we aspire to spark insights about what makes us all human and we invite you to join us on this journey as we Light the Way. Your gift of any amount to the Hearst Museum Fundhelps us connect cultures and communities to inspire a desire for understanding. Contributions to this fund support the greatest needs of the Museum and advance the public mission of the University of California. Giving to this fund creates new opportunities for access to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, as well as communities of researchers, anthropologists, artists, and cultural leaders from across the globe.
Caroline Jean Fernald