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Cal Parent Perspective: Robyn Mitchell-Stong and Steve Stong

Three people standing and forming the letters CAL in front of a dramatic mountainous landscape

Courtesy of Stong Family

We come from families of educators, so learning, teaching and providing educational opportunities is where we like to participate. It was a thrill when our son, Spencer, chose the top-ranked public UC Berkeley for his university, and that UC Berkeley chose him back.

When Spencer was accepted at Cal, we felt like we were also accepted. We’re lifelong learners and we’re excited to have our own experiences at UC Berkeley. At the parent orientation, we received encouragement to let our students take initiative, discover responsibility and find their place at Cal. The parents were also encouraged to find their place at Berkeley, to make a big school smaller by getting involved and finding out where we might fit in.

We took to heart the invitation to become involved. We are not local to Berkeley, but knew we could bring Cal closer to home by partnering with other Southern California families. By personal invitation from a former Cal Parents Board family, we were invited to join the board.
We jumped right in by doing whatever we could to volunteer on campus and at home to bring Cal to our community, broadening the university’s influence. This afforded us the chance to invite others to support Berkeley’s students, staff and legacy. Go Bears!

As board members, we were hosted at campus meetings, special events and other opportunities to personally experience the school, professors and students. We met other parents who enriched our experience, and made lifelong friends with the other board members.

Now, as we step off, we hope to extend the invitation to other families to join the board, and we’ll continue to give our time and to pledge financially to show our support as parents of a Cal alumnus. We love hearing “Go Bears!” as we go about our days or travel the world, and we feel great pride in resounding back “Go Bears!”

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