Who We Are

Cal Veteran staff gathered together at UC Berkeley

Mission Statement 

The Cal Veteran Services Center at UC Berkeley expands access and empowers veteran and active duty service member engagement within this public research university. We increase student veteran enrollment, support academic and co-curricular experiences, and facilitate preparation for goals beyond graduation. Our work engages individuals and the broader community to facilitate a transformation of higher education experience for veterans. 


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Luis A. Hernandez 

Program Coordinator and Academic Achievement Counselor 

Marine Corps Veteran and Cal Alumnus


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Gloria Kunder

Lead Peer Advisor/ Vet Art Project Coordinator 

Anthropology Major 

Marine Corps Veteran

Marriah Henriques 

Peer Advisor

Astrophysics Major 

Marine Corps Veteran

Mikala Lord 

Peer Advisor

Public Policy Major 

Marine Corps Veteran

Michael Mansingh

Peer Advisor

Anthropology Major

Army Veteran

Alex Kunder

Peer Advisor

Psychology Major 

Marine Corps Veteran

Austin Portinause

Peer Advisor

Mechanical Engineering Major 

Navy Veteran


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Nagima Temirkulova

Veteran Oureach Peer Advisor

Global Studies Major 

Army Reserves

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David Rouxel

Veteran Outreach Peer Advisor

Business Administration Major

Marine Corps Veteran


  • Counseling

    • Academic, Financial Aid, VA Benefits, Personal

    • Counseling and Psychological Services

    • Readjustment Counseling with Dr. Kathleen Pierce, VA Psychologist, Oakland Vet Center.

      • To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce call: (510) 763-3904

    • Prospective student

  • Peer Advising

    • Front Desk Peer Advisors

    • Veteran Outreach Peer Advisors (VOPAs)

  • Community Room

    • Space to study and relax, computers, printing, refrigerator, microwave, coffee, phone charging

  • Study Room

    • Access to study room is permitted when the building is open

  • Education 198 Course

    • Veterans in Higher Education

  • Workshops

  • Partnerships with student veteran and alumni groups

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The Cal Veteran Services Center is part of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3).  The Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence ensure non-traditional students excel at the top public University in the world. By respecting every undergraduate as a unique individual, CE3 programs empower UC Berkeley students to achieve and lead.  The CE3 Programs are:  Berkeley Hope Scholars, Berkeley Underground Scholars, Cal Veteran Services Center, Educational Opportunity Program, Miller Scholars Program, Posse Scholars Program, Re-Entry Student Program, Student Parent Center, Student Support Services, Transfer Student Center, and Undocumented Student Program

"A hero is someone who was given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

- Joseph Campbell