Tech Resources for Black Students

Welcome!

At such a large university like UC Berkeley, it can be overwhelming at times to find just what you need or to feel a sense of belonging. We want to ensure that our Black students are supported and feel connected to one another as members of the Cal campus community. This page has a variety of resources for your needs as a student, from academics, technology, and mental health, to social opportunities and professional development. Also check out our tips for EOP studentsgrad studentsnew studentssoon-to-graduate students, and students with disabilities if applicable.

Tech Resources

Find the tools you need to get your work done.

Student Technology Equity Program (STEP)

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in need of hardware devices or internet access are eligible to apply
  • Complete an application to be considered for a free loaner laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, or other tech gear like headphones or a webcam. Factors considered in the application include financial need, previous support received, and instructional role (e.g. GSI)
  • Visit the STEP page at 'Technology @ Berkeley’ for more details

Free Office Hours for Tech Support  

  • If you need troubleshooting assistance, are having problems connecting to Wi-Fi, or have questions about getting software and locating other tech resources, feel free to reach out to our Student Tech Consultants!
  • Our STCs are available Monday-Friday for support over phone, email, and Zoom. Find out more about hours and services at 'Tech Support'

Device Lending

  • The University offers several programs that lend devices such as laptops, iClickers and other peripheral items. Visit Device Lending to learn more about these programs.

Printing & Scanning

On & Off Campus Students

  • Check to see if your local public library offers free printing services. You can also scan documents with your phone by using the Notes app for iOS or with the CamScanner app for iOS and Android.

On Campus Only

  • Print at over 20 locations on campus for a nominal fee.
  • Print and scan for free at the Open Computing Facility in the MLK Student Union building, which also offers a drop-in computer lab, web and email hosting, and more for students! Learn more about OCF services

    Free Software Downloads 

    • As Cal students, you have FREE access to software including Adobe Creative Cloud apps and LinkedIn Learning tutorials, plus more - whether you need software for a class or for your own creative interests 
    • Use your CalNet credentials to log in
    • To view the full catalog of available software and check your eligibility prior to downloading, visit Software @ Berkeley

    Student Discounts

    • Some major retailers offer student discounts for tech devices and supplies. Be on the lookout for sales and ways to save!
    • Check out 'Student Discounts on Technology' for deals from Apple, Best Buy, Dell, and more

    Mental Health and Wellness

    It’s okay to seek help, and it’s important to make time for self-care. University Health Services has a Black Lives Matter page with resources geared specifically for Black and African-American students - plus resources for allies. Find articles, toolkits, virtual wellness workshops, virtual drop-in consultations, and contact information to call counselors. For the summer, there are also healing circles and counseling groups. See all that UHS has to offer students, as well as faculty and staff

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    Community Spaces

    *At this time, these facilities are closed on campus for health and safety reasons, but may still offer resources online.

    The Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center

    • Fannie Lou Hamer is a place for underrepresented and marginalized students to be seen, heard, and supported
    • Some benefits of Fannie Lou include: a study space, academic support and tutoring, student group convening space, and professional development, plus many more. 
    • Campus organizations host events, workshops, and activities here for students

    The Multicultural Community Center (MCC)

    • The MCC is located on the second floor of MLK. You can also contact them by email or phone.
    • a student-driven space involved in multicultural education, collaboration, and community building
    • a place to meet with friends, study, and connect with new people through film screenings, potlucks, and other events
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    Follow Cal's Black Student Organizations on Social Media!