Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood? Transfer Students!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by the Transfer Student Success Group (TSSG)

Get to know some transfer alums, current transfer students and some of the members of the Transfer Student Success Group (TSSG). This will be a conversation about the transfer student experience at Berkeley from the perspective of the student. What services & advising do transfer students find helpful? How do they do it (complete degrees, participate in the Cal community and take advantage of extra opportunities, like travel abroad & research)? You can ask them for their recommendations about how the Student Services Community can be part of a great Berkeley experience.

Valerie Johnson

Valerie Johnson

Valerie is a recent Berkeley graduate and proud transfer student from Crafton Hills College in Southern California.

During her time as a Cal Student, Valerie worked on the UC systemwide transfer taskforce, served as the UC Student Association Transfer Student Affairs Officer, and served as the ASUC Transfer Student Representative. She chaired a UC-wide coalition of transfer students which, over the past two years, successfully hosted a Transfer Lobby Day as well as established official transfer student representation on student governments across multiple other UC campuses.

She is passionate about transfer equity and inclusion and the community college to university pipeline.

Nery Alexis Barrera Lopez


Nery Alexis Berrera Lopez is an environmental engineer. He earned his Bachelor's in Environmental Engineering Sciences and his Master's in Civil Engineering.

Nery became passionate about applying engineering concepts to protecting natural resources after watching unchecked development change his childhood home of Jalapa, Guatemala.

After coming to the United States he enrolled at Skyline College then transferred to UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley Nery commuted daily from his home in Pacifica. 

Aside from juggling schoolwork and research, Nery managed his family responsibilities. Nery and his wife Heidi and Nery have two daughters.

Marvin Morris

Marvin Morris

Marvin transferred to UC Berkeley from Los Angeles City College in the Fall of 2013 as a Classical Civilizations Major. During his three years as a transfer student at Cal, Marvin focused on undergraduate research opportunities and was awarded a competitive fellowship in the 2015-16 Haas Scholars Program Cohort.

As a student of classical archaeology and art history, the Haas Scholars Program facilitated the research and writing of his undergraduate thesis. As part of Marvin’s research, he spent a summer abroad excavating and researching in Greece and Italy with his faculty mentors.

While a student at Cal, Marvin was also the editor of the Classical Forum, the recipient of the 2016 Conrad Liebau Library Prize, and the Chair’s Award for Distinction in Classics. After graduating in 2016, Marvin went on to work in the nonprofit sector until his return to Berkeley in 2020.

Marvin currently works as an Executive Assistant on the Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives team within University Development and Alumni relations at Cal. He has the privilege of supporting a team of fundraisers whose focus is on eight to ten figure transformational gifts that create, support, and steward research and scholarship opportunities campus-wide at UC Berkeley.


Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood Transfer Students - July 13, 2021 (Advancing Practice)