Navigating to California (orNav2Cal) is the sister program of NavCal at University of California, Berkeley. This program enables Nav2Cal university student mentors to guide West Contra Costa (WCC) County High School student fellows in the NavCal functionalities and in UC application. Through the mentoring partnership, non-traditional UC Berkeley students assist historically marginalized WCC high school students in navigating the applications to the University of California, Berkeley through a hands-on approach that involves active engagement and coaching by current university graduate and undergraduate students.
Through the introduction to the NavCal functionalities and to the university, Nav2Cal mentors build relationships with Nav2Cal student fellows, establishing a sense of belonging and improving the overall campus climate. Our program addresses yield hindrances and solutions for underrepresented minority high school students, demystify research at R1 Institutions, and build communities with intention. Through the relationship between the Nav2Cal mentor and Nav2Cal student fellows, a social connection to campus will, in turn, multiply the number of applicants to Berkeley, demystify the university, improve admission chances, and increase yield upon acceptance of Nav2Cal students.
As a result, this fellowship empowers future incoming freshmen students to address challenges, and ultimately ensures that more students are educated on how to access and maximize the UC Berkeley resources, be prepared to enter higher education, and succeed at the university level.