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Undergraduate Business Administration 39AC, Section 1
Philanthropy: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 units, LG)
Mr. Colin P Lacon and Ms. Alicia Perez
Thursday 8:00-11:00, C320 Cheit Hall, Class number: 10689

This class will compare and contrast the variety of gift giving and sharing traditions that make up American philanthropy. Both the cultural antecedents and their expression in this country will be explored from five ethnic and racial groups: Native American, European American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American. The goal is to gain a greater understanding of the many dimensions of philanthropy as it is practiced in the United States today.

Colin Lacon is the President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG). NCG works to support and strengthen its members and promote effective philanthropy. Previously, he served six years as Senior Program Officer for the Strengthening Communities Program at the Stuart Foundation, and he held several positions for the City of Oakland, including director of strategic grants management in the Office of the City Manager.

Alicia Perez oversees advocacy and communications efforts for Safe Passages as well as serving as liaison with government officials. In addition, Alicia oversees the implementation of the Safe Passages Early Childhood Initiative. Prior to Safe Passages, Alicia worked in the Office of the Superintendent for Oakland Unified District. She oversaw the district’s outreach efforts for opening of schools and student registration, the district’s state and federal advocacy efforts, and the implementation of several social service programs for students. In the legislative realm, Ms. Perez has been a policy advisor for former Assembly Member Delaine Eastin and to Oakland Councilmember Nancy J. Nadel. She has worked in the creation and implementation of social programs for children and families in Oakland and Chicago, and internationally in El Salvador, Colombia and Spain. Alicia E. Perez holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Social Welfare and Comparative Literature.

Quotes from Fall 2016 seminar:

Besides broadening our knowledge about the term Philanthropy, you are going to expand your barriers, learn about other communities, and learn about yourself by trying to search for your own core values.

I learned that philanthropy is much wider than traditionally thought of and is effected a lot by what individuals hope to accomplish and give their efforts to.

The single most important thing I learned in this course is the Philanthropy is about treasure, time, and talent.
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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