Shadow Day Organizing Team

Are you passionate about increasing access and equity within higher education? 


Applications for the Shadow Day Organizing Team, Fall 2020 are available online or in person at the YWCA (2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 94704), once we are open again to the public. (See our COVID-19 Resources Page for current shelter-in-place updates, and our Anti Racism Resources page for ways to learn more about and support the Movement for Black Lives).

Shadow Day Organizing Team – What We Do:

  • Organize, Plan and Coordinate all activities and logistics to carry out Shadow Day
  • Political Education to deepen our collective knowledge and understanding around racial justice and higher education
  • Partner with Local High Schools, Community Orgs & Stakeholders to recruit high school participants, workshop presenters, and community sponsorships
  • Raise Awareness through writing op-eds, holding rallies, and outreach
  • Mobilization through recruiting Cal Mentors
  • Develop Fun, Educational Workshops & Activities for Shadow Day participants that share resources and give high school youth the opportunity to learn how to apply & pay for college, and create meaningful pathways for youth to explore their futures

What is Shadow Day? 

Shadow day is an annual, day-long event that takes place every spring with one goal in mind: to provide high school students with the opportunity to explore higher education in a fun, engaging, and supportive environment.

Each year, Shadow Day brings together over 600 participants including 300 Bay Area high school students from the greater East Bay, to be matched in pairs with 300 current UC Berkeley students. Together, Cal students and high school students are matched in one-on-one pairs, and spend the day shadowing classes, touring campus, and experiencing all that UC Berkeley has to offer, as well as participating in fun and educational workshops & activities on and around campus – all while getting to know one another, and building community. Shadow Day aims to provide resources to recruit and support Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other students who have been historically underrepresented in the UC system by making connections, and providing high school students with opportunities to learn how to apply and pay for college.

Shadow Day Purpose:

At the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, we are passionate about increasing access and equity within higher education, and providing opportunities for high school students to explore their futures. Shadow Day is intended to serve a diverse array of students from the East Bay, and those who have been historically underrepresented in the UC system, including Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and Students of Color (QTBI&POC), Educational Opportunity Program Students, and Transfer Students.

Shadow Day aims to provide resources and information to support high school youth in their process of learning about how to apply and pay for college, by connecting them to on-campus resources at Cal, and to build community that reflects our values of diversity, equity & inclusion – for a community where all students have the opportunity and support to succeed.

*Our use of “girls” and “women” is inclusive of all cis and trans women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and any female-identified folks.

More Information:

When We Meet – The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland Shadow Day Organizing Team meets weekly for 1 hour during the academic school year, and our cohort-model functions on the semester cycle, with a Fall and Spring cohort, although cohort members are invited & encouraged to participate in both. Note that some weeks there are special events and/or actions we attend outside of our weekly meeting time. The Shadow Day Organizing Team goes on pause during the summer months to plan and develop curriculum for the new academic year.

~Check out our Official Shadow Day 2020 Resource Booklet!~

Created by the Spring 2020 Shadow Day Organizing team, this booklet contains resources and video testimony for high school students on exploring higher education, and learning how to apply & pay for college.


YWCA Berkeley_Oakland Shadow Day 2020 Resource Packet FINAL