YWCA Shadow Day – From Spring 2021

YWCA Berkeley/Oakland 28th Annual *Virtual* Shadow Day – Monday, April 19th 2021 from 12-2:30pm

What is Shadow Day & Why is It Important?

Calling all UC Berkeley Students who are passionate about increasing access & equity within higher education!

Shadow Day aims to recruit & support Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other students who have been historically underrepresented in the UC system by providing them with opportunities to connect with current Cal students (Cal Mentors) who share similar backgrounds and interests, learn how to apply & and pay for college, and explore their future goals, wherever they may be in the process!

Historically, Shadow Day has been a day-long event, bringing together 600 students including 300 Bay Area high school students from neighboring communities (Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and the greater East Bay) to be matched in pairs with 300 current UC Berkeley students who together would spend the day touring campus, shadowing classes, and engaging in fun, educational workshops to learn how to apply & pay for college. Due to COVID-19 and shifting our event to be online this year, we have the unique opportunity to expand our offerings and reach up to 1,000+ high school and college students online. 

Together, Cal Mentors & High School Student Mentees will get to attend virtual speaker panels, mutually beneficial workshops, participate in Cal Mentor & High School Student Mentee breakout rooms to connect and share experiences, as well as raffles & more!

When is Shadow Day & How to Register as a Cal Mentor?

WHEN: Shadow Day will be taking place *virtually* this year, on Monday, April 19th 2021 from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM via Zoom!

HOW TO REGISTER: Fill out our Online CAL Mentor Registration Form HERE!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Thursday, April 1st 2021


Virtual 2021 Shadow Day General Schedule:

Please note, the time of the event (12pm-2:30pm) will remain the same, however exact times of event activities may be subject to change – updates will be reflected in this document and sent out to you prior to the event.



For More Information:

  • Register to be a Cal Mentor for our Virtual 2021 Shadow Day!
  • Check out our Cal Mentor Guide/FAQ Sheet to learn more about what you can expect at Shadow Day and how to prepare!
  • Clear Your Schedule for Monday, April 19th 2021 from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM to be able to attend the full Shadow Day event
  • Follow Us on Social Media & Keep an Eye Out for a detailed email the week before the event with all the information you need!


~Check out our FREE Shadow Day Resource Booklet from 2020!~

YWCA Berkeley_Oakland Shadow Day 2020 Resource Packet FINAL

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