Amber Griffin-Royal (she/her) is a low-income, disabled, Oakland native, fourth-year re-entry transfer majoring in African American Studies. Her time at Cal has been invaluable as she's been supported academically and creatively to pursue her interests in research, femtorship, and DJing. Some of the work she's done on campus includes being an Undergraduate Research Advocate Intern at the Library of Environmental Design, an intern at NavCal, femtoring newly accepted transfer students, a Program Coordinator for Experience Berkeley Transfer assisting community college students of color with their applications to UC Berkeley, as well as DJed campus events hosted by the BRRC, and Cal NERDS. Currently, Amber is an Undergraduate Research Apprentice at Black Lives at Cal (BLAC), preparing to conduct oral histories on past and present campus directors of the African American Student Development office (AASD) so that their stories and contributions made at Cal can be uplifted, remembered, and preserved for generations.
Amber is constantly inspired by her community and gravitates toward opportunities where she can help to support other Black, low-income womxn on their academic journey. After Cal, Amber intends to continue to graduate school and focus her research on the disruption of anti-Blackness in higher education and has aspirations to start a company that supports the recruitment and retention of womxn of color pursuing a college degree.
Major(s): African American Studies