University Section Club

Upcoming Events Calendar

Wed., Sept. 1, 2021  10 am

Fall Business Meeting via Zoom. Section Chairs receive administrative information for the year and hear about club plans and financial status.


Cancelled - Tue., Sept. 14, 2021  11 am – 1:00 pm

Fall Reception & Section Sign-up, at University House. Look for invitation, Bulletin and dues envelope in the mail. Canceled


Tue., Oct. 26, 2021  10 am

Fall SOS (Services Offered Students) Meeting via Zoom. Come learn how we help Cal students through our various funds and grants.


Tue., Feb. 22, 2022  11 am – 2:30 pm

            In-person Beehive Canceled

We are holding a silent auction by email later in February. Look for information in your email from

This is the club's most important annual fundraising event. Profits fund our Cal student philanthropies.

Wed., March 30, 2022   10:00 am

Intercampus Open House at Berkeley

We are Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Women being admitted to UC Berkeley.  Section Club members welcome members from other UC campuses' social and philanthropic groups for a day of lectures and campus tours.

Due to popular demand and many requests, we have posted the video of of our Intercampus Day event on our University Section Club website. Many thanks to Janice Lieu who was able to edit the zoom call for our viewing pleasure. Feel free to share the link with family and friends.

Andrea L. Campos and Sherry Rufini

Wed., April 20, 2022   10 am

Spring SOS Meeting. We review project requests from campus groups and decide on funding.


Mon., May 9, 2022   9:30 am - noon

Spring Business Meeting. Representatives from all the Sections share highlights from the year. We hear about the financial status of the club and its philanthropic endeavors and we honor the outgoing board members and welcome the new.

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Founded in 1927, the University Section Club, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and a recognized support organization for the University of California, Berkeley, serves the UC Berkeley community in various ways. We offer  eighteen sections from languages to tennis, and birding to pickleball, that provide an enjoyable way for members to come together around shared interests.  Volunteer activities welcome and support students, international scholars and their families. Fundraising activities, dues and donations support philanthropy to students which include emergency grants, financial support for student groups and programs, and two endowed scholarships.

The University Section Club, Inc was a daughter-organization of the College Teas which was founded in 1907 to foster friendships among the faculty of the University of California. In 1927, a fire destroyed Hearst Hall where the Teas had been meeting. With their small insurance money, they established a Loan Fund for needy students and raising money for this Fund became their primary responsibility. By 1927, informal meetings of faculty wives were formed into The Section Club. Ten interest groups - sections were started: Badminton, Walking, Homemaking, Foreign Languages, Bridge, Drama, Music and Philanthropy (later Services Offered Students, S.O.S.). 

For over 50 years, the Teas and Section Club co-existed, but as Section Club grew the Teas dwindled. In 1984, it became an official support group of the University by offering grants and support to deserving students and student-related groups. 

Each summer the University Section Club distributes an informational flyer on the year's activities and calendar. The flyer includes an organization chart of the Club's structure of services to students and sections. It ends with an invitation form to join with the address of the Club.