Our History

The International Relations Council (IRC) of Berkeley was founded in Fall 2016 by five student organizations: Delta Phi Epsilon, UC Berkeley Model United Nations, Berkeley Model United Nations, Sigma Iota Rho, and Amnesty International. The mission of the Council is to consolidate interest in international relations, dialogue on global issues and encourage cooperation between organizations related to the field of international relations at UC Berkeley.

In order to raise awareness of global issues and provide students with opportunities to engage with international relations, history and politics on a professional platform, the IRC of Berkeley hosts several semesterly events, including publishing an academic journal, the Global Citizen blog and hosting a case competition to foster solutions for pressing international issues.


Executive Committee


Secretary General - Avdeep Dhillon

Avdeep Dhillon is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Economy with a concentration in Economic Development. She is the Secretary General of International Relations Council of Berkeley. Avdeep is also the founder and VP of Development Solutions Organization at Berkeley and a course facilitator at iSchool. In her free time, Avdeep loves dancing, painting, reading, traveling, and learning new languages.


Director of Organizational Affairs - Kenny Kang

Kenny is a third year from Los Angeles, California. He is currently studying Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Economy. Growing up in China, Korea, and Thailand for half of his life, he has developed a love for international relations and issues. After coming to Berkeley, he found an amazing family in UCBMUN and has learned so much from his fellow members. As this year's Director of Branding, he is passionate to use his past experiences as an ACD and VC to help make the upcoming UCBMUN conference an enjoyable and challenging experience.


Director of Outreach - Anna Grigoryan

Anna Grigoryan is a sophomore majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Peace and Conflict in Europe and minoring in French. Coming from an immigrant background she has always had a passion for foreign policy especially in terms of human rights. She fuels this passion into advocacy by being a representative for the Amnesty International chapter of UC Berkeley. She is also a member of the Armenian Students’ Association and the Director of Outreach and Marketing for the International Relations Council.


Director of Finance - Jessica Wang

Jessica Wang is a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics. She is the Director of Finance of International Relations Council if Berkeley, Treasurer at UC Berkeley Model United Nations, and Head Chair of the Legal Committee at UCBMUN XXIII. Outside of IR, Jessica works as a video intern for Cal Athletics and conducts research at the Haas School of Business.


Director of Social Planning - Olivia Lipari

Hi! I'm Olivia Lipari and I am a third year doubling majoring in Political Science with a focus on American Politics, and Gender and Women's Studies and minoring in Public Policy. I am part of Berkeley Model United Nations, and am a Vice Chair for the Historic Crisis and a part of the Research Staff.


Director of the IRRB - Catherine Chang