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Peralta Board of Trustees Swears In Trustees, Elects New Officers

19 December 2016

weinstein-bonillaThe Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 13, 2016, swore in a new Trustee, Karen Weinstein (Area 6), pictured left, and also three reelected Trustees, Meredith Brown (Area 2), Bill Withrow (Area 1), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4). In addition, the Board elected new officers for 2017.

Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, pictured right, was elected President, and Meredith Brown was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, William Riley, who will continue to represent Area 5, and Cy Gulassa, retiring Trustee who represented Area 6, were honored for their service at the meeting.

Student Trustees Dave Ivan Cruz and Marquita Price will also continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I am extremely honored to serve the Peralta community and look forward to cultivating high quality educational programming and training for our students,” said President Bonilla.

President Bonilla is a Solano Community College graduate and received her B. A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary school teacher and eventually moved into workforce development providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Her community work and active memberships include serving as the Board President of Tradeswomen Inc. and in the National Women’s Political Caucus-AN. She has served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. Currently, she is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center. She was first elected to the board in 2014.

Vice President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including working as literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and serving as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. In addition, she is active raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education by working on the Alameda County Pre-School for All Campaign and working on a community task force for our local assembly representative. Brown is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.

Karen Weinstein, who was elected to fill retiring Trustee Gulassa’s seat, has served on the Peralta District Citizens’ Oversight Committee, is a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and is Vice-Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women. Trustee Weinstein serves as Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Affirmative Action Committee and is a member-elect to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. She also serves as community liaison for the Dreamers and Undocumented Student Task Force. Trustee Weinstein received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, with a concentration in college counseling from the School of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Licensed California Psychologist.

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    Town Hall with Trustee Brown & Chancellor Laguerre, August 9, 4-6pm, Youth Uprising, Oakland

    27 July 2016

    Own Your Future

    Join Trustee Meredith Brown and Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., for a special Town Hall, August 9, 4-6pm at Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.

    There will be special information for our Community’s students and we will feature some of the special programs at the Peralta Colleges. Information will be available on how you can get into college.

    Learn more about:

    • Our Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
    • Articulation Agreements with UC, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and our Our Law Academy
    • Certificate Programs in Apparel Design, Nursing, Computer Information Systems, Manufacturing, Construction, Automotive Repair, and more.

    Own your future now. Don’t miss this great community event!

    For more information, please call Jeffrey Heyman at 510-466-7369 or see this flier: Own Your Future

     

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      Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees Elect New Slate of Officers for 2016

      15 December 2015

      Board OfficersThe Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 9, 2015, elected new officers for 2016.

      William “Bill” Riley, Ed.D., who represents Area 5, was elected President of the nine-member board, and Julina Bonilla, representing Area 7, was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, Meredith Brown, who represents Area 2, was honored at the meeting for her work leading the Board in 2015.

      Nicky González Yuen, Area 4, Cy Gulassa, Area 6, Linda Handy, Area 3, Bill Withrow, Area 1, and Meredith Brown, continue to serve on the Board. Student Trustees Adrien Abuyen and Justin Hyche also serve on the nine-member board.

      “I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees, and Chancellor Laguerre, in the coming year to ensure that the Peralta Colleges continue to provide educational opportunities to our community’s students,” said President Riley.

      “The key initiatives I will personally be committed to this year are closing the achievement gap, addressing accreditation matters and providing scholarships for our students to ensure everyone who wants to can go to one of our four community colleges,” President Riley added.

      President Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and served as Student Body President. Dr. Riley has worked in public education for over 40 years, including at the Alameda County Office of Education, the Oakland Unified School District, the East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and the San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.

      Vice President Bonilla is a Solano Community College graduate and received her B. A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary school teacher and eventually moved into workforce development providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Her community work and active memberships include serving as the Board Vice President of Tradeswomen Inc. and in the National Women’s Political Caucus-AN. She has served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. Currently, she is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center. She was first elected to the board in 2014.

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        Peralta Trustees to Honor David Harper, First African American Jury Foreman of a Major Murder Trial

        6 November 2015

         

        david-harper-circa-681At its regular board meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m., the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District, will honor David Harper, the first African American jury foreman in a major murder trial in the United States, on the same day as the Mayor of the City of Oakland proclaims November 10th as “David Harper Day.” The meeting, at 333 East 8th Street in Oakland, is open to members of the public. Media are also invited to attend.

        Both David Harper (pictured, circa 1968) and a representative from the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf will be in attendance at the meeting. Board President Meredith Brown will make special remarks noting Harper’s pioneering role in the 1968 murder trial of Black Panther founder Huey Newton for the death of a white Oakland policeman. The Mayor’s Proclamation will be read at the meeting, which takes place at 333 East 8th Street in Oakland, and will be televised live on Peralta TV, cable channels 27 or 28 in the East Bay.

        Harper’s role as jury foreman in 1968 remains important even today. In many jurisdictions prosecutors routinely excluded all black jurors from juries “of one’s peers” in death penalty cases.  This month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of an all-white jury that condemned a black teenager to death. In 1968, banker David Harper risked his life to serve as foreman of the polarizing Huey Newton murder trial, held in Oakland just months after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination sparked riots in cities across country. The Newton jury reached a verdict under Harper’s leadership that kept peace when widespread rioting was expected. That groundbreaking jury also led to far broader inclusion of women and minorities in juries across the country.

        “Peralta is pleased to play a role in the recognition of David Harper’s contribution to the American justice system,” said Peralta Community College District Board President, Meredith Brown.

        “We are an institution of higher learning that serves a diverse population, and the historical and educational aspects of the jury reform movement sparked by the Newton Trial speak to our mission to sustainably enhance the region’s human, economic, environmental and social development and to develop leaders who create opportunities and transform lives,” President Brown said.

        “David Harper has contributed to Peralta’s mission through his participation in the justice system and use of the knowledge and skills that he gained through his education. David Harper is a meaningful role model for our students,” she added.

        The 1968 Newton trial is the subject of a book,”The Sky’s The Limit,” by retired Oakland Judge Lise Pearlman, who is working on a documentary about the trial, and who will also be in attendance at the meeting.

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          Peralta News – Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Chancellor Jowel Laguerre at Flex Day

          31 August 2015

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          The Peralta Colleges celebrated a very special Flex Day to kick off a new semester and welcome our new Chancellor, Jowel Laguerre. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined the festivities, filling the packed Odell Johnson Theater with words of encouragement and inspiration. Board President Meredith Brown, faculty members and staff leadership also spoke at this joyous event!

          The Peralta family was treated to an outstanding performance by the Jiklele dance group, hosted by Laney’s very own dance department.

          We look forward to a new semester with more fantastic happenings at Peralta and a heartfelt welcome to Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. Many thanks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her staff for sharing this momentous day with us!

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            Trustees Approve Contract For Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre To Begin As Next Chancellor July 1, 2015

            24 June 2015

            Jowel LaguerreOAKLAND, Calif., June 24, 2015 – At its final meeting of the fiscal year, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District voted unanimously to approve the employment contract of Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., to serve as the next Chancellor of the northern Alameda County college district.

            Dr. Laguerre will begin his three-year term as Peralta’s Chancellor on July 1, 2015. His base salary is $305,000 annually.

            Meredith Brown, President of the Board of Trustees, quoted Marian Wright Edelman to say, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and the world better than you found it.”

            “The Peralta Community deserves the best in all of us that are entrusted with its governance and operations and Dr. Laguerre brings a wealth of experience to the position and has demonstrated his leadership skills as the Superintendent-President of Solano Community College District,” President Brown said.

            “Dr. Laguerre is uniquely qualified to lead the Peralta Colleges in the coming years, and the Board and I look forward to working together with him to address the achievement gap, completion rates and other important issues facing our community’s students,” President Brown added.

            Dr. Laguerre issued a statement to the Peralta community following the Board’s vote. In the statement he said, “This vote to name me as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District is very meaningful to me. I was not physically present at the meeting due to a prior commitment of serving others, as I am spearheading some community activities in Haiti.”

            He continued, “I am grateful to the Search Committee for selecting me to be a finalist and I thank the Board of Trustees for entrusting me to lead this great district. I look forward to working in partnership with our colleges, the District Office and members of the community to continue driving Peralta’s momentum as a leader among community colleges in the region, the state and the nation. I look forward to providing all of our employees with the support they need to have a positive impact on the lives of our students.”

            “My commitment is to work with the internal constituents and all segments of northern Alameda County to ensure that their investment of tax dollars in the Peralta Community College District is used for the benefit of our students.”

            “I look forward to being an integral part of, and contributor to, the communities served by our district,” Dr. Laguerre added.

            Dr. Laguerre’s biography can be found here: http://web.peralta.edu/files/2015/05/Background_and_Accomplishments.pdf

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              Leading Candidate For Position of Chancellor

              26 May 2015

              Jowel LaguerreOn behalf of the Chancellor Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that the Board has identified Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre as the leading candidate for the position of Chancellor of our District.  Dr. Laguerre is the Superintendent-President of Solano Community College District.  Attached is Dr. Laguerre’s background and accomplishments.

              We very much appreciate the commitment and dedication of the Selection Committee and Dr. Fran White, our Search Consultant from Community College Search Services, in identifying qualified finalists. The Selection Committee members conducted their work under a tight recruitment and selection timeline, which allows the Board to keep the selection process on schedule.  The next step in the process is for the Board members to conduct a site visit to Solano Community College District.  The site visit will include Trustees, as well as managers, faculty, classified staff and students.  The President of the District Academic Senate (or designee) and the President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers (or designee) are also invited to participate in the site visit.  Arrangements for the site visit, which is anticipated to occur no later than the week of June 8, 2015, is underway and will be announced once finalized.

              Meredith Brown
              President, Peralta Board of Trustees

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                Peralta Colleges Trustees Sworn-In, New Board Officers Elected For 2015

                17 December 2014

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                The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 9, 2014, elected a new slate of officers for 2015. Additionally, a newly elected trustee and two trustees, reelected in November, were sworn-in to serve for the next four years.

                Meredith Brown, who represents Area 2, was elected president and Dr. William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5, was elected vice president of the nine-member board, which includes two student trustees.

                Julina Bonilla, who was elected in November to represent Area 7, was sworn-in by Abel Guillén, the outgoing Area 7 Trustee who was elected to the Oakland City Council in November. Linda Handy, Area 3, and William “Bill” Riley, both re-elected in November’s election, were sworn-in, respectively, by former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who is Deputy Mayor of the City of Oakland, and Judge Gordon Baranco, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.

                “I am both pleased and honored to serve as president of the Board,” Brown said. “One of our first actions starting off our new year was to approve the terms of an agreement that will provide construction related apprenticeship positions for students in Laney College’s Construction Management Program to work on Peralta’s capital construction projects.” 

                “We will continue to build partnerships with the local building trades, public transit agencies and the health industry, and we will work closely with our K-12 and county education partners to prepare our students for California’s changing economy,” said Brown. “We will continue to provide a well supported pathway for students transferring to our CSU and UC systems,” Brown Added. 

                Brown, first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012, is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law. Brown served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Mass. Her community involvement includes service as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and leadership with the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, Montclair Soccer Club, National Women Political Caucus – Alameda County North, and a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for Alameda County.  

                Newly elected trustee Julina Bonilla is a community college graduate and received her B.A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary teacher who moved into workforce development, providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Bonilla’s community work and active memberships include Board Vice President of Tradeswomen Inc., the National Women’s Political Caucus-AN, and she has served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. She is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center.

                Linda Handy, who was first elected in 2002, has a long resume of community service and college administration experience. She has a M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Handy is a Laney College alumna and a former president of the Oakland Coalition of Congregations.

                William “Bill” Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and is a Merritt College alumnus who has served in public education for over 30 years, including in the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School districts. He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. 

                Continuing to serve on the board are Bill Withrow, who represents Area 1, Nicky González Yuen, Area 4, and Cy Gulassa of Area 6.  Student trustees are Carl Oliver and Jeramy Rolley. 

                For 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.

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                  State Assembly Resolution Commemorates Peralta’s 50 Years

                  21 July 2014

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                  At the July 15 Board of Trustees meeting, a California State Assembly Resolution by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and Senator Loni Hancock commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Peralta Community College District was presented to the Chancellor and Board by Jim Oddie, District Director for Assemblymember Bonta. Pictured, from left, are Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz, Jim Oddie, Trustee Linda Handy, Board President Abel Guillén and Board Vice President Meredith Brown.

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                    Peralta College Delegation in Washington, D.C.

                    12 February 2014

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                    Peralta Colleges’ Chancellor, José M. Ortiz, led a delegation this week to Washington, D.C., to discuss educational issues with the nation’s lawmakers. 

                    In this photo, Peralta’s delegation met Congresswoman Barbara Lee (California’s 13th Congressional District) in the Longworth House Office Building where the Congresswoman was attending a Workforce and Education Committee hearing. Pictured from left, Trustee Bill Withrow, Trustee Meredith Brown, Congresswoman Lee, Chancellor Ortiz, Trustee Linda Handy and Trustee Cy Gulassa.

                    Peralta’s delegation asked lawmakers to change work study formulas to be fair and equitable, to support successful “wrap-around” services for students, for Congress to expand programs for Asian American, Native American Pacific and Hispanic-serving institutions, and to allow colleges to use tax exempt funding practices to keep pace with infrastructure needs.

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                      Chancellor Ortiz and Peralta Colleges Delegation Visit Sacramento Lawmakers

                      28 January 2014

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                      Peralta Colleges Chancellor, José M. Ortiz led a delegation this week to Sacramento to advocate on behalf of Peralta’s students, colleges and the   community.

                      In this photo, Peralta’s delegation meets with Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (15th Assembly District). Pictured from left, Trustee Linda Handy, General Counsel Thuy Nguyen, Trustee Meredith Brown, Assemblymember Skinner, Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Chancellor Ortiz, Trustee Bill Withrow, Laney College President Elnora Webb and College of Alameda College President Eric Gravenberg. 

                      The delegation also met with Assemblymember Rob Bonta (18th Assembly District) and Assemblymember Loni Handcock’s (9th Assembly District) Chief of Staff. Peralta’s legislative priorities include supporting the Governor’s proposed 3% growth for community colleges; increased funding for the Student Success Categorical Program; a focus on underrepresented students; adult education; dual enrollment; inmate education; and campus safety.

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                        Peralta News – Peralta Colleges Board Elects New Officers For 2013, Trustees Sworn-In

                        13 December 2012

                        The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 11, 2012, elected new officers for 2013. A newly elected Trustee, Meredith Brown, and three reelected Trustees, Nicky González Yuen, Cy Gulassa and Bill Withrow, were also sworn-in to serve for the next four years.

                        Cy Gulassa, representing Area 6, was elected President of the nine-member board, and Abel Guillén, who represents Area 7, was elected Vice President. Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary.

                        Meredith Brown, elected in November to represent Area 2, was sworn-in by Peralta Trustee Linda Handy. Nicky González Yuen, who represents Area 4, and Cy Gulassa were sworn-in by State Assembly Member Nancy Skinner.

                        Bill Withrow, who represents Area 1, was sworn-in by Joseph Bielanski, a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and also the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator at the Peralta Community College District.

                        Student Trustees serving on the Board are Sharon Clegg and Brian Cervantes.

                        A graduate of UC Berkeley with a M.A. in English, Cy Gulassa has taught at institutions such as Frostburg State University in Maryland and the Philadelphia College of Art, as well as teaching English at De Anza College for 30 years. He served as president of the Foothill-De Anza District Faculty Association for fifteen years and founded the Bay Faculty Association. He lectures on community college reform and governance issues and has published over 150 articles. In 1994, Gulassa was named Faculty Member of the Year and was honored by State Assembly and Senate resolutions and a commendation from President Clinton.

                        Abel Guillén is vice president of Caldwell Flores Winters Inc., where he has advised on the issuance of $2 billion in general obligation bonds for schools and colleges throughout California. In 2000, Guillén was a policy analyst for the Gore/Lieberman campaign. He has also been a research associate for the United States Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in Washington, D.C., and in the 1990s Guillén was in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow. The first in his family to attend college, he has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology, also from UC Berkeley.

                        Meredith Brown has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. From 1989 to 1994 she practiced construction and business litigation on behalf of nationally recognized public and private clients with an Oakland law firm. From 1994 to 1999, Brown worked for a major San Francisco law firm representing a number of large and small public entities in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2000, Brown established her own law firm, where she has continued to represent public and private clients She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1983 and was a member of the Quill and Dagger Honorary Society. Brown received her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1988. She served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988.

                        Brown’s community involvement includes service as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, President of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, Vice President and past President of the Montclair Soccer Club, past Executive Board Member of the National Women Political Caucus – Alameda County North and a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for Alameda County.

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                          • Peralta Community College District

                            The district comprises four campuses serving northern Alameda County.
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