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BCC’s Tenzin Seldon Honored

22 October 2014

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Tenzin Seldon, a Berkeley City College grad who went on to Stanford and Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar!), was honored in a resolution at last night’s Board of Trustees meeting. Read her story below and see more photos at Peralta’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/peraltacolleges.

Tenzin Seldon attended Berkeley City College for 2 years in 2007-2009 and graduated with the highest distinction, summa cum laude. At Berkeley City College, Tenzin was an active member of the college community with activities serving as Senator in the ASBCC, student ambassador, President of various clubs and boards. In 2009, Tenzin was accepted and enrolled at Stanford University.   In 2012, Tenzin graduated with Phi Beta Kappa, high academic distinction in the Department of Comparative Studies with a focus in education and global justice at Stanford University.

Tenzin serves in various local, national, and international leadership capacities.  At Stanford University, Tenzin served as President of Project Compassion, Executive Cabinet Diversity Chair for the student government, and on student advisory boards on Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, First Generation/ Low Income Partnership, and Freeman Spogli Institute’s, Program for Human Rights where she raised awareness about global human trafficking.

Tenzin also has worked as Coordinator to President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge to foster and emphasize interfaith understanding among peers as well as an Fellow at CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism, Research and Education), initially funded and supported by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to promote the pedagogy and scientific study of compassion

Since her time at BCC and Stanford, Tenzin has also engaged in work with US domestic and international affairs first-hand, currently serving in a leadership capacity in an international organization, College 100, which works with the top network of student presidents, scholars, Olympians, and other distinguished young people to incubate social projects and raise political/social consciousness.

Tenzin is currently serving as an Executive and Co-Founder of Climate Justice League, working alongside top youth leaders and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson as the foremost group of prominent women leaders concerned with climate issues. Additionally, Tenzin has attending and committed to international projects with Clinton Global Initiative University and serves as Outreach Director for Oxford Women for Women International and a member of the renowned debating team, Oxford Union.

Finally, Tenzin was the first Tibetan to be awarded the Truman Scholarship. Tenzin is currently pursuing a Masters in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University on the Rhodes Scholarship. Her dissertation will cover poverty, family and welfare policy. Tenzin plans to continue expanding her interests in policy, activism, and scholarship in international affairs with organizations such as the United Nations in the future.

 

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Peralta Colleges make a Splash at California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

12 July 2012. 0 comments

The annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference was held on the UC Davis campus this year, from June 18 to June 22, and the Peralta Community College District was well represented.

The Conference is a unique opportunity for educators to network and exchange ideas on sustainability. In addition to participants from The Peralta Colleges, representatives from universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara, were also in attendance.

Activities included a pre-Conference Sustainability Officers workshop, field trips, exhibitors and breakout panels. For example, Lutron Electronics and the California Public Interest Energy Research Program presented a case study on energy savings, resulting from the installation of integrated classroom lighting controls on the Laney College campus. The projected annual savings to the college from the project is estimated to be $25,000. The cost of the project materials was $64,000, and installation was $38,000, for a total of $102,000; costs were paid through the Oakland Shines Program.

Peralta was represented by Dr. Jannett Jackson, College of Alameda President, and Charles Neal, the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Manager for the District. They were joined by Mary Ann McNamara, who is a community partner, as well as an alumnus of the Merritt College horticulture program and recent graduate of the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI), located in Bolinas, California.

Charles Neal co-facilitated a workshop for sustainability officers that discussed using sustainability projects as a living lab for technical education students. Dr. Jackson and MaryAnn were co-presenters in the category: Campus-Community Partnership for Sustainability.

“I am extremely pleased to have represented the District at this year’s Conference,” said Charles Neal. “Learning what systems and processes work and which ones don’t is valuable information, as all of us grapple with how best to allocate shrinking budgets. There were a number of innovative systems discussed that could help us further our sustainability programs, here at Peralta,” added Neal.

On a related sustainability note, Aurora Mahassine, Founder of Habitile, an outfit that designs living wall systems, introduced Mary Ann McNamara and three of her RDI classmates to Charles Neal, who then encouraged the students to present their permaculture designs to Dr. Jackson and the COA Leadership Council. The presentation was in response to Dr. Jackson’s previously expressed desire for a reflection area to be created on campus for students to enjoy during the replacement of Buildings C&D. The collaboration resulted in Mary Ann and her classmates contributing a pro bono permaculture design that should fulfill Dr. Jackson’s wishes for a reflection area on COA campus. Incidentally, a permaculture design is required capstone project for RDI students, who are pursuing the year-long permaculture design certificate. In this case, the students will gain experiential benefit from their active involvement in the actual project installation!

Lastly, the campus-community partnership is further emphasized by a $20,000 grant, provided by StopWaste.org. COA intends to fund the permaculture installation with this grant. The grant is in support of the College of Alameda’s Bay-Friendly installation, the first phase of which is located near the intersection of Willie Stargell Avenue and East Campus Drive. Obtaining grants to fund sustainability projects is a great way for COA and the District to stretch their resources. The initial Bay-Friendly installation, from which the StopWaste.org grant flowed, was led by Gates & Associates Landscape Architecture of San Ramon. The grant was administered by Cynthia Greenberg, of The Planning Center in Berkeley.

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