The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) has chosen Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng, pictured right, as the recipient of its coveted President’s Award for 2017. The award honors the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Island American college presidents and will be presented at APAHE’s annual conference and thirty year celebration on Thursday, April 6 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland. Also honored was Thuy Thi Nguyen, President of Foothill College and former General Counsel at the Peralta Community College District, pictured left.
A doctoral candidate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, Tomaneng took the helm as President of Berkeley City College in August 2016. She expects to complete her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities this summer. She received her M.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.
Before coming to BCC, one of the East Bay’s four Peralta Colleges, Tomaneng served as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino for six years. There, she lead the college’s institutional efforts with a number of initiatives, including Civic Engagement, Student Equity, and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program (AANAPISI). In 2006, Tomaneng was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships at the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.
Tomaneng is also a faculty affiliate of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) in Cupertino whose mission is to address the need to increase civic engagement and community voice for Asian Americans and other underrepresented groups through education and civic network.
Tomaneng expressed her gratitude for being chosen for the award and noted the significance of the work done by APAHE. “For over 21 years, I have devoted my teaching, research, and administrative work in the service of AAPI and other students of color. APAHE has been a leader in promoting equity in advancement and opportunity for Asian and Pacific Island Americans. Its example and leadership have shaped my practice as an equity-based educational leader within and outside of the institution,” Tomaneng said.
APAHE is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education.
We are very pleased to inform you that Thuy Thi Nguyen has accepted our offer to serve as Interim Community College League of California President/CEO, beginning January 5, 2015. Many of you already know Thuy — she currently serves as General Counsel for Peralta CCD. We are very grateful to Peralta Chancellor José Ortiz and the Peralta Community College District for making it possible for Thuy to serve as League Interim.
State Chancellor Brice Harris shares our enthusiasm: “We at the state Chancellor’s Office are excited to work with interim League president and CEO Thuy Nguyen. In her role at Peralta she has proven to be a dynamic and effective leader, and we are confident that her energy and talents will serve the League well as we continue to improve access and student success in our system. Ms. Nguyen is truly an impressive leader and the right choice for the League.”
Thuy’s appointment is for the duration of the upcoming legislative session, and you will be hearing from her directly in the New Year.
We wish you very happy holidays.
Cheers and Onward,
CCLC Board Chair
Santa Monica College Trustee
CCLC Board 1st Vice Chair
West Hills CCD Chancellor
Peralta Community College District General Counsel, Thuy Thi Nguyen, was named president of the Board of Directors of the Marcus Foster Education Fund in Oakland.
Dr. Bob Blackburn, a fellow board member, nominated Nguyen during the education improvement organization’s February board meeting. Her approval was unanimous by those present at the meeting. Nguyen’s term begins on March 28, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015.
Nguyen has served as General Counsel for the Peralta Colleges since 2003. At different points during her tenure at Peralta, she served in additional roles as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and District-wide Strategic Planning Manager.
When Nguyen graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, the Mayor of Oakland named June 23, 1993, “Thuy Thi Nguyen Day” for her community service. Nguyen received the Marcus Foster Scholar Award and attended Yale where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from UCLA School of Law.
The Marcus Foster Education Fund, a 40-year-old non-profit organization that helps Oakland Public Schools improve student academic achievement, is named after the late Oakland public Schools superintendent who was assassinated in 1973. Blackburn, then assistant superintendent, was also injured in the shooting.
Nguyen has served on the board of the Marcus Foster Education Fund for over eleven years.
The Legal Court Interpretation program is proud to graduate the first cohort of students from this new program. Peralta General Counsel Thuy Thi Nguyen outlines the development of this program to help address the shortage of Certified Court Interpreters working in our Courts. The Legal Court Interpretation program prepares students for a career in Spanish interpretation in court and various legal environments. Courses include sight translation, simultaneous interpretation and preparation for the California Court Interpreter Exam.
More information on the program can be found here.