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Campuses and District Office Remain Closed through Summer Semester

29 June 2020

Dear Peralta Community,

The Peralta Community College District college campuses and the district office will remain closed through August 2, 2020.  Personnel performing essential functions may be required to work on-site.

On June 18, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Officer issued Health Officer Order No. 20-14a which extended Shelter in Place indefinitely. It has not been rescinded. We realize the open-ended nature of this order makes planning difficult and hope this update is helpful.

District continues remote service and work-from-home

Even with this revised order, the Peralta Community College District—including the College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, Merritt College, and the District Office—will remain in remote service modality through the end of Summer 2020 semester (August 2, 2020).   Most classes and services will continue to be offered remotely, and most employees will continue to work from home, during that time frame.

It may be possible at a later date to restore limited campus operations under certain conditions. The District’s emergency operations team continues to assess conditions and develop plans based on the guidance in the health order and on institutional capacities. Any future changes in the District’s current operating model will be shared in advance.

Return to Campus Task Force

I have convened a Return to Campus Task Force to make recommendations on a safe transition back to work on the campuses and at the District Office.

Thank you to the custodians, groundskeepers, and engineers, who have been reporting to campus throughout the shelter in place orders and to the Administrators, Classified Professionals and Faculty who continue to demonstrate remarkable dedication to serving the community and meeting the mission.

We will continue to focus on keeping the community safe and supporting student educational needs during this time and into the future.

Take good care,

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor

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Statement by the President of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees

21 June 2020

As President of the Peralta Board of Trustees, I want to acknowledge that the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees is aware of the allegation of racist remarks by an instructor to a student at Laney College regarding the pronunciation of the student’s name. Consistent with his rights to due process, the instructor has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into this matter.

 

The Board does not take these allegations lightly. We understand the need to challenge and eliminate racism and white supremacy in all of its insidious forms, including the suppression of native cultures and languages and its demands that people of color conform to norms of “whiteness.” We remain steadfast in our commitment to stand against any and all racist and xenophobic acts as they are antithetical to our principles as individuals, our professional duty as Trustees, and closely held values to honor and support all students in the Peralta Colleges in their quest to better their lives and their communities through higher education.

 

We remain committed to upholding the mission and values of the Peralta Community College District: we recognize and celebrate the strengths of  the diverse students, communities, and colleagues we serve; and we provide the diverse students and communities with equitable access to the educational resources, experiences, and life-long opportunities to meet and exceed their goals.

 

In Service,

 

Julina Bonilla

Peralta Board of Trustees, Board President

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Chancellor – Board Secretary

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Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees Unanimously Passes Resolution Affirming Commitment to African American Students

16 June 2020

OAKAND, CA – The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution entitled Affirming Our Commitment To Student Success For African American Students. As an institution that has long fostered and embodied social justice teachings, the district’s “commitment to diversity and inclusion also requires advocating and employing our collective voice to identify and eliminate barriers to equity.”

“I thank the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees for their commitment to African American Student Success,” said Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud. “The Board recognizes the impact Peralta Community College District can have on removing institutional racism that creates and maintains disparities for Black students in health, education, housing, employment, income, and opportunity. The African American community entrusts us as educators with their lives, stories, culture – their hopes and dreams – We must not fail our community.”

72% of all Black undergraduates enrolled in higher education in California are enrolled in California community colleges. The majority of these students are adult learners who work full-time while attending college part-time due to family commitments and a struggle with basic needs insecurities. With this resolution, the PCCD commits to working collaboratively with internal and external partners to remove these barriers to Black students; fostering a culture where all members of the Black community are safe, respected and valued; maintaining a strong commitment to antiracist efforts; and supporting funding and policy recommendations that further these efforts. The full text of the resolution can be found here.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, California. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu.

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2020 African and African American Virtual Graduation: “And…Still I Rise” Strength, Resiliency and Beauty in the Black Community

16 June 2020

The 2020 Peralta Colleges African and African American graduates from Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cordially invited to participate in the 12th Annual African and African American Graduation virtual celebration via YouTube beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

“And…Still I Rise: Strength, Resiliency and Beauty in the Black Community” is the theme of this year’s graduation. All Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 African and African American graduates are eligible for participation. In order to include your personal graduation information in this virtual celebration, you are required to submit the following information by e-mail to africangrad@peralta.edu as soon as possible, but no later than June 25, 2020:

  1. First Name, Middle Initial (if applicable) and Last Name
  2. A current active e-mail that you check on a regular basis
  3. Text-able telephone number

You will then be contacted by the Marching Orders Company via e-mail. Marching Orders will request that you submit the following information by a specific deadline date, but do not delay:

  1. First Name, Middle Initial (if applicable) and Last Name
  2. Upload a photo:
    1. A headshot
    2. Picture of your choice
    3. Cap and Gown picture, if available
  3. There will be a personal message section that you will also need to upload. In that section please describe whose shoulders you stand on (150 characters maximum). For example, Who had the most influence on your life? Who inspired you? Who made sacrifices for you to succeed? Whose words and actions have brought you to who you are today? Who do you need to thank today?

We look forward to your participation! Questions please e-mail africangrad@peralta.edu

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Peralta Bond Project Outreach Program

12 June 2020

The Peralta Community College District is sincerely thankful for the generosity and support of the citizens of Alameda County. We are actively building the new Peralta our community deserves.

In fulfilling this vision for a new Peralta, the district is committed to making sure the process has a direct, positive impact on the community and economy. It is district policy to work towards at least 25% small local business participation in capital improvement projects.

To achieve this goal, the district held a community outreach forum sponsored by AECOM (the company helping manage district bond projects). Emails were sent to hundreds of vendors and the event was publicized on social media along with advertisements in six local newspapers

More than 120 people attended representing businesses interested in working on the bond project. This is the first of several such events; the district will continue to reach out to local community vendors, providing them the training and tools to bid be a part of this tremendous opportunity.

After an initial presentation by AECOM describing some of the upcoming projects, there was an extensive question and answer period that allowed panelists to answer over 75 questions during the workshop. Attendees voluntarily answered online survey to provide crucial information about their firms. The feedback provided will allow for data collections on firms’ ownership ethnicity, business experience, and interest in technical assistance support related to the bond program.

A new Auto and Diesel Technology building at College of Alameda, a replacement for the Horticulture building at Merritt College, Berkeley City College expanding into a new, additional building, a new Library Learning Resource Center at Laney College: these are just some of the many projects in various stages of planning. There are opportunities to provide architectural services, civil/structural engineering, records management and inspection, surveying, information technology, landscape architecture, hazardous materials disposal and more.

Go to Build.Peralta.edu to catch a glimpse of the exciting future and to find out how we can help make it a reality together.

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Dr. David M. Johnson Named Permanent President of Merritt College

8 June 2020

Dr. David M. Johnson
Late last week, Dr. David M. Johnson was named President of Merritt College in Oakland after serving as acting president for the last six months. Dr. Johnson brings a decade of administrative leadership in education and 15 years of higher-education classroom experience to the role.

“Becoming Merritt College President is the culmination of my professional aspirations. As such, this institution can expect from me unparalleled enthusiasm, commitment, and collegiality in terms of working to push our college to unprecedented heights,” said Dr. Johnson. “My vision for Merritt College is that we become and remain a preeminent institution of learning, training, and civic engagement.”

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, which includes Merritt College as well Laney College, Berkeley City College, and College of Alameda, said, “Dr. Johnson’s appreciation for consultative and collegial decision-making, coupled with deep personal ties to the community, make him the ideal president for Merritt College.” She continued, “The college is fortunate to be in the hands of such a valuable and well-equipped leader.”

In this role, Dr. Johnson plans to honor the rich history and diverse population the College serves. Founded in Oakland in 1954, the College is considered the birthplace of the Black Panther Party. Today, Merritt College serves over 7,000 students, 75% of whom are people of color, with acclaimed programs in community social services, registered nursing, child development, nutrition & dietetics, environmental studies, and landscape horticulture.

“My view of equity goes beyond simply recognizing that we all have different backgrounds, perspectives, strengths, and challenges,” continued Dr. Johnson. “My focus is to ensure that everyone understands our shared responsibility to get every student to achieve his/her educational goals.”

Minutes from the East Bay’s busiest commercial centers, Merritt College also provides technology training, including an award-winning cybersecurity program, that prepare students for work in the thriving Bay Area technology sector.

Dr. Johnson was raised in Oakland and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from U.C. Berkeley, a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington, and a Doctorate in History from U.C. Berkeley.

About the Peralta Community College District

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is a collaborative community of colleges comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt colleges in Oakland, California. The Peralta Colleges provide a dynamic multicultural learning environment offering accessible, high-quality educational programs and services, including two year degrees, certificates and university transfer programs, to more than 30,000 students. PCCD is home to award-winning Peralta TV (Comcast ch. 27/28, AT&T ch. 99) and public radio KGPC 96.9 FM. To learn more about The Peralta Colleges, visit www.peralta.edu.

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