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Helping Community College Students Statewide, Peralta Colleges Provided Language For New Bills Signed by Governor Jerry Brown

25 October 2011. 0 comments

In signing a number of bills into law this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will improve the lives of community college students across the state. One bill helps to ensure the health of students by enforcing non-smoking policies, and the other allows undocumented students to serve on district boards within the 112-community college system. Both bills contained language that the Peralta Community College District in Oakland helped draft.

Signed on October 10, Assembly Bill 795 authored by Marty Block (D-San Diego), contains amendments drafted by Peralta Community College District that would provide an important tool for community college districts seeking to enforce non-smoking policies on their campuses.

“Peralta Community College District has long had smoking policies at our colleges, but would have found those policies difficult to enforce,” said Chancellor Wise Allen.  “The passage of AB 795 would better ensure that the four Peralta Community Colleges remain a healthy place for students to learn.”

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight October 11, 2011

15 October 2011. 0 comments

Welcome to Board Spotlight. The October 11 meeting kicked off with a strong show of support for the Merritt College Children’s Center. The Board received a final report from the Financial Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). And Chancellor Wise Allen announces some exciting changes to California law.

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Peralta TV’s Black Panther Documentary Accepted For Consideration At Sundance

11 October 2011. 0 comments

We are pleased to announce that Peralta TV’s documentary, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers,” has been accepted for consideration at the Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the country.

The documentary, which won a national Gold Medallion Award in 2009 for the best college television/film production, is narrated by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and tells the story of the origins of the Black Panther Party at Merritt College through exclusive interviews and rare archival footage. The film, which was shown at the United Nations as part of events honoring the victims of slavery, features Bobby Seale, Richard Aoki, Ericka Huggins, David Hillard, Emory Douglas, Elbert “Big Man” Howard and other Party members as well as several past presidents of Merritt College, including Chancellor Wise Allen.

A trailer for the film can be seen here:

The documentary’s IMDb page (still under construction) is here:

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Peralta Community College District’s General Counsel to Receive Trailblazer Award

3 October 2011. 0 comments

OAKLAND, Calif., October 3, 2011 – Peralta Community College District General Counsel Thuy Nguyen will receive the Trailblazer Award from the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC) at it’s 13th annual scholarship awards banquet on October 7, 2011.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Nguyen. “To personally be recognized by your peers means so much.”

Nguyen’s story began in Vietnam. She states, “At three years old, we fled the country and drifted at sea for 25 days until a fisherman found us.” Her family’s journey then took them to Japan and then to South America to Paraguay. “ It was the Refugee Act of 1978 that brought us the United States,” Nguyen recalled. “We lived in Wichita, Kansas, then moved to New Orleans and finally to Oakland in 1989.”

After graduating from Oakland’s Castlemont High School, Nguyen matriculated to Yale and earned her law degree from UCLA.

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