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BCC’s Tenzin Seldon Honored

22 October 2014


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:

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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