Monday, November 16th

International Education Week started with a Study Abroad Panel of former students and faculty sharing their experiences who went abroad. Devyn shared about her experinece in Japan, and a recent trip to Peru, Cole shared about his China study abroad experience, and faculty members Andrea Lee (Dance in Ghana), Petra Maria (Cosmetology in London) and Simon Chan (Business in China and Japan) shared about the value of their programs.

To view the recording, or to share with others, please click here.

Also, to view the latest Open Doors report through the Institute of International Education, please click here, and be sure to select Associate’s Colleges as the Institution Type. And here is the link to the study abroad playlist on YouTube!

For more information on Peralta’s Study Abroad Programs, please visit

Tuesday, November 17th

Started in 1961 by President John Kennedy, the US Peace Corps has sent more than 240,000 Americans to volunteer in 142 countries.  Prior to the COVID-19 evacuations of all volunteers in March 2020, more than 7,000 were serving in 61 countries. The US Peace Corps panel was led by Kerry Carmichael, Peace Corps regional recruiter and a returned peace corps volunteer (RPCV) who served in Ecuador.  Three RPCVs–BCC political science instructor Charlotte Lee, BCC graduate Sara Vargas, and David Nash-Mendez shared their experiences in Romania, Panama, and Macedonia.  All described their work assignments, living arrangements, and adaptation to their new cultures.  Learn more about Peace Corps here or contact Kerry Carmichael


COA political science professor Robert Brem in a lecture titled An Overview: world systems & alternative futures analysis as an approach to understanding the 21st century modern world system provided a different way of looking at comparative governments.  Noting that governments can change over time, he provided numerous examples of how people have structured communities and systems since the Garden of Eden.  Drawing from the disciplines of political science, psychology, philosophy, and history Robert weaved together a narrative of peoples in the past from hunter gather to farmer to urban dweller.  Having laid the framework of where humans have been, Robert will lead us into the future of possibilities in Part 2. 

Wednesday, November 18th

Wednesday we held a virtual film screening of the PBS Documentary, SOFTIE, which follows political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi, a daring and audacious political activist who decides to run for political office in Kenya after several years of fighting injustice in his country. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents with idealism as his only weapon proves challenging. – Watch Trailer Here: Following the film we had a discussion

 I especially appreciated hearing Harizon’s perspective as a Kenyan int’l grad student and staff member. He’s a great storyteller and should definitely take on more speaking engagements.


POV Films

Friday, November 20th

CET Academic Programs presented on their virtual and study abroad programs for faculty interested in developing these experiences to their courses. Please watch the Recording Here

And Lastly, an international Student Panel was held where 2 former PCCD international students shared their experiences at PCCD and what helped them prepare to transfer on to a 4-year University. Watch Recording Here