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June 1, 2023
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Peralta in the News – Week of June 2, 2023

This LA Times article “UC Berkeley Spreads the Gospel of Data Science with New College, Free Curriculum” by Teresa Wantanabe from May 18 (estimated reach 26.4 Million readers) has been republished in multiple outlets including Denver Gazette and Yahoo News (estimated reach 58.9 Million!) and has been pushed by Apple News. The article mentions Laney College as a collaborator on the data science curriculum:

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Merritt Staff Spotlight: Maria Valencia

Merritt College is very proud to share another success story from the ranks of our classified professional staff. Ms. Maria Valencia currently works in the Office of Instruction as the assistant to the VPI. She describes herself as a first-generation student from a very impoverished background, but also as someone who always had a strong desire to earn a college degree.

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Laney College Professor Mark Rauzon’s Summer Work in the Arctic

Professor Mark Rauzon will be the seabird observer on a research expedition to the Bering Sea and beyond on a Canadian Ice Breaker. Leaving Victoria BC on July 5th, Prof. Rauzon will be collecting seabird distribution data when the ship is underway and when the ship is on station.

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CoA Students Receive American Association of University Women Scholarships to Attend National Conference

College of Alameda scholars Nickesha Brice, Jaqueline Torres, and Macarena Valenzuela have each been awarded a full $1,500 scholarship to attend the American Association of University Women (AAUW) National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) at the University of Maryland in Baltimore on May 31, 2023.

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Berkeley City College Umoja Leader Eneni Frank Wins PAAAA Scholarship Award

Berkeley City College graduate and Umoja Leader Eneni Frank was this year’s BCC recipient of the Peralta Association of African American Affairs Scholarship. Frank, who will be transferring to UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, was awarded $750 along with 4 other PCCD scholars at the PAAAA Scholarship Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 4 at the Peralta Community College District Atrium.

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June 2023 Peralta TV Highlights

We at Peralta TV would like to wish all of our LGBTQ+ brothers, sisters, and siblings a happy and safe Pride Month. This month, our selection of programming covers diversity in its many different forms across the country.

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Teachers 2 South Africa Project: New East Bay Fulbright Scholars Emerge!

Over the past two years, several Peralta instructors along with educators from OUSD and BUSD came together to conduct research in South Africa and develop original curricula addressing the overarching theme,  Transforming Inequality: Examining Racial, Economic, and Social Justice Movements, Public Health, and Culture in “Post-Apartheid” South Africa.  The program was spearheaded by Project Director, Dr. Siri Brown (former Vice Chancellor of Academic Services/Professor of  African American/Ethnic Studies-Merritt College ) and Project Coordinator, Professor Danea Martinez (African American Studies Department-Merritt College).
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Reza Majlesi to Become Dean of STEM at College of Alameda

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the Peralta Board of Trustees approved Dr. Reza Majlesi as the dean of the STEM Division at College of Alameda. Dr. Reza Majlesi has served COA/PCCD in different roles over the last 15 years. In addition to being a part-time and tenured biology faculty, Dr. Majlesi has served as chair of the Biology/Kinesiology cluster and as a member of different shared governance committees.  

More recently, Dr. Majlesi has served as the interim dean of the STEM Division and in this role has collaborated with student services and the Puente/Accesso program to provide programs and services that address inequalities in the field of STEM.  

In each of these roles, he has demonstrated dedication to academic excellence, commitment to equitable student success, and a commitment to STEM education. Dr. Majlesi is devoted to advancing the Guided Pathways work and working with faculty to ensure that the college offers innovative programs that will prepare students for success in STEM fields. Moreover, Dr. Majlesi is a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, and is committed to continuing to serve COA/PCCD and our communities.  
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Reza Majlesi on his appointment as the Dean of the STEM Division!

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Dr. Tina Vasconcellos Selected for Leadership Scholarship

Dear Peralta Community,

I'm pleased to announce that Dr. Tina Vasconcellos, Associate Vice Chancellor of Educational Services at the Peralta Community College District, has been selected to participate in community college leadership professional development and has received a scholarship for in-person training costs.

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