Merritt College President's Report – July 26, 2022

Merritt College and Oakland Promise Co-Host Event

Merritt is excited to announce that Oakland Promise and Merritt College are co-hosting a Student Resource Day on Tuesday, August 2nd from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Oakland Promise is an organization that emerged from a commitment by residents in 2016 to provide every child in our city with the support, coaching, and incentives needed to succeed from the cradle to college and career achievement.

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Merritt College Student Pamela Samuels Named 2022 Guistwhite Scholar

Pamela Samuels, a student at Merritt College in Oakland is one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa members selected as a 2022 Guistwhite Scholar and will receive a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies.

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Leadership Statement on Ukraine

The message below was sent via email to students and employees on March 4, 2022.

Dear Peralta Community,

To students and our community who are experiencing hardship and trauma connected to the escalation of Russia’s unprovoked violence upon Ukraine, especially with the increasing numbers of civilian casualties, please know that we share this message as sign of support for you.   

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Merritt College celebrates Dr. Huey P. Newton and the 55th anniversary of the Black Panther Party

On the weekend of October 22-24, 2021, Merritt College and the Oakland community celebrated Dr. Huey P. Newton and the the 55th anniversary of the Black Panther Party . Dr. Newton, who along with Bobby Seale co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966, was honored with the unveiling of a bronze bust statue, on Sunday, October 24that the intersection of Mandela Parkway and Dr. Huey P. Newton Way...the place where the leader took his last breath.  

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Board of Trustees October 26, 2021 Meeting Summary

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for another productive meeting. Meeting highlights included a deep dive into how the Peralta Colleges are spending federal relief funds, a preview of the Functional Maps that articulate the division of labor between the District and the Colleges, and a contract extension to keep Dr. Jannett N. Jackson as Interim Chancellor through December 2023.
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Board of Trustees Meeting Summary for October 12, 2021

The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 for a very efficient and productive meeting. The full meeting was divided into three parts: a brief public session, a closed session, then the regular public meeting. 
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Merritt College President's Report - October 12, 2021

On Wednesday, September 29, Merritt College had the privilege of hosting a critical discussion on the topic, “What does the fight for LGBTQ+ rights have to do with Racial Justice?”

The conversation was led by Ms. Ronit Matabuena-Lev, who is a health educator, the founder of Bird and Bee Education (an organization dedicated to empowering young people to practice self-care for their physical, emotional, social, and sexual well-being), and a former classroom teacher. 

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Merritt College President's Report - September 28, 2021

Merritt College Planning Summit 2021

On Friday, September 17, Merritt held its annual Fall Planning Summit. Faculty, staff and administrators came together to engage in dialogue regarding the Educational Master Plan and the Accreditation Follow-Up Report. Planning Summit participants had critical conversations around what it means to “put students first,” and how to move beyond platitudes so that we can get to the work of meaningful equity-building. 

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Merritt College receives 2021 John W. Rice Equity Award

Merritt College, which was a leader in moving away from assessment tests that wrongly placed students of color in remedial classes, and Barstow College, which has enhanced its student success rates through numerous support services, are the winners of the 2021 John W. Rice Equity and Student Success awards.

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Board of Trustees September 14, 2021 Meeting Summary

On September 14, 2021, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees met for their first regular meeting since July 27th. While there was a lengthy   agenda  following their month off in August, it was a very efficient and productive meeting at just a bit over three hours. The full meeting recording is available on   YouTube here
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