Covid-19 Response – March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

Dear Berkeley City College Community,

I hope you and your loved ones are all remaining healthy and safe.

The Shelter in Place legal order announced for the seven counties in the Bay Area that took effect at 12:01am, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 restricts access to campus.

There are some of you who inquired about coming to campus for a brief time to pick up items you may have left, not realizing the extended period we might be away. So that you can prepare for remote instruction that will begin on April 6, and to continue to perform essential functions, we will allow access during a designated time period in line with the Health and Safety Code.

10. f. xi. Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;

Facility access will be provided on Monday and Wednesday between 10am to 2pm March 23 to April 3, 2020. That will mean:

Monday, March 23 10am-2pm
Wednesday, March 25 10am-2pm
Monday, March 30 10am-2pm
Wednesday, April 1 10am-2pm

Due to the enhanced sanitation procedures and campus safety measures a facility access log will be maintained identifying who will be accessing campuses, when, where, for how long, and at what times. Additionally, entry to a campus space, including offices, classrooms, conference rooms, restrooms, or shared spaces, requires the deployment of custodial services and use of increasingly limited supplies. Campus security will be on campus at those times. The access log is available at the front security desk when you enter the building. Your Peralta I.D. is also required for entry.

All campus facilities mechanical systems have been placed on “vacation” mode, which means heating is at a minimum.

Thanks to the great work of our IT and AV team: Vincent, Phu, Phi, and Joe, we have laptop computers for those of you who do not have the ability to currently complete your work from home. Please reach out to your administrator, Vice President, or Dean if there are particular items you will need when you come to campus.

During the time period you are on campus please ensure you comply with the social distancing guidelines below.

What are the social distancing guidelines I still need to follow?
The best way to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:
· Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible.
· Stay home if you are sick.
· Avoid touching your face.
· Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
· Avoid groups (stay at least six feet away from others)
· Reduce the time you are around others outside the home, even when at least six feet away.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you for continuing to support each other and our students.

Dr. Deborah Budd
Interim President
Berkeley City College

COVID-19 Response – March 16, 2020

Dear Berkeley City College Community,

In light of the “shelter in place” directive issued earlier today by Alameda County, classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College are cancelled from March 23, 2020 to April 6, 2020. All four college campuses as well as the District office, currently closed for Spring Break, will continue to be closed to April 6, 2020. 
All employees will continue to work remotely while the college campuses and district offices are closed. Employees (including student workers) will maintain their respective schedule and continue to be paid during this time. 
Additionally, travel on behalf of the district is now suspended, including previously approved travel plans.
Services for students will be available following Spring Break, beginning on March 23 through the April 6 campus closure period, but are offered online and not via in-person contact.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. 

Thank you for the incredible job you are doing as we respond to the emerging information.  We will send an additional update tomorrow with more contact info, and are working to add an on-line resources site to our website.
Thank you for continuing to care about each other.

Dr. Deborah Budd
Interim President
Berkeley City College

BCC Landed Partnership

Berkeley City College Becomes First College in East Bay to Launch Landed;
Program Already Helping Bay Area K-12 School Employees Buy Homes

Berkeley, CA – Today, Berkeley City College (BCC) announced it has become the first institution of higher education in the East Bay to launch with Landed, a down payment assistance and homebuyer education program aimed at helping educators and school employees afford to buy homes.

The program provides half of the down payment on a home, up to $120,000 per family, in exchange for a portion of the change in the value of the home when the home is sold. Any gains from this assistance are re-invested to support an ever-growing number of educators and essential professionals. Landed’s down payment support will be available to all faculty, staff, and administrators who have worked for Berkeley City College, or another qualifying educational institution, for at least two years.

“As the cost of housing in the Bay Area continues to rise, too many of our employees are finding it harder to afford homes and stay in the area,” said Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng. “We believe Landed will be a valuable solution to help improve our recruitment and retention by making homeownership more accessible, and we’re encouraged by the success that the program is already having for K-12 schools across Alameda County.”

Since its founding in 2015, Landed has helped more than 200 educators purchase homes in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver, and Seattle, including more than 20 educators in Alameda County. The partnership with Berkeley City College is Landed’s first with a higher education institution in the East Bay.

“We are thrilled to partner with Berkeley City College to support faculty and staff. Our early success in partnering with community colleges has been encouraging and we know that the housing need is only growing,” said Landed Director of Partnerships, Ian Magruder.

Interested employees can apply for Landed support beginning Tuesday, September 3, at

Information sessions for faculty and staff to learn more about the program will be held on campus on Wednesday, September 18th. Interested employees can RSVP for the information sessions at:

About Berkeley City College
BCC students form a thriving college community which mirrors the Bay Area’s ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity. BCC is part of the Peralta Community College District and is located in downtown Berkeley, in one of the world’s great education centers. Student success is always BCC’s first priority. BCC continually adapts programs and services to meet students’ needs making it one of the top transfer institutions to UC Berkeley. (

About Landed
Landed is a San Francisco-based mission-driven startup helping essential professionals build financial security. Landed partners with public colleges, school districts, and community organizations to provide down payment support to educators. (

Rock the Congress

A Progressive Coalition Event Promoting Civic Engagement
9/7/19, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704
Join us on Saturday, September 7th at Berkeley City College!
This is a conference for progressive community advocates and organizers presented by a coalition of organizations and civic engagement groups, with partners in local unions, GOTV alliances, and grassroots activists. Our focus: strategies and tactics to hold the House, take back the Senate and White House, and nourish a culture of active citizenry that heals and sustains our democracy over time.

  • Reinforce progressive activism grounded in the strength of diversity and the power of unity
  • Engage new activists and recharge seasoned activists and leaders with an array of local and national opportunities to broaden the progressive movement’s impact in 2020


  • Keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive breakouts featuring national and local leaders in electoral and issue-based advocacy
  • Panelists and presenters from diverse organizations include the following leaders, and many more:
  • Aimee Allison, Founder and President of She the People
  • Kathryn Durham-Hammer, President, Diablo Valley Democratic Club and Lead, Indivisible ReSisters Walnut Creek
  • Demnlus Johnson, Councilmember, City of Richmond, CA
  • Shawn Kumagai, City Council Member, City of Dublin
  • Donald Lathbury, Communications Director and Strategist, Flip the West
  • Mallory Long, Training Director, All On The Line
  • Colleen McCarthy, Northern California Regional Field Director, Swing Left
  • Shawna McKnight, Public Affairs Officer, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Raquel Ortega, Organizer, ACLU of Northern California
  • Tamisha Walker, Executive Director, Safe Return Project
  • Interactive breakouts include the following, and more:
  • 30, Leading Change
  • Adventures in Building and Sustaining Grassroots Groups
  • Border Crisis, Immigration Policy, and the 2020 Elections
  • Census 2020: Everyone Counts
  • Centering Community Care in Social and Racial Justice Advocacy
  • Exploring the Relationship between Grassroots Activism and the Democratic Party
  • Keeping Central Valley Blue
  • Out-of-State Electoral Strategies

Strength in Diversity, Power in Unity

Election & Voting

Spring 2019 Elections and Voting


The online voting link will be posted above on 4/16/19 at 12:00 am and will be open until 11:59 pm on 4/17/19!

In person voting will take place at Berkeley City College’s Welcome Center on both election days from 11 am – 6 pm.

Voter’s Guide

Use this document to get to know the candidates better!



The candidate campaigning period will commence on March 18, 2019, and end on April 12, 2019.


Students will be able to vote online & in-person on
Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th. Online voting will take place during the entirety of both days and the on-campus voting booth will be open from 11 am – 6 pm on both days.





AP 5410 – Associated Students Elections


Office of Student Activities and Campus Life

Room 151


Office of Associated Students of Berkeley City College

BCC Returning Students

Campus Life

Campus Life Section

* Black History Month has been on fire! The Muslim Student Association (MSA) hosted a power talk, which featured the Black Muslim Legacy and movie nights in partnership with Ignite to Civic Engagement Club. The Black Student Union hosted several events that showcased the history of Black art, fashion, and music.

* Lunar New Year was celebrated at BCC on February 12th. Students was taken on a “walk around the world” where they were able to visit different countries to experience how various cultures celebrate the New Year. Student who completed their global passports were able to enjoy a fitting Lunar New Year lunch.

Upcoming Events

* Monday, February 25th UMOJA Day from 12:15 to 1:30 pm in the BCC Atrium.

* Tuesday, February 26th Black History Movie Night featuring The Kalief Browder Story at 5:00pm in the ASBCC Room 57 hosted by the Ignite to Civic Engagement Club.

* Thursday, February 28th Black History Month Talent Show from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the BCC Auditorium hosted by Black Student Union.

ASBCC Student Govern Elections Now Open!

Be a member of our student government, the Associated Student of Berkeley City College (ASBCC), for the 2019-2020 academic year! Elections are now open. Application and petition package are due on Tuesday, February 26th. There will be candidate orientations on Monday, March 11th from 11am to 12noon and Thursday, from 12noon to 1pm in Room 057. Voting will be on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17th.

For more information, please visit or email

Women’s History Month: Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women’s Leadership Club will be holding a Feminine Hygiene Product Drive. Donations will go to Youth Engagement Advocacy Housing (YEAH!), which is an emergency shelter program for youth in Berkeley. Collection bin will be location in front of the BCC Welcome Center. The Women’s Leadership Club will also be hosting the following events:

* Wednesday, March 6th 12:15pm International Women’s Fashion Show in the BCC Atrium.

* Wednesday, March 13th 6:00pm Screening of “It’s a Girl Documentary” in the BCC Auditorium.

* Wednesday, March 20th 12:15pm Linkedin Workshop: The Power of Online Resume in the BCC Career and Transfer Center.

* Wednesday, March 27th 12:15pm Packing Party for all the Feminine Hygiene Products we collected in the BCC Atrium


BCC Artist/Professor Jennifer Brahman feature at Berkeley Art Center in group show titled “All that Glitters”

Mientras II by Jennifer Braman

We would like to announce that one of our very own Berkeley City College Artist/Professor, Jennifer Braman is featured at the Berkeley Art Center in a group show titled “All that Glitters”. The opening reception is tomorrow, Saturday, February 2, 6-8pm. The show is currently open and will close on February 16, 2019. Stop by and meet the artist behind the pieces.