Arab Film Series Schedule

Arab Film Series: 2/8 – Mahbas (Solitaire) @ 6:30 pm, BCC Auditorium

Join the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI), Berkeley City College, and Yalla Arabi as we present the Arab Film Series. Catch some of the hottest films that have screened at the Arab Film Festival. Screenings are free and open to the public. 

Feburary 8, 2018 – Arab Film Series Screening: Mahbas (Solitaire) – Egypt, Jordan Lebanon

Solitaire (Mahbas) was the opening night film at The Castro from the most recent AFF film festival. The personal prejudices spewing from the Middle East’s political turmoils form the backdrop of SOLITAIRE, a tragicomic tale of the engagement-gone-wrong between a young Lebanese woman and her Syrian suitor. 

Arab Film Series: Mahbas (Solitaire)

Reserve Your Free Tickets/Seats on Eventbrite – Arab Film Series – Mahbas (Solitaire)


The free Arab Film Series is back at Berkeley City College through the summer! The series has returned, fully funded via a mini-grant from the Innovation Fund, thanks to a fruitful collaboration between Berkeley City College President, Dr. Rowena Tomaneng and Professor Dr. Gaye Walton-Price, The Arab Film Festival(AFF) and Yalla Arabi.

The screenings benefit Dr. Price’s Arabic language students at BCC and the community at large seeking to engage with creative voices responding to current events related to the Middle East and the Arab-American experience, as well as anyone who is interested broadly in Arab culture or language. Previous screenings have included both a filmmaker and film director that engaged with students and attendees in a lively and educational post-film Q & A.

The sub-titled film series includes contemporary award-winning films and is in collaboration with the renown Arab Film festival, the longest running independent Arab film festival in North America, and Yalla Arabi, an Arabic language and cultural meetup group founded in 2008 by Peralta District employee, Faiza Ali, who dreamt up the idea for the BCC film series.


EVERYONE is welcome to these #FREE upcoming screenings in the Berkeley City College auditorium. They all begin promptly at 6:30pm:

This Thursday, Feb. 8th – “Solitaire”
Solitaire (Mahbas) was the opening night film at The Castro from the most recent AFF film festival.
The personal prejudices spewing from the Middle East’s political turmoils form the backdrop of SOLITAIRE, a tragicomic tale of the engagement-gone-wrong between a young Lebanese woman and her Syrian suitor.


Arab Film Series Schedule


Arab Film Series Schedule

2/8/2018 – Mahbas (Solitaire) – Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon

3/5/2018 – 17 – Jordan

3/29/2018 – Investigating Paradise – Algeria, France

4/26/2018 – Documentary Shorts – Various Countries

5/24/2018 – Refugees Stories – Various Countries

More information at


Contact –

Gaye Walton-Price, PhD

Arabic Instructor

Berkeley City College

Modern Languages Department

Peralta Colleges Foundation logo

Peralta Colleges Foundation: Spring Scholarships – Application Deadline March 12 @ 5 pm

The Peralta Colleges Foundation is so excited to announce the Spring 2018 Scholarships are up and running on Monday February 5th at 5pm and closes March 12 at 5pm.  We want to get the word out to as many students as possible to apply for the scholarships available and really need your help!

There are over 25 scholarship opportunities available for students this term. There are scholarships for entering freshman, transfer students, first-generation college students, foster youth, graduating students, and more. Scholarships are awarded based on many different factors including merit, need, achievement, athletics, majors and more. All degree and certificate program students are eligible to apply!

Award amounts vary from $250 to $4,000 so pass the word along to your students. They can apply by using this link:

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!


Nikki Lasley

Interim Executive Director

Peralta Colleges Foundation


Peralta District logo

PeopleSoft Scheduled Maintenance – Feb. 9 at 5 pm through Feb. 11 at 5 pm

Please be advised that all PeopleSoft systems will be unavailable Friday, February 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. to Sunday, February 11th at 5 p.m. for scheduled system maintenance.


Passport and PROMT will not be available during this time.


The District Information Technology team appreciates your patience.


If you have any issues following the maintenance window, please email the IT Help Desk,



Marcus Stewart

Marcus Stewart, new ASBCC President – Congratulations!


Marcus StewartCongratulations to Marcus Stewart, new ASBCC President! Thank you for all those who turned out to vote (354) for the candidates to serve the Community for the rest of 2017-2018 academic year. A special thank you to ALL candidates for taking a chance at such a bold leadership opportunity.


Hoping to get involved? AS applications (for all positions) will reopen Spring 2018

Look out for future opportunities to serve in a variety of leadership positions on campus

BCC will always need you! Opportunities always come up throughout the year.

Visit the ASBCC website.  And Contact Tiffany Taylor, Office of Students Activities and Campus Life,

Ara Jo

Ara Jo Zine Library Dedication and Memorial – Nov. 29 @ College Hour, Atrium

Event: Ara Jo zine library dedication and memorial for those lost in the GhostShip fire

Time/Location: Wednesday, November 29th 12:15-1:30 pm, Atrium

Ara Jo, who passed in the GhostShip fire one year ago, was a driving force in the East Bay zine* scene and in bringing zines to Berkeley City College.  She not only helped to coordinate several years of the annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, which was held at BCC from 2010-2015, but also acted as resident zinester on campus.  Ara Jo brought zines into classrooms and taught students skills related to self-publication.  

Berkeley City College library is dedicating the zine collection to Ara Jo to recognize her contributions to campus and community in a ceremony on Wednesday, November 29th in the atrium during college hour (12:15 – 1:30).

Please join librarians, zinesters who have collaborated with Ara, and Ara’s friends to celebrate her life and legacy.  If you like, you can bring supplies for an altar to all victims of the GhostShip fire.  Following the dedication, the altar will be placed in Berkeley City College library.  

Zine donations will also be accepted.

Learn more about Ara Jo’s life and influence.


*What is a zine?  It’s a self-published, small run publication that can cover basically any topic – from the deeply personally to the proselytizing political to DIY and more.  BCC’s zine collection is organized to fit with topics covered in BCC courses.


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) – Open House April 25, 2018

This will be the third year in a row that BAMPFA has sponsored a Free Open House day for the BCC community.


Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA): 

  • Free, Open House for Berkeley City College students, faculty, and staff
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • Noon to 7pm
  • current BCC I.D. required for entrance


Accreditation Mid-Term Town Hall

Accreditation Mid-Term Report Town Hall – Mon., Nov. 20 from 12:30 – 1:20 pm, Auditorium

Accreditation Mid-Term Town Hall

You are invited to join us for a Town Hall to present BCC’s Accreditation Mid-Term Report, on Monday, November 20, 2017, from 12:30 – 1:20 pm, in the Auditorium. The Town Hall will take place at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, CA 94704.

Jason Cifra, Vice President of Student Services and Accreditation Liaison Officer, will present the Accreditation Mid-Term Report.




Berkeley City College’s mission is to promote student success, to provide our diverse community with educational opportunities, and to transform lives. The college achieves its mission through instruction, student support and learning resources which enable its enrolled students to earn associate degrees and certificates, and to attain college competency, careers, transfer, and skills for lifelong success.



Berkeley City College is a premier, diverse, student-centered learning community, dedicated to academic excellence, collaboration, innovation and transformation.

Orchids in bloom

Health Fair @ BCC on Nov. 9 from 11 am to 1:30 pm

This service learning project for students by students is the highlight of the semester. It is hosted by BCC’s Health Education Students.

Join us in the BCC Atrium on Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 111:00 am to 1:30 pm!

As we have done for the last 10+ years, each semester our students work hard to design, plan, research and present a Health Fair to the entire college community.  Every aspect of the planning is done by the students, including selecting topics, researching them, creating vibrant display boards and important handouts for participants, out-reaching to community agencies and resources, and inviting vendors to table.

Visit BCC’s Social Work and Human Services website for more information on the Social Work and Human Services Paraprofessional Certificate Program.

Also be sure to visit the BCC Wellness website for services available to students.

town hall flyer

Town Hall: Facilities, Sustainability and Resiliency Master Plan on Fri., Oct. 27 @ College Hour, Auditorium

town hall flyer

BCC’s Facilities Committee invites you to join us for the FACILITIES, SUSTAINABILITY and RESILIENCY MASTER PLAN TOWN HALL on Friday, October 27, 2017, 12:20 pm – 1:30 pm, in the BCC Auditorium.

Featured presenters include:

Charles Neal
Director of Energy and Environmental Sustainability


Shirley Slaughter
Director of Business and Administrative Services