Welcoming President Dr. Denise Richardson

Please join us in welcoming President Dr. Denise Richardson, who will begin her role at Berkeley City College on July 1, 2023. Dr. Richardson is an experienced community college educator, dedicated to maximizing student success and institutional effectiveness in support of the diverse and extraordinary students of the Peralta Community College District. Dr. Richardson comes to Berkeley City College from Merritt College, where she has served as Vice President of Instruction since March 2020. In addition to working collaboratively with her administrative team to successfully navigate an ever-emerging educational climate, she has been a highly responsible steward of fiscal resources and a resolute advocate for Diversity, equity and inclusion.

As the College Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO), Dr. Richardson was integral to the development of Merritt’s 2020 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER). Merritt’s ISER was distinguished by the fact that it received no recommendations from the ACCJC. Dr. Richardson also led the effort to secure the $500,000 Omnibus Appropriations grant for the College Cybersecurity Program in 2022. Dr. Richardson recognizes that classified professionals are the lifeblood of community college success, so she is particularly proud of the work that she has done with Merritt’s classified senate leadership to secure an IEPI grant that will support classified professional development opportunities and career advancement pathways over the next three years.

Dr. Richardson is the consummate example of Peralta growing its own, as she began her career at PCCD in January 2001 through participation in the Faculty Diversity Internship Program. In the fall of 2001, she began teaching political science part-time before being hired as a full-time political science professor at Laney College in the fall of 2004. Denise enthusiastically engaged her students in critical inquiry, with a focus on equity and empowerment. During her faculty career she held several key leadership positions, including Vice President and President of the Laney Faculty Senate. In recognition of her accomplishments and contributions, Denise received the Laney Faculty of the Year Award in 2012.

In August of 2013, Dr. Richardson began her administrative career as the Dean of Math and Sciences at Laney College, a position she held until March 2020. In addition to her role as dean, Denise was the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Laney College for two years, and successfully led the report-writing efforts for two follow-up reports and the 2018 Midterm Report.

Dr. Richardson earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and wrote a narrative dissertation that examined success strategies of Black American males who completed STEM degree programs at California Bay Area community colleges. She also holds a M.A. Degree in Educational Leadership from

Mills, a M.A. Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University, and B.A. and A.S. Degrees in Communication from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.

Dr. Richardson is committed to leading with integrity, and she considers it a profound privilege and honor to work in a profession that so closely aligns with her passion for equity and social justice.

Berkeley City College President Finalist Forums on September 20, 2023

Three finalists have been selected as candidates to serve as President of Berkeley City College. The three finalists for consideration are Dr. Denise Richardson, Dr. John al-Amin, and Dr. Rafe Trickey, Jr.

Berkeley City College (BCC) will host a public forum for the candidates to engage with the community on Wednesday, September 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Auditorium, located in the basement level of the main campus at 2050 Center Street, Berkeley. Each candidate will have 50 minutes to engage with the community, including a presentation and question answer period. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Martin de Mucha Flores, Dean of Counseling and Student Equity at Berkeley City College.

The schedule is as follows:
Dr. Denise Richardson – 11:00am – 11:50am
Dr. Rafe Trickey, Jr. – 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Dr. John al-Amin – 1:00pm – 1:50pm

We will be hosting the Forums on Zoom for those who will not be able to attend in person.
The link for the forum is here: https://peralta-edu.zoom.us/s/89925139832
We will be taking questions and comments from the Zoom chat, and we encourage you to participate.

Dr. Rafe Trickey, Jr.
Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr. currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North San Diego County Promise, a San Diego County-inclusive, collective-impact partnership that is united by a shared vision of all youth and adults reaching their fullest potential in college, career and life. He also is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Pacific Planning and Effectiveness Group, a success-supporting consulting practice. For over four decades, he has championed the maxim that when some among us are not succeeding, none of us is really succeeding. He has served as President of Comanche Nation College, a Tribal College in Oklahoma, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sisseton Wahpeton College, a Tribal College in South Dakota, as Vice President of Student Services and as Vice President of Planning and Institutional Development at the College of the Marshall Islands, as Executive Director of Development and External Relations at Citrus College in California, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the California-wide CHP 11-99 Foundation, and he has held the elected office of City Treasurer in the City of Oceanside, California.

Dr. John al-Amin
Dr. John al-Amin has spent nearly three decades in higher education, gaining skills, knowledge, and experience within the community college, CSU, and University of California systems. He has served in various roles in institutional or district operations, covering instruction, student services, and administrative services. Whether as a program instructor, research fellow, student advisor, analyst, or administrator, his focus has always been on student success and achievement through the effective use of college and district resources. He currently serves as a Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at San Francisco City College, where he provides management and direction over district business and accounting operations, risk management, facilities construction and planning, buildings and grounds services, police and safety, and informational technology services.

Dr. Denise Richardson
Dr. Denise Richardson is an experienced educational leader committed to equitable student access and success. She has a proven record in data informed and collaborative decision making, as well as student centered budgetary practices. Dr. Richardson began her journey at Peralta Community College District as part-time faculty, teaching both at Laney College and College of Alameda before being hired as a full-time political science instructor at Laney College. For over two decades, with graduate degrees in political science and educational leadership, Dr. Richardson has successfully served in several leadership positions. These roles include the Academic Senate President at Laney College, District Education Committee Co-chair, Dean of Math and Sciences, Vice President of Instruction at Merritt College, and most recently, Interim President at Berkeley City College. With a firm belief in the power of community colleges, Dr. Richardson would be profoundly honored to continue to serve Berkeley City College and PCCD.

White House Appoints Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia to President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Friday, April 14, 2023 – The White House announced Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia will be serving alongside educators, philanthropists, and nationally recognized artists, including Lady Gaga, George Clooney, and Kerry Washington, on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH).

The PCAH was founded in 1982 by Executive Order to advise the President on cultural policy. In her role as a committee member, Dr. Garcia will contribute to advising the President and the heads of U.S. cultural agencies on policy, philanthropic and private sector engagement, and other efforts to enhance federal support for the arts, humanities, and museum and library services.

“I am deeply honored to be included among brilliant, global-minded, and champions of the arts, humanities, museums, and libraries,” said Dr. Garcia. “Community colleges across this country are anchors of democracy that often serve as the cultural centers of diverse communities, in many cases being the only spaces where the arts, humanities and libraries are accessible. I am humbled by this appointment and am eager to be both learner and teacher on the committee.”

About Dr. Garcia:
Dr. Angélica Garcia is an educational leader who is passionate about issues of access, equity, and student success in higher education. Garcia serves as the President of Berkeley City College, which is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, both proud symbols of being the community’s college. Unapologetically, she believes community colleges provide liberatory education experiences that disrupt the status quo, especially for historically minoritized communities. She is a Co-Founder and Board Member of COLEGAS, a statewide organization focused on advocacy and development of Latinx professionals in California Community Colleges, and has a proven record of equity-minded leadership. Garcia serves on the Puente Project Advisory Board, the national LGTBQ Leaders in Higher Education Board, and previously on the Board of Directors for Higher Education Resource Services.

Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, she served as the Vice Chair for the StudentCentered Funding Formula Oversight Committee, charged with reviewing legislation, data, and its impact on the California Community Colleges. She has been a fellow with the Aspen Presidential Institute, the National Community College Hispanic Council, and the UC Davis Wheelhouse Institute, all of which are leadership programs focused on equitable student outcomes. Garcia is a proud second-generation Latina and first-generation college graduate, who earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University, a Master’s in Social Work at San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal and Civic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Dr. Garcia has been appointed to be the Superintendent/President of Santa Rosa Junior College, effective July 1, 2023.

About Berkeley City College:
Berkeley City College is recognized for being among the colleges with the highest rates of completion and transfer to California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), our mission is to provide our diverse community with educational opportunities, promote student success, and to transform lives. Berkeley City College is a three-year recognized 2022 Equity Champion for Higher Education for closing equity gaps in Latinx and African American student transfers, and a five-year Champion of Higher Education for exemplary work in implementing and awarding Associated Degrees for Transfer by the Campaign for College Opportunity. Learn more at www.berkeleycitycollege.edu

BCC Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration ’23

Lunar New Year Celebration
Sponsored by Berkeley City College
AANAPISI Cooperative Grant

Vote on the Name of BCC’s New Building!


(Friday, November 4, 2022) Berkeley City College is preparing to expand its presence with a new campus extension in Downtown Berkeley. We are excited to begin this new phase for the future of Berkeley City College, and we need your help! Check out the survey below to give your thoughts on the name of the new building, as well as the look and feel of the signage outside the campus.   

We appreciate your support and feedback in shaping how we present Berkeley City College to the community!

For more information on the project and past presentations, visit https://build.peralta.edu/berkeley-city-college. 


Berkeley City College Campus Extension Town Hall

(Friday, September 9, 2022) On Tuesday, August 30th, Berkeley City College held a town hall meeting updating the community about the progress of the 2118 Milvia Campus extension. The meeting was hosted by Vice President of Administrative Services Sean Brooks and construction consultants Excel Construction Services, Ratcliff Construction, and Kitchell Corporation. The presentation included a schedule of construction and completion, with a projected move-in date in late 2024. Construction consultants displayed exterior renderings and floor plans. They also opened the floor to questions and comments, allowing administrators, faculty, classified staff, and students in attendance to provide feedback on the building name, marquee colors, spaces for art and décor, and safety concerns.  

Target dates for demolition and construction remain in November/December of this year. Berkeley City College is excited by the speed at which this project has moved through the design phase and the transparency we’ve shown to the campus community and the city at large. We look forward to expanding our footprint in Berkeley and growing our operations to better suit the needs of the community we serve. 

View the slideshow presentation here.

For more information on the project and past presentations, visit https://build.peralta.edu/berkeley-city-college. 

Berkeley City College Late Start Classes

The following classes are still available to add!


43800 MM/DI-550 Design
Studio Practice
ClarkeMiller,M 08-22
40500 CIS-83B Computer
Programming Capstone
Thananjeyan,P 08-22
42975 MM/DI-550 Design
Studio Practice
Silverberg,M 08-22
Djukich,V 08-22
40198 ART-46 2-D
Kim,D 08-22
40426 MATH-13 INTRO
McDougal,S 08-22
40388 MATH-213 Support
for Statistics
McDougal,S 08-22
40048 BUS-5 HUMAN
Chowdhury,R 08-22
40381 MATH-16A CALCULUS-BUS/SOCSC Gopinath,L 08-22
40337 MM/VI-20LA Editing
I: Introduction to Vid
Simpson,R 08-22
40277 BUS-19 Business
Chowdhury,R 08-22
Rinker,M 08-22
40472 MM/DI-11 Publication
and Page Design
Kenney,P 08-22
40508 SOC-2 SOCIAL
Swiencicki,M 08-22
43516 BIOL-32 Scientific
Schmidt,D 08-22
43782 CIS-36B JAVA
Seidel,M 08-22
43802 MATH-3A Calculus
Powell,D 08-22
40391 PHYS-4C GEN
Lee,C 08-22
40287 BUS-70 INTRO
DuBois,P 08-22
40318 POSCI-19 Introduction
to Global Studies
Lee,C 08-22
40022 ASL-51 ASL
Ikeda,I 08-22
Chung,L 08-22
40184 ECON-1 MACRO-ECONOMICS Gualco,D 08-22
Koelle,K 08-22
Rinker,M 08-22
40482 MM/VI-9C Video
Production III: Directin
Newman,N 08-22
Swiencicki,M 08-22
40411 BIOL-34L Genetics
Yeh,E 08-22
Ebron,G 08-22
Rinker,M 08-22
40335 MM/VI-24A SOUND
Peterson,G 08-22
40243 MUSIC-10 MUSIC
Mobley,A 08-22
40213 PHIL-31A HUMAN
Krupnick,A 08-22
Johnson,K 08-22
Mobley,A 08-22
Truong,S 09-06
43235 LIS-513 Research
Skills III
Yap,J 09-06
43234 LIS-512 Research
Skills II
Yap,J 09-06
40297 MMART-168 Online
Games & Interactivity
Patel,H 09-06
40502 MM/MW-1A Introduction
to Web Design
Hoffman,J 09-06
40462 MMART-162 Contemporary
Scripting for Gam
Velazquez,L 09-06
43233 LIS-511 Research
Skills I
Yap,J 09-06
43694 SOC-13 SOC
Harris,B 09-07
NguyenBilse,J 09-09
45088 MMART-167 Mobile
and Cross-Platform Web
Albinson,M 09-12
40416 MMART-167L Mobile
and Cross-Platform Web
Hoffman,J 09-12
45091 MMART-168 Online
Games & Interactivity
Albinson,M 09-12
44937 BIOL-50A Introductory
Biotech with Lab
Yeh,E 09-12
44987 MM/VI-9A Introduction
to Video
Hutcherson,B 09-12
40409 MMART-468 Occuc
Work Exper /Multimedia
Simpson,R 09-22
Chung,L 10-10
45064 HUSV-510A Mental
Health Ambassador Train
Winterton,M 10-17
44768 SOC-1 INTRO
Swiencicki,M 10-17
Shojaee,P 10-17
Mobley,A 10-17
Lee,C 10-17
44767 SOC-2 SOCIAL
Swiencicki,M 10-17
44683 EDUC-98 Pedagogy
of Reading
Chavarin,J 10-17
44684 EDUC-99 Introduction
to Special Needs
Djukich,V 10-17
Eret,D 10-17
43053 EDUC-510B Tutor
Training II
Lowood,J 10-21



Fall 2022 Enrollment Workshops at BCC

The Fall 2022 Semester is just around the corner at Berkeley City College, classes start August 22nd!We’re here to answer all of your questions about enrollment, financial aid, registration, and more! BCC is hosting a series of workshops and express registration workshops to help you complete your academic goals! Check it out: 


If you haven’t enrolled yet and want information and support to apply, or if you have enrolled but need technical support with registration, accessing email, and other troubleshooting questions , join one of our Fall Enrollment workshops on campus. 

Time  On Campus (BCC Room 126) 
10am – 12pm  Thursday, August 11 
10am – 12pm  Monday, August 15 
10am – 12pm  Monday, August 22 
10am – 12pm  Thursday, August 25 




Express Registration will be hosted in-person at the BCC 1st floor beginning August 15th. By attending these events, you will be able to meet all of our Student Services staff to support you with enrollment, financial aid and registration. Meet our financial aid staff, counselors, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) staff, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) staff, and Society of Scholars learning communities.  The workshops will be hosted Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm – 4:30pm on the following dates: 

On Campus (BCC 1ST floor)
2:30pm- 4:30pm
Monday, August 15
Tuesday, August 16
Wednesday, August 17
Thursday, August 18
Monday, August 22
Tuesday, August 23
Wednesday, August 24
Thursday, August 25
 Monday, August 29
Tuesday, August 30
 Wednesday, August 31
 Thursday, September 1

Want to learn more?  Contact BCC’s Enrollment Staff: 

Enrollment Services Coordinator, Gail Pendleton. 

Enrollment Program Specialist, Christine Trowbridge 


Election Day on June 7th !

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