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.

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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.

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

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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

Envision Haas Program for Prospective Transfers – Register for Tour Dates 10/27, 11/3, or 11/17

Former BCC student  and Vice President of Student Affairs at the HASS School of Business, Joshua Ahazie is working diligently to increase awareness and mentorship of students interested in applying to the UC Berkeley HAAS School of Business. According to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Berkeley, a significant amount of transfer students are automatically denied admissions as a result of incomplete applications. The Envision Haas Program for prospective transfer students increases awareness and more importantly access to formalized services to potentially increase transfer rates for Peralta Students.  If you have questions, contact Andrea Williams, Transfer & Career Services Coordinator, Berkeley City College, 510-981-2839 (office),


Upcoming Event

The Haas School Business Association (HBSA) Student Affairs Committee will be launching the Envision Haas program.  

This will be a 20-25 minute tour of the Haas campus followed by a Q&A session for prospective students. Both tour and session will be hosted by current transfer students, and we will also have admissions officers present to answer specific admission questions. 

My belief is that the first step to transferring into a great institution like UC Berkeley-Haas is envisioning yourself in the campus. This is a great opportunity to connect with the Haas community, and for students to take another step towards their dream school! 

Space is limited so students are advised to sign up ASAP!


The three dates will be: 10/2711/3 and 11/17. The students will register via this link:

  • Closer to their dates, we will send out a mail to participants letting them know about the order of the day.
  • Participants will be welcomed at the front of Haas (Piedmont Av.), by 4:00pm and will check in.
  • Tour begins at 4:10pm sharp.
  • Light refreshments will be served during the Q&A session.
  • The Q&A session will be live streamed for students either far, or unable to make it. More info regarding this in the form.
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Message from President Tomaneng: Gov. Brown Signs AB 19, a Bill That Establishes the California College Promise, and AB 705, Requiring Community Colleges to Use High School Performance in Course Placement

President Rowena Tomaneng shared two important press releases with the BCC Community concerning The California College Promise and Using high school performance in course placement at community colleges.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley on 10/13/2017, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown signing AB 19 (Santiago, Chiu and McCarty): 

“We applaud Gov. Brown and the Legislature for taking this enormous step forward in making community college more accessible for first-time students. The legislation is modeled after the successful community-based Promise partnerships aimed at encouraging students to attend college full-time and requiring colleges to provide wraparound supports that promote successful outcomes.  The California College Promise will help foster a stronger culture of college participation that will enhance upward social mobility in California. For more than 30 years, the California community college system has waived tuition for students who cannot afford it, with over 1 million current students receiving assistance under what is the most expansive free tuition program offered by any state. Formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, the program’s name is being changed to the California College Promise Grant. We look forward to working with the governor and legislature on providing funding to support the California College Promise and additional financial aid to offset the non-tuition costs that create barriers to college attendance for students with financial need.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown signing AB 705 (Irwin), legislation intended to support assessment and placement strategies proven to increase student completion rates and close the achievement gap: 

“This is a win-win for our students, colleges and the state’s taxpayers. Requiring unnecessary remediation courses can have severely damaging consequences.  It’s clear that the use of traditional assessment skills tests as the main variable in placing students in math and English courses does not work.  Many of our colleges have started using a student’s high school coursework and GPA as the primary determining factors for placement. Research shows high school performance is a more accurate predictor of college readiness than assessment tests – even for students who do not enroll directly in college from high school. 
AB 705 calls on our system to engage in statewide reforms that will provide every student with a strong start on their way to earning a degree, certificate or transferring to a university.  Currently, too many of our students are stuck in courses that do not count toward their educational goals and cost them valuable time and money.  I applaud the governor for signing this bill that establishes a stronger assessment process and will ultimately lead to a dramatic improvement in our student completion rates.  This is an important milestone in the drive to improve student success and the first of several steps our system is taking to put students at the center of all policy discussions because they come with different circumstances and we need to be able to adapt to meet their needs.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit,, or

Hopeful Encounters, Violent Collisions: Black and Italian Diasporas in the Contact Zone – Oct. 5, 25, and 26 @ BCC

Admission is Free! All events are open to the public

Thursday, October 5, 2017; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, BCC Room 55
John Gennari Lecture: Spike Lee’s Italians

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Hopeful Encounters, Violent Collisions: Black and Italian Diasporas in the Contact Zone

Thursday; Oct. 5, 2017

–          John Gennari (U of Vermont); “Spike Lee’s Brooklyn”;    10:30am-12pm; Room 55, Berkeley City College

–          John Gennari (U of Vermont); Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge), 5-7pm; Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


Wednesday; Oct. 25, 2017  

–          Medhin Paolos (filmmaker) presentation and screening of her documentary Asmarina @ the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco


Thursday; Oct. 26, 2017

– Igiaba Scego (author); presentation of the English translation of her novel, Adua; UC Berkeley


Sponsored by:

·         Berkeley City College, Office of the President & Department of Arts and Cultural Studies/Humanities Program

·         Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

·         University of California Berkeley, Departments of African American/African Diaspora Studies, Geography, and Italian Studies

IMAGE painting by Ficre Ghebreyesus 


series title inspired by John Gennari, 2017 



Hopeful Encounters, Violent Collisions: Black and Italian Diasporas in the Contact Zone

This series of events explores the connections of intimacy, violence, cultural creativity, and political struggle that link together the African and Italian diasporas–from the influence of African American musical traditions on Italian American singers, to the influence of Black diasporic resources on contemporary Afro-Italian struggles for recognition, to the mobilizations of Eritreans in the United States and Italy to unearth hidden histories of Italian colonialism. Through presentations, film screenings, and book talks, this series approaches “Afro-Italy” as a complex, global contact zone. 


About  Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge
(by John Gennari, Chicago University Press, 2017)

In the United States, African American and Italian American cultures have been intertwined for more than a hundred years. In Flavor and Soul (University of Chicago Press, 2017), John Gennari spotlights this affinity, calling it “the edge.” Through studies of music and sound, film and media, sports and foodways, he shows how an Afro-Italian sensibility has nourished and vitalized American culture writ large, even as Italian Americans and African Americans have fought each other for urban space, recognition of overlapping histories of suffering and exclusion, and political and personal rispetto. It is only at such cultural edges, Gennari argues, that the nation can come to truly understand its racial and ethnic dynamics.



About Asmarina (documentary film, 2015, directors, Medhin Paolos and Alan Maglio)

The Eritrean/Ethiopian community has been present in Italy for at least half a century and it has been actively integrated into the social and cultural life of the city. Starting from the collective memories of the community, on the ground of photo documents, the film gathers together the legacy of personal stories, exploring the different shades of identity, migration and the aspirations of the people. The result of Alan Maglio and Medhin Paolos’ research is a collective tale which brings to light  a postcolonial heritage that has been little scrutinized up to now: the everyday life stories of those who have lived in the city for years, those who were born in Italy and the daycare of the refugees who have just arrived. The film makers approach this reality empathically and get involved in it, patiently trying to create a relationship with the protagonists. The research and the filming of Asmarina lasted one year and a half and are based on direct witness accounts and the survey of audiovisual material taken from personal and institutional archives.



About Adua  (English translation, New Vessel Press, 2017)

Adua, an immigrant from Somalia to Italy, has lived in Rome for nearly forty years. She came seeking freedom from a strict father and an oppressive regime, but her dreams of becoming a film star ended in shame. Now that the civil war in Somalia is over, her homeland beckons. Yet Adua has a husband who needs her, a young man, also an immigrant, who braved a dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. When her father, who worked as an interpreter for Mussolini’s fascist regime, dies, Adua inherits the family home. She must decide whether to make the journey back to reclaim her material inheritance, but also how to take charge of her own story and build a future.

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