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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen


Armando Franco, BCCs new MESA Program Director, sits at his desk in a corner of the MESA center at BCC. The new program will offer support for low-income, first-generation students in STEM.

BCC’s new MESA director instills confidence in students

Armando Franco reflects on journey from first-generation college student to experienced mentor
Ivan Saravia, Staff Writer May 21, 2024
Armando Franco leads BCC's program for first-generation, low-income students in STEM. Like the students he guides, Franco is a first generation college graduate who once dreamed of a career in a STEM-related field.
Carpentry instructor spruces up department

Carpentry instructor spruces up department

Matthew Wolpe found his passion for building in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now he wants to inspire students
Rym-Maya Kherbache, Staff Writer April 24, 2024
Newly tenured instructor Matthew Wolpe’s path brought him to Laney College, where he has whittled his creative passion into teaching students about building and carpentry.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.

Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice

Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor March 19, 2024

Natasha Masand used to be shy in high school, and didn't always feel like she “fit in.” But at Peralta Community College District (PCCD), Masand found her voice. “Being a student trustee changed...

College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.

The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program

Jazz professor Glen Pearson performs with legendary Count Basie Orchestra, which took home a Grammy this year
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Seated at his piano in room G-119, between stacks of papers and cardboard boxes, Glen Pearson effortlessly hammers out snappy blues melodies with the flick of a wrist for his jazz ensemble students. His...

Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez, who was sworn onto the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees on Dec. 12, 2023, sees her role as an opportunity to uplift her fellow students and advocate for the value of a community college education.

Student Trustee Naomi Vasquez aims to lift voices and empower students at PCCD

Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor February 28, 2024

Between studying full time, working part time, volunteering, and spending time with her family, Naomi Vasquez has many commitments to balance. Last year, Vasquez’s passion for uplifting student voices...

Childhood photo of Burgess

Tea with Tamara: Drew Burgess, art faculty at College of Alameda

Tamara Copes, Columnist February 21, 2024

Drew Burgess has been in love with art since the wee days of drawing at his parents’ kitchen table in San Jose, California. To Burgess, art is the lens through which he views life, and he explores...

Izzie Villanueva sits at their laptop in BCCs Basic Needs Center, scanning student IDs into a database to track Basic Needs usage. (Photo courtesy: Izzie Villanueva)

The Basics on Izzie Villanueva, BCC’s first Basic Needs Coordinator

Ian Waters, News Editor December 15, 2023

After a long day spent answering emails, signing paperwork, and distributing food to Berkeley City College’s students, Izzie Villanueva sits down with Basic Needs Center student workers for a meeting....

Meet Peraltas student leaders

Meet Peralta’s student leaders

Four student body presidents discuss their backgrounds and aspirations
Satch Alvarez, Staff Writer December 13, 2023

At each of the four Peralta colleges, student body government plays a substantial role in the shared governance structure, responsible for voicing the needs and concerns of the students at their respective...

Tea with Tamara: Mark Rauzon, biogeographer and Laney Instructor

Tea with Tamara: Mark Rauzon, biogeographer and Laney Instructor

Tamara Copes, Columnist December 11, 2023
Biogeographer Mark Rauzon, armed with a cup of tea, sits down with me to chat from his home in Oakland, CA.
(Graphic: Li Khan/The Citizen. Photo courtesy of Laney College)

Q&A with incoming chancellor

Tammeil Gilkerson shares her background and plans for leadership
The Citizen Staff December 3, 2023

Peralta Community College District's incoming chancellor, Tammeil Gilkerson, is set to begin her term on Jan. 4 of next year. Gilkerson – the district’s first permanent chancellor in over three years...

Tea With Tamara: Lily Leung, Laney Library Technician II

Tea With Tamara: Lily Leung, Laney Library Technician II

Tamara Copes, Columnist November 22, 2023
Lily Leung, Library Technician II and San Francisco native shares her outlook on life, and a bit of tea.
Muffler’s first headlining performance at the Golden Bull in Oakland, CA on May 24, 2023. From left to right: Wes Allerd, TJ Gardea Jr., Gaby Aravjo (Photo by Lylah Schmedel-Permanna/The Citizen)

Your next favorite post-punk band includes two Peralta students — an interview with Muffler

Lylah Schmedel-Permanna, Investigations Editor November 6, 2023

On stage, Muffler has the timeless energy that all great punk artists possess -- a fantastic, effortless dark harmony that tells the audience they are not here for the crowds, but for their own...

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