by Sherry Smith, Program Coordinator
Robert Reich, economic reformer and professor at UC Berkeley,
kicked off the year, drawing a record crowd of nearly 250 to our Community Luncheon on September 4, 2014, speaking about “Inequality and the New Billionaire Political Bosses.”
Berkeley Public Schools Fund: Erin Rhoades, Executive Director of the Fund, and Josh Daniels, President of the BUSD School Board, discussed how the Fund helps teachers and students in the Berkeley schools.
Ballot Measures: Pros and cons of the State, County and Local propositions and measures were discussed.
Higher Education for All: Rev. Michael Burch of the Northbrae Community Church spoke on the importance of extending higher education opportunities to ethnic minorities and low-income young people
Program Planning: Our membership set Climate Change and Education as our top priorities for 2015.
Younger Voters and Generational Change: was addressed by UC Associate Professor Laura Stoker.
Resilience in Berkeley: Timothy Burroughs, Berkeley’s Chief Resilience Officer, spoke on how Berkeley might adapt to climate change and prepare for disasters.
Building a Better BART: BART Directors Rebecca Saltzman and Zakhary Mallett discussed plans to improve the look, signage, and accessibility at BART stations.
Language, History and the Common Core: Using a 16th century text, Bill Chapman demonstrated how the Common Core could improve history teaching.
Sexual Violence: Kim Thuy Seelinger, Director of the Sexual Violence Program of the UC Berkeley Law School’s Human Rights Center, described the program’s past work and future plans.
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