Program Highlights 2014-2015

by Sherry Smith, Program Coordinator

Sherry Smith photo

Sherry Smith

Robert Reich, economic reformer and professor at UC Berkeley,

Robert Reich photo

Rober Reich

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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