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Trustee, Trustee Area DSan Diego Community College DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

San Diego Community College DistrictTrustee, Trustee Area D

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Members establish educational goals and standards, approve curricula and the district’s budget, approve various purchases and renovations, and appoint the superintendent of schools.
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  • Tutition Free Associates Degree
  • Four Year Degree Expanded
  • Expanded Disabled Student Services
Profession:Business Professor
Business Professor, Southwestern College (2005current)
Gand Canyon University Doctor of Business Administration , Management (2016)
University of Phoenix Master of Business Administration , Business (2007)
Member, California Business Educators Association (2002current)
Member , National Business Educator Association (2002current)
Member , San Diego Austism of America (2000current)

 

           

 

I am Kevin L. Alston but I prefer “KL,” it’s my stand-up comedy stage name.  I have been doing stand-up comedy since I was 19 years old and I think it prepared me for the many spontaneous moments afforded teachers.  I received by BA in Communication from San Diego State University, my MBA from the University of Phoenix and currently working on an DBA at Grand Canyon University .  I taught in Tokyo for six years as an English and Communication instructor. 

 

            Progressive Educator, devoted to excellence in teaching and learning, life-long education; experience teaching a variety of courses in the business management discipline, including online, hybrid and face-2-face to a diverse population of students; with leadership skills and commitment to shared governance that will support academic goals of any institution. 

 

Business Professional, with 20 years of experience in international business, management and administration, including increasing responsible supervisory and leadership assignments.  Career highlights include marketing, global logistics management, foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, preschool owner, comedy clubs owner. In addition, I facilitate online courses design and instruction, in class student advising, within the community student recruitment, outreach activities, in an administrative capacity I plan budgeting, I build business community partnerships and am bi-lingual English-Japanese.

 

My teaching and administrative role with the community college has provided me with countless opportunities for professional development training and enrichment which is needed by teachers, administrators, and staff to use technology tools within the teaching and learning environment. As a faculty member of business, I participate in online professional development to acquire instructional strategies and pedagogy necessary to facilitate learner-centered, standards-based curricula that integrate the use of technology tools. Also in my role as an instructor at the community college level, I participate in professional development opportunities necessary to advance the technical skills required to foster online communication among students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. As an administrator I participate in professional development to acquire the tools and skills needed to analyze student achievement data.

 

 

 

San Diego needs effective community college leadership to build a strong and sustainable future.  Professor Alston has been a business professional with 25 plus years of experience in international business, business ownership and executive management.   Alston has been a pioneer in the fight for employees’ rights, veterans’ education and people with disabilities.  Career highlights include marketing, global logistics management, foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, preschool owner, and comedy clubs owner.

 

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Alston has been a pioneer in the fight for employees’ rights, veterans’ education and people with disabilities.  Career highlights include marketing, global logistics management, foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, preschool owner, and comedy clubs owner.

 

 

Aspiring to Inspire others means to instill in youth the sense of being able to accomplish goals which benefit and impact everyday people.  Below you will find a condensed list of career highlights by Kevin L. Alston.  With your support, Kevin will be able to continue inspiring generations of our students and youth. 

 

 

 

Advocated for New Policies on School Safety

 

Alston created focus groups within his classroom on gun control and school safety issues.  In conjunction with his students and community leaders he drafted emergency evacuation plans for his business students at Southwestern Community College.  Alston also participated in campus intruder drills to educate students on how to react to campus shootings.  

 

 

 

Advocated for New Contract Language for Equity for Part-time Faculty

 

As an Adjunct Business Professor, Kevin contributed to efforts in support of part-time faculty wage increases to equal that of full-time faculty.

 

 

 

 Advocated for Improved Civil Treatment of Classified Employees

 

As Classified Senate President with the Community College, Alston created support groups to counsel and educate employees on their rights in accordance with newly adopted civility guidelines for state and federal employee.

 

 

 

Honoring Our Veterans

 

As Business Faculty and Classified Senate President, Kevin hosted and coordinated recognition ceremonies acknowledging the sacrifices of our men and women of the Armed Forces who served their country and were also pursuing their college degrees.

 

 

 

Progressive Educator

 

As a member of the California Business Educators Association, Alston attended countless state conferences to stay current on professional development.  He was also a presenter at several personal and professional growth workshops at the conferences.

 

 

 

Active Community Involvement

Summary

San Diego needs effective community college leadership to build a strong and sustainable future.  Professor Alston has been a business professional with 25 plus years of experience in international business, business ownership and executive management.

 

More than a Decade in Community College & Political Leadership Roles

 

 

 

  • San Diego Community College District Classified Leader 

  • San Diego Miramar College, Two Term Classified Senate President

  • San Diego Miramar College, Adjunct Business Professor 8 years

  • San Diego Community College Graduate, San Diego Student

    Commencement Speaker Mesa College

  • Academic Senate Exec. Board Member, San Diego Miramar College

  • California Business Educators Association, Member, Guest Speaker

  • Southwestern College, Adjunct Business Professor 11 years

  • San Diego Miramar College, Accreditation Committee Member 

  • San Diego Miramar College, Basic Skills Committee Member

  • San Diego Miramar College, Hiring Committee Member

  • San Diego Community College District, Supervisor Vice Chancellor  

                Human Resources Office

    Political Activist

 

  • Campaign Manager for Trustee William Schwandt, San Diego Community College District, 2004

  • American Civil Liberties Union, Volunteer High School Constitution Day Speaker, 2008

  • San Diego Autism Society, Advocate for Expanded Inclusion  - Present 

 

Community Advocate
112,461 votes (35.49%)
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  • To work effectively with the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, staff, students and professors to provide a quality education for all students in the community college district.
  • To work closely with District D residents, students and educators to ensure SD Community College District policies reflect their input
  • To work with California legislators for additional funding to keep tuition cost down, expand the supportive services offered at all campuses, and support the expansion of the availability of the 4-year degree.
Profession:County of San Diego - Human Resources Professional, Retired
Delegate, California State 79th Assembly District — Appointed position (2015current)
Political Campaign Manager, Myrtle Cole Re-election Campaign (20142014)
Human Resources Analyst/Supervising/Coordinator Series, County of San Diego (19781988)
On-The-Job Training Coordinator, Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation (19761978)
SDCC California Life Time Teaching Credential , Business Subjects and Related Technologies (1981)
Volunteer, Shirley Weber for California State Assembly - 79th District (2011current)
Member, Women Give San Diego (2014current)
Graduate , LEAD SAN DIEGO - A catalyst for leadership (Non-Profit-Organization) (1992current)
Executive Board Member - Political Director, Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) - San Diego Chapter (2013current)
Member, The Association of African American Educators (20162016)
  • Speaker Emeritus of the Assembly Toni G. Atkins
  • Council Member Myrtle Cole
  • Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • Dems for Equality Democratic Club
  • Dr. Norm Chambers
  • Mark P. Arabo, President Neighborhood Market Association
  • Dr. John E. Warren, Publisher of the Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper
  • Dr. Willie Blair, SDCCD Trustee Advisory Board Member
  • Cecil Steppe, SDCCD Trustee Advisory Board Member
  • Vernon Sukumu, Civil Rights Activists

Why I'm running for the position of SD Community College District Board of Trustees - District D!

Summary

A statement regarding my relevant background, knowledge, skills and abilities that make me the best candidate to represent District D constituents and beyond.

 

I grew up in San Diego, the product of a proud military family.  My life traveling with my parents and other military families helped me to shape my views on education and the importance of valuing each individual for their talents.  

I am a mother and grandmother who served professionally in the County of San Diego Human Resources Department.  I was widowed as a result of my late husbands' service in the Vietnam war.  I'm keenly aware of and concerned about the challenges facing the veteran's community particularly as they attempt to establish themselves and their families after military life.  SD Community Colleges offers valuable services to assist veterans.  My job is to make the connection, create the bridge, provide the information, create the concept of SDCCD as a  "veteran friendly" institution for veterans-of-color and others in under-resourced areas of the city.

I am equally excited about the possibilities of our underserved communities securing middle-class jobs through participation in the District's vocational and technical fields, or choosing an inexpensive first two years of a four-year degree; and others who simply want to brush up on a foreign language or get a grounding in computer programming, or health related fields.  My job is to be a strong voice to help "close the skills gap, improve access to affordable education and connect District D and other residents to opportunities in the city's growing innovation economy and broader job market".

I am running for the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees District-D because I have been involved in the San Diego community for over 30 years and I will bring a broad perspective and objectivity to the Board.  My background in Human Resources has enabled me to understand the importance of having the option of an affordable, quality education such as that offered through the Community College system.  My current community involvement solidifies my commitment to work to improve the San Diego Community.  I will work hard to make sure all residents are aware of the tremendous benefits being offered by SDCCD.

My number one goal is to work effectively with the Board of Trustees, Chancellor, staff, students and professors to provide a quality education for all students in the community college district.  In addition, I plan to work closely with District D residents, students, and educators to ensure SDCCD policies reflect their input, work with California legislators for additional funding to keep tuition cost down, expand the supportive services offered at all campuses, and support the expansion of the availability of the 4-year degree.

This is an exciting time to be involved with the SDCCD and I am ready to serve as your representative on the SDCCD Board of Trustees-District D.  

 

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Board of Trustees – District D

ALYCE PIPKIN-ALLEN
Community College Advocate / Lifetime Teaching Credentialed

As a community college advocate, I have a core belief that education is the great equalizer and that community colleges are the gateway to opportunity for postsecondary students, veterans and life-long adult learners.

I am endorsed by Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, City Councilmember Myrtle Cole, San Diego Community College Trustee Advisory Boardmembers Dr. Willie Blair, Cecil Steppe, and hundreds of community and neighborhood leaders.

I am running for the Community College Board of Trustees because it’s time for a change. We need a trustee that is willing to build strong connections with our community in order to serve the needs of our diverse constituents. We need a trustee who knows and respects all of the district’s residents. I have a long-standing relationship with our neighborhoods.

I live in Southeast San Diego, where I have spent the majority of my life. For years I have been an advocate for the community, working continually to develop solutions to the complex problems of violence, injustice, poverty, inequality, and unequal education. That’s what I do. That’s who I am. I know. I care. I understand.

In addition, to enhance these efforts, I reach out on a regular basis to advocacy groups and organizations outside the Southeast to build bridges across neighborhoods. This kind of work is what I believe that members of the Board of Trustees are tasked to do as elected officials.

I bring 40 years of work and advocacy experience from the nonprofit and public sector. I’ve served as a Workforce Coordinator and as a Human Resource professional with San Diego County. After retirement, I became an advocate working to develop solutions to problems of underemployment, unequal education and needs of our veterans in our most needy neighborhoods.

I want to increase the collaboration between San Diego Community College District and San Diego Unified School District to improve college-readiness, and reduce time in remedial courses. As a widow of a Vietnam injured Marine, I have a strong interest in ensuring that veterans use the services available to them at the San Diego Community Colleges.

I’m running to ensure that everyone who is a part of District D, especially those that have been traditionally disenfranchised, have a representative voice on the Community College Board of Trustees. I am that Trustee. Our community colleges should not be a “secret” in District D. If elected, I can and will restore active community representation and our voice to the Board of Trustees.

I’d be honored to have your vote.

www.votealyce4trustee.com

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Mary Graham

College Professor/Trustee
204,445 votes (64.51%)Winning
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  • Expand and endow our FREE community college program, the San Diego Promise, which covers fees as well as books and supplies.
  • Continue progress on addressing achievement gaps among various ethnic, socio-economic gender, age, and disability groups.
  • Secure opportunity for San Diego and all other California community college districts to offer more workforce baccalaureate degrees relevant to local community workforce needs and leading to well-paying jobs.
Profession:Community College Professor/Trustee San Diego Community College District
Professor of English, Cuyamaca College (1995current)
English Instructor, San Diego community State University (19912001)
San Diego State University MFA , English (1995)
University of California at Riverside BA, English (1990)
  • California Senator Marty Block
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Constance Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
Board of Trustees – District D

MARY GRAHAM
25 Year Community College Professor/University Educator/
Vice President, Board of Trustees, San Diego Community College District, District D

Primary election winner with over 69% of the vote!

During my current term on the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees, I am proud of many accomplishments.

We are one of only 15 community colleges in the State that offer a Baccalaureate degree. Students can now earn a bachelor’s degree through the San Diego Community College District for only $10,560. This is the best bargain in public education!

The District has just announced its own “Free Community College” pilot program, modeled after the program first proposed by President Obama.

We currently serve a large section of the local community, educating more than 130,000 students annually.

We have established a joint bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education with Point Loma Nazarene University.

We have increased the number of students completing a degree by 39%.

We established a seamless pipeline with the San Diego Unified School District for students to transition from high school to college or career training.

We established a model Middle College program with Lincoln High School.

As a part of our voter-approved construction bond program, all new buildings meet the highest level of energy efficiency (LEED certified).

We have installed state of the art solar panels throughout the District.

We have been a leader in awarding building project contracts to locally owned, minority, women, and disabled-veteran contractors.

Our District remains fiscally sound, having received clean audits for several years in a row, and the highest bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s.

I have served my own college (Cuyamaca College) as English Department Chair, Basic Skills Cochair, Equity Taskforce Co-chair, and Instructional Program Review Co-chair. I have also served on the Academic Senate, College Budget Committee, College Research Committee, Student Services Program Review Committee and the Workforce Development Committee.

I have been included three times in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

My education background includes a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Fine Arts, in English from San Diego State University.

I am a professional educator who has spent my entire career serving community college and university-level students. I believe my vast educational experience makes me the ideal candidate to continue to serve on the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees.

I am endorsed by Senator Marty Block, San Diego Community College District Chancellor Dr. Constance Carroll, all four of the other current San Diego Community College District Board Members, San Diego Unified School District Trustee Richard Barrera, all five San Diego County Board of Education members, the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, and the American Federation of Teachers.

I respectfully ask for your vote as San Diego Community College District Trustee, District D.

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