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San Joaquin Delta Community College DistrictCandidate for Governing Board Member, Area 4

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Diane Oren

Retired English Professor
86,011 votes (47.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Providing educational opportunities to students for a changing world
  • Bring to this community a college that reflects the community's needs
  • Making fiscally sound decisions to enhance the college in the community



Profession:English Professor, Retired
professor of English, San Joaquin Delta College (1985–2016)


California State University at Stanislaus Master of Arts, Education with Specialization in Reading (1976)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts, English/Speech (1966)

Community Activities

First Vice President, Delta Kappa Gamma, Tau chapter; (2016–current)
member, Phi Delta Kappa (1983–current)
Board Member, San Joaquin County Commission on the Status of women (2015–current)
Member, the Eleanor Project (2017–current)
Membership Chair, Vice President, American Association of University Women (1976–2018)


I retired from Delta College after thirty-one years as an Englsh professor.  I was a member of the Academic Senate almost from my first day on campus when my division dean told me I would be the division's representative to the Academic Senate.  My last six years at Delta College I was the Academic Senate President.  That experience gave me the chance to work with administration, Board of Trustees, faculty, but most importantly, with students to represent them.

I taught at East Union High School, Manteca Unified School District,  before working at Delta College.  There I was also involved in school governance.  I was the first Curriculum Committee President for the District and worked extensively on curriculum.

In both districts I was recognized for my hard work and dedication to students by being awarded Outstanding District Teacher in Manteca and Distinguished Faculty at San Joaquin Delta College.  This same dedication and work ethic I will bring to my work on the Board of Trustees.

My husband and I are both retired educators who have given many years of service to this county.  We are the parents of two sons, both of whom attended local public schools and are now professionals.  Our older son is an architect and our youngest son is a high school English teacher.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Gilbert and Irene Somera
  • Beverly Fitch McCarthy
  • Mark Riggins, Board Member of Salida Fire Protection District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

A community college should reflect and be responsive to the community it serves.  Our community is a unique one and deserves a community college that recognizes that there are students' needs that do not fit a "cookie cutter" pattern.  We  must explore and develop responses to those needs and reflect the entire region we serve: that region is diverse and the college should work to reflect that diversity of community.  There is nothing more exciting than finding resolutions that respond to a problem.  I am ready to take on the challenge with hard work, ethics, honesty, and an open mind.

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