Merritt Students Represent at Congressional Black Caucus in D.C.

Merritt Students Represent at Congressional Black Caucus in D.C.

14316838_1055765471203996_719956372348459105_n ASMC members Pashael Dorsey and Charlton Williams were among the 10 students sponsored by the Peralta Community College District who proudly attended the 46th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference last month in Washington D.C. They were accompanied by Student Advisor Dr. Herbert Kitchen and Board of Trustee member Linda Handy, who has supported PCCD’s efforts each year to send student leaders to the conference.


With the theme, “Defining the Moment – Building the Movement,” the annual event focused on areas of higher education, health and wellness, economics, employment, and mostly focused on this year’s election and the importance of voting. The “Emerging Leaders” track, chosen by the Peralta students, was designed to engage them as potential political leaders, corporate executives, community activists, and other young professionals in discussions on the state of affairs in Black America. The students identified strategies to help navigate the political process, influence public policy, and excel in corporate America.


The group was excited to meet Congresswoman Barbara Lee who greeted them at her annual constituents breakfast. After that, they went to her office through an underground tunnel to the U.S. Capitol and had passes to sit in the upper level of the Hall of the House of Representatives.


The Conference is the leading agent on policies and issues that impact African Americans and the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

                                                                        ­                                                     —Dr. Herbert Kitchen


All the Peralta attendees were:

STUDENT TRUSTEES: Dave Ivan/Ivan Mallari (BCC), Marquita Keta Price (Merritt); BCC: Elijah Brian Dabney, Cameron McGowan
LANEY: Nona Claypoolool, Chukwuebuka Oruruo
ALAMEDA: Erin Bynum, Maria Reyes
MERRITT: Pashael Dorsey, Charlton Williams
ADVISORS: Trustee Linda Handy, Director Herbert Kitchen