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Lucy Plascencia stands in front of a wooden podium surrounded by an arch of yellow, green and blue balloons on an outdoor patio with a building in the background.

City College honors LGBTQ+ graduates at second Lavender graduation

LGBTQ+ community members stand proud as they receive degrees, certificates at annual ceremony
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter May 24, 2023
The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexuality. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995, with just three graduates.
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City College graduate Shalayah-Naomi Webb smiles

City College graduate aims for career in the space industry

MESA Program student with a love for science pursues aerospace engineering
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist May 24, 2023
Shalayah-Naomi Webb will be transferring to San Diego State University to work on a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.
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Student Trustees recieve awards

SDCCD trustees reaffirm commitment to community college bachelor’s degrees

Interim Chancellor Greg Smith’s first trustees meeting demonstrates solidarity amid opposition from CSUs
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter May 16, 2023
Members of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees reaffirmed their commitment to supporting baccalaureate programs at community colleges after recent opposition from the California State University system at a recent meeting held in Mission Valley.
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Umoja showcase brings community together

City College students learn subjects through the prism of Black culture

Umoja community promotes personal growth for students interested in learning from different perspectives
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter May 4, 2023
Hussein Said was one of three students showcasing how the Umoja program helped them through their college journey while also giving them a way to voice their personal growth as African-American students on April 27.
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Nursing students work on mannequin

City College shaping future of nursing students through hands-on training, instruction

City's nursing program, led by Dometrives Armstrong, is one of the top-ranked programs in the country
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter April 27, 2023
The nursing program at City College, ranked second best in California and third nationally according to an article published at, provides students with the skills and techniques they’ll need in a very difficult and rewarding field.
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A group of people standing outside gathered in front of a van.

Award-winning documentary highlights stories of deported veterans

UMOJA program brings producer/musician to City College for film screening
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter March 21, 2023
“Bring Them Home” is an award-winning documentary showcasing the stories of these and several other military veterans who were deported after serving the country they called home.
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Local media and members of the Mesa College community met with (from right) Reps. Scott Peters and Juan Vargas at Mesa College on March 6. SDCCD on Flickr photo on Flickr photo

SDCCD receives $3.4 million in federal funding to benefit students (with video)

The funds will go to campus initiatives to provide resources for LGBTQ students, undocumented students and former foster youth
Jillian Fortner, Executive Producer, CTTV March 7, 2023
The San Diego Community College District received a $3.4 million check at a Mesa College press conference on March 6. 
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Mariam Mena talk to attendees at the 2022 City Women Rock Conference, which was held online due to pandemic

City College women’s conference empowers students, faculty to fight for gender equity

City Women Rock conference set for March 8
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter March 7, 2023
Now in its seventh year, The City Women Rock conference will take place in the P building on March 8.
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City College police car on campus

UPDATED: Two incidents of sexual violence reported at San Diego City College

Campus community alerted to the Feb. 28 incidents by a pair of emails
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter February 28, 2023
Two separate incidents of sexual violence were reported on Feb. 28 at San Diego City College, according to a pair of emails sent to the campus community on Feb. 28 and March 1.
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Kevin Martinez celebrates his birthday while telling his story about being a deported veteran

Documentary chronicling deported veterans stories comes to City College

The award-winning film ‘Bring Them Home’ to be screened on Feb. 22
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Reporter February 21, 2023
San Diego City College will be screening an award-winning documentary on Feb. 22. “Bring Them Home” is a documentary telling the stories of veterans who served in the United States military only to be deported after completing their service.
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Lama Lhanang Rinpoche gives a speech

Self-reflection, goodwill themes of Active Minds event at City College

Expert on Eastern philosophy and meditation comes to City College
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist December 9, 2022
The local Active Minds chapter at San Diego City College hosted Kindness is Contagious, an event to help educate students on self-reflection and goodwill, on Nov. 30.
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Imam Taha Hassane

Imam to City College: ‘I’m your neighbor’

Taha Hassane shared insight into Muslim community culture, influence
Shamere Grimes, Multimedia Journalist November 29, 2022
Students and faculty at San Diego City College had the opportunity to speak with an Imam, which is a religious leader in the Muslim culture, in an effort to learn more about the Muslim community.
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