Political Science Success Stories

Nicole Zapata, community organizer, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy

Nicole ZapataNicole Zapata majored in Political Science at DVC and graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Political Science.  Nicole returns to her home in Contra Costa County as a community organizer with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), helping build a strong movement of immigrants, tenants and low-wage workers in the suburbs. Prior to EBASE, she interned at UNITE HERE Local 2850 as an organizer fighting to win respect, dignity and good jobs for food service workers in the East and North Bay. She also worked with UNITE HERE Local 19 organizing tech cafeteria workers in the Silicon Valley.  Outside of work, Nicole is a street drummer with Boomshake Music, a community program run by a collective of artists making music for creative expression, cultural survival and social change.

Jessica Cisneros - elected to the California Community College Trustees Board

Jessica CisnerosDiablo Valley College is pleased to announce Jessica Cisneros, the 2017-2018 student member of the Contra Costa Community College District board of trustees, has been elected to the statewide California Community College Trustees Board. She will work to provide statewide policy direction on education, research initiatives, publications, workshops and conferences. 

Jessica is currently a political science major at DVC and is preparing to transfer to either UC Davis or UCLA. She is a member of the Latino Student Alliance, the Veterans Alliance, the Women’s Empowerment Club, the business fraternity Phi Beta Lambda, DVC Diversity Committee, and the Puente Project.

We congratulate Jessica on her achievements and thank her for representing not only DVC students, but all community college students across the state of California.