AS President & Political Science
“You know, SMC gives you so many resources and opportunities, and it inspires people. I simply feed off that energy. It all feels like being at a university.”
“I think that one of the most important tasks that I’m involved with these days is to ensure voter registration and the passage of Prop 30,” says Parker Jean. “This proposition is about creating revenue through a tax initiative to provide funding for K-12 schools, and also our community colleges. I just feel that it will be devastating for a lot of young people—and their entire future lives—if this proposition is not passed. When people are locked out of schools because of money issues, they’ll just get some stupid job, because they give up. And they’ll never come back to school again. Not ever.”
Parker hails from Dallas, Texas, and somewhere along the way lost his Texas ‘twang.’ “Yeah, I sound more Californian now. I came here because my brother went to SMC and told me he had a great time. And I didn’t have the money for a university, plus SMC always came out on top in terms of academic excellence and transfer rates to any college you might choose. And I’ve had the opportunity here to meet remarkable teachers, like Professor Oifer in Political Science. He is just so very engaging and, in every one of his classes, well over half the students are talking right out loud. I just love the fact that everything he teaches is so inclusive of everybody.”
With future plans aimed at joining the Peace Corps, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), or the Sierra Club, Parker is determined to leave Planet Earth a better place than the one he entered. “And that holds true for SMC, as well,” he says. “It has been my very real pleasure to help steer our great college into an even better future.” [Ed. note: Proposition 30 was approved by California voters on November 6, 2012.]
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