Andrew Aleman
College of the Desert

As a sociology professor at College of the Desert, Andrew Aleman understands the power of people coming together. As Region D Governor on the FACCC Board of Governors, Andrew has dedicated himself to building those connections – strengthening ties among California community college faculty and advocating for support from state legislators.

One of Andrew’s favorite mottos is “Honey, life is just a classroom” – a quote from Taylor Swift; he lives by bringing people together to collaborate and learn from one another. Andrew has arranged lunches connecting local community college faculty with legislators like Senator Portantino, Rubio, and Newman, as well as with Assemblymembers Rubio, Bryan, Lowenthal, and Calderon to educate them on crucial faculty priorities and challenges. He also attends greater Los Angeles Democratic events to network and share the faculty perspective.

At the same time, Andrew actively boosts FACCC membership among community colleges in his region, successfully raising FACCC’s profile at College of the Desert, Mount SAC, Long Beach City College, Pasadena City College, and Citrus College. More members mean an even stronger voice for the policies and funding faculty need to serve their students best.

With infectious energy and a deep belief in the power of the community college system – he graduated from Citrus College before attending UCLA – Andrew represents the best FACCC leadership. In January, he heads to Sacramento for meetings with the CCC Board of Governors, ready to connect, inspire, and advocate with everything he has.