Welcome to the Laney College Alumni Association!
Laney College Alumni, we want you to give us Your Laney Experience. Please tell us what being a student at Laney was like for you and include your full name and address.
Sandre R. Swanson
The moment I walked onto the Laney College campus, I knew it was a community that would inspire me politically and academically. Laney College is a vitally important community institution that makes higher education accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status. During years of intense political unrest and civil rights activism in our country, Laney College was the first place I learned the importance of public service. It was an important time for the country and an important time in my life. It was at Laney that I got involved with student government, met my political mentors, and led a march against the Kent State shootings and the bombing of Cambodia. Laney helped develop my passions and values, including advocating for accessible healthcare, job development and the important mission to ending poverty for children and families. My teachers opened my mind to new experiences, and the student activities set my heart on the path towards decades of public service and giving back to the community. Assemblymember Sandré Swanson served as the student body president at Laney College in the Fall semester of 1970 and the Spring semester of 1971 before graduating with a degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Assemblymember Swanson was elected in 2006 to represent the 16th Assembly District, which includes Alameda, Oakland, and Piedmont. Swanson is the Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.