2002 Inductee - Janet Rivera


2002 Inductee - Janet Rivera

Janet Rivera If knowledge is power than Janet is a powerful person because of her presence on the San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees. Think of all the thousands of students and millions of dollars that say “Delta College” on them and you will get an idea of how important Janet is. Janet has been a board member since 1994 and served as board president in 1999. “Her involvement in migrant education and political issues motivated her to run for the Board of Trustees and she was elected the first time she ran. She gives back the salary she earns from the Board to the community either toward scholarships or to various non-profit organizations,” claims Maxine Bennett. She was selected as one of 26 trustees (in the entire nation) by the American Community College Trustees Organization to work on a project of national interest. It must be quite a thrill for Janet to help run a college that presented her with an A.A. degree in 1973. “(Janet) is a mentor/tutor/role model and inspirational teacher who volunteers her time and money unselfishly. Janet knows how to open doors so students can walk through them…to make opportunities available to them,” so says Sarah Carreno of the Comision Honorifica Mexicana. She has also served on the boards of Head Start and San Joaquin County Local Child Care Council. Janet has been involved with the California Human Development Corporation and the San Joaquin County Community Action. Janet has chaired the San Joaquin County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission. She is a member of the National Women’s Legislative Forum and the California Department of Education Committee of Practitioners. Her awards are quite impressive. In 1987 San Joaquin County named her “Women’s Center Volunteer of the Year” for her work as the first bilingual sexual assault volunteer counselor. In 1997 she was bestowed the prestigious San Joaquin County Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Award in the field of politics. “I have known Janet Rivera for almost 20 years. She has been a long time activist in the community since I have known her,” says Maxine Bennett. Janet has been included in the 1998 Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and the 1991 Who’s Who of American Educators. In 1997 she became a Stockton Leadership Graduate. Being a college trustee is only one of Janet’s VIP jobs. She has been a Program Manager for San Joaquin County since 1999. Her areas cover Preschool, Health and RIF. From 1978 to ’99 she was the curriculum specialist for Merced County’s Office of Education. Her concerns were Pre-kindergarten to Adult Education. Janet was a bilingual teacher for SUSD from 1975 to ’78 and a summer school vice-principal in Merced County from 1982 to ’87. She has been a member of the executive board of the California Democratic Party. In 1996 she made history by becoming the first Latina in our area to become a national delegate for a presidential candidate.