Ohlone College professor recognized for leadership - Article, Office of College Advancement

Thursday, October 24, 2013—Reprinted from Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin.

By Fremont Bulletin Staff.

Ohlone College professor of computer applications and occupational technology, Rick Arellano, was one of five people awarded a Latino Heritage Leadership Certificate of Recognition at Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's first Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Oct. 11.

The ceremony at the Newark City Hall Council Chambers served as a platform to recognize individuals who had made significant contributions to the Latino community and demonstrated a long-standing commitment to bettering the community. The event was hosted by Wieckowski's office in honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

"The 25th Assembly District is one of the most diverse areas in the state of California, and we have greatly benefited from the rich cultures and traditions of the Latino community," Wieckowski said in a letter to the honorees.

Ohlone College trustee Vivien Larsen introduced Arellano, or "Ricardo," as she called him, recalling how they had met 40 years ago at the Oakland Technical High School, and highlighting how Arellano has helped to support, promote and advocate for the success of the Latino community.

He was particularly passionate about advocating the success and advancement of the community in education, science and technology, as well as educating older adults, Larsen said in her introduction.

Arellano in his acceptance speech thanked his parents for allowing him to leave Lima, Peru at the age of 17, as well as everyone else dedicated to advancing the underserved and underrepresented.

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