Dr. Jacob E. Perea received his doctoral degree in Higher Education Policy Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the Dean of the College of Education at San Francisco State University. His research interests are Latino, African American, and American Indian graduation rates from public schools in urban settings and access to public institutions of higher education.
Dr. Perea is the co-founder of the Step to College program at SFSU which is a high school intervention program that enrolls high school juniors and seniors as first time college freshpersons into the University to take courses on their campus that will meet graduation requirements once they are enrolled at SFSU. To date the program has served over 5,000 students from inner city schools where the college going rate in many cases is nonexistent.
Dr. Perea has taught courses at San Francisco State University since 1976 in the Colleges of Education and Ethnic Studies.
Dr. Perea’s current community involvements include:
- Board member of the Friendship House of American Indians where he has served recovering adults for the past 12 years.
- Member of the Latino Education Advisory Committee working with the SFUSD Superintendent to establish “dream schools.”
- Board of Trustee of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy serving on the Education Committee.
Dr. Perea has been honored by the Mayor of San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors for his work with the Step to College program. He was recognized by KQED and the Bank of America as “Unsung Hero” for the work with youth in San Francisco, and was celebrated by the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute of Berkeley as an outstanding education activist.
Dr. Perea has served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, East Africa, and Nigeria, Africa.