Notable alumni

Union alumni are world-changers. They come from different backgrounds, follow varied educational paths and go forth to make a real difference — as educators, authors, public servants, social activists and more. It's truly inspiring to see how many of them have used their Union education as a springboard for achieving great things. We are proud of each and every one. Here, we share some of their accomplishments.

  • All
  • Art
  • Social Justice
  • Education
  • Writing
  • Public Service

Adam Christianson


  • Retired
  • County Sheriff's Department
  • Stanislaus County, California

Alyssa Harris

Singer, Songwriter, Vocalist

  • M.A. '19

Amy Christey

Chief of Police

  • Retired
  • Pacific Grove Police Department
  • Pacific Grove, California

Andrew Dunbar

Major-HR Director

  • Broward Sheriff's Department
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Anita M. Najiy

Assistant Chief of Police

  • 2014-2016
  • Miami Police Department
  • Miami, Florida

Benjamin R. Justesen, Ph.D.

Author of "Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggles for Black Equality"

  • Ph.D. '90

Benson Fairow

Deputy Chief

  • Retired
  • BART Police Department
  • San Francisco, California

Beth-Ann Hopkins Johnson


  • 2019-Present
  • Martinez Police Department
  • Martinez, California

Betty Fox Cooper, Ph.D.

Author of "Family...Vital to Us and Society"

  • Ph.D. '90

Betty R. Jones, Ph.D.

Author of "Dying to Live: A Rebel's Journey out of the Abyss. A Minister's Personal Journey of Trials and Triumphs"

  • Ph.D. '16