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Month day, 2020 - Vision in Action No. 

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Gov. Gavin Newsom recently convened the Council for Postsecondary Education, a collaborative advisory body and sounding board to explore and recommend new approaches to make California’s higher education systems more interconnected, equity-focused and responsive to the needs and goals of our students and our state. Members include California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, University of California President Michael Drake, California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities President Kristen Soares, among other state education, finance and policy leaders.

The council has launched a new website to share its work aimed at accelerating equitable student success, and its signature initiatives, the Fresno K-16 Collaborative and the Recovery With Equity Taskforce. The site will be refreshed regularly to share emerging council initiatives and updates on  progress. For example, findings and recommendations from the Recovery With Equity Taskforce will be published here next month. 

This website is also a tool to gain additional input as the council aims to create new solutions and explore ways to bring them to life. The council welcomes feedback via the Engage function of the new site.

The council is encouraging everyone to explore the work highlighted on the site, and to share your ideas to help make it possible for more students from every background and community to pursue and complete a postsecondary degree.  

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System Guidance/News

Chancellor Oakley today appeared on MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin to discuss the importance of President Joe Biden’s plan for higher education and explain why community colleges are vital to the nation’s economy. Watch the segment here.

The California Community College Transfer Guarantee to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), in partnership with National College Resource Foundation, will be hosting a week of virtual events in honor of Black History Month. Events include:

Monday, February 1

  • The History of HBCU: The Mecca of Black Excellence at 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • When Academic Preparation meets Opportunity = ACCESS! at 1:00 – 2:00p.m.

Tuesday, February 2

  • Come Visit our HBCUs! A Virtual Tour Event at 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Our Choice, Our Voice! A Panel of California Community College to HBCU Transfer Students at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3

  • HBCU Financial Aid Offices Present – The ABCs of Financial Aid at 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • How to Fund Your HBCU Education at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Attending Your HBCU with a Family at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Career Fair Event at 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4

  • Leading HBCUs in the 21st Century: Presidents Panel at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • HBCU Life: Exploring Campus Culture 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • California Clubs, Alumni Assoc., Black Greek Life Presentations at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5

  • HBCU Transfer Fair at 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register for the events here.


The next Chancellor’s Office bimonthly systemwide webinar, aimed at helping faculty, staff and administrators better support the Vision for Success, is Wednesday, February 3. You can register for the 2021 System Webinars through the link below. Recordings and slides from past system webinars are available on the Vision Resource Center.

Follow this Link to Register for the 2021 System Webinars Now

Registration is only required once and the same link will be used to access all System Webinars in 2021.


The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Department of Social Services – Immigration Bureau, will host an overview of the California Community College Immigration Legal Services Project on Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. Register at this link.

Chancellor Oakley will officially launch Rising Scholars Network, an equity-driven initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to prioritize and serve incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, during the Voices of Freedom Webinar on February 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. During the webinar you :

  • Hear directly from students, including a student who will join the webinar from prison;
  • Learn how the student experience is impacted by the deep inequities of the criminal justice system, and how higher education can bring us closer to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice;
  • Preview The Possibility Report, the Campaign for College Opportunity’s forthcoming report on systematic barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face in accessing and completing a college education.

Register for the webinar at this link.

The Chancellor’s Office Government Relations & College Finance and Facilities Planning divisions are holding monthly systemwide Policy Advocacy Webinars to provide timely updates on major policy decisions affecting the California Community Colleges, including state and federal legislative and budget actions. These webinars are intended for community college leaders who lead and/or support policy advocacy, including CEOs, chief business officers, marketing directors and/or government relations and public information officers, as well as student leaders, policy advocacy organizations and higher education stakeholders. The next webinar is Friday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m. Register at this link.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with Cerritos College, Chaffey College, Foothill College, Compton College and Lake Tahoe Community College, is launching the Courageous Leadership Webinar Series, an opportunity to support each other as we choose courage over comfort in leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism efforts on our campuses. 

We invite college leaders to join the conversation to not only lift up what is working in championing DEI and anti-racism on campuses, but also share how we are navigating challenges and supporting each other in our struggles. 

The next webinar is Thursday, February 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; all webinars are held on the third Thursday of each month through Thursday, May 20. Please register for the Courageous Leadership Webinar Series to advance DEI and anti-racism and be fearless in our commitment to make the California Community Colleges truly student-ready.

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page and the Chancellor’s Office Communications to Colleges section for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

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Online Instruction/Webinars

Join the American Council on Education (ACE), Palomar College, and Saddleback College’s V-CAT Innovation Award for a California exclusive, virtual summit designed to inspire your strategies for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) integration and campuswide support. Sessions will focus on CPL as an equity imperative, and hands-on tactics for successful implementation. The summit is Friday, February 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

The California Counseling Network, a community of practice sponsored by the Career Ladders Project, is hosting a series of Counselor Roundtable zoom sessions. Each session is an opportunity to gather with fellow practitioners from colleges and high schools and engage in conversations that matter and support our work with students and colleagues. The next session is Friday, February 26 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and the focus is: Partnerships to Reach and Motivate New Community College Students. Register at this link.

Student Supports

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24-hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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