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February 4, 2020 - Vision in Action No. 20

Moorpark College presents A Tribute to Black History, a film featuring students, faculty and Moorpark College President Dr. Julius Sokenu to honor Black History Month.

California Community Colleges Celebrating Black History Month

Moorpark College is just one California community college observing Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The Black History Month 2021 theme is Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity–explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States.

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System Guidance/News

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

Thursday, February 4 - California Clubs, Alumni Assoc., Black Greek Life Presentations from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5 - HBCU Transfer Fair at 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Register for the events

The next Chancellor’s Office bimonthly systemwide webinar, aimed at helping faculty, staff and administrators better support the Vision for Success, is Wednesday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m. 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.

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

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz 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 Voices of Freedom Webinar

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.

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. and is open to participants at institutions that are part of the California Community Colleges and California State University systems. Register.

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.

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.

Items of Interest

Here’s the new Democratic plan for $1,400 stimulus checks.

The rate of coronavirus vaccinations in the United States is accelerating, and the number of people who have received at least one shot is now higher than the total number of reported U.S. infections.

California coronavirus death curve shows signs of bending as new infections at lowest rate since November.

Does wearing two masks provide more protection?