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October 8, 2020 - Vision in Action No. 3

All California community college students, faculty and staff at are encouraged to engage in advocacy and support efforts in solidarity with #UndocumentedStudents throughout the state during Undocumented Student Action Week, Oct. 19-23, 2020

Undocumented Student Action Week Activities Offer Support, Commitment to Preserve the Rights of All Students to Pursue Higher Education

College students across the nation are facing deep basic needs challenges triggered by an unprecedented health and economic crisis. Undocumented students, however, face an uncertain political future and are ineligible to receive federal financial aid.

The California Community Colleges serves approximately 70,000 undocumented students – a higher population of undocumented students than the California State University and University of California systems combined. The visionary leadership of our community college administrators, faculty and staff can ensure our undocumented students are successful and can contribute to the economic recovery of our state.

To help support all of our students in their higher education goals, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office invites you to join the Chancellor’s Office System Webinar: From Groundwork to Implementation: Bolstering Support for Undocumented Students on October 14th at 9:00 a.m. The webinar will feature Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Deputy Chancellor Dr. Daisy Gonzales, Vice Chancellor David O’Brien and Assistant Vice Chancellor Linda Vazquez, and will serve in part as the kick-off to Undocumented Student Action Week, a systemwide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population.

Guest presenters will include:

  • Hazel Piñon, Student Leader, Diablo Valley College
  • Llanet Martin, Associate Dean of Student Equity, Los Angeles Valley College
  • Cindy Melendrez-Flores, Program Coordinator, Domestic Recruitment, Outreach & Orientation, Butte College
  • Marisela Hernandez, Senior Specialist, Foundation for California Community Colleges

Register for the webinar at this link.

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System Guidance/News

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

Save the date for the next Competency-based Education (CBE) webinar, which will introduce the CBE Collaborative – an innovative pilot opportunity for a group of colleges to engage in a Competency-based Education professional learning community as they plan and launch a direct assessment CBE degree program. This webinar is Thursday, October 15 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device (Note: This link should not be shared with others):

Unique Link to Join the Session

Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,91356715567# or +13462487799,,91356715567#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 913 5671 5567 
Participant ID: 169163
International numbers available: 

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, October 16 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and the focus is Counseling Underrepresented Students: Creating safe and supportive virtual spaces for Black and brown students. Register at this link.

SAVE THE DATE: The LaunchBoard webinar series will begin on October 16. The LaunchBoard, a statewide data system supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and hosted by Cal-PASS Plus, provides data on progress, success, employment and earnings outcomes for California community college students. LaunchBoard webinar series dates:

  • October 16, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | Community College Pipeline (CCP)
  • October 22, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Student Success Metrics (SSM)
  •  October 27, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Guided Pathways (GP)
  • November 9, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Strong Workforce Program  and 17% (Rd 5) - (SWP)

Note: Specific webinar information, including registration links, to come.


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

More than 100,000 low-income California college students lack internet access, according to a new report from the non-profit education equity organization The Education Trust–West.

The Public Policy Institute of California recently released this report outlining obstacles to community college transfers along with reforms that may improve outcomes. This week, PPIC researchers Marisol Cuellar Mejia and Hans Johnson discussed their report findings in this video, including the main barriers to progress and why they feel higher education systems need to work more closely together.

Affirmative action debate ignores Asian American community college students: As California votes on affirmative action, nearly half the state's Asian American and Pacific Islander students who start off at community colleges would benefit, advocates say.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020, an opportunity to celebrate America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. This toolkit offers several great ideas on how educators and youth service professionals can expand this very important conversation.

Twitter will add transcriptions for voice tweets to promote accessibility, a move that comes after the social media giant tested the voice tweets without offering support for people who are visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing.