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April 22, 2021 - Vision in Action No. 30

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Riverside City College nursing students administered  COVID-19 vaccines today to faculty, staff and students to help end the coronavirus pandemic. (Images courtesy Riverside City College Twitter.) 


California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley today urged students, faculty and staff to get their free COVID-19 vaccinations as a key step – along with wearing a face covering in public and social distancing -- in combating the pandemic and preparing for more in- person instruction at community colleges.

"Californians 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated, so we want everyone to take this important step in protecting themselves and their communities so we can put this pandemic behind us." Oakley said. “With many of our campuses serving as vaccination hubs, we are encouraged by the progress of vaccination deployment in our state.”

Oakley noted that as of this week, at least 40% of eligible adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in California. To get access to the vaccination, contact you doctor or health provider or go to the state’s My Turn vaccine website. A hotline at 1-833-422-4255 is available in multiple language. Medical insurance is not required to get a vaccination.

The California State University and the University of California today announced that they intend to require faculty, staff and students to be immunized against the virus that causes COVID-19 if they access campus facilities. 

Read more here.

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System Guidance/News

Registration is open for Black Student Success Week's daily webinar series: The Black Hour. 

Throughout the week of April 26-30, The Black Hour will share insights and approaches for improving student success among Black and African American students at California’s community colleges. Webinars will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and are open to California community college administrators, staff, faculty, practitioners and students.

Find more information and register for the webinars at this link. For updates regarding the week follow @cablackstudents on Twitter and Instagram.

Registration is open for the third annual California Community Colleges LGBTQ+ Summit, scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29. Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will open the conference with a keynote address. Breakout sessions include: ‘Before and After COVID-19: How to Initiate and Sustain a Successful LGBTQIA+ Initiative on Campus;’ ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Educating the Educators on LGBTQ+ Experience;’ and ‘Throwing a T-Party: How to Build Trans Spaces On-Campus.’  Find more information here.

Join the Chancellor’s Office College Finance and Facilities Planning division for its monthly Fiscal & Policy Webinar Series. The team will provide timely updates on issues related to college finance, state budgets and fiscal policy. Webinars will be held on the last Thursday of each month (excluding holidays). The next webinar is Thursday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. Register here.

The next Chancellor’s Office bimonthly systemwide webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 5 from 9:00 – 10:00 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.

Please share the 2021 System Webinars registration link with your colleagues that are not yet registered. (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 Cerritos College, Chaffey College, Foothill College, Compton College and Lake Tahoe Community College, is hosting 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 final webinar is Thursday, May 20 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 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

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, April 23 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and the focus is: Counseling, Data and Accountability: SCFF, Guided Pathways, caseload management and beyond…keeping our students at the center. 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.

Items of Interest

California’s coronavirus case rate now the lowest in the continental U.S.

California residents who qualify for the state's Golden State Stimulus may have already noticed the stimulus payments hit their bank accounts.

U.S. weekly jobless claims hit 13-month low, suggesting pandemic-era layoffs are subsiding.

Health officials lean toward resuming Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — but with a warning.

Don’t put away your face masks. We may need them even as COVID-19 fades.