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July 1, 2021 - Vision in Action No. 40 

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In June 2020, the Chancellor’s Office launched the California Community Colleges "Call to Action" to take action against structural racism in our institutions and in our communities. 

In the Call to Action webinars, presenters from across the system began a dialogue about how to cultivate an equitable campus culture with institutional and individual change and accountability—work that continues today. From these webinars, the Vision Resource Center developed two learning modules. Each module conveniently separates webinar speakers into individual video segments and provides additional resources. To view the modules, log in to the Vision Resource Center and follow the links:

  • California Community Colleges Call to Action” defines and provides context to the Call to Action, includes perspectives on the need to work against systemic racism, and demonstrates the type of courageous leadership needed to redress racial injustices, including those on our campuses.
  • "Call to Action: Nurturing an Anti-Racist Campus Culture” addresses the need to design safe and equitable educational environments for all students, focuses on our collective commitment to providing opportunities and support, and shows examples of how each of us can contribute to nurturing an anti-racist campus culture.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on the announcement of a state budget agreement between the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom:

“It has been a difficult year for our students, and the state budget agreement recognizes that by investing in students through one-time direct grants, housing and other basic need supports, workforce training and diversity equity and inclusion programs. Colleges will have resources to help with enrollment outreach and retention as they transition out of the pandemic as well as more resources for innovation in teaching and learning. The budget advances an historic update to Cal Grant programs, restructuring them in a way that is more inclusive of California community college students. We look forward to continuing to work with the Legislature and governor in taking the important step of increasing the level of Cal Grant financial support for students that is so critical to their success.”

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System Guidance/News/Webinars

Chancellor Oakley recently participated in a virtual roundtable, hosted by EdSource, on how community colleges can prepare a post-pandemic workforce. Panelists discussed how colleges can provide more workforce training to develop necessary skills, as well as partner with employers and industry leaders to guide more students into career pathways. Listen here.

The next Chancellor’s Office System Webinar - Enacted State Budget + District Implementation Strategy - will take place on Wednesday, July 7 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. If you are already registered for the Chancellor’s Office System Webinars, there is no need to register again. You will receive a reminder email prior to the webinar with your link. 

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 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.

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

Private colleges look to diversify enrollment by recruiting community college students.

How California kids experienced COVID-19 inequality.

California virus cases rising as delta variant spreads.