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October 7, 2021 - Vision in Action No. 51

Undocumented Student Action Week is a statewide effort led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Community College League of California and the Foundation for California Community Colleges.


The fifth annual Undocumented Student Action Week will be held October 18-22, 2021. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Assembly Bill 540, the landmark legislation that opened the doors of higher education to thousands of undocumented students by removing the burden of out-of-state tuition.

Please join us for a special conversation featuring California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Dr. Daisy Gonzales, California State University Chancellor Dr. Joseph I. Castro, University of California President Dr. Michael V. Drake and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities President Kristen F. Soares, that will highlight systemwide efforts to support AB 540 students and discuss shared commitments to continue addressing challenges that remain in order to support the success of all of our undocumented students.

Event Details:

Monday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. Register for the System Leader Panel.


In the last five years, our collective budget and legislative advocacy during Undocumented Student Action Week has led to funding for Dream Resource Centers and Liaisons, the establishment of an Immigration Legal Services Project, the expansion of AB 540 eligibility and the protection of DACA. We know all too well that change is important every day of the year, not just during action week. This year’s theme, “Change in Action” empowers us to engage in state, federal and local action to support undocumented students in their goal of earning a college education. We must think about the ways we can cultivate and empower change that is long lasting.

Event Details:

Systemwide Webinars —October 19–22 at 1:00 p.m.

To register for these virtual events, please visit the Chancellor’s Office Website.

We look forward to this year’s advocacy week. If you have any questions, please contact us.


The Foundation for California Community Colleges is proud to announce it has received a $400,000 grant from the MUFG Union Bank Foundation to expand the 2021-2022 California Community Colleges Student Outreach Ambassadors (Ambassadors) Program. Dollars will help expand the program onto 15 campuses and provide student ambassadors with materials needed to conduct peer-to-peer outreach in their communities and spread awareness of and reduce stigma around programs and services that combat food insecurity. Foundation for California Community Colleges

The generous contribution comes at a critical time for students, as the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including statewide closures and economic uncertainty, have increased challenges for many Californians in meeting their basic needs. In a recent study by the California Community Colleges, nearly 60% of students reported food insecurity, housing insecurity, or homelessness in 2020, with students of color 16% more likely to be facing challenges related to basic needs than their white counterparts. Read more here.

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System Guidance/News/Webinars

Plan to attend the latest in the Fall 2021 LaunchBoard Webinar series presented by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

The Chancellor’s Office Workforce and Economic Development Division and the Educational Services and Support Division are presenting a series of webinars hosted by WestEd. The webinars will help ensure understanding of the most recent dashboard releases program-level information, especially surrounding new metrics and the impact on incentive-based funding. The next webinar is:

Strong Workforce Program (SWP) Release Webinar - Technical
Date: Monday, October 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register for the event

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Commissioners and staff will continue the “Collective Dialogues: Advancing Innovation and Quality with our Institutions” webinar series on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. (PDT/PST). This semester’s topics cover some of the diversity, equity, and inclusion work of ACCJC member institutions, an introduction to accreditation and peer review, and assessment practices for continuous quality improvement. Webinars are facilitated by ACCJC Commissioner Randy Beach, Chair of the Educational Programming Committee. The full fall schedule and past webinar recordings are available on the ACCJC website. The next webinar, “Demystifying Accreditation,” is on Tuesday, October 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Zoom webinar link.

The next Chancellor’s Office System Webinar will take place on Wednesday, October 20 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.

The recording and slides from the previous webinar - Innovating for the Future: Competency-Based Education - are posted in the Vision Resource Center. After logging-in, under the “Communities” menu, visit “All Communities” and look for “CCC | Webinars, Conferences, and Events”. Join this community, then access the “Chancellor’s Office System Webinars” topic to view the content.

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.)

Several California community colleges and thousands of community college students, faculty and staff are continue to be impacted by the state’s devastating fire season this year.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges has established a statewide fund that will help our students and staff affected by wildfires. Dollars will be used to assist students in overcoming new barriers to education resulting from fires and displacement, including replacing essential supplies such as laptops, books, backpacks, and providing emergency aid relief for the most deeply affected staff and faculty.

Donate here.

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 Department of Social Services (CDSS) has created a $3 million Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) filing fee assistance fund for individuals across the California Community Colleges. The fund will cover the $495 DACA application filing fees for students, faculty and staff affiliated with a California community college.

Through the California Community College Immigration Services Project, nine Legal Service Providers have been contracted to provide immigration legal services, including DACA initial application, renewal assistance and consultations to screen for affirmative immigration relief, to immigrant students faculty and staff. Eligible students, faculty and staff can access these supports confidentially through identified host colleges in their region. The legal service providers have committed to seeing each case from start to finish as long as they were affiliated with a California community college at intake.

To access the DACA filing fee assistance, students, faculty and staff need to make an appointment with the closest identified host college within their region, which can be found on the Chancellor’s Office website. For questions regarding eligibility or issues with scheduling, please contact Alonso Garcia.

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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