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Sept. 15, 2022 - Vision in Action No. 87 

COLEGAS 2022 Annual Conference

Registration Now Open for Inaugural COLEGAS Conference: Pa’delante Juntos Podemo

The inaugural annual COLEGAS Conference, Pa'delante Juntos Podemos (Together We Move Forward), will be held Nov. 3-4, 2022, in Long Beach and will focus on providing a Latina/o/x affirming space for California community college professionals to build community, share emerging practices and exchange resources in the service of Latina/o/x students and their communities. This year's theme calls on us to build solidarity as a collective through group learning, critical consciousness and shared agency to ensure that Latina/o/x people can thrive in higher education. 
Conference organizers encourage practitioners and faculty in the California Community Colleges, system partners, researchers and community members to submit proposals on one of the conference topic goals:

  • COVID & Racial Reckoning: What have colleges done differently to support students, their success and completion? What does outreach, community engagement and partnership look like in this era?
  • Latina/o/x Affirming Promising Policies & Practices
  • Racial Learning & Literacy and Cross-Racial/Ethnic Engagement
  • Servingness: Beyond Hispanic Enrolling to truly Serving our Latina/o/x Students
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning

Find a full list of events, prices and registration information at this link.

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System Guidance/News/Webinars

SAVE THE DATE: The sixth annual Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) kicks off the week of Oct. 17. 

USAW is a joint effort originally led by the Board of Governors, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Foundation for California Community Colleges, and Community College League of California, in partnership with many statewide advocacy organizations. 

This year’s theme is “Juntos Podemos (Together We Can): Collaborative Ecosystems that Support Undocumented Students,” which recognizes that we must continue to advance best practices, ensure authentic, campuswide collaboration and advocate for policy solutions to support long-term success.

Registration for the USAW webinars is now open. Register here to participate in the series of daily webinars. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to access recordings of the daily webinars in the Vision Resource Center. 

More information regarding USAW systemwide webinars can be found on our website.

REGISTER NOW: Join the Chancellor’s Office College Finance and Facilities Planning Division for its monthly Fiscal & Policy Webinar Series. Members of the College Finance and Facilities Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and Government Relations Divisions will provide timely updates on issues related to college finance, state budgets, fiscal policy, innovative and promising practices and federal issues. Webinars will be held on the last Thursday of each month (excluding holidays). 

The next webinar is Thursday, Sept. 29 at 11:00 a.m. Register here.

TUNE IN: The next Chancellor’s Office System Webinar is set for Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  

If you haven’t registered for the 2022 System Webinar series, please register via this link. If you have already registered there is no need to register again. 

Student Supports

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovations, the consumer watchdog for Californians with student loans, is offering a free webinar about the different types of student loans and how to apply for the newly announced Student Debt Relief. Topics will also include final extension of the student loan repayment pause, public service loan forgiveness and updates to the Biden-Harris Administration's Student Debt Relief Plan. The webinar is Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Register at this link.

ROCK THE VOTE: The California University and College Ballot Bowl, developed by the California Students Vote Project (SVP), is a friendly competition in which all of California’s major higher education institutions—the California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities —are invited to compete to register the most students to vote.

The process is simple and takes only five minutes to complete. Students must visit in order for the registration to count towards the competition. 

For more information on the Ballot Bowl, visit the Secretary of State’s website or access the Ballot Bowl outreach toolkit.


Items of Interest

The California Education Learning Lab recently announced the release of a new grant opportunity to promote the buildout of critical data science educational infrastructure. Through this RFP, Learning Lab’s Grand Challenge seeks to incentivize public higher education institutions to embrace data science as an opportunity to build new pathways, modernize majors, attract historically underrepresented students into STEM, and deepen both civic and interdisciplinary learning. Through this RFP, Learning Lab intends to award the following categories of grants:

  • Pathways Development (Up to 3 awards)
  • Faculty Development (Up to 5 awards)
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration (Up to 9 awards)
  • Grand Challenge Cohort Coordinator (1 award)

Find more information on the application process, timeline and FAQs at the Grand Challenge website.