Current Events and Resources
Black Student Success Week is a great equity-focused learning and engagement opportunity for all of SMC. The Division of Equity, Pathways, and Inclusion (EPI) encourages faculty, staff, and administrators to attend these virtual events as your schedule permits, and share widely with your students!
Please find full event information from the A2MEND press releases below. We hope to see you there!
Maria Muñoz, Ph.D.(She, Her, Ella)
Dean of Equity, Pathways and Inclusion (Interim)
Black Student Success Week
Returns April 25-29, 2022
Black Student Success Week returns April 25-29, 2022, inviting administrators, faculty, staff, and students from across the California Community College system to examine the resources and programs that support Black student success. This year’s theme is A Vision for Black Student Success: Creating a New Landscape to Succeed. The 2022 Black Student Success Week will focus on new approaches to ensure Black and African American students succeed at California Community Colleges as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The week will kick off with remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona.
“We can't lose this moment, this chance for a reset in education by going back to the same pre-pandemic strategies that did not address inequities for our students of color. Almost two-thirds of Black undergraduates attend a California community college. It’s critical that we continue to support them, especially through the pandemic and as we continue to look toward recovery. This week presents an opportunity for us to discuss how we address the inequities that have existed in our education systems for far too long and create sustainable solutions to keep our students in the classroom and ensure they graduate,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
The week’s activities will be held virtually and include:
- Daily webinars from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., called The Black Hour
- Webinars will be held via Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube. Webinar registration is now open. To register, click on a webinar title below or visit https://linktr.ee/cablackstudents
- Monday, April 25 – Beyond Mattering: Centering the Student Narrative
- Tuesday, April 26 – No Leaks: Securing the Pipeline for Black Student Success
- Wednesday, April 27 – The Path to Transfer Success: A Clear Highway or a Traffic Jam
- Thursday, April 28 – Transforming Black Student Success through Courageous State Leadership
- Friday, April 29 – Using Radical Action: Showing Up as Your Authentic Self
- Daily group discussion forums from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., called The After Party
- A virtual advocacy day on Thursday, April 28th, called The BlackOut
“Now in its third year, the Board of Governors is proud to once again support Black Student Success Week in hopes that we move beyond dialogue and put our words into action,” said Pam Haynes, California Community Colleges Board of Governors President. “The Black Hour is a time we all should put a pause on our current work and spotlight the ways in which we as a system can improve support for Black students, foster Black leadership at our colleges, diversify our faculty and staff ranks, and root out systemic barriers to Black student success.”
Encourage sign-ups for The BlackOut Advocacy Day
We are still looking for students, faculty, staff, CEO, trustees, and advocates to sign-up for our virtual #BlackOut Advocacy Day, to be held on Thursday, April 28, during Black Student Success Week. Attached is a sample email that you can use to promote this event with your networks.
- Complete this form to participate https://forms.gle/P9o8sep2jBceot6S6
- No prior experience required. There will be a training on Monday, April 18, to go over talking points and how to successfully participate in this event. The training will be recorded for those unable to attend.
Toolkit and T-shirt/Sweatshirts soon forthcoming
A media toolkit is in the works and will be soon forthcoming. #EquityAvengers hopes to have the t-shirt and sweatshirt order link in the next couple days as well.
Send District/College events to email@example.com
If your district/college is also holding an event during Black Student Success Week, please send the information to Carmel Malixi at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are compiling the events into a master calendar to be shared and show the various ways we're all supporting Black student success across the state.
Black Student Success Week is organized in partnership with the following organizations: A2MEND, Umoja Community Education Foundation, The Campaign for College Opportunity, The Education Trust-West, the Equity Avengers, The RP Group, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
HSI Leadership Network- BiAnnual Virtual Symposium
On behalf of the Hispanic Serving Institution - Leadership Network (HSI-LN), we are excited to share with you the 3rd Free HSI-LN Bi-Annual Symposium "Cultivando Con Cariño," featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Gina Garcia, Associate Professor for Pittsburg University's Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy on Friday, April 29th from 9:00 am - 12:40 pm.
The Conference will offer sessions on the following topics:
- Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions
- Hiring Faculty of Color
- Serving Undocumented Students
- Working with Indigenous Mexican Students
- First Gen Experiences Student Panel
- Funds of Knowledge
Registration for this event is free of cost. HSI leaders, administrators, classified professionals, faculty, and students
are encouraged to attend.
The deadline to register is Friday, April 22nd
Follow this link to Register: https://tinyurl.com/hsinetwork
California Community Colleges' Mental Health Action Week
With the recognition that student mental health and wellness are critical to student success, the Board of Governors recently approved a resolution establishing Mental Health Action Week to strengthen trauma-informed care expertise across the system, improve our classroom climates and campus culture, remove structural barriers, and advocate for additional resources to meet the diverse mental health service needs of California community college students and employees. Please join us for the California Community Colleges’ upcoming Mental Health Action Week webinar series.
REGISTRATION FEES: These training sessions are free to all participants!
WHEN: May 2nd through May 5th, 2022
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Chancellors and Presidents, Chief Instructional Officers, Academic Senate Presidents, Chief Student Services Officers, Faculty, Students, and Classified Staff.
Monday, May 2 | Introduction to Mental Health
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office invites you to the 2022 Mental Health Action Week virtual kick-off event. Join us in a discussion with system-wide leaders on current topics.
- 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
- Register Here
Tuesday, May 3 | Reap the Rewards by Creating a Self-Care Culture
Dr. Gloria Morrow will highlight the importance of self-care and downtime. She will guide the audience to develop a self-care and wellness vision plan, including three practical self-care strategies and how to get started. Self-care is for everyone.
- 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
- Register Here
Wednesday, May 4 | The Social Determinants of Educational Success: Centered in Mental Health
This webinar will introduce a framework of social determinants of educational success that highlights the three key social determinants that directly impact student success. A roadmap will be presented to embrace this paradigm shift by laying out strategies that identify key levers, maximize flexibility for local planning and decision-making, and create enabling conditions to support the re-envisioning of a student-centered support ecosystem.
- 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
- Register Here
Thursday, May 5 | Trauma Informed Care: An Essential Tool for Colleges
Most often, it is non-clinical staff and faculty that have regular and ongoing contact with students experiencing mental health conditions. Join Dr. Kristin Dempsey in this introductory discussion of trauma-informed approaches and practices. Audiences will learn strategies for engaging in trauma-informed approaches to support post-traumatic growth and resiliency. Gain knowledge on how to integrate trauma-informed principles and practices into the college culture.
- 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
- Register Here
If you have any questions, please contact the FoundationCCC Conferences and Events team at email@example.com
We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable people of all abilities to engage fully. Closed captioning will be available for this event. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact the Conferences and Events team at firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN THE PERIOD TASK FORCE!
IN OCTOBER OF 2021, THE CA STATE LEGISLATURE PASSED AB-367, THE MENSTRUAL EQUITY FOR ALL ACT.
SMC'S PERIOD CLUB DECIDED TO START A TASK FORCE TO WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AS IT IMPLEMENTED THE LAW.
WHAT IS AB- 367?
This bill would require a public school maintaining any combination of classes from grades 6 to 12 to stock the school’s restrooms with an adequate supply of free menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, in all women’s restrooms and all-gender restrooms, and in at least one men’s restroom, at all times.
This bill would require the California State University and each community college district, and would encourage the Regents of the University of California and private universities, colleges, and institutions of higher learning, to stock an adequate supply of menstrual products, available and accessible, free of cost, at no fewer than one designated and accessible central location on each campus.
WHY DO WE NEED A TASK FORCE?
AB-367, and the Administration's Spring 2021 trial is a great start to addressing period poverty. As a Task Force, we will partner with the school to make sure that people closest to the issue are always at the table when decisions are being made.
But period health is about more than access to products. It also means providing education and resources to end period stigma and shape a healthier community for all menstruators and the people who love them!
Anyone can participate in the TaskForce!
SMC'S PERIOD CLUB DECIDED TO START A TASK FORCE TO WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AS
IT IMPLEMENTED THE LAW.
THE PERIOD CLUB ALSO DECIDED TO TURN OUR ADVOCACY WORK INTO OUR SCHOLARSHIP AND UNITS!
Learn about the two classes that were offered in Spring!
Independent Study: HUM 88B
2 Units, roughly 6 hours per week
OBJECTIVE: Create a community for those involved in the implementation of AB 367 to collaborate, document, and interpret the experience.
The Language of Advocacy: ENG 60
3 Units, roughly 9 Hours per week
MODALITY: Flexible with Scheduled Meetings.
OBJECTIVE: Provide students involved in ANY advocacy work, on campus or off, to reflect on and interpret the role of language in social change, including their own work.
HOW TO ENROLL: Email email@example.com with questions
WHY THE CLASSES?
Because, in the words of the Combahee River Collective:
WE ARE COMMITTED TO A CONTINUAL EXAMINATION OF OUR POLITICS AS THEY DEVELOP THROUGH CRITICISM AND SELF-CRITICISM AS AN ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF OUR PRACTICE