Professional Development Day

Everything you need to know about Professional Development Day

Putting the Pieces Together

Thursday, August 25, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This is a HYBRID event. You have the option to attend virtually through Zoom from the comfort of your remote environments OR attend in-person.

If you are attending in-person, please fill out the RSVP link with the button below:


The theme of the Fall Professional Development Day is Back to Basics.

Now more than ever our students are needing support in areas outside the classroom. This need has been recognized by the state of California. In 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132), which provides an integrated approach to meeting college students’ basic needs. This bill also puts forward a significant amount of money for community colleges to support basic needs centers. 

What are basic needs?

Students' basic needs include access to nutritious and sufficient food; safe, secure, and adequate housing–to sleep, to study, to cook, and to shower; healthcare to promote sustained mental and physical wellbeing; affordable technology and transportation; resources for personal hygiene; and childcare and related needs.Only when students' basic needs are met can they really achieve excellence. Basic needs are also a key component in equity. AB 132 also requires all community colleges to establish a basic needs center and hire a basic needs coordinator by July 1, 2022. 

Santa Monica College has already established a basic needs center, with Sharlyne Massillon at the helm!

Our goal of Fall Professional Development Day is to ensure that everyone at SMC becomes informed about basic needs, so that together we can all build a community of care for our students.

We invite all SMC employees to join us at this day of learning that we hope will be informative, thought provoking, fun, interesting and help us all reconnect.

 Opening Addresses and Schedule (Subject to Change)

Session Time Title and Description LINK

8:00 - 8:30a.m.



Breakfast and Coffee

Outdoor Patio Area of the John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Auditorium

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8:30 - 11:00 a.m.


Welcome and Opening Addresses

  • Welcome By Brian Rodas
  • Areas of Interests (AOI) and Bodega Bags by Maria Munoz, Interim Dean of Equity, Pathways and Inclusion
  • First Fridays and Faculty Town Hall by Jamar London, Academic Senate President
  • State of the College Address by Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, Superintendent/ President
  • Keynote Speech by Ruben Canedo, Co- Chair of the UC Systemwide Basic Needs Committee
Link Available Soon

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Ruben Canedo In-Person Workshop

Presenter: Ruben Canedo, Co Chair of Basic Needs for UC Systemwide Basic Needs Commitee

Link Available Soon

12:15 - 1:00 p.m

Lunch/ Family Picnic/ Comming Together Moment

  • Food and beverage options catered by Casabalanca Cafe
  • Music/DJ
  • Dance Tent
  • Cornhole Games
  • Photobooths
  • Excellent people to reconnect with!
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Breakout Sessions

Check out our breakout sessions

Afternoon Optional Events

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3:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Campus Recognition Event

  • Food and Beverages will be available

Come and celebrate the immense work our reitrees have dedicated to Santa Monica College over the years. The careers and lives of some of our BEST colleagues will be recognized at this event. Additionally, we are welcoming and recognizing our new employees who will be starting or continuing their own journeys with Santa Monica College as well.

Location: TBD, in-person event

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4:30 p.m.

Optional Wine Event at Prime Pizza

Location: Prime Pizza

12219 Santa Monica Blvd Ste201, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (across the street from the Student Services building)

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General Questions and Guidelines

Classified Professional FAQ

Faculty FAQ

If you have any questions about Professional Development Day, contact