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.  

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.

In 2021 Santa Monica College established a Basic Needs Center, lead by Basic Needs Project Manager Sharlyne Massillon.

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.

You have the option to attend in-person or via zoom.

Keynote Speaker - Meet Ruben Canedo!


Ruben E. Canedo (he/they) was born in Indio, California, USA and raised in the border valleys of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Imperial Valley, California, USA, and Coachella Valley, California, USA.

He was raised in a mixed-status household with a mother who was a first-generation college graduate from U.N.A.M. in Mexico City and a father who was the Captain and later Coach of the Mexican Karate Federation National Team.

Ruben was awarded the Regents & Chancellors Full Scholarship to UC Berkeley. He was selected into the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, published his work, and represented the university in its national team. After graduating (2012), he was recruited and led national efforts with the Emerson Collective's - Immigration and Higher Education Team.

After a year (2013), Ruben was recruited and returned to UC Berkeley where he has been part of institutional and systems change efforts. These include: expanding the eligibility policy for EOP&S students, co-founding the Undocumented Student Program, and co-leading a state and national movement to improve college student basic needs.

Outside of higher education, starting in 2007, Ruben has served as an advanced facilitator, trainer, and public speaker.

He is consistently sought after for small to large audiences and private to public settings. Collaborators include local organizations to large-scale foundations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Ruben is trained in healing, disability, and transformative justice and is a daily practitioner of emergent strategies centered in love and wisdom.

Opening Addresses and Schedule

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Welcome and Opening Addresses

  • Welcome by Brian Rodas
  • Dr. Maria Muñoz, Interim Dean of Equity, Pathways and Inclusion (EPI)
  • 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
    "(Re)Imagining Our Collective Experience: Centering belonging, equity, and basic needs"

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Afternoon Optional Events

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3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Campus Recognition Event

  • Food and Beverages will be available

Please join us in person to celebrate outstanding achievements within our college community, as well as honor our retirement class of 2021-22.  The following recognitions will be made: Faculty Tenure Class of 2020-21, Faculty Tenure Class of 2021-22, Faculty Excellence Awards, Academic Senate President's Equity Award,  Outstanding Classified Staff Member of the Year, Manager of the Year, Honor Council Recognition, Club 25 Honorees and more!  

Location: Main campus quad 

Event sponsored by Emeritus College

In Person: SMC Main Campus Quad.  
For more info go to the Retirement and Recognition page.

4:30 p.m.

Optional Post-Celebration Event at Prime Pizza (no host)

Location: Prime Pizza

Prime Pizza: 1811 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

(Across the street from the Student Services Center)

General Questions and Guidelines

Classified Professional FAQ

Faculty FAQ

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