HR 1177, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, was introduced by Congresswoman Linda Sánchez to fix a dysfunctional immigration system, expedite family reunification, and facilitate border management. With California Community Colleges Undocumented Student Action Week scheduled for October 18-22, it is important for our colleges to support this bill.
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In September 2020, the League embarked on a strategic planning process to establish the direction for the next three years and to update its Mission, Vision, and Values. In addition to laying out goals and strategies concerning community college funding, COVID-19, and DEI, the strategic plan proposes several process improvements for the organization intended to strengthen the League’s ability to represent our 73 member districts and ultimately benefit the colleges.
In our Balkanized political culture, community colleges are one of the few institutions and public spaces where individuals possessing divergent values, attitudes, and beliefs gather and discuss, debate, learn, and share a personal challenge (in this case, one that is primarily intellectual in nature). It is where people of varying ages, life experiences, ideologies, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds convene and discuss ideas and concepts. Most notably, there are three features of community college student diversity that are especially significant in countering U.S. political polarization: (1) generational heterogeneity; (2) the presence of military-connected students; and (3) student socioeconomic and racial diversity. As community college presidents Gail Mellow and DeRionne Pollard observed, “In the classrooms of our colleges, discussions of inequality, racism and immigration don’t need the ‘trigger warnings’ so hotly debated in some universities; our students live them every day.”
No fewer than 14 CEOs—some of whom have been in California Community College (CCC) leadership roles for more than two decades—plan to retire in 2021, and we may experience more departures before year's end. While leadership change offers significant opportunities for districts and colleges to reenvision their strategic priorities and approach to their mission, this collective loss of institutional memory and experience will affect districts and arguably our entire sector for years to come.
Rural-serving colleges are critical to providing educational opportunities for their communities but face unique challenges when serving their students. Their service area is large, yet they rarely have the economies of scale that their urban counterparts have.
My son finishes ninth grade at Mayfair High School in Lakewood this June. He is also going to finish six units at Cerritos College through a program called dual enrollment. The six college units count towards both his high school and college diplomas. My son has already started developing the study skills needed to succeed in college. And the best part – my family may save up to $26,000 in college tuition if he continues down this path.
As election season comes to an end and swearing-in ceremonies begin to commence, the Community College League of California (League) would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all the newly elected trustees that will embark on a journey towards creating quality community colleges for all Californians. Now that the campaign has ended, you may be wondering what happens now? It’s time to get to work.
On Tuesday, November 3rd, California's nearly 40 million residents had the opportunity to participate in the 2020 General Election. For the benefit of our members, League staff has compiled a list of newly elected freshman legislators, election results, and reasons for not seeking re-election. Below are the results of notable elections. The election results depicted below do not include legislators who won their re-election campaign.
By now many Californians have likely received, filled out and either mailed or dropped off their 2020 election ballot to an official ballot drop box or voting location. It is critical that we all vote in this upcoming election, not only for the United States President, but for state and local ballot measures. This November, Californians will determine the fate of 12 state propositions, two of which could have a substantial impact on California Community Colleges: propositions 15 and 16.
It’s easy for undocumented people to feel less human when they don’t have a paper validating their right to live in a country that promised them freedom and security. But regardless of their immigration status, California Community Colleges are committed to serving all of its students. In an effort to share the experiences of undocumented individuals, I reached out to a few California Community College undocumented students and asked, “What is at stake and what would citizenship mean to you?” These are their stories.