I haven’t been eating, momma.
I’ve been in a trance.
I haven’t been sleeping.
I’ve been washing my hands off of the Port of Charleston.
There is blood on the fog.Excerpt from Blood on the Fog by Tongo Eisen-Martin, the current poet laureate of San Francisco
Integrated Planning Leadership Summit: Day 2
Day 2 was a morning full of information and more ideation on our draft Education Master Plan. I was so thankful for the robust attendance by our students, classified professionals, faculty and management, both in-person and online. It was a great morning – and we heard brave and honest feedback from our attendees. At the end, our President’s Cabinet committed to continuous improvement, and action based on our two-and-a-half day Summit work. I hope people took away something valuable, and continue to join in as we move to roll up our sleeves and write the plan with SPARC leading the charge.
Skyline College Neighborhood Center Launches in November!
This week our Board of Trustees approved the Facilities Use Agreement so that we may bring the ‘Skyline College Neighborhood Center” to a reality. Thanks to Toni Presta, Superintendent of the Jefferson Union High School District for her generosity of spirit in allowing use of the facilities rent-free. There will be some costs associated with the program such as custodial service and site administration. We intend to add programs and services through a true public/private partnership Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. Dr. Vinicio Lopez is leading this charge. It is no small feat to corral the partners and services. A big thanks also to John Harrigan, Principal of Jefferson High School, and Mark Beshirs, our partner and leader of the Adult School at Jefferson High. Many of us will be at the “soft launch” to see the space, welcome students, and provide information to the community. Please join us at Jefferson High at 5:00 p.m. November 7 and 8.
The Free Equity Academy Offered by the Equity Institute Is Just So Good
There isn’t ever enough time in a day or a week or a month to enroll in a class, but when it’s professional development around equity and antiracism, I make time. Our readings, activities, and facilitated conversations have been very insightful and helpful. I highly recommend signing up for the next one in Spring. Thank you, Dr. O’KenZoe, for such great programming.
Full Time Equivalent Faculty Allocation Committee (FTEFAC)
I attended the two-hour FTEFAC presentations. This committee this year is led by VPI Dr. Vinicio Lopez and AS Vice president Cassidy Ryan-White as co-chairs. These presentations are meant to help the committee rank the need for new and replacement positions for full-time faculty. I have seen the process morph over the last two years, where we have lifted the administrative grip on what really needs to be a very faculty-centric process. I think this is the first year I have seen the Deans present alongside faculty, with many faculty taking center stage. The presentations were informative about various departments and the presenters’ persuasive skills were impressive! I will look forward to reviewing the final rankings.
Filipinx Night Market
This was a beautiful event in the evening. So many showed up to enjoy the beautiful tables prepared by our Fililpinx vendors.
Every Wednesday: College Hour at Noon
This week there were students and employees at tables representing the culture and art of a particular country. I visited Brazil, Philippines, Myanmar, Mexico, and Cambodia tables. I learned something new at each table. I had the honor of experiencing a beautiful blessing from Ryan Samn. Ryan also blessed a red string and tied it on my wrist to protect me from negative energy. It’s working.
Free Form Fridays with the President is intended to provide us with a virtual space to connect. Anyone is welcome to join throughout the session which keeps the conversation interesting! Next one: November 4.
Upcoming dates: 11/04, 12/02, 02/03, 03/03, 04/07, 05/05. Zoom In!