Friday, June 10, 2022

CCC LGBTQ+ Summit Organizes for the Future

After celebrating 855 people attending the 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit in May 2022, organizers are looking to the future with new investments in state-wide organizing.

CCC LGBTQ+ Summit Mailing List & Leadership Email Contacts

To receive email updates on the 5th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit in 2023, please complete this contact form. For specific questions for the Planning Team, please email one of the Summit Co-Leads: Navarro Salvador (he, him, his, el) at snavarro@elcamino.edu or Dr. Emilie Mitchell (she, her, hers) at mitchee@crc.losrios.edu

Possible New Partnership

To ensure the sustainability of the CCC LGBTQ+ Summit, the Planning Team is investigating the possibility of becoming a financial impact partner with the Foundation for California Community Colleges (read more here). This move will provide several substantial benefits to our efforts and is the most likely to ensure the viability of the Summit for years to come.

Regional Networks

We have also been cultivating regional networking opportunities at the Summit. To keep things more consistent with how the CCCCO structures the state, the networks are being divided into the 10 regions identified by the CCCCO. Below are the names of each region and the colleges that encompass that region. These regional groups allow folks to work together on regional issues and report out to the larger statewide efforts.

Region 1 - Central Valley - (Bakersfield, Cerro Coso, Porterville, Merced, San Joaquin Delta,College of the Sequoias, Clovis, Reedley, Fresno City, Madera College, West Hills Coalinga, West Hills Lemoore, Taft, Columbia, Modesto Junior College)

Region 2 - Bay Area (Bay) - (Berkeley City, Chabot, College of Alameda, College of Marin, Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, Laney, Las Positas, Los Medanos, Merritt, Napa Valley, Ohlone, Santa Rosa Junior, Solano)  

Region 3 - North Far North Region - (Butte, College of the Redwoods, College of the Siskiyous, Feather River, Lassen, Mendocino, Shasta, American River, Cosumnes, Folsom Lake, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento City, Sierra, Woodland, Yuba)  

Region 4 - Bay Area 2 (Bay2) - (Cabrillo, Cañada, College of San Mateo, DeAnza, Evergreen Valley, Foothill, Gavilan, Hartnell, Mission, Monterey Peninsula, San Jose City, Skyline, West Valley City College)  

Region 5 - Inland Empire / Desert - (Barstow, Chaffey, Copper Mountain, College of the Desert, Mt. San Jacinto, Palo Verde, Moreno Valley, Norco, Riverside City, Crafton Hills, San Bernardino Valley, Victor Valley)  

Region 6 - Orange County - (Coastline, Cypress, Fullerton, Golden West, Irvine Valley, North Orange Continuing Education, Orange Coast, Saddleback, Santa Ana, Santiago Canyon)  

Region 7 - Los Angeles (LA) - (Cerritos, Citrus, Compton, El Camino, Glendale, Long Beach City, Mt. San Antonio, Pasadena City, Rio Hondo, Santa Monica)  

Region 8 - San Diego / Imperial - (Cuyamaca, Grossmont, Imperial, MiraCosta, Palomar, San Diego Continuing Education, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, San Diego Miramar, Southwestern)  

Region 9 - Los Angeles 2 (LA2) - (East Los Angeles, LA City, LA Harbor, LA Mission, LA Pierce, LA Southwest, LA Trade-Tech, LA Valley, West Los Angeles)  

Region 10 - South Central Coast - (Allan Hancock, Antelope Valley, College of the Canyons, Cuesta, Moorpark, Oxnard, Santa Barbara City, Ventura)


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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Programs & Schedule Announced for 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit

The 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit will be held online May 4 & 5, 2022 from 9:00am to 2:00pm both days. Check out the schedule here. The Summit includes 18 programs over 4 breakout sessions, in addition to keynotes by Bamby Salcedo and Dr. Daisy Gonzales. Register by April 20 to receive Summit swag through the mail.

Program titles include:
  • Chosen Family: Understanding the Chosen Kin Community as a Model for Liberation
  • Establishing a Task Force to Develop Comprehensive LGBTQIA+ Student Programming
  • Gender [Still] Matters: Forging Community Alliances for All-Gender Restrooms
  • Get in Formation: Showing up and Showing Out for Racial Justice and Queer Liberation
  • Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Palomar's Pronoun Project On The Go!
  • LGBTQ+ Campus Climate Outcomes: How Bias Disproportionately Impacts Queer and Trans Students
  • LGBTQIA2S+ Foundations Training in Canvas: Share-Out, Tips, & Discussion!
  • Queering HSIs: Leveraging Policy Unapologetically to Advance Racial Equity for LGBTQ+ community college students
  • Queering MiraCosta College: Developing an LGBTQIA+ Linked Learning Academic Success & Equity Program
  • Supporting Trans Students' Basic Needs
  • Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Pre-Service Teaching Programs
  • Trans-Affirming Campus Facilities
  • TRANSform Your Campus's Culture with a Trans Ally Program
  • Transitioning Across Statelines in Higher Education and YOUR Career
  • Transitioning Campuses: Meeting the Needs of Trans and Nonbinary Students
  • UNAPOLOGETIC: First In the Nation to Fight and Pass the LGBTQIA Student Bill of Rights
  • Understanding the Queer Community through Queer Relationships
  • Voices from Trans and Nonbinary Students
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Archive of 2022 Summit Programs

Chosen Family: Understanding the Chosen Kin Community as a Model for Liberation
Our queer and trans students hold the keys to their own liberation. One of these keys is "chosen family," chosen kin communities created as alternatives to birth families. This concept of chosen family is an asset our queer and trans students bring with them onto our campuses and into our classrooms. How do we incorporate this asset into the academic and social aspects of their time in college? And for what purposes? We will discuss the triumphs and challenges in answering these questions within various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Establishing a Task Force to Develop Comprehensive LGBTQIA+ Student Programming
The 2017 CCC LGBTQ+ Summit inspired COD leadership, faculty, and staff to establish a taskforce to institutionalize comprehensive LGBTQIA+ student support.  Using a set of ambitious goals to guide our work, COD’s taskforce developed several recommendations that have been adopted by our District, including opening a new Gender and Sexual Diversity Pride Center and making Safe Zone training a mainstream college program.  We look forward to sharing how our taskforce got started, the paths it has taken, and how it has been an effective way to implement LGBTQIA+ programming.

Gender [Still] Matters: Forging Community Alliances for All-Gender Restrooms
Using the bathroom is a basic human need and right. Yet, at many community colleges, public bathrooms continue to be physically and psychologically unsafe for trans and gender expansive students, faculty and staff. In this presentation, we outline our advocacy efforts for all-gender restrooms at Santa Monica College. Specifically, we identify key administrative and institutional partnerships, student-driven initiatives, educational programming, and public pressure strategies that have enabled our successes. In sharing our experiences and resources, we aim to demystify the institutional process for updating extant bathroom facilities and ensuring all-gender restrooms in future building construction

Get in Formation: Showing up and Showing Out for Racial Justice and Queer Liberation
Queer liberation and racial justice movements hold shared values and a commitment to transformational change in our political and cultural institutions. However, racism, settler-colonialism, and cis-heteropatriarchy work to separate LGBTQ+ spaces from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, constraining opportunities for collaboration and growth. In this workshop, presenters draw on their combined experiences working for intersectional justice as educators, advocates, researchers, and consultants. Participants will learn from examples of this work in the classroom and community-based advocacy, as well as effective strategies for bridging between on-campus and off-campus social justice work.

Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! Palomar's Pronoun Project On The Go!
Pronouns are an important part of gender identity and a way to show respect for people and their gender, especially for those who identify as non-binary or transgender. Learn more about how one college has embraced change by increasing the implementation of chosen personal pronoun usage across campus. Strategies, suggestions, and resources will be shared in order to increase visibility, awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for students, staff, faculty, and administrators.

LGBTQ+ Campus Climate Outcomes: How Bias Disproportionately Impacts Queer and Trans Students
This presentation will be an interactive discussion about results from Delta college’s campus climate survey the Diverse Learning Environment Survey (DLE). Data will show that LGBTQ+ students report experiencing more bias and discrimination than other groups. There will be a section on intersectionality. Participants will be asked to take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) and discuss their results if they feel comfortable doing so. We will discuss our history of successes and failures concerning LGBTQ+ student services. Together in this session, we will brainstorm methods to reduce bias for our queer, trans, and non-binary students.

LGBTQIA2S+ Foundations Training in Canvas: Share-Out, Tips, & Discussion!
This long-form training is a basic training with discussions, allowing for more time and in-depth communication than a shorter 1-3 hour training. People can take their time, look things up, and it’s more accessible. We focused on terms, concepts, and the struggles of queer people. 1st half: we’ll present the 7-module LGBTQIA2S+ Foundations training we are sharing in Canvas Commons and discuss how to implement on other campuses! Second half: Let’s imagine better training! Join us in discussion of what you’ve seen on your campuses, what worked/did not, what you’d like to see, suggestions for us, etc!

Queering HSIs: Leveraging Policy Unapologetically to Advance Racial Equity for LGBTQ+ community college students
Literature around Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) has been on a steady increase with a focus on racialized experiences, servingness, and outcomes. Yet, much of the research is situated within the four-year higher education context. Scholarship around HSI community colleges has emerged, yet a paucity remains in explicitly centering LGBTQ+ Latinx/a/o students. This presentation will provide insight on how HSI designation can be paired with Title V and Title III policy at the implementation level through a critical policy analysis, multidimensional conceptual understanding of servingness, and queer theory lens to support Latinx/a/o LGBTQ+ community college students. Recommendations for policy and practice on how current servingness can be inclusive of LGBTQ+ Latinx students will be provided.

Queering MiraCosta College: Developing an LGBTQIA+ Linked Learning Academic Success & Equity Program
In this session, you will learn about the collaboration between MiraCosta College’s Student Equity and Counseling Departments as we work toward better supporting our LGBTQIA+ student population. First, we will (re)introduce MiraCosta College’s data collection and findings. Then, we will highlight how MiraCosta College has been supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Specifically, we will discuss both the strides and challenges we have encountered while developing an LGBTQIA+ Linked Learning Academic Success & Equity Program virtually and in person. Lastly, we hope this session inspires you to advocate for similar equity programs at your campus to continue supporting LGBTQIA+ students.

Supporting Trans Students' Basic Needs
Our session will cover the services and initiatives of the Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center supporting the basic needs and wellbeing of trans and non-binary students at UC Santa Cruz. With a $10,000 budget for trans-related initiatives, we distributed care packages, emergency and professional development grants, and free binders. Our basic needs services also include a gender-affirming clothing closet, anonymous food pantry, sexual and menstrual health resources, and LGBTQ-focused book/media library. We aim to demonstrate how we coordinate these initiatives so that other campus representatives might feel supported in starting or sustaining similar initiatives in their communities.

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Pre-Service Teaching Programs
It is critical to examine the experiences of LGBTQ+ educators as a group because their lack of representation is a symptom of a larger issue in the public education system. We know that representation for marginalized groups has a critical impact on students’ lives, including issues around bullying and self esteem. Having out teachers and allies has a positive impact on the educational outcomes of all students (Kosciw et. al, 2019, p. 75). Increasing support for LGBTQ+ educators increases the likelihood that they will enter into and stay in the teaching profession, improving outcomes for students and helping to address the teacher shortage overall. Support begins in pre-service teaching programs, including affirming student teaching placements, culturally responsive pedagogy, and knowledgeable faculty.

Trans-Affirming Campus Facilities
All students, including trans students, deserve to feel recognized, safe, and a sense of belonging on campus. But campus facilities alone can make or break these feelings. So, what kinds of facility designs and policies do trans folks need you to advocate for, why are these so crucial to our well-being, and how do you make them both a priority and a reality despite limited financial resources? Brought to you by Arien Reed who began his gender transition while working on campus at Fresno City College, this session will use trans culture, factual data, and lived experiences to address these concerns, and to also offer guidance on how to inclusively meet the requirements of the new AB 367 bill.

TRANSform Your Campus's Culture with a Trans Ally Program
Some colleges have a LGBTQ+ Safe Space/Zone Ally Program but almost no colleges have a Trans Ally Program. As a trans person myself, I often feel awkward even with well-meaning colleagues who are certified Safe Space Allies, usually because they get awkward around me. During my first year of transitioning and living openly as trans, I realized cisgender folks needed more education specifically in trans culture and trans ally etiquette than the broadly inclusive Safe Space Program can provide. In this presentation, I will share the training program I developed and foster a discussion on how to start and maintain such a program at your own colleges.

Transitioning Across Statelines in Higher Education and YOUR Career
This session is for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, faculty and staff who are deciding if they should stay or move out of state for school or work. We will have a panel of experts of Queer and Trans BIPOC students, staff who have had to move to college, graduate school or their career. We will discuss personal experiences and tips on how to navigate transitioning across state lines.

Transitioning Campuses: Meeting the Needs of Trans and Nonbinary Students
Our institutions were not built to support transgender and nonbinary students. It is up to us to make the changes needed to keep our trans, nonbinary, and queer students safe, supported, and successful. In this presentation Brit Cervantes, of the UCI Gender Diversity Program, and Erin Pollard, of the Pride Scholars Program at Irvine Valley College, will share insight into trans college experiences, relevant laws that govern this work, and ideas to create an environment where trans and nonbianary students know that they are valued members of our campus communities. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of trans student needs and a list of ideas for action items to start these changes on their campus.

UNAPOLOGETIC: First In the Nation to Fight and Pass the LGBTQIA Student Bill of Rights
The Road Passing The LGBTQIA Student Bill of Rights at The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees approved the first-ever resolution for an LGBTQIA+ Bill of Rights on behalf of students,faculty and staff. Trustee David Vela, who chaired the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQIA+ Affairs, called for and unanimously passed the first in the nation resolution to serve as a national role model for other community colleges. this motion supported the creation of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQIA+ Affairs to provide guidance and advice to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor on how best to support the safety and well-being of all students and employees, specifically those in the LGBTQIA+ community, and to move the District and colleges forward in this effort; and, aware to make LACCD safe and welcoming to LGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty and administrators.

Understanding the Queer Community through Queer Relationships
This workshop is intended to provide a deeper learning into a variety of non-heteronormative relationships and obtain more awareness and understanding of relationship definitions that are more expansive, non-monogamous, and fluid. Participants will gain a greater understanding of diverse relationships across a multitude of gender and sexual identities. We will examine the different dynamics that take place within a variety of relationships that ultimately deviate from the societal standards of the monogamous, heteronormative model. It will also touch upon media’s representation of LGBTQ relationships, as well as how social media platforms and dating apps shape relationships in the queer community.

Voices from Trans and Nonbinary Students
Join our panel of trans and nonbinary college students and recent grads as they share the specific things they wish their professors had known (or thought to ask in the first place). A chance to ask questions and hear from trans and nonbinary educators, activists, and students.


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Deputy Chancellor Dr. Daisy Gonzales To Speak at CCC LGBTQ+ Summit

We are excited to announce that Dr. Daisy Gonzales, Deputy Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, will serve as the 2nd keynote speaker that will open up the second day of the Summit (May 5th)!

Below is a a little about Dr. Gonzales:
Born into an immigrant family in Southern California, Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales spent much of her formative years in Los Angeles’ foster care system. Witnessing firsthand the numerous challenges and inequities students face, she quickly took on leadership roles in student government to advocate for student voices. After completing a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Mills College, Gonzales completed a master’s degree and PhD. in sociology from UC Santa Barbara.
Gonzales began her career in education as a dual-immersion third-grade teacher before taking on a career in fiscal policy and legislation. Gonzales served as a budget consultant for the California State Assembly Budget Committee, and was the principal consultant for the Assembly Appropriations Committee and Associate Director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).
Breaking barriers for women of color, as both the first Latina to serve as Deputy Chancellor and the first to take on the role of acting chancellor, Gonzales leads the country’s largest higher education system, driving transformational change to achieve the goals of the system’s Vision for Success. Having overseen operations and strategic policy within the California Community Colleges, her experience as a leader and unapologetic anti-racist mindset, uniquely qualify Gonzales to lead the California Community Colleges.
Gonzales steers continuous efforts to highlight the work of equity and to center student success, guiding this through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) workgroup. The DEI workgroup has strategically organized transformational change across the system.
For more information on Dr. Daisy Gonzales, go to https://www.cccco.edu/.../Chancellors.../Deputy-Chancellor

Dr. Daisy Gonzales


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bamby Salcedo To Speak at CCC LGBTQ+ Summit

We are excited to announce that Bamby Salcedo will serve as the keynote speaker for the first day of the Summit (May 4th)!!!

Below is a little about Bamby:
Very early in life, she experienced numerous challenges. Growing up in a poor home with a single working mother in Guadalajara, Mexico, she was drawn to the companionship and lessons of several hardships in life like childhood sexual abuse by an abusive step father, the use of drugs and surviving in the hard streets of Guadalajara Mexico as a child. Maneuvering her uneasy way through separate worlds of family, school, gangs, and LGBTQ friends, she fell into a deep cycle of drugs, crime, juvenile institutions and later, after immigrating to the US, prisons and constant street violence. Repeatedly facing her mortality, and amid many reversals, she committed herself to treatment for her addiction to work on herself and learn the root cause of what was leading the life she was living.
She then slowly began to experience, build and imagine a different and better life for herself. But Bamby’s improbable survival also inspired within her a sense of duty to help others as she recovered her life. One by one, she began to transform each challenge and each issue of her early life into the substance, basis and gravitas for her current extraordinary work, activism and life. Even now, she is always ready to credit others who assisted her transcendent rise. Bamby often speaks of herself as a “Community Investment”.
For more information on Bamby, go to http://bambysalcedo.com/



Monday, December 6, 2021

Register Now for the 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit

 

Early Bird Registration is now open for the 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit, an online event May 4-5, 2022. Click here for more Registration info. 

The Summit will be held online May 4-5, 2022, tentatively from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. This summit is a space for students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators. In previous years, at least half of our attendees were students. In 2021, 947 people attended the 3rd CCC LGBTQ+ Summit online. This year’s theme is “UNAPOLOGETIC: Fighting for the Liberation of Queer, Transgender, and Non-Binary Students.” 

Early Bird Rates are $25 per student and $75 per professional. Register online by April 1 for reduced rates and by April 20 to receive a "Summit Swag" mailing. Individual registrations are also a benefit of Sponsoring the Summit.

The Summit is an opportunity to collaborate with members of the California Community College campuses at all levels.We will learn from each other’s innovative and successful ideas that will transform campuses so that we better serve and affirm LGBTQ+ students. The Summit is focused on improving not only individual community college campuses but also encouraging changes at the structural level.



Thursday, October 28, 2021

4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit to be held online May 4-5, 2022

 The 4th Annual CCC LGBTQ+ Summit will be held online May 4‐5, 2022, with the theme of “Unapologetic: Fighting for the Liberation of Queer, Transgender, and Non-Binary Students.”” The Call for Presentations is now open with an extended deadline of January 10, 2022 to submit a proposal online. Registration is also now open..

"It would have been unimaginable only a few years ago that almost 950 people would come together to strategize on serving queer and trans students in the Community College System,” says Summit co-lead Dr. Emilie Mitchell about the 2021 Summit. “I am so excited for this year's Summit and for all the tremendous work we will do together."

The CCC LGBTQ+ Summit is an opportunity to collaborate with members of the California CommunityCollege campuses at all levels. We will learn from each other’s innovative and successful ideas that will transform campuses so that we better serve and affirm LGBTQ+ students. The summit is focused on improving not only individual community college campuses, but encouraging changes at the structural level as well.  

The Summit is co-led by Salvador Navarro and Dr. Emilie Michell, working with a state-wide Planning Team. “As a gay men of color, immigrant, first-generation and ESL student, being involved in this summit is a dream come true!” says Sal.

The Summit receives generous financial support from the Chancellor's Office of the CCC, and sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon.

Questions about the Summit may be directed to the co-leads at MitcheE@arc.losrios.edu or snavarro@elcamino.edu.

You can follow the Summit on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cccqsummit


Call for Presentations



Monday, May 17, 2021

3rd CCC LGBTQ+ Summit draws 947 people from 120 colleges and districts

 The 3rd CCC LGBTQ+ Summit, organized by a Planning Team led by Dr. Emilie Mitchell, broke attendance records with 947 peopled registered for the online event. Participants represented 120 colleges and districts, and they learned from 16 workshops and keynotes by Chancellor Oakley and Steven Canals. 

The 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit will be hosted again in April 2022. In the meantime, CCC faculty, staff, and students were given a roadmap of areas to improve in the CCC system.

Students registering for the Summit were asked to rate the importance several policies and practices that might help to make campuses more welcoming and affirming to LGBTQ+ students. The ones rated the most important by the 81 students who responded are below.

  • Having mental health counseling on ca
    mpus that is LGBTQ+ affirming
     
    (95% - Very Important)
  • Training for Faculty on LGBTQ+ terminology and experiences (94% - Very Important)
  • Having a Pride Center or other staffed resource center to serve LGBTQ+ students (89% - Very Important)
  • Hate and bias reporting (having the ability to report to administration incidences of harassment and mistreatment because of sexual orientation and/or gender identity) (83% - Very Important)
  • Gender-inclusive facilities (all gender restrooms and showering/changing facilities (83% - Very Important)

That's a Wrap
 

CCC LGBTQ+ Summit Organizes for the Future

After celebrating 855 people attending the 4th CCC LGBTQ+ Summit in May 2022, organizers are looking to the future with new investments in ...