Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Info for Summit Attendees for Saturday

Reminders for folx attending the CCC + LGBTQ Summit on Saturday:

  • Free parking permits are available from an attendant in Lot 1 from 8am to 11am.
  • If you arrive after 11am, please purchase a parking permit for $6 from the permit dispenser at the Info Kiosk next to Lot 1.
  • Check-In and On-Site Registration begins at 9am on the 3rd Level of the Highlander Union Building, in the Lobby outside HUB 302.
  • On-Site Registration is FREE and any extra box lunches will be distributed. Food hospitality in the morning and afternoon is also available to all.
  • UCR students wanting to attend afternoon workshops only: Please sign-in outside HUB 302.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Lawmaker Joins Leaders in CCC System at LGBTQ Summit's Opening Plenary

Assemblymember Eloise Gomez-Reyes, author of AB 1018, will join leaders from the Chancellor's Office, Academic Senate and Student Senate on a panel for the Opening Plenary at the CCC + LGBTQ Summit on Saturday, November 11 at UC Riverside. Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Special Programs Rhonda Mohr, Foothill College Professor and Secretary of the Academic Senate Dolores M. Davison, and Student Senate President Courtney Cooper will also speak on the panel.

The Opening Plenary will discuss the current state of support and resources for LGBTQ people on Californian community college campuses. AB 1018 adds LGBTQ students to campus equity plans in the CCC system. The Bay Area Reporter recently covered the possible implications of AB 1018, as well as the CCC + LGBTQ Summit.

While online registration has closed with 375 people attending the CCC + LGBTQ Summit, it's not too late to participate. On-site registration is free and will be available on the 3rd level of the Highlander Union Building outside HUB 302 starting at 9am. Any extra box lunches will be given away to on-site registration guests, but please be prepared to purchase your own lunch if no extras are available. A Subway sandwich shop is located next to the venue.

The Summit Schedule also features 11 workshops over two sessions, caucus spaces for stakeholders on CCC campus, and a Closing Plenary on next steps.

Friday, October 20, 2017

11 Workshops & Presentations at CCC + LGBTQ Summit

Programs at the CCC + LGBTQ Summit cover many diverse topics, presented by CCC students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as community organizations.Two workshop sessions are scheduled for the afternoon, to be followed by Caucus spaces.

Read the full descriptions here of the following programs:

  1. First Person Plural: Using LGBT+ Literature to Affirm and Connect POC Students in a Rural Community
  2. Getting Started: Creating Space for QTPoC on Campus
  3. It IS a Big Deal: The Impact of Microaggressions on LGBTQ Mental Health and Academic Success
  4. LGBTQ Sensitivity for Faculty
  5. Make it Work: Creatively Leveraging District Resources
  6. Non-Binary Identities Workshop: Bridging the Gaps of Gender Diversity
  7. Point Foundation - Leadership Through Scholarship
  8. The Spectrum Archives: Narratives of Courage
  9. Teaching Narcissism – Pedagogical Approaches for Classroom Queer Spaces
  10. Trans-Minded: A Deeper Understanding of Transgender and Gender Diverse Students
  11. We’re here, we’re queer: Queering Academia

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summit to help improve support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people at California Community Colleges

On November 11, 2017, the CCC + LGBTQ Summit will bring together California Community College students, faculty, staff, administrators, and advocates for a free higher education conference on supporting and creating resources for LGBTQ people in the CCC system. The Summit is hosted by the University of California, Riverside and open to all who register online by October 27. Learn more at https://cccqsummit.blogspot.com

“I am proud to partner with the UC Riverside LGBT Resource Center, the California Community Colleges, and the Puente Project to bring this LGBTQ Summit forward,” says Assemblymember Jose Medina. “As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, it is important to me that we create and enhance resources for LGBTQ students at all 114 community college campuses throughout California. This is an important step to insuring that all students have the access and resources needed to have a successful college experience.”

 The CCC + LGBTQ Summit will offer a plenary on the current state of resources and support for LGBTQ people at CCC campuses, workshop sessions on best practices and strategies for change, caucus spaces, and a closing plenary on next steps for the system.

“We are behind the curve for serving the needs of LGBTQ people compared to the UC and CSU systems,” says Steven Deineh, MiraCosta College librarian and chair of the LGBTQIA Caucus of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. “The Summit will provide the biggest and best opportunity to set the stage for change across the CCC system of 114 campuses, 2.1 million students, and 90,000 employees.”

The CCC has made some strides in recent years. In 2016, Mt. San Antonio College and Sierra College doubled the number of two-year institutions in the nation offering a professionally-staffed campus LGBT center when they each opened a Pride Center. However, a 2015 review of CCC websites showed few to no efforts to address LGBTQ campus climate, student engagement, curriculum, or equity issues.

“This conference is the beginning of empowering community colleges to focus more on LGBT+ needs,” says student Rocio Aguayo. “As former President of the Associated Student Government of San Bernardino Valley College and incoming transfer student of UCR, I love the collaboration taking place between different leaders and know this will help folks create and bring more resources to their campus."

Organizers hope the CCC + LGBTQ Summit will not just be a space for sharing current efforts, but a catalyst for system-wide change.

“Trying to make systemic change institution-by-institution or classroom by classroom can feel impossible, and can be excruciatingly painful,” says Romagnoli, Santa Rosa Junior College faculty and former chair of SRJC’s LGBTQ President’s Advisory Committee. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to work, and to heal, alongside my comrades from across the state, so that we are better able to serve and empower California’s delightfully diverse community college students, faculty, and staff.”

The CCC + LGBTQ Summit is organized by campus members from over 15 California Community Colleges, with logistical support provided by the LGBT Resource Center of the University of California, Riverside.

“Community college students are future UCR students, and the more support LGBTQ students experience at CCC campuses, the more likely they will persist to transfer to a 4-year college,” says Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of the LGBT Resource Center.

Adds Aguayo, "The California Community College system is a beautiful place for anyone, that's why we are working with UCR to continue to build on the inclusiveness of our system.”

Info for Summit Attendees for Saturday

Reminders for folx attending the CCC + LGBTQ Summit on Saturday: Free parking permits are available from an attendant in Lot 1 from 8am ...