Welcome Letter from CCCSAA President
Happy New Year and 2017 California Community College Student Affairs Association. I hope you all are coming back from winter break feeling refreshed and reassured that we as an association are ready to tackle this 2017 together.
Winter break reaffirmed for me that we are all truly connected in powerful ways. In December, I finally got to hike “Stairway to Heaven”. It’s a 4,000 step incline on the top of a cliff, and the hike felt a lot like 2016 to me. It had opportunities for me to see beautiful things, it pushed me to be brave and overcome fears, and had a lot of really scary parts where I thought I wouldn’t make it. Upon completing the three mile ascent, my partner turned to me and asked if I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Celebrating our new engagement with our family that night, we found out that our grandmothers lived just a couple houses away from each other growing up in Oahu. We were shocked of the coincidence, and so were our families. Our grandmother’s remembered each other’s families growing up as little girls on the same street. My grandmother sat for a long time in silence and started in a whisper, “I remember their family…they were just a few houses down from ours. My siblings and I were playing outside and I remember their boys. They were the ones to come out and let us know that we needed to go inside and be safe, that Pearl Harbor had just been hit down the road. During that time, so many people across the nation started to hate us for our identities, even the President of the United States signed an executive order to gather all of us simply because of our heritage…but I remember that family, like so many others who came out of the woodwork and gave us words of support, and gave us courage…that’s almost 76 years ago, however I never forgot that.”
This winter reaffirmed for me that all of our journeys are interwoven with each other’s. There are big things we can do to ensure marginalized communities still feel safe and supported. Even little things we do to reach out to one another can last a lifetime. Our roles on campus are more important than ever.
Please keep sharing your best practices with us on the listserv. We have created a Post Election shared resources folder so that we can come together as CCCSAA and support our campus communities together.
Thank you for everything that you do. Just like the CCCSAA logo represents, please remember, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
New CCCSAA Website
In January 2017, CCCSAA launched a new look within the same www.CCCSAA.org url. The newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features that offers a more comprehensive understanding of the CCCSAA innovative voice to our association and its membership. The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the CCCSAA's mission to provide our members a solution that results in innovation and member engagement. The CCCSAA Board is excited about the new website and the robust information it provides for members and partners to better understand how CCCSAA will be the a new professional development home for California Community College’s student affairs professionals. The new site allows visitors to have a more informative experience as CCCSAA continues to grow and increase its presence in California.
The new website also includes a “members” only page, accessible only to its members with a passcode: CCCSAA
Within the “Member’s Only” page, members can access the CCCSAA Listserv archives, a membership directory, presentation network, the CCCSAA Blog, scholarship applications, and soon to come, membership data as a collective and a resource bank with various documents for you to use for your everyday work.
CCCSAA is also looking for a member to help develop context and maintain the website further. No coding or prior experience needed. If interested in helping, 1 hour a week, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recap of the NASPA Symposium last Friday
Roughly a hundred participants attended the 2017 NASPA Community College Symposium Series at Mt. San Antonio College on Friday, January 27. The attendees of the daylong symposium were a diverse group of new professionals, mid-level managers, senior student affairs officers, and graduate students. The theme of the day was “Student Services Professionals at the Nexus of Leading Equity & Success in the California Community Colleges”. Opening speakers included Dr. William Scroggins, President of Mt. San Antonio College, Dr. Ding Jo Currie, Distinguished Professor College of Education, Cal State Fullerton, and retired Chancellor of the Coast Community College District, and finally, Dr. Audrey Yamagata-Noji, Vice-President of Student Services, Mt. San Antonio College.
Each speaker gave their individual impressions on the current state of higher education, along with strategies reflecting the many ways California is leading the nation with student success practices. After the opening remarks, CCCSAA President, Michiko “Misha” Maggi joined a panel of Mt. San Antonio practitioners to discuss best practices for everyday campus collaborations between instruction and student services divisions. The main program concluded with an offering of several concurrent sessions ranging on topics from pursuing a graduate degree, internal data and appreciative inquiry processes, and supervisory leadership orientations for managers.
Finally, the day concluded with two presentations from Dr. Yamagata-Noji on how Equity is driving Student Success at the community college and from Dr. Dyrell Foster, Vice-President of Student Services at Moreno Valley College, and Dr. Ricky Shabazz, Vice-President of Student Services at San Bernardino College. Dr. Foster and Dr. Shabazz both presented on inclusion, diversity, and social justice in student services and the ways administrators and practitioners must listen directly to students, as it relates to their own experiences receiving services on campus.
Overall, conference attendees felt the day was a fantastic experience and offered a valuable opportunity to learn, dialogue, and share ideas with a variety of student affairs educators working in the community college system. A general consensus from folks, after the day concluded, was a renewed sense of hope and accomplishment. And the feeling they walked away with a few new friends to share ideas, strategies, hugs, tears, and laughs with as they (we) all navigate this journey with and for our students.
Southern Area Professional Development Opportunities
Juan Blanco, CCCSAA Northern Area Rep
Edwin Romero, CCCSAA Southern Area Rep
Enhancements to the CCCSAA Listserv
Have you ever posed a question on the CCCSAA listserv? Face it, we all have. there are two new things the CCCSAA Board would like to share with you.
First, now when you reply back to the posed question, not only will the CCCSAA@LISTSERV.CCCNEXT.NET email address be in the To line, but also the email of the author you are replying to will also be there. Now you have the power to chose whether to reply to the full CCCSAA listserv or just the author. Remember there are over 150 individuals on the listserv.
Second, when you pose a question to the Listserv, the Communication Officer may ask you to submit a summary of your collection of responses. This will help to share the knowledge of our association and build our resources page for future CCCSAA members and needs.
CCCSAA Business Meetings
We cordially invite you to learn more about CCCSAA and hear what the Board of Directors and association is up to. Please feel free to join us on our CCCSAA Board of Directors calls every 2nd and 4th Monday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Our conference call line is 1-888-450-4821 and the passcode is 200938.
Title IX and Unlawful Discrimination Complaint Management - follow up
2017 CCCSAA Professional Development Conference