The Chancellor’s Office of the California Community College (CCC) office recently held a webinar with an update to their plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Integration in the coming years for the CCC system. It left some of us scratching our heads in confusion and flat out dissatisfaction. What, if not focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, does the plan intend if it fails to include all marginalized groups?Continue reading “Disability, LGBTQIA left out of the California Community College “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion” conversation. Again.”
I received an email this morning, like I do most mornings, from our college’s president that has tidbits of news, inspirational quotes and the general goings-on related to our school and community. This email, however, also had a link to a recording of a webinar addressing something near and dear to my heart with an alluring title: “Diversity in community college faculty and leadership: Why it Matters.”
With a mug of coffee and a pad of paper ready to take notes, I cozied into my office chair to watch the (nearly) 1-hour-20-minute YouTube video. It was, at the same time, an enlightening, but moderately aggravating 80 minutes of what amounted to either a poorly-chosen title, or another example of how the discussion about a diverse community college faculty pool seems to fall short of including many sectors of the community it purportedly represents.
When I was in grad school at Humboldt State, one of the assignments I gave my ichthyology students was to write a haiku poem in which the only requirements were that it had to follow the 5-7-5 phrasing standard, and had to include the scientific name of the ocean sunfish, Mola mola, once (and only once). The responses BLEW. MY. MIND.Continue reading “Haiku makes everything awesome”