I'm so proud to be leading San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) during this difficult time. The entire management team, both adjunct and contract faculty, and classified professionals have come together in unprecedented ways to continue delivering instruction and support services to students. I want to sincerely thank each of you for your help and patience to make alternative methods of remote instructional programming and student support services available to all SDCE students during this difficult time.
Please join SDCE in Focus online meetings to hear and share examples of the positive work we are doing to support our students and one another. SDCE In Focus also provides a virtual meeting space for me to share information as quickly as possible when decisions are made that impact SDCE students, processes and operations.
Social Justice in Action
Called to action by the national Black Lives Matter movement following the horrific murder of George Floyd and too many others, SDCE is holding a series of critical, penetrating discussions via Zoom to help create an understanding of, and offer insight on how we meaningfully and productively move forward. You are invited to participate, listen, and learn how to best support students, faculty, staff, and our SDCE community.
Compassionate Communication: Cultural Humility, Equity and Transformation
Presenter: Dr. Veronica Keiffer-Lewis & Associates, Allied Path Consulting
Intended Audience: SDCE Faculty and Staff
Part 1: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 12-1:30 p.m.
A space to discuss how equity is activated around us at this moment; and how we can create a deeper sense of understanding, connection, and compassion, also talk about opportunities to shift systems in ways we have not experienced before in our lifetimes.
Part 2: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 12-1:30 p.m.
We continue the conversation and discuss how we can “try on” communication strategies to nurture a compassionate conversation with our colleagues.
The Community Voice: Courageous Conversations about Education
Moderator: Genevieve Jones Wright, JD, Executive Director, Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance
Inspirational Moment: Reverend Alyce Smith Cooper, Arts Activist, Author
Presenters: April House, Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Workforce Partnership
Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D, President, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees
Randy Ward, Ed.D., Executive Director, Teach for America San Diego
Luke Wood, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
Intended Audience: SDCE Faculty, Staff, Leadership, Community Activists and Stakeholders
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12-1:30 p.m.
The ECC Historic Preservation Committee and BAPAC, are focused on education and how we bring justice, equity, and progress in education to our communities. We hope to help our institution name and frame the impediments, and chart pathways to move forward. Sponsored by the SDCE Foundation.
Narrative Therapy: How to use poetry and creative writing as an outlet for expression and healing
Presenter: Nate Howard, Movement BE
Intended Audience: SDCE Students
September, date and time to be announced
Taking the time to “just be” with each other and process national events through a guided activity. After George Floyd's death, protests were held globally against the use of excessive force by police officers against black suspects and lack of police accountability.
As part of these efforts, Professional Development is creating a list of resources to further SDCE’s commitment to equity and inclusion. This information will soon be available online. Please stay tuned.
Thank you to the Academic Senate and Classified Senate for showing their commitment to equity and inclusion by putting forth a resolution and for their support of this series.