Special Communications

President’s Message to BCC Community – September 2, 2020

Dear Berkeley City College Community,

As we begin our second week of the 2020-2021 academic year, please know that I am aware of how students are navigating distance education and how each and every one of you are doing all within your power to creatively support them during this health pandemic. While it has not necessarily been a smooth transition for some students, they are finding their way into classes and services to support them in their educational journey. If you learn that students are looking for resources such as Chromebooks, food resources, enrollment and registration support, and financial aid assistance, please refer them to the Online Student Support Resources web page. Additional academic support is available to students on the Learning Resources Center web page.

COVID-19
As of August 31, 2020, there are 704,085 positive cases and 12,933 deaths in California. For more information, please go to CA Department of Public Health. Berkeley City College is following the state and Alameda County shelter-in-place orders and district communication by Acting Chancellor, Dr. Carla Walter, extending campus closures to January 4, 2021. Please continue to do your part and practice social distancing and wear a mask when out in public.

Enrollment Update
As of today, a total of 6,784 students are enrolled in 13,154 classes at Berkeley City College. The enrollment has generated 1,413 resident FTES and 165 non-resident FTES, totaling 1,579 FTES. The resident FTES rate is at 97%, of our fall 2020 FTES target. We are offering a total of 417 classes and the average productivity is 15.9 (17.5 is our goal). I would like to thank VPI Kuni Hay, Deans Lisa Cook and Dr. Joya Chavarin, the Department Chairs and the work of the Student Services Division, led by Dr. Stacey Shears, for their collective work to support student enrollment! And a special thank you to the faculty who have been responsive to student inquiries and requests to enroll in these last days of enrollment!

Title V: Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Grant Awarded – “Conocimiento Los Caminos”
Berkeley City College was awarded a highly competitive Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Grant for our proposal, “Conocimiento Los Caminos.” This annual award of $599,764 for each year over five years totals $2,998,820! Congratulations and Thank You to our Project Team, led by VP Shears, VP Hay, Associate Dean De Mucha Flores, and Dr. Phoumy Sayavong. It was a collaborative effort with input from faculty, classified professionals, students, and administrators. This grant award is testament to the commitment to student equity and success, and within this grant, increasing retention, completion, transfer, and financial literacy for Latinx students. More information regarding next steps will be made available in the weeks to come.

President’s Task Force on Equity & Racial Justice
As a follow up to our College Opening Flex Day, “Building Community, Advancing Equity & Racial Justice” and the work of the College Roundtable for Planning & Budgeting during the 2019-2020 academic year, I am creating the President’s Task Force on Equity and Racial Justice to inform our work moving forward. As discussed in the 8-31-2020 College Roundtable, this task force will work throughout the 2020-2021 academic year to address the policies, processes, and procedures that Berkeley City College needs to address for promoting an institutional culture that is equity-centered in practice. The committee will have access to comprehensive quantitative data and the opportunity to include qualitative data in its work. The culmination of their work will include recommendations for action to the President, via the participatory governance process. I will be consulting with the leadership of the Academic Senate, the Classified Senate, the Associated Students of Berkeley City College, and the President’s Cabinet for next steps in calling for participation and representation on this task force. Additionally, the recording for the College’s Opening Flex Day Keynote with Mr. Lasana Hotep will be made available on the President’s Communication web page.

African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) Anti-Racism National Dialogue
On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) organization will be moderating a nationwide discussion titled “Reform or Dismantle? Beyond Diagnosing Racism!” Panelists include Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Dr. Joy DeGruy. Berkeley City College will provide financial support for 50 employees (including faculty, classified professionals, and administrators). If you are interested in participating in this national discussion, contact your respective Executive Cabinet member by this Friday 9/4. These will be a first-come, first-served basis until all 50 spots have been filled.

Final Thoughts
We have much work to accomplish during this 2020-2021 academic year. It will take all of us to work collectively towards institutional areas of focus that includes successfully re-instating the college’s accreditation, providing high quality instruction and student supports in a distance education environment, working with one another towards institutional equity and racial justice, and ensuring the fiscal health and financial sustainability of the college. While I know that this is our work ahead, I believe that as educators we need to be aware of the context in which students live. This means that we have to be aware of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI and the impact on students’ communities. It means that we have to know that students who have children in schools are working to support their children in online class sessions, while simultaneously trying to be engaged in their own classes. It means being aware that the stressors of the health pandemic, the fires throughout the region, the struggling economy, all have a direct impact on students, their families, and on each one of us. While we are making every effort possible to address students’ basic needs with prepared meal distributions, food pantry groceries, and technology equipment, there are still outstanding needs. I appreciate the ways in which the Berkeley City College community shows up to support students and their learning.

To this end, I leave us all with a simple request; let us have some cariño, some compassion with students, with colleagues, with ourselves. I hope we can practice good will, assume good intent, and affirm courageous commitment to student success, student completion, and equity.

In Community,


Angélica Garcia, Ed.D. (Preferred Pronouns: She | Her | Hers | Ella)
President
Berkeley City College

Previous Communications:

President’s Message to BCC Community – August 24, 2020

Dear Berkeley City College Community,

Welcome to one of my favorite days of the academic year: Fall Opening Day! Berkeley City College is here and ready to support students and one another to have an outstanding academic year because of the work that YOU, staff, faculty and administrators, have done over the past months. My previous communication messages have provided key updates throughout the summer and can be found on the President’s Communications webpage.

On Friday, August 21st, we had over 115 participants for our Berkeley City College Opening Flex Day; Building Community, Advancing Equity & Racial Justice. The Flex Day planning committee provided a thoughtful and provoking experience and I am so grateful to the team and the leadership of Susan Khan. As discussed, we will have Mr. Lasana Hotep return to Berkeley City College as we continue our institutional equity work, which may include establishing an overall equity framework, equity audit, and integration to institutional efforts, such as increasing student success, student completion, and with the implementation of Guided Pathways.

COVID-19
I want to offer my condolences to those in our community who have been personally impacted by COVID-19. Personally, I have had one family member die due to COVID-19 and have three family members in critical condition fighting for their lives. My thoughts are with you all during
the stress of this health pandemic. As of August 23, 2020, there are 663,669 positive cases and 12,134 deaths in California. For more information, please go to CA Department of Public Health. Berkeley City College is following the state and Alameda County shelter-in-place orders and district communication by Acting Chancellor, Dr. Carla Walter, extending campus closures to January 4, 2021. Please continue to do your part – Wear a Mask!

Enrollment Update
As of today, a total of 6,486 students are enrolled in classes at Berkeley City College. The enrollment has generated 1,376 resident FTES and 164 non-resident FTES, totaling 1,540 FTES. The resident FTES rate is 94% of our fall 2020 FTES target. We are offering a total of 416 classes and the average productivity is 15.5 (17.5 is our goal). Please continue to encourage students to enroll via the BCC website soon so we can support them with the transition into our online course offerings.

Distance Education
We are well positioned for BCC students to receive the high quality and rigorous education in this distance education format. With support from the leadership team, the department chairs and faculty DE Coordinators have worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that the BCC community has support in this work. Visit the online Faculty Resources for DE.

Campus Access
Berkeley City College remains closed, except for essential personnel and functions. Should you need to access the campus to perform an essential function, please discuss with your supervisor and complete the Campus Access Request Form. Access to campus is available only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Your compliance with these time frames and social distancing practices is much appreciated to ensure the health and safety of all. Please
contact Shirley Slaughter at sslaughter@peralta.edu for campus access questions.

Chromebook Loan Program
Students are eligible to receive a loaned Chromebook if they are enrolled in courses for the fall semester. Students can find the Chromebook Loan Program on the college website. The student services team provides immediate communication with appointment times for students to pick up their chrome book on campus. Please share with students in your classes and programs and contact Martin De Mucha Flores with questions at mdemuchaflores@peralta.edu. Additional student resources, such as online support, basic needs, and specialized programs, can be found from the Berkeley City College home web page

ACCJC Updates
The Accreditation team is working hard to finalize the ISER draft to share with the campus for input and support. I would like to thank all those who have contributed to our ISER as it takes every one of us to tell our story of educating and supporting students and the local community. While my gratitude for this work is deep, I also recognize that it will continue to take all of us to lean in for our final ISER. Please be involved and support the college’s accreditation team. An upcoming communication will provide ways in which you can get involved.

Although the ISER has been the primary focus of the college accreditation team, I want to share that the college leadership team has also been working to prepare our report to the January 27, 2020 letter to Berkeley City College regarding our accreditation status. The College Roundtable for Planning & Budgeting will discuss and receive a draft to share throughout the governance process. This final report will go for review at an October board of trustees meeting andsubmitted by the due date of November 1, 2020.

Cafécito with the President
I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and will hold the first open chat on August 27th from 12:30-1:30 pm. This open chat format is time to connect, share your experiences and ideas about how we can continue to support students, support one another, and continue to strengthen our mission, vision, and values.

Final Thoughts
I am hopeful, energized, and motivated to start this academic year strong, largely due to the amazing community at Berkeley City College. Our opening Flex Day was powerful, meaningful, and so grounding as I prepared to go into this week. I have received so many messages from colleagues who shared that this opening day was the most meaningful they have experienced in all of their years at BCC. Thank you for your presence and engagement.

In my Flex Day remarks, I promised that I would stay focused and committed to the work necessary to support student success, student completion and institutional equity and racial justice. I promised that I would support our leadership team, as we continue to solidify our Leadership Standards of Excellence, to provide this college with the highest levels of service and integrity to support each and every one of you. I shared how my leadership perspective is informed by the ways in which my life has been, and how the lives of students have been impacted by institutionalized systems of racism and discrimination. I leave you with the quote I referenced regarding our need to stay focused amidst all the distractions:

Toni Morrison’s May 30, 1975 address to the Portland State University Oregon Public Speakers Collection, a “Humanist View:

“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of this is necessary. There will always be one more thing.”

Berkeley City College is the pathway for access to career and higher education and serves as the pathway to liberation for so many students. Therefore, we cannot afford to be distracted in our relentless effort to create a college that has done its work to be Student Ready. I wish you all the very best to the start of this Fall 2020 semester!

In Community,


Angélica Garcia, Ed.D. (Preferred Pronouns: She | Her | Hers | Ella)
President
Berkeley City College

President’s Message to BCC Community – August 20, 2020

Dear Berkeley City College Community,

We are four days away from welcoming new and continuing students to the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Today is the PCCD District Flex Day and I hope you are enjoying the schedule for the day.

Last week, I had the opportunity to be on a panel for the statewide Latinx Webinar: Latinx in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter. With colleagues from across the state, the topic called on our roles as educators to remain steadfast in our work to disrupt the institutional structures that perpetuate institutionalized racism. And yesterday, the Chancellor’s Office held a webinar: CCC Leaders Nurturing an Anti-Racist Campus Culture, in which presenters provided contextualized approaches to mitigate institutional racism by engaging in anti-racist curriculum development, institutional planning, collective effort, and ultimately focused on student equity, success, and completion. The time is now for meaningful institutional change to response to the needs of students and Berkeley City College is poised to do this work.

On Friday, August 21st, we will have our Berkeley City College Opening Flex Day; Building Community, Advancing Equity & Racial Justice. The Flex Day planning committee has been working throughout the summer to provide an opening Flex Day that is grounded in equity and intentional in bringing us together as a community to critically reflect and engage in how we work together this academic year to support student equity, success and completion. I want to thank the members of the Flex Day Planning team for their outstanding work!

COVID-19
As of August 19, 2020, there are 638,831 positive cases and 11,523 deaths in California. For more information, please go to CA Department of Public Health. Berkeley City College is following the state and Alameda County shelter-in-place orders and district communication by Acting Chancellor, Dr. Carla Walter, extending campus closures to January 4, 2021. Please continue to do your part and practice social distancing and wear a mask when out in public.

Campus Access
Berkeley City College remains closed, except for essential personnel and functions. Should you need to access the campus to perform an essential function, please discuss with your supervisor and complete the Campus Access Request Form. Access to campus is available only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Your compliance with these time frames and social distancing practices is much appreciated to ensure the health and safety of all. Please contact Shirley Slaughter at sslaughter@peralta.edu for campus access questions.

Enrollment Update
As of today, a total of 5,489 students are enrolled in 11,945 classes at Berkeley City College. The enrollment has generated 1,303 resident FTES and 158 non-resident FTES, totaling 1,459 FTES. The resident FTES rate is 89% of our fall 2020 FTES target. We are offering a total of 419 classes and the average productivity is 14.5 (17.5 is our goal). Please encourage students to enroll soon so we can support them with the transition into our online course offerings.

Chromebook Loan Program
Students are eligible to receive a loaned Chromebook if they are enrolled in courses for the fall semester. Students can find the Chromebook Loan Program on the college website. The student services team provides immediate communication with appointment times for students to pick up their chrome book on campus. Please share with students in your classes and programs and contact Martin De Mucha Flores with questions at mdemuchaflores@peralta.edu. Additional student resources, such as online support, basic needs, and specialized programs, can be found from the Berkeley City College home web page.

ACCJC Updates
Berkeley City College continues to work on the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) in preparation for our March 2021 Team visit. In these last weeks of the summer, the accreditation steering committee is dedicated to link evidence, complete the ISER narrative, and prepare for the governance process for college community review/input at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. Many thanks to the faculty, classified professionals, and administrators who are working to keep our accreditation efforts on track.

Although the ISER has been the primary focus of the college accreditation team, I want to share that the college leadership team has also been working to prepare our report to the January 27, 2020 letter to Berkeley City College regarding our accreditation status. The College Roundtable for Planning & Budgeting will discuss and receive a draft to share throughout the governance process. This final report will go for review at an October board of trustees meeting and submitted by the due date of November 1, 2020.

Cafécito with the President
I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and will hold the first open chat on August 27th from 12:30-1:30 pm. This open chat format is time to connect, share your experiences and ideas about how we can continue to support students, support one another, and continue to strengthen our mission, vision, and values.

Final Thoughts
Like many of you, I am sheltering-in-place with my family, supporting my children as they start their school year online, practicing social distancing to stay healthy, and more recently trying to stay cool from the unforgiving heat wave. My thoughts are with our colleagues who are experiencing power outages, evacuations, and health complications related to the smoke from the fires throughout the region.

The beginning of the new academic year is often one of preparing lesson plans, lively student orientation sessions on campus, and maybe even buying a new school outfit (or new writing pens and planning journal like me) for the first day of school. On Monday, we will begin a new academic year, where students are counting on us to provide them with the high quality, academically rigorous, and nurturing learning environment that Berkeley City College is known for providing. And I know that every one of us will be ready on Monday to meet the students who have entrusted their academic and career goals with our educational community, amidst the health pandemic, the racial justice unrest, and the backdrop of a national presidential election. I firmly believe that community colleges are the anchors of democracy and that Berkeley City College serves students as an ongoing pathway for liberation.

I stand ready to work alongside each of you, as we rise to meet the challenge of opening our new academic year!

In Community,


Angélica Garcia, Ed.D. (Preferred Pronouns: She | Her | Hers | Ella)
President
Berkeley City College

President’s Message to BCC Community – August 3, 2020

Dear Berkeley City College Community,
We are three weeks away from welcoming new and continuing students to the 2020 – 2021 academic year. These summer months have been filled with collaborative work to design and implement quality instruction and supports for Berkeley City College students. The leadership team continues to prepare for the new academic year with key efforts related to faculty and staff development, fall enrollment, accreditation, guided pathways governance, all which led to a successful and smooth start to the year. It is my intent to have clear, consistent, and comprehensive communications to the college community throughout the year, including monthly Cafécito with the President. The first one is scheduled for August 27th from 12:30-1:30 pm. This open chat format is time to connect, share your experiences and ideas about how we can continue to support students, support one another, and continue to strengthen our mission, vision, and values.

COVID-19
As of July 31, 2020, there are 485,502 positive cases and 8,909 deaths in California. Since my communication on July 7th, these numbers have increased from 260,155 and 6,331, respectively. For more information, please go to CA Department of Public Health. Berkeley City College is following the state and Alameda County shelter-in-place orders and district communication by Acting Chancellor, Dr. Carla Walter, extending campus closures to January 4, 2021. Please continue to do your part and practice social distancing and wear a mask when out in public.

Campus Access
Berkeley City College remains closed, except for essential personnel and functions. Should you need to access the campus to perform an essential function, please discuss with your supervisor and complete the Campus Access Request Form. Access to campus is available only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Your compliance with these time frames and social distancing practices is much appreciated to ensure the health and safety of all. Please contact Shirley Slaughter at sslaughter@peralta.edu for campus access questions.

Enrollment Update
As of July 31, 2020, a total of 4,434 students are enrolled in 9,037 classes at Berkeley City College. The enrollment has generated 993 resident FTES and 134 non-resident FTES, totaling 1,127 FTES. The resident FTES rate is 66% of our fall 2020 FTES target. We are offering a total of 456 classes and the average productivity is 11 (17.5 is our goal). With less than one month before the fall 2020 semester, please encourage students to enroll soon so we can support them with the transition into our online course offerings.

Student Express Registration Zoom Sessions
The Student Services Division has scheduled interactive zoom sessions for students to receive support, answer questions, and assist them through the enrollment processes. These four-hour zoom sessions are a drop-in format where key staff and student leaders will be available to assist in real-time on 8/11, 8/12, 8/18, and 8/19 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Please contact Gail Pendleton at gpendleton@peralta.edu or Brenda Johnson bjohnson@peralta.edu for more information.

World Central Kitchen and Food Pantry
Berkeley City College continues to partner with the Berkeley Food Network and Alameda County Community Food Bank (9th and University Ave) to distribute groceries every Monday to Berkeley City College students, having distributed nearly 1,000 bags to date. In our continued partnership with the World Central Kitchen global foundation and the Eat Learn Play Foundation, 450 prepared meals are distributed every Friday from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm in front of campus. Over 3500 meals have been distributed to students and the community. This partnership has been extended to offer these meals through the month of August. Please share with students and colleagues broadly.

ACCJC Updates
Berkeley City College continues to work on the Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER) in preparation for our March 2021 Team visit. District colleagues and collaborators will provide district narrative on July 31, 2020, which will contribute to our overall ISER. In these last weeks of the summer, the accreditation steering committee is dedicated to link evidence, complete the ISER narrative, and prepare for the governance process for college community review/input at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. Many thanks to the faculty, classified professionals, and administrators who are working to keep our accreditation efforts on track.

Although the ISER has been the primary focus of the college accreditation team, I want to share that the college leadership team has also been working to prepare our report to the January 27, 2020 letter to Berkeley City College regarding our accreditation status. The College Roundtable for Planning & Budgeting will discuss and receive a draft to share throughout the governance process. This final report will go for review at an October board of trustees meeting and submitted by the due date of November 1, 2020.

Fiscal Update
The board of trustees reviewed the PCCD Tentative 20-21 Budget during their July 28, 2020 board meeting. Our participatory governance process includes discussions and recommendations on the college budget from College Roundtable for Planning & Budgeting, which will resume in August upon the beginning of the new academic year. With a renewed focus on the budget as it relates to general fund resources, I look forward to engaging participatory governance as we continue to support an integrated planning and resource allocation model for the college.

College Opening Days
August 21st marks the day when we collectively come together to start our new academic year. I would like to thank the PD Committee, constituency representatives, and the college leadership team for preparing a phenomenal Flex Day from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Their vision and work will center the opening of our year on Equity, Racial Justice, and Student Success.

Final Thoughts
Our nation is simultaneously experiencing hostility with deep pockets of solidarity during this recent time of sociopolitical unrest. As if a health pandemic was not challenging enough, the racial justice issues that have been made public since the killing of George Floyd in late May have a direct impact on our local communities. Students and their families are impacted by the historical systems of oppression that perpetuate poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. They are bringing their very best in distance education learning spaces, in advising sessions, in tutoring sessions, in student leadership sessions, all while supporting their families and engaging in community activism. They are a model of the democratic fabric that builds our community.

On July 17, 2020, an iconic civil rights leader and politician, John Robert Lewis lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. Shortly before his death, he wrote an opinion letter in the New York Times that caught my breath. In it he writes, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself. Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.“

I stand ready to listen, engage, and act. I am ready to get into “good, necessary trouble,” with each and every one of you.

In Community,


Angélica Garcia, Ed.D. (Preferred Pronouns: She | Her | Hers| Ella)
President
Berkeley City College

Berkeley City College Town Hall with President Dr. Angélica Garcia

Dear Berkeley City College Colleagues,
On Tuesday, June 30th from 10:00 – 11:00 am, the college leadership team hosted a Town Hall to provide some updates and information on key items. Below you will find the link to the recording and within several days, the recording will include closed captioning. I would like to thank each of the presenters for sharing information and addressing questions in the chat feature throughout the presentation.

Here is the link:
Berkeley City College June 30, 2020 Town Hall

Wishing you and your loved ones health and safety during this continued health pandemic,
Dr. Garcia
Dr. Angélica Garcia (Pronouns: She | Her | Hers| Ella)
President
Berkeley City College
Website: https://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/

Not One More

Not One More

Dear Colleagues,

My intention was to share an end of the year message that was full of gratitude for the work you have done this past year, especially these past months. I wanted to send you well wishes as some of you will transition into summer for preparation, recovery, and some time away from the college. I wanted to acknowledge that every single one of you contributed to the educational experience of BCC students and that some of you will continue to do so over the summer months. I wanted to send one more note of congratulations to the graduates. But I simply cannot.

“I can’t breathe.” Three simple words that speak loudly to the violent and heinous crimes perpetrated on African-Americans in this country. My wife and I have spent the past few days trying to explain to our daughters what transpired in Minneapolis earlier this week. The result was that our 10 year-old daughter wrote a song that captured her anger towards those who spew hate to enact violence, such as Amy Cooper and deep sadness for the mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends of victims such as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and so many others. She understands that she has the privilege of not having to fear for her life when sitting in a car, going for a jog, or birdwatching in the park (an activity she loves very much). I understand and own this privilege as well.

While my family experiences levels of discrimination and aggression for a myriad of other reasons, I am clear that today, right now in our country, our African-American brothers and sisters need the rest of us to center their lives: Black Lives Matter. For the students, classified professionals, faculty, and administrators that have to carry the extra burden of fearing whether or not a loved one will make it home, I am sorry that our society has made this your reality.

Berkeley City College and the community we build within it can serve as a space for healing, hope, and action. I hope that you will join me in continuing to create a community space that cultivates honest and authentic relationships, grounded in a deep respect for people of all cultures and backgrounds. This will call upon us to recognize our privilege, be willing to put that privilege on the line, and be an ally to dismantle the systemic forms of oppressions that are rampant in our society. And this work will need to begin with ourselves, as we rumble through the discomfort of how the history of this country has legally sanctioned enacting power over historically minoritized communities.

It will take all of us to fight the injustices in this country and I stand committed to work alongside each one of you as we support our individual and collective work to say, “Not one more.”

In Community,

Dr. Angélica Garcia (Pronouns: She | Her | Hers | Ella)
President