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Weekly News Brief | April 9, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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This week, the Board of Trustees declared April 2021 as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Month. This reflects your work as faculty, classified and confidential staff, and managers to create a more welcoming environment.

We also acknowledge that this is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Thank you to the college Title IX offices for working together to raise awareness, support victims, and provide prevention education. A listing of activities can be found here.

We additionally recognize Community College Month. This year, first lady Dr. Jill Biden is bringing renewed attention to the national importance of community colleges. In fact, there is serious consideration for $12 billion in federal funding for community college infrastructure.

Even with high-profile champions, we still have our work cut out for us – beginning with the recovery of enrollment lost to changing demographics, larger changes in higher education enrollment patterns, and the effects of a global pandemic.

Recovery starts with new connections with unserved and underserved communities. Welcoming new communities of students also requires programs to empower their career interests and academic goals, while meeting the needs of employers.

This past year has seen a rapid growth in holistic services. The expanding role of community colleges as social service and emergency relief providers does come at a cost, alongside ever-increasing instructional costs.

We must continue our advocacy work to secure necessary resources to remain both operationally and fiscally sound. In this task, we are not alone. For community colleges across the United States, now is our time to be heard.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


Report from the Board of Trustees

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On Wednesday, April 7, the Board of Trustees met in regular session and acted to declare April 2021 as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Month. The Board unanimously resolved "that the District supports the efforts by Colleges to celebrate diversity among students, faculty, staff, and administrators and honor contributions to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism." The full resolution is available here. Demonstrating ongoing work in this area, Vice Chancellor Marco Baeza provided a status update on the HEDS Diversity and Equity campus climate survey, with results expected soon.

The Board also endorsed Tom Boscamp, veterans services coordinator at Coastline College, as the Coast District nominee for the 2021 California Community Colleges Classified Employee of the Year award. Trustees noted the tireless efforts of Boscamp to connect veteran students and veterans in the community with essential services, especially critical during the pandemic.

Lastly, the Board adopted the name Orange Coast College Waterfront Campus to include the college's various facilities and programs in the City of Newport Beach. This is the culmination of decades of partnerships that have expanded offerings in Orange Coast's mariner, sailing, and rowing programs.


College News


The Coastline Blog addresses toxicity in online gaming with a primer on how toxicity operates in online gaming and actions that can be taken to change toxic cultures.


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Golden West College is offering a Financial Aid Fest of virtual workshops starting April 12. Participants will get pointers on completing financial aid verification, creating a BankMobile account, financial aid disqualification/appeal process, and how to check financial aid status.


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Orange Coast College's virtual Pathways to Career Fair launches on April 12 with programming bridging two weeks. The Pathways portion of the event will provide an opportunity to learn about programs offered at Orange Coast.


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Schedule, Week of April 12

Chancellor's Schedule
Dr. Weispfenning in the District: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Dr. Andreea Serban to be Acting Chancellor: Wednesday, Thursday