Blue waves behind the words Coast Colleges in dark blue

Weekly News Brief | June 11, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

As we prepare for a major shift back to in-person teaching, learning, and work, many have expressed a concern about college-to-college differences in approach. Others are concerned that we will try to preserve uniformity over the flexibility needed for unique settings. Rather than responding to every specific concern, the District will provide overall direction and let the colleges make decisions about each's unique situation.

In a District as large and complex as Coast, it's almost impossible to have only one way of doing any complex process – let alone a process that reaches into every single unit and affects each of us individually. Many little activities will occur in different phases, at slightly different speeds, and with different outcomes.

That variation is good and healthy when dealing with colleagues who share our common humanity and daily hurdles. Still, we want to preserve some consistency in approach. Bargaining agreements are negotiated in a centralized way, leave and payroll are calculated in a centralized way, and districtwide participatory governance allows the airing and inclusion of many viewpoints.

When we allow for some variation while moving in a common direction, I see that the sum of our collective work is good and strong. The role of the District then becomes to try to keep these many steps moving toward the same goal and direction. Sometimes that means ensuring none of us gets too far ahead or too far behind.

There is a tendency in social animals, a category to which we humans belong, to find strength and security in numbers. Lone wolves and lone deer often suffer the same ultimately grim fate. In a literal and physical sense, security in numbers has been challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, we have evolved to see our community as extending far beyond physical reach.

We are stronger – Coastline College, Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and the District Office – when we move together.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.



COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Update

When and how can I get vaccinated?

If you have not yet been vaccinated please log in to Orange County's vaccine management system Othena to create a profile. At this point all orange county residents 12 years old and over and those working in the county are eligible to receive a vaccine. There are also several vaccine distribution channels available through local pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and independent health care providers.

Starting on June 8, Orange Coast College will be offering vaccines through the county on their campus. The clinic will be open Tuesdays from 9am to 2:30. Please register through Othena. Additionally, Golden West and Coastline Colleges are in process of opening similar clinics on their campuses in the coming weeks.


Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride

The words LGBTQ+ Pride Month above the logos for Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College, accompanied by the Coast District's blue waves and heart, with a border of rainbow stripes.

The Coast District is proud to celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ leaders districtwide. Leadership is demonstrated in multiple ways by students, faculty, classified and confidential staff, and management.

History Is Still Being Made

Michael Crane standing in front of a blue door with a sign reading closets are for clothes not people

Today's words of celebration are from Michael Crane, Student Programs Specialist, EOPS/CARE/NextUp/Guardian Scholars at Golden West College.

What does LGBTQ+ Pride Month mean to you?

Pride month to me is all about honoring our past LGBTQ activist leaders that paved the way for the progress and liberties we have as a community today. History like the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969, where trans women of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera took a stand and started the LGBTQ rights movement; and the HIV/AIDs crisis that forever shaped the community. There is still history being made with same-sex marriage being federally legalized in 2015 and many other historical cases still going to the supreme court. LGBTQ Pride month is about never forgetting what it took to get where we are today, and the battles for rights still ahead.

What brings you joy?

I have the absolute privilege of being a co-advisor for GLASA, our campus' LGBTQIA+ student club. Getting to work with these students, learn and grow from each other, is so fulfilling every semester. GLASA has put on a Pride Prom, volunteered in the community, hosted a monthly coffee chat to talk about important topics and issues in and out of the community, and has had a strong and consistent in-person membership, that would bring 20-24 students together each week to hang out and just be. It has been such an honor to guide them and support them with their visions for impacting the larger LGBTQIA+ GWC community.

How have experiences within the Coast District helped you express your true self?

My experiences in the Coast District have been very positive. I have never felt ashamed or afraid to be my true self. I have had jobs in the past where I quietly crept back into the closet because it just did not seem like a safe and welcoming environment. It really makes a world of difference when you don't have to hide a major part of your identity in the workplace. Getting to co-advise the GLASA club and working at a college that celebrates numerous LGBTQ holidays and awareness events has been a real honor.

Please follow the Coast District's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels to see new profiles throughout the month.

Want to add your voice to the celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month? Complete your profile here.


College News


Coastline College held a virtual retirement celebration in honor of President Dr. Loretta Adrian. The farewell ceremony was to commemorate Dr. Adrian's 11 years at Coastline. Some staff members formed a band, One Credit Shy, and put together an ensemble to send Dr. Adrian off into the next chapter of her life. Congratulations!


The words Coastline College above a shield with the letter C.

portrait of Dr. Loretta Adrian



Orange Coast College became a COVID-19 vaccination site on Tuesday, June 8. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available every Tuesday at a mobile vaccine pod, located in the College's Ronnenberg Center for Environmental Sustainability (next to the OCC Recycling Center). Walk ins are welcome, but an appointment is strongly recommended. Please visit Othena to make an appointment today.

An Orange circle forming an O with two interior waves in dark blue forming two C shapes.


Schedule, Week of June 14

A red and blue flag with a central star and halo, with the date June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in America. As we witness injustice and hate targeting the Black community, this Juneteenth is again a reminder of how much further we have to go in achieving equity and justice.

Board of Trustees
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, June 16, with closed session beginning at 3:45 p.m. and open session at 5:00 p.m.

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday