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Weekly News Brief | April 8, 2022
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

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My appreciation to those who helped organize the districtwide Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities, alongside our external partners including Waymakers, Human Options, and EndTab. We can make a difference in reducing sexual assault and intimate partner violence through education, proactive intervention, and a commitment to sustaining a culture of consent. For the many survivors in our community, the emphasis is support, empowerment, and healing.

Given the complex intersectional identities of our students, faculty, staff, and managers, I am particularly grateful to see the partnership between our Title IX coordinators, Umoja program coordinators, LGBTQIA+ resource leads, and student mental health professionals. Diverse perspectives are important as we address root causes of sexual assault and make needed changes.

Our colleagues have organized sexual assault awareness activities throughout the month. These are valuable forums to learn and engage. Whether you are new to higher education or later in your career, please consider attending if you are able. For faculty and frontline staff, please promote these sessions with your students. It is on all of us to take the steps we can to curb sexual assault and intimate partner violence to create a safer learning environment for all.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.


Report from the Board of Trustees

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On Wednesday, April 6, the Board of Trustees met in regular session and reviewed COVID-19 prevention protocols at OCC's Early Childhood Lab School and Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center in light of changes to licensing agency guidance. The Board committed to close monitoring of the school and center as new protocols on face coverings are implemented.

Vice Chancellor Serban provided an overview of the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination mandate and testing protocol through to current day. Among active students, 85 percent have provided vaccination documentation. Among employees, 91 percent have provided vaccination documentation. Trustees commended the districtwide implementation team and all those who participated.

Vice Chancellor Baeza provided a Vision to Action presentation on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts. Elements under review include recruitment, hiring, retention, and exit interviewing. Dr. Baeza spoke to refining goals based on data collected from the HEDS climate survey and focus groups conducted within the last year.

The Board further acted to approve updated materials and resources to be used in the event of a trustee vacancy, aligning with state law and Community College League of California recommendations.


Student Trustee Search

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The Coast Community College District is looking for the next Student Trustee. Applications are open until April 15, 5:00 p.m. The 2022-2023 Student Trustee's primary duty and responsibility is to bring a student perspective to all Board of Trustees meetings for the District. All applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications, and applicants meeting those minimum qualifications will be invited for interview by the District Student Council on Friday, May 6, 2022.


College News


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Coastline College President Vince Rodriguez Ed.D. has been awarded as one of Fountain Valley's 15 Finest Leaders of 2022. The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce recognized Dr. Rodriguez as one of their emerging leaders during a special ceremony at their 2022 Business & Leadership Awards dinner. Dr. Rodriguez was awarded a certificate of honor and will be listed as one of "Fountain Valley's 15 Finest Leaders" in the 2022 Business Directory publication, both online and in print. Dr. Rodriguez was recognized for his leadership in the community shortly after becoming the new president of Coastline College as of July 1, 2021. As one of fifteen recipients for the award, Dr. Rodriguez has a long history at Coastline College helping college students in the community.


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Golden West College will be hosting a Financial Aid Fest on Thursday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in the Quad. Students will learn about the different options and resources available to them. VIP Passes can be reserved for fast passes for the food line, tickets to a grand prize drawing, and GWC goodie bags.


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Orange Coast College's "Mass Appeal 2022 Juried Student Exhibition" at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion will present student submitted artwork. The exhibit, scheduled for May 3–12, showcases talent from across the campus, including various artistic media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and fashion. This year's "Mass Appeal 2022" will be juried by noted artist, Heriberto Luna. He will select work and choose three works that will receive OCC Foundation Scholarship cash awards of $500 (First Place), $400 (Second Place), and $300 (Third Place). Concurrent with "Mass Appeal 2022" is a solo exhibition of Heriberto Luna's work in the Project Gallery. Luna's invitation to be a juror and solo exhibition is a collaboration with OCC's CLEEO (Counseling Latin@s for Equity & Engagement).


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Chancellor's Schedule, Week of April 11
Dr. Weispfenning is in the District, Monday through Friday

Registration Open: Black Student Success Week
Black Student Success Week returns April 25-29, 2022, inviting administrators, faculty, staff, and students from across the California Community College system to examine the resources and programs that support Black student success. Webinars will be held via Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube. Webinar registration is now open.

Save the date for Black Student Success Week held April 25-29, 2022