Faculty Statement of Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement
As of June 11, 2020, there have been many publicly shared statements of solidarity with, and support for, the Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd and by the numerous other deaths of Black and other people of color at the hands of municipal and state-funded police officers. These circumstances are further exacerbated by existing societal inequities which burden Black and Brown and Indigenous people with bearing the brunt of economic hardships, deaths, and illnesses from the COVID19 pandemic.
As members of the Cerritos College Senate Executive Team and Faculty Coordinators there is a need for us to also make a public statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the people who are part of this multiracial, multiethnic worldwide movement. And the reason for this is because this movement addresses inequities faced by our students and faculty, and also includes BLM movement activists who ARE our students and faculty.
We stand in solidarity with our students and faculty who are suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally as a result of this social strife and upheaval that has accelerated in Spring 2020. We stand in solidarity with our students and faculty who are activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.
We recognize that resources, training, support, and leadership are key to addressing systemic racism within higher education. We urge all faculty/instructors to support their students and themselves during these difficult times. Some examples of this work are:
- Collaborate: Work with administration and students to find constructive ways students can express themselves about these deaths and the structural and historical biases that exist.
- Acknowledge: Acknowledge, without assigning blame, that the structure of higher education houses the biases and prejudices of its founding time. Those biases have privileged some and disadvantaged others, particularly African-American and LatinX communities.
- Engage: Engage in professional development related to anti-racist, no-hate education, equity and inclusion.
- Adapt: Adapt course assignments, grading policies, and curriculum to include culturally relevant pedagogy and equitable practices.
- Serve: Help students feel safe to approach faculty with whatever they are going through and work with students to come up with options to help them complete the course successfully.
- Connect: Connect with Cerritos College counselors, deans, financial aid, student services, etc. as appropriate to help students determine the best course of action in response to their needs.
- Respect: Promote education to combat racism and foster respect for all communities.
We are committed to uphold the Cerritos College Diversity Statement that was adopted at the June 3, 2020 BOT meeting.
Our next step as Senate Executive Team and Faculty Coordinators is to meet and discuss, share, seek feedback from members of our campus community, and implement strategies to support our Cerritos College community.
We call on you, Cerritos College Faculty, to take part in supporting our campus community by upholding the campus Diversity Statement as well as furthering an anti-racist, no-hate, equitable, and inclusive campus community. Our collective work as a faculty body is only just beginning.
April Bracamontes, Faculty Senate President
Lisa Boutin-Vitela, Senate Secretary
Ralph Casas, Incoming Senate VP
Carrie Edwards, Curriculum Chair
Chad Greene, CTX Coordinator
Angela Hoppe-Nagao, Guided Pathways Coordinator
Cynthia Lavariere, Student Conduct Coordinator
Andrew Maz, Outgoing Senate VP
Lee Anne McIlroy, SLO Coordinator
Sunday Obazuaye, Program Review Chair
Traci Ukita, Guided Pathways Coordinator
Join us by adding your name in support of this statement of solidarity.
Adelle Krayer, Dental Hygiene
Amy Holzgang, Sociology
Andrea Grammatica, Dental Hygiene
Angela Cho, Mathematics
Angela Conley, Mathematics
Anthony Gonzalez, Part Time Faculty Senate Representative
Ariana Cravalho, Communication Studies
Barbara Van Dine, Business Administration
Biddy Tran, Fine Art
Blanca Gamez, Student Services: CalWORKs
Bonnie Barrett, Fine Arts
Brittany Lundeen, Transfer Center/Counseling
Brooke Hanniff, Communication Studies
Bruce Guter, Library
Carlos R Arce, Spanish/Chicano Studies
Chimene Mata, English
Christian Brown, Mass Communications
Christine Gregory, Dance
Christopher Ingstad, Physical Therapist Assistant
Courtney Stammler, English and ESL
Dara Worrel, Mathematics
Desiree Ann Montenegro, Communication Studies
Dionne Gibson, Child Development
Donna Robinson, Ceramics
Dr. Kary Fukunaga, Psychology
Ed Kelly, Modern Languages - ASL
Edward Chi, Economics
Edward Rother, Architecture
Erin Cole, English
Evelyn Ryozaki, Counseling
Felicia Smith, Cosmetology
Francie Quaas-Berryman, English
George Jarrett, History
Halleh Nia, Communication Studies
Ja'net Danielo, English
Jaclyn Ronquillo-Adachi, Psychology
James MacDevitt, Visual and Cultural Studies
Jan Connal, Counseling
Janet Mitchell-Lambert, English
Janet Ramirez-Han, Cosmetology
Janis Pizer, CalWORKs
Jennifer Palma, Child Development
Joana Mootz Gonzales, English
Joann Sugihara-Cheetham, Credit ESL
Joe Abing, Mens Water Polo and Swimming
John Merlo, History
Joy Tsuhako, Sociology
Judy Long, Cosmetology
Julie Trager, Visual and Cultural Studies
K Pallwitz, Mathematics
Katya De los Rios, Economics
Ken Matsuura, Counseling
Kimberley Duff, Psychology
Lance Kayser, English
Lindsay Ludvigsen, English
Liz Page, Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
Lorraine Gersitz, Library
Lydia Alvarez, English
Lynn Serwin, English
Maria Ugalde, Modern Language
Mariam Youssef, Women’s and Gender Studies
Mark Hugen, Mathematics
Martha Robles, ESL Chair Adult Education & Diversity Programs
Marvelina Graf, Counseling/Transfer Center
Mary Ann Larson, Psychology
Matt Paige, Reading
Matthew Dunn PhD, Sociology
Meghan Rodela, Biology
Meri Beckham, Counseling
Michael Arambula, English
Michael Hawkins, History
Michael Pierini, Culinary Arts
Michelle Cepeda, English
Michelle Fagundes, English
Michelle Stieber, Biology
Mojdeh Nikdel, Mathematics
Monica Lopez; Librarian/Associate - Professor Library
Nancy Torres-Guimaraes, English
Natalie Sartin, English
Natasha Majano, Counseling
Nellie E. Hernandez-Garcia, Student Success and Equity / CalWORKs
Nicholas Matthews, Communication Studies
Nicole Iwaz, Earth Science
Niki Lovejoy-Robold, English
Nina Motruk, Cosmetology
Olivia Hulett, English
Patty George, Mathematics
Rachel Judy, Communication
Raul Tabares, Auto Body
Rebekah Hathaway, Dance
Reuben Foat, Woodworking Manufacturing Technologies
Rosa Carrillo, Counseling/Undocu & Puente Counselor
Ryan Goode, Earth Sciences
Scarlett Chiros, Psychology
Sean Bonness, Chemistry
Selene Aguirre, Communication Studies
Sheela Hoyle, Department Chair- Counseling
Shelia D. Hill, Counseling /Umoja Success Program
Steve Clifford, English
Steve Rosa, Dance
Susan Gradin, Child Development
Susan LePere, Biology
Susan McDonald, Department Chair/Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Tana Mobley, Adult Education and Diversity
Tatiana Roque, Mathematics
Ted Stolze, Philosophy
Teresa Cheatham, English
Thad Szabo, Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering
Timothy Juntilla, LIberal Arts/English/Honors
Tor Lacy, Earth Science
Virginia Morford, Modern Languages (ASL)
Walter Fernández, History
Wendy Wright, Business Administration
Wesley Hernandez, Communication Studies
Will Mittendorf, Philosophy
Spring 2020 Student Grade Options
Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on instructional delivery and in accordance with Executive Order 2020-02 from the California Colleges Chancellor's Office, students may request an Excused Withdrawal (EW) or Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading basis for any class offered during Spring 2020. (At A Glance: Spring 2020 Instructor Grade Assignments)
Note: At its 4/21/2020 meeting, the Cerritos College Faculty Senate voted to recommend that instructors reach out to any student who is in danger of receiving a D or F grade for Spring 2020 so that the student can consider requesting an "EW" or "P/NP" grading option. Faculty can direct students to the Spring 2020 Grade Options PDF found on the Cerritos College CARES webpage (https://www.cerritos.edu/cerritoscares/).
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Resources
The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is committed to providing resources to the field to further empower and help our system move forward during this time of crisis. To that end, the Academic Senate has put together a series of professional development opportunities to address some of the most critical issues facing our students and faculty today.
- Discipline Specific Webinars: This is small group discussion on topics directly addressing your discipline.
- Large Audience Webinars: These focus on local and state governance matters including Guided Pathways, Hiring Remotely, and Guidance from the Chancellor's Office.
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About the Senate
As stated in the Faculty Senate by-laws, the main purpose of the Senate is to 1) study, with assistance of as many faculty members as is feasible, matters related to academic and professional standards and affairs of the College; and 2) make recommendations to the administration and/or Governing Board.
The membership of the Senate consists of full-time academic persons who do not perform any services for the College that require an administrative or supervisory credential, or whose major assignment is not administrative in nature, and who are tenured. Senators are elected by division (see by-laws for details).
Meetings are held in the Cheryl A. Epple Board Room on Tuesdays (except the third Tuesday) during the fall and spring semester from 11:05 AM - 12:20 PM.
In November 2019, the Cerritos College Faculty Senate transitioned to BoardDocs to distribute meeting information, including agendas and minutes.
Senate leadership consists of the Senate President, Vice President, and Secretary.