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Save the Date: Fall Advocacy Academy - December 1 - 3, 2023 in Riverside, California 

Workshop Sessions

Workshop Session #1
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

  1. Learn to Manage Your Time and Maximize Your Efficiency in School and Life
    Amber Straus, College Success Instructor, City College of San Francisco

    Tired of Barely Having Enough Time to Breathe? In this hands-on workshop you will learn to apply and refine time management strategies to fit YOUR life circumstances. Parenting students, veteran students, students preparing for transfer, students experiencing stress and/or trauma, anyone who is struggling to have a different relationship to time so that you can reach your dreams and goals, please join us.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Students will be exposed to time management strategies.
    2. Students will consider ways to apply proven strategies to their own lives.
    3. Students will start to develop a time action plan for the semester.
  2. The Basics of Advocacy - Lobbying Workshop 
    Stephanie Goldman, Associate Director, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
    Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, President, Faculty Association of California Community Colleges

    Join FACCC Associate Director Stephanie Goldman as she explains California’s legislative and budget process and how you can be an effective student advocate. Using AB 2315 (Arambula, 2022) as a case study, workshop attendees will work in groups to practice lobbying and discuss advocacy strategy for the coming year.

    Learning Objective

    1. Understand the CA legislative process; 
    2. Learn the basics of lobbying;
    3. Develop advocacy strategies for the coming legislative cycle.
  3. Meeting Preparation and Management
    Stephen Kodur, SSCCC Community Organizer

    This workshop will provide attendees with resources on current and post-Covid Brown Act requirements and how to plan and run a successful meeting. We will deal with topics such as meeting management, effective chairing, posting requirements, debate protocol, and much more.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn the most effective way to chair a meeting
    2. Learn how to satisfy requirements in the law when it comes to posting a meeting and giving notice
  4. Resist & Re-imagine Democracy Workshop
    Rob Means, Outreach Director, Santa Clara County Move to Amend
    Keyan Bliss, National Board of Director for 

    Our government is meant to represent and protect citizens in our society. When corporations (the private sector) gain a power advantage over our government (We the People), the imbalance of power neutralizes our government’s ability to manage fairness, and results in many negative and polarizing effects, e.g. repression, lack of living wages, student debt. Corporations have gained this advantage from the FEC vs. Citizens United decision. Discover how this situation leads to unfair practices and lack of opportunity for segments of our community. Learn how this decision gives corporations power and how that power could be mitigated through a 28th amendment to the constitution. Move to Amend (MTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to passing a Constitutional amendment stating that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and both can be regulated. MTA's amendment has been introduced in Congress as HJR 48.  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Discover how the FEC vs. Citizens United decision that “corporations are people” results in an imbalance of corporate power over We The People and our government
    2. See the connection between unregulated corporate power and oppression
    3. Understand why a 28th Amendment to the constitution is needed to regain balance of power between government and corporations

Workshop Session #2 
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm 

  1. Every Voice Matters: Learn How to Make Your Voice Heard in the 2022 General Election 
    Wendy Galván, Coordinator, California Secretary of State Students Vote Project 
    George Harris, Graduate Student Assistant, California Secretary of State 

    Join the California Secretary of State Students Vote Project in our workshop to learn about methods and tools to be engaged and to engage others in the 2022 General Election. The Students Vote Project will cover topics that include the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, which is landmark legislation we implement that engages students in our democracy, the California University and College Ballot Bowl competition, and additional critical civic engagement resources to engage your peers during this general election and beyond. At the end of our workshop, you will have an understanding of the voter registration process and a plan to vote!  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Spread awareness about the Students Vote Project, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, and our resources
    2. Learn critical civic engagement tools, such as participating in the California University and College Ballot Bowl
    3. Empower students and peers to register to vote online or using a physical voter registration card and create a plan to vote
  2. Better Together: Collaborating to Put Students Front & Center
    Mitra Sapienza, Academic Senate President and Student Equity Coordinator, City College of San Francisco
    Heather Brandt, Student Chancellor, Associated Students City College of San Francisco
    Angelica Campos, Student Leader, City College of San Francisco

    While perspectives between faculty and students may differ from time to time, there is opportunity to strengthen and leverage relationships between Academic Senate and Student Government on your campus. Advocating together can help advance the efforts of student-led movements to enfranchise students, implement a comprehensive DEI framework and address student basic needs. We will discuss ways in which you can address institutionalized barriers on your campus, by working to resolve them through collaboration at your college and the state level. Through this workshop you’ll be able to gain insights into how student leaders are being courageous by actively taking the initiative to disrupt systems that don’t center students in the room where it happens. Join us to learn more about making the system work for you!

    Learning Objectives

    1. Engage students and other stakeholders in the system about issues faced by students on local community college campuses and across the state.
    2. Identify partners (Academic Senate, Staff, student groups, higher ed organizations, etc) to collaborate with in order to address the needs of students locally and statewide.
    3. Provide resources and tools on how to work together with local college campus leadership to truly center student voices and find solutions for unaddressed barriers.
    4. Collaboration - through interactive activities students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and learn from one another as well as the presenters
  3. How to Influence Policy: Affordable Student Housing
    Karina Paredes, Student Engagement & Policy Associate, Public Advocates Inc. 
    Jetaun Stevens, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Advocates

    In the last several years there have been major state investments and laws passed for student basic needs and student success – but are students involved in the decision-making process? Students need to be informed and involved in decisions that impact their educational journey. Public Advocates is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization dedicated to centering student voices in the policy-making process. Join us for an interactive workshop that will share the latest higher education policy updates and provide you with advocacy tools to influence policy decisions. Make your voice heard at the local and state level by learning ways to influence policy that impacts your student success!

    Learning Objectives

    1. Students will learn how they can get involved in advocacy and strategically shape policy at the local and state level.
    2. Students will understand key state and local policies affecting the future of student housing. 
    3. Students will learn and practice key advocacy tools to improve student engagement and participation in decision-making groups.
  4. What is Financial Wellness and How does it Impact Student Success?
    Ruby Nieto, Specialist Student Financial Aid Programs, California  Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

    The Chancellor’s Office Financial Wellness initiative takes into account our system Vision for Success values. The initiative takes into account the life skills associated with financial wellness that our students need to persist on their career path to reach their education goals and the long-term impact in their lives long after they leave college. This session will provide an overview of the Chancellor’s Office efforts, services, training and resources available to all colleges to help in their financial wellness efforts on campus. Finally, we hope to discuss your ideas about how to improve our efforts and to make these Financial Wellness resources available on your campus.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learning what resources are available to system colleges to share with students.
    2. Importance of establishing a strong financial foundation for future success long after college.

Workshop Session #3
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  1. Learn how to Market your ASB, Grow your Brand, Connect with Students, and Fill Vacancies! 
    Bruce Twersky, Associated Students Marketing Genie

    Learn how to Market your ASB, Grow your Brand, Connect with Students, and Fill Vacancies! ASMG has a suite of communication tools (with a free trial) to solve the problem of: How do I market my ASB?  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn how to utilize SMS text messaging & mobile app push notifications to connect your campus. 
    2. In addition, how to provide financial relief in the form of Student Discount Cards, as well as College Discount App.
  2. What You NEED to Know about Financial Aid
    Michael Wagner, CCPA II, California  Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
    Morales Santiago, Analyst, California  Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

    This workshop will leave the attendees with a holistic understanding of student financial aid within the California Community Colleges. We will explore federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs, how to apply for them, and where they are headed.

    Learning Objectives 

    1. To understand financial aid offered within the California Community Colleges.
    2. To be able to explain financial aid opportunities to others.
    3. To see how the financial aid landscape is growing.
  3. CCC Basic Needs 
    Mia Keeley, Dean, California Community College Chancellor's Office 
    Colleen Ganley, Program Specialist, California Community College Chancellor's Office 

    During this workshop, students will learn about the growing basic needs services efforts across the California Community Colleges system. Students will learn about the emergence and growth of basic needs centers across the system and about expanded resources to support campus based mental health services. Students will hear about recent policy changes that increase the opportunity to apply for CalFresh benefits including pointers on how to apply for and potentially receive these benefits. During the workshop students will have the opportunity to ask questions and also share their personal perspective on their experiences with accessing both campus and community-based services.

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Students will learn about the availability of basic needs services across the California Community College system
    2. Students will learn about increased resources for mental health services on campus 
    3. Students will learn about CalFresh benefits and how to apply for benefits.
  4. Student's Rights, How to Promote Change on a Campus
    Stephen Kodur, SSCCC Community Organizer 

    Have you ever thought that the process is slow to see change on your campus? You start a project but the benefits aren't seen until you're no longer on the campus. How can you see meaningful change and who on your campus will help you with your advocacy? In this workshop you will learn what your rights are on your campus and how they align with the faculty. You will learn what avenues exist on a campus to advocate for change like the governance process and policy review, how to utilize faculty support, as well as what legislation you can begin to implement and see change now.

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Students will learn what participatory governance is and how they can be involved
    2. Students will go over their 9+1 rights
    3. Students will dive into past laws that should be implemented on campus and how they can get involved

Workshop Session #4
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm 

  1. From an Empty Cup, You Cannot Pour: Caring for Yourself as a Social Justice Warrior
    Michelle Bean, Treasurer, ASCCC

    Really–the buzzword “self-care” again? How many times have you wanted to scream at hearing that--because you are just that tired? because it is all too much? because you really do need something to help reduce the stress and anxiety of carrying the load of leadership and school and work and just all of it. We hear you! The struggle is real! If you’re ready to get real and try a few things to take a load off and center on your needs as the amazing leader you are, then join us for this interactive session to explore, share, and engage in a self-care inventory and promising positive practices to achieve balance and to recharge to continue your social justice and advocacy work. 

    Learning Objectives

    1. Frame the need for self-care in social justice and advocacy work
    2. Share self-care ideas in the community
    3. Complete a self-care check-up with a handout and create a regularly sustained self-care plan
  2. Start a Political Movement on Your Campus
    Stephen Kodur, Community Organizer, SSCCC
    Joey Forsyte, Founder, A Band of Voters

    In 2019, students from A Band of Voters, the NAACP YC, and March for Our Lives passed historic legislation to help build the political power of Gen Z and Millennial students in California. 

    AB 963: The Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act is the first such legislation in the nation, requiring all 116 California Community Colleges, 23 CSU’s and by request, all UC’s, to help millions of their students overcome systemic barriers to voting and other forms of Civic participation - every year.

    The SSCCC and a A Band of Voters, want to work with student leaders like you to become AB963 Campus Champions for the election years to come!

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Learn the components of the bill
    2. Learn how to lead peer-to-peer events and what to do on their campus to satisfy the requirements of the bill 
    3. Learn how to collaborate with others to increase voter participation on their campus
  3. A Student's Guide to Innovative Advocacy: Social Media & It's Power
    Angelica Campos,  Student Leader, City College of San Francisco
    Casey Chang, SSCCC VP of Communications 

    This workshop covers an overview of the inner workings of graphic design platforms like Canva and how to responsibly utilize social media platforms for student body associations. Boosting social media presence is one of many ways that your student body association can better connect with students on their campuses both online and in-person. Join this session to learn more about social media best practices and become innovative creators to promote student government engagement!

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Awareness of the Canva platform and other relevant tools (linktree and etc)
    2. How can SBAs best design with the student in mind (ADA Compliance and etc)
    3. How to effectively communicate with your student body and boost engagement with student government
  4. Caucus Forum 
    Clemaus Tervalon, SSCCC President 
    Darius Jones, SSCCC Legislative Affairs Director, Region VI

    The SSCCC has a number of caucuses.  A caucus is an independent body of like-minded individuals who wish to make their voices heard to the Senate on a formal basis. If you want to be involved with the SSCCC and have a particular issue that you’re passionate about, come to this workshop to hear about how to participate in a caucus and even how to form one.  

    Learning Objectives

    1. Students will learn more about the SSCCC caucuses and how to create one 
    2. Students will learn about what SSCCC caucuses exist or have existed 

Workshop Session #5
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm 

  1. Make an Impact: Effective Presentation Tips and Persuasive Techniques
    Christopher Howerton, North Representative, ASCCC

    This session will provide practical techniques to help make your voice heard on topics that are important to you. There will be a review of presentation best practices and how to plan/prepare for a variety of public speaking opportunities. Additionally, various methods of persuasion will be shared. 

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Attendees will be able to differentiate various persuasive techniques.
    2. Attendees will be able to identify verbal and nonverbal delivery elements that impact presentations.
  2. Reclaiming Student Power Through Sharing Our Stories- Focusing On Textbook Affordability
    Cailyn Nagle, OER Program Manager, Michelson 20MM Foundation
    Marissa Martinez, OER Textbook Affordability Intern with Michelson 20MM Foundation

    As the nation faces the highest rate of inflation in decades, students are forced to make strenuous decisions. Research shows that two-thirds of California students are not buying textbooks and other course materials due to cost. Community college students, in particular, face higher affordability barriers than their peers at other institutions. Students have always leveraged their unique expertise and narratives to drive change, whether the issue is affordability, equity, or access. Join 20MM OER Program Manager Cailyn Nagle as she demonstrates how students can construct and deploy their story to change policies and inspire action. This workshop will use textbook affordability as our case study for students to draw their experience from and develop campaign strategies around.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Students will be able to identify, develop, and deliver their personal story to inspire change and propel others to action
    2. Students will be able to identify how and when to use their story in different settings- from lobby visits to meetings with constituents, whether the goal is inspiring volunteers or policy change 
    3. As textbook and course material costs will be the primary case study- students will also walk away with a deeper understanding of the factors driving up costs and key areas to address the problem
  3. Advisor Best Practices from a Student Perspective
    Stephen Kodur, Community Organizer, SSCCC
    Julie Adams, Executive Director, SSCCC

    Over the last 15 years there have been seven separate resolutions that address advisors, their qualifications, and their role in their student body association. The most recent SSCCC resolution calls for us to form a task force to develop an effective practices document for advising student body associations . Advisors come from all backgrounds and levels of experience. What’s common, however, is that each year they have a new set of student leaders who they need to guide and train. We invite both student leaders and advisors to begin the conversation with us about effective practices in leading students leaders. Questions posed and the ensuing discussion during this workshop will be the starting point for the SSCCC’s work in this area.

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Advisors will learn how best to adapt to students year after year.
    2. Advisors will learn their most essential tasks as identified by students.
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    Crowd Gathering
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    Protesters Holding Signs
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