Minutes for October 7, 2021

Attendance:

  • Quorum was reached at 20/25 voting minutes present.
  • Members who were not in attendance are indicated by (not present).

Voting Members

Executive Officers

    • President: Lindsay Ayotte - votes in ties
    • Vice President: Cassidy Ryan-White
    • Secretary: Kim Saccio
    • Treasurer: Rika Yonemura-Fabian
    • Past President: Kate Williams Browne - non-voting

Senators

ASLT: 
    • Ame Maloney
BEPP:
    • Dick Claire
    • Filipp Gleyser
Counseling:
    • Jacqueline Escobar
    • Alberto Santellan
    • Jessica Truglio (not present)
GLPS:
    • TBD
Language Arts:
    • Rachel Bell
    • Jarrod Feiner
    • Danielle Powell
KAD:
    • Amber Steele
SMT
    • Younga Choi
    • Maryam Khan
    • Kolo Wamba (not present)
SSCA:
    • Amir Esfahani
    • Jennifer Merrill
    • Jude Navari
CTE Senator
    • Soledad McCarthy
Part-Time Faculty
    • Timothy Rottenberg
    • Jessica Silver-Sharp
    • Sujatha (Suji) Venkataraman
Non-voting Members

Governance Committee Chairs

    • Curriculum: Jessica Hurless
    • Educational Policy: Jacqueline Escobar
    • Professional Personnel: Bianca Rowden-Quince

Advisory Members

    • AFT: Marianne Kaletzky (not present)
    • ASSC: Anthony Tran
    • Classified Senate: Kennya Ruiz (not present), Marissa Thigpen
    • PD/CTTL: Bianca Rowden-Quince
    • SEEED: TBD
    • Guided Pathways: Ernesto Hernandez (not present)
    • OER: Ame Maloney
Guests
  • John Ulloa

  • Tammy Calderon

  • Janelle Reza

  • Dr. Melissa Moreno

  • Lavinia Zanassi
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1.0 Opening Procedures

1.1 Call to Order/Establish Quorum

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 1

Notes:

1.2 Brown Act Resolution

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 5

Notes: Past-President Browne explained that the Brown Act needs to be read at introduction (this meeting), but thereafter it can be placed on the consent agenda at the first meeting of every month. President Ayotte read the resolution. Vice President Ryan-White motioned; Senator McCarthy seconded. The resolution passed with one abstention.

1.3 Senate Networking

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 10

Notes:

1.4 Adoption of Agenda

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 1

Notes: Senator Steele motioned; Senator Claire seconded. Motion passed with unanimous vote.

1.5 Adoption of Minutes

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 1

Notes: Approval of minutes from September 2, 2021 and September 16, 2021 meetings.

  • Approve September 2 – Secretary Saccio motioned; Senator McCarthy seconded. Passed with one abstention.
  • Approve September 16 – Senator Steele motioned; Senator Bell seconded. Passed with all 18 votes.

1.6 Adoption of Consent Agenda

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 1

Notes: Vice President Ryan-White motioned to approve; Senator Claire seconded. Passed with 18 yes, two abstentions.

1. Student Disciplinary Board Representatives

  • Jarrod Feiner- Representative
  • Sujatha Venkataraman - 1st Alternate
  • Lindsey Ayotte - 2nd Alternate

2. Tenure Committees

a. Joseph Adams, Year 2

    • Nick Langhoff, Chair
    • Emilie Hein, Discipline Expert
    • Tadashi Tsuchida, Tenured Faculty, Years 1-2
    • Andrea Vizenor, Dean

b. Kenny Gonzales, Year 3

    • Jacquie Escobar, Chair/Discipline Expert
    • Melissa Komadina
    • Nate Nevado (Year 3 & 4)

1.7 Public Comment

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 5

Notes: Senator Merrill shared concerns/questions from SSCA division – point system, what are steps? Also, return to campus. How to ensure social distancing? Senator Steele brought up concern re health/medical privacy – if we know a colleague is not vaccinated, how can we proceed?  President Ayotte noted these concerns for future discussion.

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2.0 New Senate Business

2.1 Building Community Norms: Stop, Start, Continue

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time:  20

Notes: We participated in a collaborative “stop, start, continue” activity regarding how we want to enter this space and engage in dialogue moving forward. Participants broke into groups and recorded their thoughts on a Stop – Continue – Start Jamboard.

2.2 People’s College Initiative

Procedure     |     Information     |  Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: Dr. Melissa Moreno, Skyline College President

Time: 20*

Notes:  * President Moreno took 20 minutes for her presentation; ensuing discussion added another 20 minutes. We were unable to make up that time during the rest of the meeting.

President Moreno presented on the PCI and opened the floor for Q&A. Purpose is to connect the work we’re doing in antiracism and participatory governance with regular climate review surveys to quantify effects. Noted that we do have a robust participatory governance process, just needs to be improved. Now the formerly hierarchical structure has been flattened and Management Council has been included as a constituency group. Skyline College Governance Council now includes representatives from Academic Senate, Associated Students, Classified Senate, and Management Council. CGC advises President; if she disagrees with recommendations must respond in writing. Adopted Intergroup Dialogue as the pedagogy to address antiracism. This initiative is being rolled out.

Dr. Moreno escribed symbolism of lotus flower and its “petals.” Smaller colored petals are four constituency groups. Gray main petals are four task groups that CGC has authorized: Civic Mindset, Antiracism and Equity, Participatory Governance, and Climate Review. Lotus is in “water” of Community Engagement. Dr. Moreno’s emphasis is on measurable outcomes, use of climate review to support an interative process. Discussed “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future” (2012), which illustrates Dr. Moreno’s understanding of “Civic Mindset”: literacy, inquiry, action. Obligations as educators to graduate students with a civic mindset, also to close the obligation gap for hyper-marginalized student groups. How do these two obligations intersect and support each other? How do we contextualize these efforts at Skyline College? Dr. Moreno asked faculty to “pick a passion” and volunteer for one of the PCI task groups.

Key points from discussion:

  • President Ayotte reminded us that PCI is a five-year process; Vice President Ryan-White elaborated that this is a continuing conversation.
  • Lavinia Zanassi asked about opportunities for the entire college community to be involved in developing this initiative. Dr. Moreno explained that CGC has authorized task groups that will be active this year (can be extended through next year). Task groups to focus on each of the petals, or foci; CGC is working to recruit participants in these groups. She is expecting faculty to step forward.
  • Senator Maloney asked for specific expectations, a timeline to help us organize ourselves. Dr. Moreno brought up results from the volunteer climate workgroup which recently wrapped up as an example of what she is looking for with the PCI. Each of the new task groups will have its own agenda and schedule. She asked Lavinia Zanassi and Senator Venkataraman to share their experiences in climate workgroup.
  • Zanassi shared that the experience was a new way of approaching governance in a participatory way. How can we “take the bull by the horns” and make this happen? Volunteering is great, but some arm-twisting may be necessary. Senator Venkataraman shared that although they did have an agenda, they often did address pressing issues that arose. They met twice a month over the summer, and enjoyed their collaboration.
  • Senator Feiner asked if President Moreno’s slides will be available; she responded that they will be available on the People’s College Initiative website when it is published.
  • Senator Steele reflected on the need for diversity within performing arts faculty and classes. Also, how do we get arts and the products that we make out into the community. President Moreno responded by linking this to the Community Engagement piece of the PCI. Will be working with the President’s Council, the fundraising and community outreach group that includes civic leaders for the seven cities that we serve. Suggests that students can come to President’s Council and share, or participate. Brought up her new acronym, SPICE – student participation in civic engagement – a network that we are creating for our students in our seven cities. Art has to be a part of that.
  • Senator McCarthy asked what specific strategies will be in place to recruit faculty who utilizing the People’s College mission. President Moreno responded by saying she needs a groundswell of support to build a critical mass. Also pointed out that sometimes money can be an incentive, and we will be getting approx. $200,000 to support this effort. She wants to create a budget to support those who may not normally participate, like adjunct faculty and classified professionals, for example.

2.3 Class Cancellation Task Force

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: Vice President Ryan-White

Time:  5

Notes: President Ayotte and Vice President Ryan-White are working with VPI Redding Lapuz on the formation of task force to create guidelines for class cancellation. Note that the class schedule is in the deans’ purview. Task force currently comprises VPI, all deans, Curriculum chair, Bookstore manager, and two representatives from Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Students. Still need to fill three seats: one counselor, two academic faculty. Goal is to construct a solution together. Trying to find representatives who “dip into multiple areas.” For example, Curriculum Chair Hurless has Curriculum expertise and is also instructional faculty. Note, there is no reassign time offered, and the meeting day/time has not been set. Curriculum Chair Hurless motioned to open the floor for nominations, Senator Maloney seconded. Approved by unanimous vote. Nominations for Counseling faculty: Ed Policy Chair nominated Senator Santellan, who accepted. Approved by unanimous vote. Nominations for faculty: Senator Santellan nominated Senator Truglio, who is not present. However, he states that she approves this nomination. Vice President Ryan-White nominated Senator Maloney, who also nominated herself. Approved by vote.

2.4 Student Grievance Committee

Procedure     |     Information     |    Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time:  5

Notes: We need to nominate and vote to approve three faculty members to serve on the student grievance committee. Senator Steele motioned, Vice President Ryan-White seconded. President Ryan-White nominated Jessica Truglio (who accepted this by email). Curriculum Chair Hurless nominated Senator Venkataraman, who accepted nomination. Approved by vote (Senator Truglio earned 95%, Senator Venkataraman earned 100%). One more faculty member is needed; please bring this opportunity to your constituencies.

2.5 Anti-Asian Hate Resolution Update

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: Treasurer Yonemura-Fabian

Time:  5

Notes: The resolution was presented by CGC in the September meeting, as well as the formation of an implementation task force. An announcement to solicit members will be sent via email soon

2.6 Adobe Sign Update

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: Professional Development Chair Rowden-Quince

Time:  10

Notes: Senator Rowden-Quince needed to step away; President Ayotte gave the update. Adobe Sign website is almost ready, more information to be provided via email.

2.7 Equity Checklist Task Force Update

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: Senator Maloney

Time:  5

Notes: See Senator Maloney’s Google Slides presentation for synthesis of Jamboard feedback from last Senate meeting, plus notes from the task force meeting. Draft recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming Academic Senate Executive Committee meeting, then at the next full Senate meeting to present final recommendations for discussion and a vote.

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3.0 Standing Agenda Items

3.1 Committee Reports

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter(s): Standing Committee Chairs, ASSC President, FTEFAC Co-Chair

Time: 15

Notes: 

 

  • Senator Santellan presented to EdPolicy last week; they’re looking at policies around early registration for students on academic probation. Past-President Browne also attended that meeting, shared how Ed Policy is reviewing its charge and interfacing with District policy committee. Senator Steele asked if there’s a connection between class cancellation and how students are enrolling on the first day of class. Past-President Browne shared that this is linked to District policy that students must pay tuition within 72 hours of registering for classes.
  • Senator Maloney, OER representative, requested that faculty submit book orders ASAP and warned that there are delays deadline is October 22. Course Materials Adoption Form: http://bookstore.skylinecollege.edu/BookOrderForm Using ZTC (Library eResources) &/or OER course materials? Report your course materials at: https://surveys.smccd.edu/TakeSurveyPage.aspx?s=6b1c1ae2387b431bb169b1cf5b53a2f9&tsid=8dc000f1872d48fba63668f3ff8a3221&c=en-US
  • Vice President Ryan-White shared for CTE – December 1 (12-2) will be Cipher Holiday Bling, a vendor fair for students that she hopes will include Cosmetology and Middle College. CTE day is December 8, to provide material support resources for students during College Hour (12-1).
  • Vice President Ryan-White also reported for FTEFAC. Orientation meeting was held. Talked about adding a three-year term limit for FTEFAC members, shared implementation plan that phases in the change so that there is never an entirely new group. Also noted that FTEFAC co-chair is tied to Vice President/Academic Senate, so there will be a new chair every two years.

3.2  President’s Report

Procedure     |     Information     |     Discussion     |     Action

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 5

Notes: No report.

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4.0 Announcement and Closing Procedures

4.1. Final Announcements

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 1

Notes:  None.

4.2. Motion to Adjourn

Presenter: President Ayotte

Time: 0

Notes: The meeting ran overtime, ending at approximately 4:15 - 4:20pm. Since Secretary Saccio had to meet with a student, she was not present for the last 5-10 minutes of the session. President Ayotte informed her that senators began leaving the session after the scheduled meeting end at 4:00. By the actual end of the meeting, there were not enough voting members for a quorum, so they were unable to adjourn. This session will need to be formally adjourned at the next meeting, on October 21, 2021. If you would like to request an item be put on the agenda (Discussion, action or information) please submit your request for the next meeting by Tuesday October 12, 2021 by 12:00pm. You can request an agenda item here.


Academic and Professional Matters, AB 1725 “10 + 1”

  1. Curriculum, including establishing prerequisites and placing courses within disciplines
  2. Degree and certificate requirements
  3. Grading policies
  4. Educational program development
  5. Standards or policies regarding student preparation and success
  6. District and college governance structures, as related to faculty roles
  7. Faculty roles and involvement in accreditation processes, including self-study and annual reports
  8. Policies for faculty professional development activities
  9. Processes for program review
  10. Processes for institutional planning and budget development
  11. Other academic and professional matters as are mutually agreed upon between the governing board and the academic senate