REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Meeting of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee

Meeting of the
Multicultural and Diversity Committee
• Eureka: 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, SS 202 (Board Room)
Friday, September 18, 2015
3 PM
1. Call to Order
2. Introductions and Public Comment: none
Approval of the Minutes of September 4: approved
Action Items: None
Discussion Items
5.1. Event Planning: Invite Mark Winter to a meeting to obtain feedback from the
MDC regarding funding of events to clarify what has worked and what hasn’t
worked in the past. Also it was noted that the MDC could offer suggestions for
the way money is dispersed to make the process transparent and fair. Kristy
Carlsen thought that the BSI model would be a good one. Dana Maher noted
that what the committee needs is access that affords a quick turn-around since
many events are engaged to respond to student needs that come to the
committee from staff or students. This would reinforce student involvement
rather than damper it with waiting and not knowing if and when funding will
emerge. Deanna Herrera-Thomas stated that the ASCR has funds as well and
when students applied for funds the ASCR criteria, processes and procedures
were extremely obscure. Shannon Sullivan stated that there is a Ceramics fund
that creates stipends and an Art Endowment specifically devoted to events or
programs. In addition, Sullivan stated that there are programs will be directed
more towards Multicultural elements; to provide co-support activities. Deanna
Herrera-Thomas stated that more communication between the committee and
the Art department is good so that activities can be collectively planned. Kristy
reported that the financial support for the Latino Film Festival is ongoing from
Program Review. Kristy again highlighted that all funding procedures should be
transparent. Deanna Herrera-Thomas noted that it would cut down on time
and wasted efforts as well as increase fairness.
Dave Bazard stated that funding structure could change with the new SEPC
structure and that it makes sense to advocate for funds to be set aside for
MDC activities.
5.2. La Cosecha: Kristy Carlsen reported that Oct. 13th is the proposed date for the
event and that she will continue to look for a space to show the film. Deanna
Herrera-Thomas mentioned that all committee members should do their best to
attend all events if possible, and even if it isn’t practical the members should do
their best to, “support the team” efforts of the MDC. Deanna Herrera-Thomas
forwarded some ideas for panelists (from Paso y Paso) and Dana Maher felt that
students would be great.
5.3. Women’s History Month film screening of the “Hunting Ground” Sean HerreraThomas: stated that the event will be fully funded by Human Resources as
directed by Ahn Fielding. Sean Herrera-Thomas asked for suggestions of
panelists. Deanna Herrera-Thomas stated that the Relationship Assault Manual
could be a part of week or month long activities that foster educational
opportunities on Women’s Issues and Women’s History Month. Dana Maher
stated that getting students involved in planning would be a great idea. Perhaps
the Women’s Studies class can work on an event.
5.4. Reception of Awardees Deanna Herrera-Thomas: reported that the courses
offered at High Schools in part, are to increase the number of under-represented
students who will go to college and that it would be important to keep track of
the data that will be provided on these students if at all possible. Furthermore,
assuring that student needs are met by preparation course could help all students
succeed. Her role on the Dual Enrollment Committee, she views, in part, is to
assure that all student needs are addressed not only certificate area students but
students with degree goals who are not AP students (traditionally).
5.5. Dual Enrollment: Serving Under-represented Students, Deanna HerreraThomas: stated that she will ask for the Board Room for the event. Sean
Herrera-Thomas felt that there might be other more comfortable areas. All
agreed that this could be done in the beginning of spring semester to encourage
more applications.
6.1. Student Equity Plan Committee (SEPC): Deanna Herrera-Thomas and Dave
Bazard reported that it is unknown at this point if Dave, is in fact, appointed to
the committee and that there were major changes (still unknown to both) in the
planning management. It is possible that BSI, SSSP and SE will be integrated
under one umbrella.
6.2. Senate Report: The Bylaws for all committees will be revised. Deanna HerreraThomas asked members to consider the bylaws of the MDC and if changes
should be made.
6.3. Area E Follow-up with Academic Standards & Policies Committee (ASPC): The
meeting went overtime and Dave Bazard will report back on Oct. 2.
Announcements/Open Forum: Jacqui Caen announced the Humboldt Literacy
Project’s fund raising event performance and reception on Sept. 15th for 20.00. All
funds go to the Humboldt Literacy Project.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm.
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