REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Meeting of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee • Eureka: 7351 Tompkins Hill Road, SS 202 (Board Room) Friday, September 18, 2015 3 PM MINUTES 1. Call to Order 2. Introductions and Public Comment: none 3. Approval of the Minutes of September 4: approved 4. Action Items: None 5. 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 6. 7. 8. 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. Reports 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. Public Notice—Nondiscrimination: College of the Redwoods does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, color or disability in any of its programs or activities. College of the Redwoods is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Upon request this publication will be made available in alternate formats. 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