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Convocation Fall 2020 San Diego Mesa College

Fall 2020 Convocation

Addressing Racial Inequality: Our Focus on Anti-Blackness

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
8:30am - 12:00pm

Mesa College Convocation will have closed captioning.


Agenda

8:30 a.m.All-College Convocation Welcome, San Diego Community College District.

The Colleges will gather for a message from Board President Maria Senour, Chancellor Constance M. Carroll, and AFT President Jim Mahler. Please attend this virtual open plenary session on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSDCCD/live   

9:00 a.m.Special Presentation for Chancellor Constance Carroll

9:15 a.m.Welcome and Updates

President Luster, Senate Governance leaders Manuel J. Vélez, Charlie Lieu,Taylor Carpenter, and Vice Presidents Hands, O’Connor and Legaspi.

9:45 a.m.Break

10:00 a.m.Addressing Racial Inequality: Our Focus on Anti-Blackness

Keynote Speaker Dr. Regina Stanback-Stroud and panelists Dr. Keith Curry, Thekima Mayasa, Manuel Vélez, Cloris Johnson and Ahmad Ortiz

11:30 a.m.Olympian Spirit Awards 

Speakers

Regina Stanback Stroud

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

CEO, RSS Consulting

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud has more than 35 years of experience as an educator and leader in higher education. She served as the Chancellor of Peralta Community College District (2019-2020), the Skyline College President (2010 to 2019), and Skyline College Vice President of Instruction (2001-2010), the Mission College Dean of Workforce Development (1997-2001) and a Rancho Santiago College Professor of Nursing (1985-1997).

Dr. Stanback Stroud served as a presidential appointee on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans for President Barack Obama. In recognition of her work on equity, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges established the Regina Stanback- Stroud Diversity Award, a state-wide award that honors faculty whose work demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and social justice. In recognition of her leadership, the Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs established the Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud Leadership Achievement Award, awarded to individuals committed to leadership excellence and social justice.

Dr. Stanback Stroud holds a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Sciences from Howard University. Dr. Stanback Stroud’s scholarship and expertise has focused on student equity and diversity; education/industry collaboratives; economic empowerment and anti-poverty strategies; community workforce and economic development; and regional and state educational policy.

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Keith Curry

Dr. Keith Curry

President, Compton College CEO, Compton Community College District

Dr. Keith Curry has adopted a slogan, “Every student is a success story.” He believes every community college student can be successful with the right academic and student support services. Dr. Curry has taken a strong stance in the ability of community colleges to provide quality education to students and to provide an environment of educational excellence. Dr. Curry also has a passion for teaching those students who aspire to careers as higher education administrators.

Dr. Curry is the President/CEO of the Compton College and Compton Community College District (CCCD). Compton College is the 114th California Community College, achieving initial accreditation status on June 7, 2017. Dr. Curry is responsible for overseeing all departments and functions of Compton College and Compton District and serves as secretary for the CCCD Board of Trustees. He brings an abundance of energy and innovative ideas to Compton College, along with a wealth of experience as a postsecondary education administrator.

As President/CEO for Compton College, Curry is responsible for promoting student enrollment, success and retention, while working with the college’s vice presidents to develop strategic plans and procedures that enhance their academic and student services programs. Curry is dedicated to the development of new programs and the redirection of existing programs to meet the instructional and student services needs of Compton College students. He is personally invested in delivering on the mission of Compton College, which is to offer a welcoming environment where the diversity of its students is supported in pursuing and attaining academic and professional excellence.

Under his leadership, many existing student services programs have been expanded and others created including the First Year Experience (FYE) program, and the Tartar Support program established in 2017 to offer a food pantry and other support for students facing food and housing insecurities. In addition, the Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition (F.I.S.T.) program was established in fall 2016 and was honored with the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Awards for Advancing Social Mobility by the Foundation for California Community Colleges just one year later.

Before becoming the permanent CEO, Dr. Curry served as interim CEO of the Compton Community College District for two years. Additionally, he served as the El Camino College Compton Center dean of student services from March 2006 to June 2011.

Prior to joining the district, Dr. Curry worked at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as director of the Early Academic Outreach Program. While at UCI, he was instrumental in re-establishing a partnership between local school districts, including Compton Unified School District and UCI.

Dr. Curry is an active member of the Foundation for Compton Community College District, the Association of California Community College Administrators, the California Community College Athletic Association, the Statewide Association of Community Colleges (SWACC), and the President’s Roundtable. He has participated on Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Visiting Teams, most recently for San Quentin University Prison Project.

Dr. Curry has also presented at numerous conferences, workshops, and symposia. His areas of expertise include preparing students for higher education; guided pathways; bridging the digital divide; establishing partnerships among postsecondary institutions, and ensuring access for all students. He has been invited to be the keynote speaker at multiple commencement ceremonies including the UC Santa Cruz African American Resource and Cultural Center’s Black Grad ceremony to celebrate the class of 2015 at UC Santa Cruz, Copper Mountain College commencement in 2017 and Nathanial Narbonne High School graduation in 2018.

California State University, Los Angeles honored Dr. Curry at its 2017 Distinguished Educator Award dinner. The annual award honors distinguished educators who demonstrate excellence, a high level of commitment, and who have made significant contributions in the community.

In 2018, Dr. Curry received the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award. It is the most prestigious award given by the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA), paying tribute to those administrators who demonstrate integrity, principle, compassion, strength in leadership, and who have made significant contributions to the college district and community.

At the 2019 Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Conference, Dr. Curry was honored as one of three 2019 Champions of Equity by the Campaign for College Opportunity and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational fund. The award recipients were honored for prioritizing student-centered policies that produce equitable outcomes and expand opportunities for Californians.

Dr. Curry earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Curry is an adjunct faculty member for the College of Educational at California State University, Fullerton.

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Thekima Mayasa

Dr. Thekima Mayása

Professor, Chair of the Black Studies Department; San Diego Mesa College

Dr. Thekima Mayása is a long-time resident of San Diego, Professor, and Chair of the Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College in San Diego, CA. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Black Studies and Economics, a Master of Arts degree in Education emphasis on Counseling and her Doctorate in Education focusing on the relationship between cultural identify development and STEM/STEAM education as a transformational learning process. As an educator, community activist and equity advocate for over 30 years, she has committed herself to cultivating knowledge of self as a foundational and necessary key to success, academic excellence, civic responsibility and life mastery.

Inspired by Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III’s premise that educators with a clear sense of history, cultural consciousness, and identity, who are also prepared to provide quality education for all students, can reverse all mechanisms of oppression and their effects when the concepts of schooling, education and socialization are integrated into the larger process of human transformation.

Her belief in the African-center worldview and philosophy of SBA (teaching, wisdom, learning and study – deep thought) THAT ALL CHILDREN/STUDENTS CAN LEARN within an environment that nurtures and cultivates their brilliance, is grounded in love (as an affective learning process) and works collaboratively with the community in solution producing endeavors to support the transformation of many into culturally competent, economically conscious leaders and decision makers.

Dr. Mayása has dedicated her life to using education as a catalyst for change through personal development and the improvement of the social, political and economic status of African diasporan communities. She believes that “A real education builds not only a person’s skills but their character, values, and ethics that prepares our society for better relationships and lived realities within our global communities. Education is one of the most powerful avenues used to change the world. That’s why community colleges (as the heart of higher education) are key to building America’s future and I am appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of it!”

Dr. Mayása is a member of numerous organizations in service to the community such as the Water for Children, Africa; The National Council for Black Studies (Board Member); San Diego Ambassador Program (Co-founder/director); Roots Scholars Program & Global Citizenry Network (Founder); National Association for Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Her participation in these diverse activities cultivate an environment and discourse that promote global awareness, mutual respect and understanding which are vital to creating successful experiences in the educational arena and community at large.

Dr. Mayása has lectured for numerous civil, social, community organizations and educational institutions with workshops, seminars and trainings that inform, inspire and empower students, parents, and the community at large with knowledge of self as a basis for healing, creating greater balance and life mastery in the human experience to improve the quality of life and education in both public and private sectors.

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Manuel Velez

Manuel Vélez

President, Academic Senate; San Diego Mesa College

Manuel J. Vélez received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso’s Bilingual Writing Program in 1996. Since then, aside from pursuing his literary goals, he has worked as a high school counselor and Spanish teacher in San Diego, an English Professor at El Paso Community College in El Paso, Texas and is currently Professor of Chicana/o Studies at Mesa College. Manuel’s work has appeared in various publications including Raza Spoken Here Vol. 1, Many Mountains Moving, and Puerto del Sol.

He is the winner of the 1996 Pellicer-Frost Binational Poetry Prize and the author of Bus Stops and Other Poems, published by Calaca Press in 1998. Calaca Press also published La Calaca Review, an anthology of Latina/o voices edited by Manuel. He currently serves as the Academic Senate President at San Diego Mesa College as well as a South Representative on the Executive Council of the ASCCC.

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Cloris Johnson

Cloris Johnson

Cloris has always had a passion for education. She obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Paralegal certification in Paralegal Studies and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership.

Cloris served as a supervisor at the County of San Diego. While at the County, she was instrumental in the development of the African American Association of County Employees (AAACE). Shortly after, she was inducted as the Chair of Outreach for AAACE. While she served as chair she helped students and fundraised money to create scholarships to send high school seniors to college. She created the Leon Williams scholarship in honor of the first African American to serve on the San Diego County Council and Board of Supervisors.

Cloris found that her passion was helping students get through college and wanted her work to contribute to students and staff in a much larger capacity. After 10 years at the County of San Diego, she began working in the President’s Office at San Diego Mesa College. She is now an Instructional Office Specialist and Co-Chair of the Equity Task Force.Cloris has always had a passion for education. She obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Paralegal certification in Paralegal Studies and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership.

Cloris served as a supervisor at the County of San Diego. While at the County, she was instrumental in the development of the African American Association of County Employees (AAACE). Shortly after, she was inducted as the Chair of Outreach for AAACE. While she served as chair she helped students and fundraised money to create scholarships to send high school seniors to college. She created the Leon Williams scholarship in honor of the first African American to serve on the San Diego County Council and Board of Supervisors.

Cloris found that her passion was helping students get through college and wanted her work to contribute to students and staff in a much larger capacity. After 10 years at the County of San Diego, she began working in the President’s Office at San Diego Mesa College. She is now an Instructional Office Specialist and Co-Chair of the Equity Task Force.

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Ahmad Muhammad

Ahmad Muhammad

My name is Ahmad Muhammad. I was born and raised in Southeast San Diego. I went to Lincoln High School and dropped out in my 12th grade year. Years later I was inspired by many friends and colleagues to go back to school and continue my education. I decided to go San Diego Mesa College where I had a great experience with many professors and students. I am now a Mesa College 2020 grad and on my way to UC Berkeley in the spring semester.

Past Convocations

2020 Spring Convocation

2019 Spring Convocation

2019 Fall Convocation

2018 Spring Convocation  

2018 Fall Convocation