California Community College Civic and Community Engagement Student Summit

STUDENT SUMMIT

California Community College Civic and Community Engagement

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | College of the Canyons | Santa Clarita, CA

Declining rates of civic literacy and decreasing participation in civic and community engagement plague our nation. The once pervasive American ethos “to get involved” has waned among the general population. However, research shows that the earlier a person embraces civic knowledge, as well as experiences community service, the more likely one will become civically aware and engaged through voting and making a difference throughout their lifetime. Education is central to increasing civic and community engagement while working to ensure the “public good,” especially among the next generation of civic leaders.   See the Need. Be the Change!

8:30-9:00        Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:15        WelcomePatty Robinson, Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives, College of the Canyons

9:15-9:45        See the Need.  Be the Change: The Civic Spectrum Verdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment

9:45-10:15      Transformation: Traditional Service Learning to Critical Civic Impact  Jaye Houston, Coordinator of Community Service, University of La Verne

10:15-11:00    How to Be a Community Organizer: An Introduction to Learning Resources Cynthia Kaufman, Director, Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, De Anza College, & Marilú Guevara, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

11:00-11:15    Networking Break

11:15-12:00    Empowerment Lightening Round

Kelly Chan, Outreach Manager, Up to Us

Abigail Lynn, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Southern California

CSUN Civic Engagement Minor | Jeanine Minge, Director of Community Engagement & Danielle Spratt, Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, English Department, CSU Northridge

UCLA Civic Engagement Minor | Doug Barrera, Associate Director for Engaged Research, UCLA Center for Community Learning

12:00-12:30    Showcase of Democracy’s Students  |  Engaged California Community College Students

12:30-2:00      LunchFireside Chat with Civic Community College Alumna, Arielle Epps

Avriel Epps, PhD Candidate, Harvard University, and Alumna, College of the Canyons

Bianca Philippi, Professor of Business, College of the Canyons

2:00-2:50        “Agents of Change” Film and DialogueVerdis Robinson, facilitator

2:50-3:00        Concluding Comments

Speakers (In order of appearance)

PATTY ROBINSON, PHD

Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives, College of the Canyons

Patty Robinson has worked at College of the Canyons (Calif.) since 1999 and has served in various roles, including Sociology Professor, Dean of the Social Sciences and Business Division, and Interim Dean, Center for Civic Engagement. She currently spearheads the College’s new campus-wide emphasis on civic and community engagement as Faculty Director, Civic and Community Engagement Initiatives. Receiving her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Davis, she pursued her interests in women’s history and medical sociology and eventually focused on the rise of 19th and 20th Century women’s organizations.

Before transitioning into administration, she engaged her sociology students in a multitude of projects examining aspects of social aging, including facilitating a community-based oral history project entitled, Telling Their Stories. As a dean, she organized and facilitated the statewide Annual California Regional Academic Deans’ Retreat, drawing participants from community colleges throughout the state. Returning to her “sociological roots,” Patty remains committed to fostering a civic-mindset throughout the campus and community through her work with Community-Based Learning and civic engagement.

Verdis ROBINSON

National Director, The Democracy Commitment

Verdis LeVar Robinson is the first National Director of TDC after serving as a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s TDC Campus Coordinator since the beginning of the organization, he has served on TDC National Steering Committee and on the Advisory Council for its Economic Inequality Initiative.

Professionally, Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West.  He is also a Public Scholar with New York Humanities. Additionally, Verdis is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 400 members of the Rochester community in walking, discussing, and learning about the legacy of Jim Crow Rochester.  He holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. and M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.

Jaye Houston, PhD

Coordinator of Community Service, University of La Verne

Dr. Jaye Houston has served as Coordinator of Community Service at the University of La Verne for the past six years. Her area of interests are social responsibility and civic engagement pedagogy.  Dr. Houston volunteers for Time for Change Foundation: Re-entry Services for Women, serves on the advisory board of Women on the Move, the board of People for Peace and Prosperity.

Cynthia Kaufman, PhD

Director, Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, De Anza College

Cynthia Kaufman is the Director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action De Anza College where she runs a community organizer training program and teaches Philosophy. She is the author of two books on social change Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (2nd Edition PM Press 2016). She is working on a third book called Accountability Democracy: Challenging Power in an Increasingly Connected and Unstable World.

She has been active in a wide variety of social justice movements including Central American solidarity, union organizing, police accountability, and most recently tenants’ right and climate change. She blogs at: [email protected]

Marilú Guevara

Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Los Angeles

Marilú Guevara received a B.A. from the University of California Irvine and a M.A. from California State University Long Beach, both degrees in Political Science. Marilú was born and raised in Compton, California, where she still resides. Prior to working at the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (LWVLA), Marilú worked in preparing students for higher education in Compton high schools and as a Financial Aid Director. She is approved by the Department of Education to administer Title IV funding. Marilú has worked with Mayoral and Senate level campaigns and Get Out the Vote grassroots efforts. In 2016, she became the Executive Director for the LWVLA and is responsible for promoting the organizational vision of the League, donor development, strategic planning, civic engagement programs, communications, community leadership and public relations. Marilú is a former College Bound mentor, currently serves on the Action Civics L.A. Partners Board and is a member of the Los Angeles County Community & Voter Outreach Committee.

She has been active in a wide variety of social justice movements including Central American solidarity, union organizing, police accountability, and most recently tenants’ right and climate change. She blogs at: [email protected]

Avriel Epps

PhD Candidate and Presidential Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education, College of the Canyons Alumna

Avriel Epps is a PhD student and Presidential Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a scholar, she has garnered numerous awards and honors including an invitation from the U.S. Department of Education to present her work for Congress in Washington D.C. and recognition as part of the top 10% of undergraduate social scientists in the world. Her previous work on hip hop lyrical themes and online users’ agency in promoting themes that affirm black identities compliments her foray into music taking, where she took on the stage name King avriel. Her most recent musical project ‘thesis’ was released to critical acclaim, hailed as “prodigious”​ by the Huffington Post and “​… a cerebrally significant gift” by The Guardian. The album was streamed 1.8 million times, the digital booklet released to accompany the album was downloaded over 100,000 times, and the project was featured in The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, Vice Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Billboard, LA Weekly and more. The project caught the attention of Jay Z’s Life+Times and Solange Knowles’ Saint Heron. Shortly after, she was invited to contribute a song for the Grand Theft Auto soundtrack alongside notable artists such as Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Phantogram, and more. Today, her research focuses on the intersection of algorithmic bias, digital media literacy, and racial identity development.

Bianca Philippi

Professor of Business, College of the Canyons and Founder/Principal of Creative Insights

Marilú Guevara received a B.A. from the University of California Irvine and a M.A. from California State University Long Beach, both degrees in Political Science. Marilú was born and raised in Compton, California, where she still resides. Prior to working at the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (LWVLA), Marilú worked in preparing students for higher education in Compton high schools and as a Financial Aid Director. She is approved by the Department of Education to administer Title IV funding. Marilú has worked with Mayoral and Senate level campaigns and Get Out the Vote grassroots efforts. In 2016, she became the Executive Director for the LWVLA and is responsible for promoting the organizational vision of the League, donor development, strategic planning, civic engagement programs, communications, community leadership and public relations. Marilú is a former College Bound mentor, currently serves on the Action Civics L.A. Partners Board and is a member of the Los Angeles County Community & Voter Outreach Committee.

Empowerment Lightening Round

Featured Film: Agents of Change

“From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960’s.

Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests.  The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past-making it not just a movie but a movement.”- from http://www.agentsofchangefilm.com

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