September 17, 2020
I am very proud of the number of Zoom meetings I participated in this week. When I shared my good news with Sheri Berger, Vice President of Academic Affairs, she told me that on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, she participated in eight Zoom meetings. As a college, we need to cap the number of Zoom meetings; we all participate in each day, eight is too many. However, sometimes the meetings are necessary and significant in terms of the good news that they bring.
During a meeting with Sheri Berger and Dr. Minodora Moldoveanu, President of the Compton College Academic Senate, I was informed about our progress toward creating a Culture, Diversity, and Equity Course Requirement for all Compton College students as part of the Compton College Response to the California Community College Chancellor's Office Call to Action. I had asked Dr. Moldoveanu to work with the Academic Senate to establish a committee to assist with developing the new course requirement. I am incredibly excited about the proposed new course requirement and look forward to hearing about the next steps. More information on the Compton College Response to the Call to Action is included in this President/CEO Message.
The President/CEO Message - September 17, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.
Compton College COVID-19 Update
On September 16, 2020, there were 3,238 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from before yesterday. The state now has a total of 766,201 positive cases. There has been a total of 14,721 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.
Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for September 21-26, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.
Compton College Response to the California Community College Chancellor's Office Call to Action
As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - August 3, 2020, and the President/CEO Message - August 27, 2020, we are working on the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Call to Action. Our recommendations/activities must be bold and innovative in addressing the issues our Black Male students face, and how we implement programs and services that support all Black Male students through our Guided Pathway Divisions. In August 2020, I appointed Tina Kuperman, Director of Diversity, Compliance, and Title IX, and Dr. Kendahl Radcliffe, Division Chair of Social Sciences, to work together to develop Compton College's Response to the Call to Action. The Call to Action asks for our response to focus on six key areas:
- Law Enforcement Training
- Campus Climate Dialogue
- Inclusive Classrooms and Anti-Racism Curriculum
- Equity Plans
- Implementation of the California Community College Vision for Success Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force 2020 Report
- Vision Resource Center
In the coming weeks, Tina Kuperman and Dr. Radcliffe will forward the draft document to me for review. I asked Tina Kuperman to share the document with a committee of Compton College managers/supervisors for their feedback and comments. Once the Compton College Response to the Call to Action has been completed, we will share with the college's Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee for their final review. Through the Collaborative Governance process, my goal is to present the Compton College Response to the Call to Action at the October 20, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting.
Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program
Next week, Compton College employees can participate in the Everytable Employee Meal Delivery Program - $59 for ten meals, including delivery. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday evenings at midnight. Compton College employees can order and pay for the Everytable Employee Meal Delivery Program online here.
Current students received a reminder/invitation via their @compton.edu accounts this week to take advantage of late-start classes this fall. Twelve-week classes begin Monday, September 21, 2020, and 8-week classes begin Saturday, October 17, 2020. All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.
Survey Measures Student Media Preferences
Collaborating with Interact Communications and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Compton College will be promoting a "Statewide Media Preferences" survey to help us understand which media Compton College students use most, and by extension, how we can better communicate with them. The survey will be open on September 21, 2020, through November 15, 2020.
Compton College students will be asked to complete a series of questions about their media preferences. At the end of that survey, participants will have the chance to enter an opportunity drawing. Faculty and staff, please encourage your students to participate in the survey; current Compton College students, be sure to check your @compton.edu email next week for more information and a link to the survey.
Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks
Just a friendly reminder, I will host our next virtual Tartar Talks on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. During the virtual Tartar Talks, we will provide campus-wide updates, including the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget, Accreditation, Guided Pathways, and COVID-19. The virtual Tartar Talk Zoom Meeting information is available here.
Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums
Three virtual student forums have been scheduled for the fall 2020 semester. Compton College students are invited to meet with me virtually via Zoom Meeting to discuss matters affecting them personally or the College community at large. Virtual forums are scheduled for September 24, 2020, October 29, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lumina Foundation 2020 Strategic Plan
In my President/CEO Message â€“ August 13, 2020, I mentioned a conference call with the Lumina Foundation. During that meeting, the Lumina Foundation representatives mentioned the Lumina Foundation Strategic Plan 2020 would be released in September 2020. The strategic plan is now available online and available here.
I want to congratulate Elizabeth Martinez, Vice President of Student Services, who will be on maternity leave beginning October 1, 2020, through March 5, 2021. Compton CCD will hire an Acting Vice President of Student Services to serve in Vice President Elizabeth Martinez's absence. Tomorrow, September 18, 2020, the Human Resources Department will announce the Acting Vice President of Student Services position. If an internal applicant isn't selected for this position, we will conduct a national search for an Acting Vice President of Student Services.
Finally, I have been following the recent shooting of the two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies that occurred in Compton this past weekend, and the deputies and their families are in my prayers. At the same time, I want to thank the Compton College Police Department for their hard work and dedication to protecting our campus and keeping it safe. Over the past couple of months, due to COVID-19, our Police Department has assumed additional responsibilities. However, their number one objective has remained the same: maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Please be safe, and it is truly an honor to serve as your President/CEO!
Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)