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4CSD 2023 Conference At A Glance


Wednesday | November 1

10:30 AM

Conference Check-In Opens

Location: Lobby

11:00 - 12:30 PM

PRE-CONFERENCE | Vision Resource Center College System Admins Luncheon

Location: Mahogany/Cedar (2nd floor)
RSVP Separately from Conference Registration

1:00 - 3:00 PM

OPENING PLENARY: Centering for New Perspectives on Professional Learning

Kick off the conference with can't-miss news that's hot off the press! We'll get you thinking in new ways and imagining new possibilities. Featuring unexpected activities and surprise guests, we'll kick off this year's confernece in style together!

3:30 - 5:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

Diversity Statements 101: Laying the Foundation

Presenter: Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, College of the Canyons

Please join us as we engage in an interactive discussion and workshop on Diversity Statements. There has been lots of conversation about what diversity statements are and what they entail, and why they are important. Depending on whether a person is developing their own personal reflection on what diversity means to them or if a person is applying for a classified/confidential, faculty or management position, it is important to understand the meaning of diversity statements and how they reflect you as an individual and in professional spaces. This interactive workshop will explore various components of an effective diversity statement, the purpose of it, and why it needs to be a “living document” throughout a person’s career. Learning Outcomes: - To bring awareness of the various components of an effective diversity statement; - To develop a better self-reflective standing on diversity statements; - To recognize what a diversity statement is not; - How to enhance and grow your individual diversity statement

Communities of Practice: Generating Authentic Professional Development Buy-In While Reducing Professional Development Barriers

Presenters: Dr. Lauren M. Mecucci Springer, English Professor; DE/PD Coordinator; Flex Coordinator and Carrie Consalvi, DE/PD Coordinator; librarian; OER Liaison;  Mt. San Jacinto College

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are effective for professional development, fostering community and knowledge sharing. In the 22-23 academic year, we organized three CoPs based on faculty requests and institutional data: one for late-start, 8-week courses, repeated the next semester, and another for alternatives to discussion boards and active learning, online and face-to-face. Our data revealed that 100% of faculty gained new teaching strategies, with 65% finding it highly valuable. Additionally, 55% experienced a sense of community and reduced isolation. This session will empower attendees to create their own CoPs, address PD challenges, and receive our CoP materials, along with guidance on using institutional data to choose relevant topics.

Reimagining Flex: Developing an Inclusive and Comprehensive Professional Learning Program for the CCC

Presenters: 4CSD Board Members Chris Franz, Coordinator, Professional Development, Glendale Community College and Natalie Halsell, Coordinator, Professional Development, Riverside City College, and Jessica Martin, Program Coordinator, Professional Development, Diablo Valley College

At 4CSD 2022, a working session kicked off a critical converastion about reimagining the Flex program, which hasn't seen a revision since 2007. Learn what the work team that has been meeting throughout the year has accomplished and engage in disucssion about next steps in driving toward an inclusive and comprehensive professional learning program in the CCC.

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Networking Social and Headshot Lounge

Location: Outdoor Courtyard

A chance to meet and reconnect with your professional development colleagues. Heavy appetizers will be served. Headshot lounge signups will be on-site.

7:00 PM

Meet to Eat Dinner

Location: Hotel Lobby

Want to grab dinner with colleagues? Meet in the lobby to group up and head to dinner together! Whether you are at the conference alone, don't have a car, or just want to meet some new people, join us in the lobby where we'll make recomendations to local restaurants and organize groups for dinner.

Thursday | November 2


8:00 - 9:00 AM


Location: Mahogany/Cedar (2nd floor)

Headshot Lounge

Location: Maple

Headshot lounge sign ups will be on site and first-come, first-served.

9:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Deconstructing Barriers to Equity and Inclusion 

Presenters: 4CSD Board Members and Breakthrough Learning

It's not just a conference theme, it's a call to action and professional learning plays a critical role. A hands-on activity from Breakthough Learning will jump start this important conversation.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Keynote: Dr. Keith Curry: “Unapologetic Leadership…The Importance of Racial Equity in Professional Development”

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. Keith Curry is the President of the Compton College and CEO of the Compton Community College District. 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 the 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. 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), the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice Advisory Board, 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. In 2018, Dr. Curry received the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award. The Association of California Community College Administrators bestows the award to 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 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 Educational fund. The award honors those who prioritize student-centered policies that produce equitable outcomes and expand opportunities for Californians. In June 2020, Dr. Curry was invited by Governor Newsom’s Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education Lande Ajose to serve on the California Higher Education Recovery with Equity Task Force. 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 Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles.

Dr. Curry

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch & Caring Campus Conversations

Location: Outdoor Courtyard

More than 2/3 of our campuses are in some phase of Caring Campus implementation. Whether your campus is full-steam-ahead or hasn't jumped on the train yet, we'll have great conversations about how Caring Campus is (or could) changing campus culture and climate for employees and students alike.

2:00 - 3:15 PM

Barriers to Building and Implementing DEI Work: People vs. Process

Presenters from Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District: Karen Marrujo, Faculty; Victoria Christine Rodriguez, Administrator; Katie Cabral, Classified Professional; Sharon Sampson, Faculty;  Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks, Faculty; Jessica Moore, Classified Professional.

While changes to processes and structures are essential to further DEIA work, these efforts are often undermined by decentering the experiences and needs of those implementing the work. For DEIA efforts to be effective, there needs to be a focus on prioritizing building care and support for all practitioners at every step of the process. This session will reflect on how prioritizing process over people is one of the main barriers to DEIA work, based on our experiences implementing DEIA changes related to hiring and EEO practices and processes. During this session, we will brainstorm strategies for adopting a people-first framework together. This session is directed at anyone engaging in DEIA work, especially those who are in leadership positions at their institutions.

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Steal This Idea

Facilitated by: 4CSD Board Members

Your colleagues are doing AMAZING things! We will feature some of this year's award nominees and their bright ideas. Bring your successes, emerging practices, and works-in-progress and be prepared to share - and steal - these ideas! We know you'll leave inspired - and connected - to great ideas and great people.

6:00 PM

4CSD Awards Celebration Dinner

Location: Sycamore Maple or Outdoor Courtyard

Join us for a Hawaiian feast and a celebration of the fantastic work of your fellow PD practitioners.

Friday | November 3


7:45 - 8:45 AM


Location: Mahogany/Cedar (2nd floor)

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Professional Development in the California Community Colleges

Download Slides | Culturally Competent Faculty PD Funds memo | Ethnic Studies Allocation memo 
Presenters: Marrin Thuston, Specialist and Ebony Jefferies, Dean,  Office of Institutional Effectiveness, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Representatives from the Chancellor's Office Instutitonal Effectiveness team will share the statewide updates related to professional development for all employees.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Achieving Meta-Performance: Strategies for Faculty and Staff Success 

Presenters: Seth Yelorda, CEO of Vision Clarity

Representatives from the Chancellor's Office Instutitonal Effectiveness team will share the statewide updates related to professional development for all employees.

12:00  - 1:00 PM

Lunch and Raffle

Location: Outdoor Courtyard

Have a great meal with your PD colleagues (and new besties...!?) before you hit the road. We'll have some great raffle prizes, but you have to be there to win!

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