SoCal 2014 – Los Angeles Valley College


Southern California Student Union Conference
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Los Angeles Valley College
Monarch Hall, Campus Center
5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen, CA 91401

Introduction to CASU >> PPT
Outreach Materials >>
Full Page Flyer | Quarter Page Flyer


Come connect with campuses across Southern California, share struggles currently happening on your campus & system, help each other connect the privatization dots, and plan next steps in fighting the attacks on our futures.


9:30 – 10:30 am — Registration & Light Breakfast

10:30 – 11:15 am — CASU Intro + Q & A

11:15 – 11:50 am — Campus Report Backs
— Breakout Groups (2 + depending on # of attendees)

12:00 – 12:50 pm — Panel 1: AB 955 and Fighting the Two-Tier System

1:00 – 1:50 pm — Panel 2: Accreditation Battles Across the State

2:00 – 3:00 pm — Lunch

3:00 – 3:50 pm — Panel 3: K-12 Schools LA Students Deserve

4:00 – 4:50 pm — Panel 4: Privatization & Faculty/Worker Rights

5:00 – 7:00 pm — Next Steps Discussion
— 1 hr, Breakout Groups (2 + depending on # of attendees)
— 10 min, Break
— 20 min, Report Backs (7-10 min per group)
— 30 min, Proposals Voting

7:00 – 7:30 pm — Announcements & Closing


AB 955 & Fighting the Two-Tier System
Students from Long Beach City College will be speaking about their struggle against AB955, a legislative bill that sets up a two-tier pilot program wherein students pay over 300% more per unit during winter and summer sessions (i.e. $225/unit as opposed to $46/unit) for certain classes. LBCC students will be joined by student activists from Santa Monica College who helped to defeat the two-tier policy on their campus two years ago, and who will talk about the actions and strategies they took to help defeat the plan on their campus. Now that the two-tier system has morphed from campus policy to state law, what does this mean for the battlefield in which students, staff, and faculty are fighting back?

Stephanie Deschams, Long Beach City College, Civic Engagement Club
Andrea Donado, Long Beach City College, Civic Engagement Club
Aura Chavez, Santa Monica College, SMC Student Organizing Committee
Rosemary Giron, Santa Monica College, SMC Student Organizing Committee
Minh Tran, Los Angeles Valley College, Students Against Cuts

Moderator: Jose Villa, CSU Long Beach (alum), Industrial Workers of the World

Accreditation Battles Across the State
Students from Los Angeles Valley College, Compton College-El Camino Center, and City College of San Francisco, will talk about how the accreditation process, at the hands of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), has affected their campuses and how students and faculty are organizing to fight back. From cuts to classes and faculty/worker salaries to the appointment of Special Trustees with Extraordinary Powers, it’s clear that the sanctions placed on campuses by the ACCJC are about the further privatization of public education. Now that the ACCJC finds itself under sanctions by the U.S. Department of Education for, among other things, clear conflicts of interest with its accrediting practices, the opportunity presents itself to work together against the ACCJC’s attacks.

Albert Sarian, Los Angeles Valley College, Students Against Cuts
Miguel Quintero, Compton College – El Camino Center, Associated Students
Lalo Gonzalez, City College of San Francisco, Save CCSF

Moderator: Jose Villa, CSU Long Beach (alum), Industrial Workers of the World

K-12 & Schools LA Student Deserve (SLASD)
Schools LA Students Deserve is a coalition made up of members from Coalition for Educational Justice, Progressive Educators for Action, and Youth Justice Coalition amongst others. SLASD members have been organizing since 2012 with the goal of uniting students, teachers, and parents in order to work together towards creating the schools and education that students deserve now! Students and teachers from various schools in the Los Angeles area will speak about the immediate struggles they’re facing as well their experience organizing and fighting back on their campuses and as a collective.

TBD, Schools LA Students Deserve

Moderator: Jose Cordova, Los Angeles Valley College, Young People’s  Socialist League

Privatization & Faculty and Worker’s Rights
Neoliberal privatization attacks on education have had a direct affect on the working rights and conditions of faculty and staff. Faculty from CSU Channel Islands, CSU Long Angeles, and the Los Angeles Unified School District will give insights into the issues faculty and staff are facing and the implications of these to the future of education. From attacks on union contracts, to the push toward Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), to “Race to the Top” and the “College Affordability Initiative,” it’s important to be aware how these policies affect us all.

Daniel Olmos, Ph.D. Sociology candidate, CSU Channel Islands
Dr. Kimberly King, Community Psychology, CSU Los Angeles

Moderator: Jen McClellan, Moorpark College, Young People’s Socialist League


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