May 18, 2021

2021 Spring Virtual Conference

Day 2 - May 18, 2021




9:00am Optional Diamond Sponsor Information Sessions (keep a lookout for an invitation from our sponsors, one week before the conference.)

10:00am Welcome, Announcements & Sponsor Information

10:15am-11:10am Supporting Students and Making Intelligent Investments With Federal Stimulus Resources

Panelists: Mario Rodriguez, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, Los Rios Community College District; Beth Gomez, Vice President of Business Services, Mt. San Jacinto Community College District; Morris Rodrigue, Vice President of Administrative Services, Mt. San Antonio College; Myeshia Armstrong, Vice President of Administrative Services, East Los Angeles College; Rodrigo Garcia, Vice President of Administrative Services, Fullerton College; Lorena Romero, Federal Funding Specialist, College Finance and Facilities Planning Division, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; and Felipe Lopez, Vice President/Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Cerritos College

With the infusion of federal stimulus resources, each with its own programmatic requirements, including timelines, allowables, and reporting, it can be hard to find ways to intelligently spend this significant amount of resources effectively.  Join us for a panel discussion from district and college business officials to talk about how they have prioritized supporting students through direct aid, meeting basic needs, and see how they used federal resources to reorient their institutions along the way.  The panel will include representatives from the CCCCO to help answer questions and provide the most recent guidance on HEERF I, II, and III.

11:15am-12:00pm Keynote Presentation: Investing in Equity and Inclusion: The Pathway to Maximum Returns 

Panelist: Sacha Moore, District Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance, Coast CCD

In this keynote, Sacha Moore, Coast Community College District Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance and Golden West College Professor of English, will highlight the benefits of infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. This discussion will include the fundamentals of building welcoming spaces and enhancing a sense of belonging; identifying and managing threats to these environments; and capitalizing on strategies for developing and maintaining thriving partnerships grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion-based values. Attendees will discover proactive practices that can strengthen and energize their teams today and for the long term.  

12:00pm Lunch Break

12:45pm-1:45pm Optional Lunch & Learn Self-Care 101: Focus on What You Can Control

Panelist: Geisce Ly, Dean, Downtown Campus and School of Business, Fashion, Culinary Arts, Child Development, and Environmental Horticulture/Floristry, City College of San Francisco

Self-care should always come first because it is the most important way to boost and maintain emotional, physical and mental health. However, we often forget to take care of ourselves first due to work-related responsibilities, obligations and expectations. The purpose of this session is to help administrators be more mindful that self-care leads to better overall health and to highlight ten self-care strategies.

2:00pm Announcements & Sponsor Information

2:15pm-2:55pm Emerging From the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Campus May Look Like in the Fall and What Districts Should Do to Prepare

Panelists: Alysha Stein-Manes, Associate, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and Meredith Karasch, Senior Counsel, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an immense and wide-ranging impact on community college districts, their employees, and their students.  Even as life returns to some semblance of normal, districts will continue to navigate new and complex issues related to the pandemic, including what the Fall semester might look like.  In planning for the Fall, districts will need to consider federal, state, and local orders, guidance, and legal obligations and many other variables to decide how best to continue educating their students while promoting safe and healthy campuses and offices for employees, students, and families alike.

In this presentation we will discuss some of the critical issues community college districts face as a result of the pandemic, including:

  • Legal obligations for maintaining a safe campus.
  • Avoiding costly wage and hour mistakes involving telecommuting, reimbursement and off-the-clock working.
  • How to effectively manage requests for leaves and accommodations.
  • Issues surrounding vaccination policies, exemptions from vaccination requirements, and accommodating employees and students who refuse vaccinations.

3:00pm-4:00pm What you need to know about Student Attendance Accounting

Panelists: Felipe Lopez, Vice President/Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Cerritos College; John Mullen, Senior Consultant, College Finance and Facilities Planning; Elias M. Regalado, Associate Vice President Finance and Administrative Services, Foothill College; Wrenna Finche, Assistant Vice Chancellor, College Finance and Facilities Planning; Natalie Wagner, Director of Fiscal Standards, College Finance and Facilities Planning

Did you know the Student Attendance Accounting Manual (SAAM) has been updated? This session is all about attendance accounting. We will summarize the key changes made in the SAAM to reflect current statutes and regulations, provide an overview on attendance accounting, provide examples in calculating FTES, and review attendance accounting implications relating to COVID-19.


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