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Diversity and Engagement Webinars

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The Office of Diversity and Engagement offers a variety of convenings to link leaders and to deepen the expertise of our partners throughout the state. This year, we invite you to a new 2017–18 webinar series for educators, college preparation professionals and the UC community.

The 60- to 90-minute webinars will take place beginning October 2017. Each will feature a distinguished speaker or panel of speakers, moderated by Diversity and Engagement staff members. Sessions will address a range of the most urgent issues now facing educators.

Basic Needs at UC: Crisis, Intersectionality and Transformation

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

When students’ most basic needs are not met, it’s hard for them to function, let alone learn. The university's latest student-experience surveys show that 44 percent of undergraduates and 25 percent of graduate students across UC campuses are “food insecure.” Furthermore, 5–8 percent of all students have experienced homelessness at some point during their time at UC. Join this webinar to learn about basic needs research, a preventative model and strategies to support prospective UC students.

View the latest report on food and housing security at UC on the Global Food Initiative website.

Presented by:

  • Ruben E. Canedo, Research and Mobilization Coordinator, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence,
    UC Berkeley
  • Tim Galarneau, Community-Engaged Education Coordinator, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz


How Will ESSA Affect K–12 Schools and Districts in California?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, Governor Jerry Brown notes that “California will use the Every Student Succeeds Act to create an integrated federal, state and local accountability system.” As a result, the educators and professionals working in and with California’s K–12 schools are called upon to be ever more well-versed in related policies and accountability structures, so they can best serve stakeholders.

This webinar offers a professional development opportunity for professionals who support K–12 schools and districts in California. It will provide essential information about California’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will align with the state’s new accountability system, a new process that uses multiple measures to identify inequities. Participants will receive an overview of federal law as well as specific insights about California’s proposed implementation plan, Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), the California School Dashboard and statewide systems of support.

Presented by:

  • Marguerite Ries, Federal Policy Liaison, Government Affairs Division, California Department of Education


Diversity Data: An analysis of California K–12 and UC demographics

Friday, October 6, 2017
10:00 –11:00 a.m.

The University of California is committed to a diverse community that reflects the demographics of the state. This webinar will share the current status of that goal, providing an overview of demographics in California and at the university. The webinar will focus specifically on the academic pipeline for two persistently underrepresented groups, engaging participants in a data-supported exploration of how California's African American and Chicano/Latino students move across the public education continuum. By drawing together data from multiple sources, including the California Department of Education, the College Board and the UC Data Warehouse, the webinar will identify subgroups of URM students most likely to benefit from specific forms of intervention, along with projected enrollment gains.

This webinar will also include an overview of the UC Information Center, which provides easily accessible data on a wide range of topics affecting the UC community. The overview will showcase the Info Center’s interactive analyses of transfer admissions and affordability.

Presented by:

  • Elizabeth Halimah, Associate Vice Provost, UC Office of the President
  • Ryan Chan, Senior Research & Planning Analyst, UC Office of the President