As Communications Director, I've remained on-call every day to be ready to take on tasks at the drop of dime.
Here are a few things I've done in my term.
Resolution to Raise Adjunct Workload Cap from 67% to 80%
In 2018, I wrote a resolution that was passed by the CFT, and is now a bill (AB 897, Medina) in the California Assembly. If passed as a new law, the workload cap of all California Community College (CCC) adjuncts will be increased from 67% to 85%--allowing each adjunct to work an additional class at individual colleges. These contributions are amongst many others.
Letters of Support
When Assembly Bill 897 (Medina) and Assembly Bill 463 (Cervantes) were introduced to the California Assembly, I helped to draft letters of support for them, to encourage our representatives to pass this bill. (Note: AB 463 would make the Student Loan Forgiveness information and program more accessible to California Community College adjuncts.)
I helped plan Equity Week for the past two years, to help raise campus awareness about the struggles adjunct faculty face on a nation-wide scale. To help illustrate the point that many adjuncts lack dedicated spaces to hold office hours in, I placed an "Office" bumper sticker on the trunk of my car, that I drove on campus, next to a CCFF information table, where me and colleagues spoke with passersby about our unique struggles. I also spoke to the Associated Students of Cerritos College (ASCC) to inform students of the ways adjunct working conditions affect their learning conditions.
New Faculty Orientation
For two years, I helped conduct the New Faculty Orientation to welcome new faculty and encourage them to become union members. In preparation for orientation, I prepared CCFF documents and a PowerPoint slide show to help facilitate the presentation.
During my term, I actively participated in membership drives. I created and updated informational materials for drive volunteers, as well as for the faculty they would meet to discuss their working conditions. I enjoyed meeting colleagues to let them know the union supports them, and will defend their workers' rights when need be.
CCFF Social Media
Social media management demands constant attention. It requires the administrators to keep up with current news and events on campus, in our community, in California, in our country and our world, as they relate to educators and students. This is why I've done my best to regularly attend campus events to take video, photographs and to write brief summaries of the events to share on social media. In other posts, it's my goal to keep followers aware of educator and student struggles, as well as how followers can become more involved and lend a helping hand.
To keep all faculty updated on union goings-on, I was and am sure to send out monthly updates to faculty (especially faculty who cannot or do not attend division meetings) to keep them aware of important events relevant to their work world.
I redesigned the previous website, which was primarily text-based and written in blog form. My goal for the redesign was to organize and archive union information, while adding visual appeal.
I have another redesign in the works to improve upon my previous redesign. My goals for this newer design is to organize information for all our stakeholders, including union officers, faculty, administration and the general public.
informational leaflets & flyers
An important goal for me was to keep faculty informed of union-related events and information through various means. For me, and the union officers who worked around me, this meant reaching faculty through informational leaflets and flyers.
Here are some of the many photographs I took at the events I participated in--from Board of Trustees meetings to lobbying at our state's capitol, and from a March for Our Lives to the CFT's 100th Anniversary Convention.