Whereas, The bylaws of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) include procedures and criteria for conferring the status of Senator Emeritus for the purpose of recognizing the meritorious service of a faculty member upon or after retirement, and Lesley Kawaguchi has satisfied those requirements as a faculty member of the California Community Colleges System whose service has exceeded the required five years of significant service to the Academic Senate;
Whereas, Lesley Kawaguchi has contributed to the California Community Colleges’ commitment to equity, diversity, and student success through her service on the ASCCC Executive Committee from 2005-2014 as At-Large Representative, South representative and Area C Representative; chaired the Equity and Diversity, Basic Skills, Accreditation, Educational Policies, and Relations with Local Senates committees; oversaw or helped in the writing of several ASCCC papers and Rostrum articles; organized Accreditation and Leadership Institutes; worked on the early stages of C-ID and the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) for History; participated in groups such as the CCCCO original Equity and Diversity Committee and intersegmental groups working on C-ID and the TMC, while also participating in a number of other external committees, advisory groups, and task forces;
Whereas, Lesley Kawaguchi worked on the History of ASCCC project after her time on the ASCCC Executive Committee ended, as well as continued participation as a senator in her local senate;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges confer upon Lesley Kawaguchi their highest honor of Senator Emeritus and thank her for her contributions to the faculty and students of California;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges encourages Lesley to continue pursuing research and writing the textbook on the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion that informed her teaching and to travel (when it is safe) throughout the U.S. gathering materials for the textbook in her retirement;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges wish Lesley much happiness spending time with her husband Ken, daughters, and grandchildren.