Support for LGBT Inclusive Curricula and Anti-bullying Efforts

Spring
2011
Resolution Number: 
03.01
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Diversity and Equity
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Executive Committee Policy 30.00, Diversity, defines diversity based on, “but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender/sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity and expression (transsexual/transgender) disability status, religious and political affiliations, age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, academic and vocational disciplines, full- and part-time status. . .” ;

Whereas, Resolutions 3.02 S09 and 20.01 F09 urged local senates to review their curricula, co-curricular activities, and campus practices for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and asked the Academic Senate to research the pedagogical and student services needs of these students and to collect examples of best practices and to report in an appropriate forum the results of the research;

Whereas, AB 620 (Block, March 31, 2011) calls on California community colleges to develop and implement professional development programs to train faculty to generate inclusive curricula, to address harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to train campus public safety officers about hate crimes and harassment; and

Whereas, AB 620 (Block, March 31, 2011) also requests that colleges designate an employee at each campus to address the needs of LGBT faculty, staff, and students, and to share demographic information collected with the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC);

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community support the goals of AB 620 (Block, March 31, 2011) to develop and implement professional development programs to train faculty to generate inclusive curricula, to address harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, to train campus public safety officers about hate crimes and harassment, to designate an employee at each campus to address the needs of LGBT faculty, staff, and students, and to share demographic information collected with the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC).

MSC Disposition: Assemblymember Marty Block, CPEC, Local Senates

Status Report: 

AB620 (Block, 2011) was signed by the Governor. Senate representatives will also continue to advocate for principles included in this resolution during future conversations on the topic.