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The Student Senate for California Community Colleges works to promote and safeguard access for current and future students to California public higher education in accordance with the Master Plan for Higher Education through system participatory governance, legislative and policy advocacy, and regional support and development.

News & Notes

The recent social events have called many of the California community college administrators and faculty to act to improve student success for black and other students of color. While some recent webinars included the voice of students, they were few. The Student Senate for California Community College wants to hear from students of color about their experiences and learn from them in order to implement an action plan to improve the campus climate.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On June 6, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) which would prohibit foreign students studying in the U.S. from taking a fully online course load. According to the announcement, “The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.” Our foreign community college students face a choice: either attend courses in person during a dangerous pandemic or face deportation. In light of the pandemic and enormous challenges our students face, it is egregious to force our students to subject themselves to life-threatening conditions to satisfy unnecessarily onerous requirements.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On June 30, 2020, Governor Newsom signed the 2020 - 21 Budget Act. While this is not the budget students had hoped for, we are thankful of the Legislature and the Governor’s efforts to support community colleges. Most notably, we are pleased that the final budget provides $120 million to support students’ basic needs, specifically mental health, housing, food insecurities, and includes investments to create online tools to support our students. These funds will be crucial to reducing the devastating impact to our students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While this is only a temporary solution for our DACA students, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges is heartened to see the decision to protect the California Community College system nearly 70,000 undocumented students.

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