In Other News…

STAND WITH DREAMERS: SEIU Faculty Forward has launched an effort to bolster support for undocumented students and employees on college campuses and in our communities. Fellow faculty and students can pledge here, and from there will be directed to a site that includes information about how to take action, share your story, and more.

TRANSPARENCY FOR THE WIN: Predatory lending and collecting is all too prevalent in higher education, but thanks to efforts by some public officials, protection is moving to another level. The Illinois Student Loan Bill of Rights will be going into law. Drafted by the state’s Attorney General—who took on and sued loan servicer Navient—the new law attempts to prevent borrowers from being misled or ignored by companies that service their loans. Read more here.

JUST SAY NO: The American Association of University Professors’ “One Faculty, One Resistance” campaign has launched an online petition urging 15 key Republicans to reject H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which could have a devastating impact on students and higher education. Click here to sign the petition today.

LISTEN UP: The holidays are upon us (yikes!) and with them, a chance to enjoy time away from campus. Take a few minutes while you’re cooking, or going on a walk or run, to listen to our new podcast, Radio Free CSU. The inaugural series, “Stronger Together,” focuses on CFA’s Anti-Racism and Social Justice Transformation work. In the first episode, CFA President Jennifer Eagan discusses how CFA is a “strong social justice organization, but we can be even stronger.” Listen here today! The podcast also is available for download on iTunes and SoundCloud.

IN MEMORIAM: Colleagues, friends, and family held a celebration of life on Nov. 11 for Dr. Leo H. Kirchhoff. Kirchhoff, a Professor Emeritus at Chico State who also taught in other countries on Fulbright grants, was an enthusiastic educator who continued to work with educators even after retirement in 2002. He will be missed by many in the campus community, union, and beyond. His obituary, which includes condolence information, can be found here.