In Other News…

2020 EQUITY CONFERENCE TO SERVE AS A PLATFORM FOCUSED ON CONNECTING FOR CO-LIBERATION: The 2020 Equity Conference will be organized for the first time as a project of CFA’s Council for Racial and Social Justice. Discussions and panels at this year’s conference will revolve around the following themes: Decolonization, Liberation, Joy and Resistance; Intersectional Continuums of Violence & Power; and (In)/(Hyper)Visibility. Conference Co-Chairs, John Beynon and Sharon Elise are also excited to announce the conference keynote speaker will be Safiya Umoja Noble, acclaimed author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

LOCAL CHAPTER BARGAINING ACTIVITIES RAMPING UP: CFA chapter leaders have been working many creative angles to ensure that their members are able to participate in the bargaining process from the start. Besides inviting members to attend campus bargaining meetings, chapters are using a range of tactics to encourage members to fill out the bargaining survey. Some are using texting campaigns while others are tabling and hitting the hallways hanging door hangers with the survey info. In the Central Valley, Fresno and Stanislaus faculty have a well-stocked coffee cart that they roll through the halls as they engage with colleagues and discuss the upcoming bargaining campaign.

There is still about one month left to complete the bargaining survey; members have until November 25 to submit their responses.

CFA FRONT AND CENTER AT LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON QUANITATIVE REASONING PROPOSAL: On Monday, the State Assembly’s Committee on Higher Education – chaired by Assemblymember Jose Medina – conducted a hearing on the California State University’s controversial Quantitative Reasoning Admissions proposal. Last month, CFA officers released a statement opposing the proposal, which we believe would significantly lessen access to the CSU and heighten existing educational disparities across the state. At the hearing, Susan Green, CFA Treasurer and History professor at CSU Chico, testified that “The Chancellor’s Office should slow down, consider all the intended and unintended consequences of this policy shift, and work together with the California Department of Education, the K-12 districts, and CSU faculty who prepare mathematics teachers, to gather data, perform meaningful and in-depth analyses, and implement the policy change only if and when all concerns are addressed and negative consequences are mitigated.” The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to take action on the proposal at its next meeting, slated for November 19-20.