“LatinBayArea contacted Laura Alarcon from Chabot College regarding the Sanctuary Resolution passed by the faculty Senate”.
Alarcón asserts that the Sanctuary resolution presented to the Board of Trustees on May 16th is Chabot’s effort to walk on the right side of history during these uncertain times for the communities the college serve.
The resolution affirms Chabot’s commitment to stand with students and residents of Hayward which is one of California’s most diverse cities with nearly four in 10 of its residents being foreign born.
We hope lots of pople will show and a lot of public comments will address the desire for Chabot to be a sanctuary campus.
‘Sanctuary’ status falls short at Chabot-Las Positas colleges.
While the Chabot-Las Positas college district board on Tuesday made formal its support of a recently signed law offering “some level of protection” to undocumented and immigrant students, it stopped short of declaring the two district campuses “sanctuaries,” a stance that drew harsh criticism from students and faculty.
“We were looking for some sentiment that goes beyond the law already passed,” said Laurie Docktor, faculty senate president at Chabot College in Hayward.
Added Noell Adams, Chabot’s classified senate president, “It’s not a strong, clear or compassionate enough of a message.”
All of the 20 speakers who addressed the matter — most of them students and faculty from Chabot and other colleges — agreed, calling the board’s 6-0 vote to support the California Values Act a good first step at best, and insufficient at worst.
“This district needs to stay on the right side of history,” said Alex Walker Griffin, student body president at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, whose district passed a “sanctuary” resolution in January.
The board’s resolution calls for embracing the California Values Act, a package of bills including Senate Bill 54 and Assembly Bill 21, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 5. It prevents state or local resources from being used to help federal authorities with mass deportations of undocumented individuals, and declares schools (and other places) to be “safe spaces.”
Tuesday’s resolution covers both the Chabot campus and the Las Positas College campus in Livermore. But it has been Chabot that has been far more vocal on the sanctuary subject. With the Trump administration’s phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“Dreamers’”) Act, undocumented students have been more afraid to come to school and to participate in public life in general, speakers said. Chabot student Juan Carrasco told the board trustees one of his friends “had fear of even coming to this meeting because he is undocumented.”
The board took heat for moving the meeting from Hayward to Dublin, with speakers noting Hayward is a sanctuary city and that Dublin leaders declined earlier this year to take that same step.
But they got the harshest reactions for their reticence to use the term “sanctuary” in their resolution, and for how long they waited to deal with the matter; the trustees were presented in May with a tougher “sanctuary” resolution by the Chabot student, faculty and classified employees’ senate, which had completed it in March.
Chancellor Jannett Jackson told the audience that word fosters “a false sense of security” and wouldn’t withstand potential legal challenges as well as the board’s document.
Indeed, most board members said very little about the resolution they approved. A notable exception was student (and non-voting) trustee Juliet Garcia, herself an immigrant from Mexico, who said that while the term “sanctuary” may be symbolic, that it’s still important.
“Once I got to Chabot, they made me feel welcome, made me feel safe,” Garcia said, starting to cry. “This is a great start, but I don’t see why we can’t pass a sanctuary resolution as well.”
Board President Hal S. Gin refuted some speakers’ contention that district leaders don’t care about immigrants or students of color. “I came from an immigrant family; I’ve been through this,” he said.
But Kay Fischer, an ethnic studies professor at Chabot, had told the board earlier that “sanctuary” status is about far more than having one’s papers. “When you’re talking about undocumented people, you’re talking about race, whether you believe it or not.”
Chabot College chancellor gets ‘no confidence’ vote
By Sam Richards, srichards@bayarea newsgroup.com
HAYWARD » The Chabot College Academic/Faculty Senate has voted to declare “no confidence” in Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Chancellor Jannett Jackson.
Thursday’s vote cited a litany of concerns, including she and her senior staffers “not responding in a timely manner to college needs,” their “unsupportive” management style and micromanaging the hiring process.
The 4½-page resolution lists various issues that Andrew Pierson, a psychology professor and faculty senate member at Chabot, said taken together detail a “pattern of unresponsiveness and mismanagement by the district chancellor specifically, but also includes detailed concerns about other district upper management.”
Bringing these matters to a head, Pierson said Friday, was the Oct. 24 vote by the college district’s board of trustees to stop short of declaring Chabot-Las Positas a “sanctuary” district, and instead opting for a resolution calling for support of the California Values Act, which starting Jan. 1 will mean schools will be “safe spaces” for undocumented students.
The “sanctuary” designation, though largely symbolic, was supported by Chabot students, faculty and classified employees in a May resolution. The board of trustees didn’t formally address the issue until Oct. 24.
“Yes, I think it’s fair to say that the (Oct. 24) resolution is a tipping point,” Pierson said.
Jackson issued a response statement late Friday afternoon noting that at the Oct. 24 board meeting she offered to “meet with any of the faculty, classified or student senate committees to discuss any concerns,” and that no one has, as of yet, taken her up on that offer, which she said still stands.
“I disagree with their resolution but I will continue to work to the best of my ability to do what’s right for the district, faculty, staff and students,” she said.