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January 12--Convocation

I really didn't want to have to get up to go to convocation this morning. The campus where it was being held was a 45 minute drive, and I just wasn't into it, but I got up and went anyway. I left kind of early to avoid all the traffic, and got there about an hour early. I wandered around the campus playing ingress until I got cold and headed for the gym, where the meeting was to be held.

Convocation is the gathering of faculty and staff at the beginning of the semester where the District Chancellor, College President, Academic Senate President, etc., lay out the short and long term challenges we face as a community college. This time, all four colleges met together for a district-wide convocation.

I like convocation in general, and always feel motivated by it. It reminds me of why I teach, and always orients the students at the center of that. This convocation was probably the best I have attended, and I am so glad I got up and went.

We had some dynamic speakers who laid out who the elite universities serve (the 1%) and who we serve, and why what we do is so important. We give people a chance to build a successful life. I am a product of the community college system, and I know what it did for me.

At the end of the presentation, the Chancellor of our district and the President of the State University had a conversation about the partnership between the community colleges and the University. It was great to see that they are both committed to the idea that we are partners in educating the community. At the end, they both strongly rejected the racist sentiments coming out of Washington, which really moved me.

At lunch, our nursing faculty sat down with the only other nursing program faculty in our district. We mostly talked about the disparity between nursing faculty pay and what nurses make. We will make a group to put together a presentation for our union.

I was so engaged in the program, that I didn't take any pictures. Luckily, I have a random picture in reserve. It is of our land in Thailand, just after the trucks delivered the soil upon which our house will eventually be built. Malida's mom is going to plant some fruit trees for us so it doesn't look so barren.

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