The SBCC Foundation is excited to invite your participation in a series of free virtual gatherings, Campus Conversations. Launched in April, 2020 as COVID Conversations, the rebranded Campus Conversations continues to introduce you to the many departments and programs that make SBCC not only a top-rated educational institution, but also a significant driver of a healthy and vibrant South Coast region. These 45-minute Zoom get-togethers feature discussions with leaders of various campus departments and programs, followed by a Q&A.

Please join us! Registration information (and links to recorded sessions) will appear below when they are available.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (PST)Join us in celebrating the end of the academic year and honoring the hard work and perseverance that our students have exhibited throughout the pandemic. During this Campus Conversation we hear from four students who reflect on their time at SBCC and share their plans for the future. Spoiler alert: the world will be just fine in their capable hands.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) SBCC Promise Briefing, a Campus Conversation that provided our community with an update on the SBCC Promise – what we’ve learned, what’s ahead, and what the SBCC Promise means for our students, families, and community. We heard from a Promise student, a local parent, and SBCC Promise Manager Sergio Lagunas.

Upon its launch in 2016, the SBCC Promise quickly gained recognition as a national leader in the college promise movement, even earning accolades from the White House. Five years later, this completely privately funded initiative has opened the doors to a college education for more than 5,000 local students.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – SBCC at a Crossroads: Enrollment Trends and Student Futures, a Campus Conversation with Paloma Arnold, Dean of Student Affairs, Michael Medel, Director, Admissions & Records, and Dr. Pamela Ralston, Executive Vice President, Educational Programs.

Community college enrollment has quickly become one of most talked about areas of concern in the COVID-19 era. From all-time high enrollments in the wake of the Great Recession just over a decade ago, overall enrollments had already begun a modest decline prior to the pandemic. The disruptions of the past year, however, have had a dramatic effect. At SBCC, enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester is down 15% from a year ago, and for certain populations, the decline is twice that. The panelists discussed SBCC’s long history of innovation in student support programs, financial assistance, and counseling, and what the college is planning to encourage students to return to their higher education paths.

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Thursday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – SBCC Theatre – A Look Behind the Curtain, with Katie Laris, Co-Chair of SBCC’s Theatre Arts Department, Pamela Shaw, resident costume designer for The Theatre Group at SBCC, and Ben Crop, the Theatre Arts Department’s technical director. The team discussed their programs, how they serve students to advance their life goals, and how they’ve adapted to COVID-19.

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Thursday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – Forum with Candidates for the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees.
In a chaotic election season, many important local races are sometimes lost in the shuffle. The elected leadership our community college district is one such race, and a VERY important one for those who love SBCC.

Instead of hosting all six candidates at once, the format of this forum allowed greater discussion and debate between the candidates seeking each of the three district seats up for election this cycle. Attendees had the option of tuning in for the full 90-minute event, or joining for just one or two of the 30-minute segments:

4:00 p.m. – Area 2 (candidates Robert K. Miller and Ronald J. Liechti)
4:30 p.m. – Area 3 (candidates Veronica Gallardo and Erin Guereña)
5:00 p.m. – Area 4 (candidates Anna Everett and Celeste Barber)

More information on the candidates:
Six Diverse Candidates Compete for SBCC Board of Trustees Positions (SBCC Channels)

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Thursday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – Manou Eskandari, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Political Science and Economics, and special guest California State Assemblymember Monique Limón join us for Teaching Policy & Politics in California – The SBCC Sacramento Internship Program. They discussed the program, the importance of educating our community about how policy is made, and the value of bringing personal experience to bear in solving difficult issues.
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Thursday, September 3 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – Acclaimed SBCC Music faculty Tony Ybarra and Jim Mooy present SBCC Jazz at the Cutting Edge. Coming off of a remarkable summer season that included an innovative Summer Jazz Series and first-of-their-kind experiments in remote music education and performance, Professors Mooy and Ybarra shared what they’re doing, what they’re learning, and the future of music education.
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Thursday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – Physical Education Department Chair Kathy O’Connor, Associate Athletic Director Ellen O’Connor, and Athletic Department Chair Rocco Constantino presented Movement at the Moment: SBCC Physical Education and Athletics Programs in the Time of COVID.
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Thursday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. (PST) – Dr. Utpal Goswami, SBCC’s Superintendent/President, provided updates on COVID-19’s continuing impact on higher education, plans for the fall semester, and the college’s budget for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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Thursday, July 2 at 4:00 p.m. (PST): Child Care – Not Just Surviving, but Thriving During COVID-19, presented by longtime director of SBCC’s Orfalea Early Learning Center, Beth Rizo.
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Opening and Re-Opening – A Practitioner Support Guide” from EveryChild California, referenced in Beth Rizo’s presentation

Wednesday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m. (PST): Cosmetology in the Time of COVID, presented by Cosmetology Academy Chair Michelle Puailoa and Esthetics Lead Instructor Jamie Muse Toste. They were joined by two current students who shared their perspectives on remote learning.
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Wednesday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m. (PST): Adult Ed: How the School of Extended Learning Has Kept Our Community & Businesses Connected During COVID-19, presented by Melissa Moreno, SBCC Vice President, School of Extended Learning.
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Thursday, June 4 at 4:00 p.m. (PST): The Art & Science of Embracing Distance Learning, presented by SBCC’s Biological Sciences Professor Blake Barron and Art Professor Joy Kunz.
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Thursday, May 28 at 4:00 p.m. (PST): I’m Not a Robot: Humanizing Online Learning at SBCC, presented by Professor Matthew Mooney, one of SBCC’s true experts in online learning strategies.
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Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. (PST): Applying an Equity Lens to Address Students’ Needs, presented by Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) Director Paloma Arnold and Interim Coordinator of Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency Roxane Byrne.
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Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. (PST):
Supporting Students’ Mental Health during a Global Pandemic, presented by SBCC Mental Health and Wellness staff members Alyson Bostwick and Becky Bean.
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Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. (PST): Dr. Utpal K. Goswami, SBCC’s Superintendent/ President presented SBCC in the time of COVID-19, a discussion of how the college has quickly and deftly pivoted in response to our current public health reality. View recorded session