The SBCC Foundation is excited to invite your participation in a series of 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.

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 will discuss 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 will share 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 present 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, provides 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 will be joined by two current students who share 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 presents 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