The SBCC Foundation is excited to invite your participation in a new series of virtual gatherings, COVID Conversations: How SBCC is Meeting the MomentThese 45-minute Zoom get-togethers feature updates from leaders of various campus departments and programs on how they are adapting to the unprecedented challenges brought about by COVID-19, followed by a Q&A.

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

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

“We are in unprecedented circumstances…I am very proud of how the SBCC community has stepped up to continue providing instruction. In many ways, we are one of the leading community colleges.”



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.
View recorded session   | Download presentation slides

“Students have been experiencing heightened stress and anxiety due to uncertainty. We’ve had to change the delivery of our services to meet students’ needs during the pandemic, providing them remotely, and it has worked very well.”


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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“Access to basic resources for learning online presents a significant challenge for many of our marginalized students. There’s a great need for access to food, computers, wifi, and space to study. We have moved many of our services online and are thinking creatively to remove barriers and best serve our students.”


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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“As instructors, we want to avoid trying to replicate face-to-face classes and reconsider our approach in fundamental ways…we must be willing to try something new.”


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. Their presentation will be followed by a community Q&A.
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