Flex Day


Looking Ahead & Embracing Change

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Friday, August 25, 2023 • 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Check In and BreakFast

8:00 - 8:30 am (outside Forum 1)

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Opening Session

8:30 am - 9:45 am (Forum 1)

8:00 - 8:30 am - Check In & Breakfast (outside Forum 1)

8:30 - 8:35 am - Welcome to Fall 2023 Flex Day, Dr. Erin Craig

8:35 - 8:40 am - Chancellor Dr. Whitney Yamamura

8:40 - 8:55 am - GWC Goals and Vision, President Randall

8:55 - 9:45 am - GWC Leadership Panel Question and Answer Session

  • Meridith Randall, Interim President

  • Dr. Claudia Lee, VP of Student Services

  • Dr. Kay Nguyen, Acting VP of Instruction 

  • Rick Hicks, Acting VP of Administrative Services

  • Damien Jordan, Academic Senate President

  • Heather Dann, Classified Senate President

Please submit a question for the leadership panel here!

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10:00 - 11:45 am

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Accounting, Business, and Computer Science Math Science, Room 244
Art Fine Arts, Room 124
Automotive Technology, Digital Arts, Drafting, & Health Information Technology Math Science, Room 218
Biological Sciences Math Science, Room 215
Communication Studies Math Science, Room 117
Cosmetology Math Science, Room 113  
Counseling & EOPS (includes DSPS and College Success) Student Services Center, Room 2450
Criminal Justice Regional Criminal Justice Training Center, Room 228
English Math Science, Room 213
History and Education Department Math Science, Room 155
Kinesiology, Health Ed, Athletics Tech, Room 108
Liberal Arts & Culture Math Science, Room 162

Library LRC 3rd floor Faculty Offices
Mathematics & Engineering

Math Science, Room 116

Noncredit (ELL) / ESL & GED Math Science, Room 157
Nursing Nursing and Health Services, Room 305
Performing Arts (Theater Arts, Music, Dance) Theater, Room 209
Physical Sciences Math Science, Room 305
Psychology Math Science, Room 161
Social Sciences Math Science, Room 347
World Languages, Sign Language, Interpreting Communications Building, Room 111


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11:45 am - 12:45 pm (Outside Student Union)

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12:45 - 2:00 pm (Math Science, 1st floor)

Equitable Grading and IPD
Presenter: Dr. Kate Green 

Session Description: Want to learn more about different grading templates and ideas? How about tips to inspire lifelong learners? I will share what I learned from these @ONE andACUEE professional development courses and how implementation in my classes has gone. IPD can also help you find interesting professional development classes that can revitalize your teaching and inspire your students.

Location: Math Science 116

The Faculty Role in Effective Plan Development and Implementation
Presenter: Jeannette Jaramillo, Dr. Nikki Plaster, and Dr. Lauren Sosenko 

Session Description: o effectively invest in student success, Golden West College (GWC) must employ intentional, rigorous, and integrated planning processes that include the faculty voice. This session will share how the GWC planning process is designed to align the work across the college to its mission. The session will share a recently refined Student Equity Plan and how faculty can provide critical feedback to fortify the plan. Finally, attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insights from a peer faculty member’s equity inquiry, illuminating its relevance to their own roles and responsibilities.

Location: Math Science 117

GWC Umoja Presents: What is Umoja and Best Practices Within a Classroom Setting
Presenter: Ruth Calcanas, Tasha Chambliss, and Herman Singh

Session Description: Are you looking to create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment in your classroom? Do you want to empower your students to reach their full potential academically and personally? Look no further than Umojaa - the key to unlocking a brighter future for your students! Welcome to the Umojaa Learning Program, where we believe that every student deserves to thrive and succeed. Umojaa, a Swahili word meaning "unity," embodies our commitment to fostering a community of learners where collaboration, cultural appreciation, and personal growth flourish.

Location: Math Science 155

How to Start, and Succeed at, Editing Your Program or Department’s Website
Presenter: David Dluzak

Session Description: Did you know Golden West College only has one employee who is in charge of maintaining the College’s websites, which includes multiple sites and thousands of individual pages? As you can imagine, this can be a time-consuming task! If you’ve ever wished that you could skip the line of people waiting to update the information on their program or department’s website and just do it yourself, then you won’t want to miss this session. GWC’s Web developer will provide you with an overview of how to become a Web editor, as well as how to obtain ongoing support so that you are successful in the role.

Location: Math Science 112

Marketing and Creative Services Overview
Presenter: Kristen Hill

Session Description: Put simply: GWC’s Marketing and Creative services is the College’s in-house marketing agency… and we’re here to support you in your efforts to market and brand your programs and departments! Find out what kinds of services the marketing team provides, and how you can request design, website, photography, videography, social media services for your program or event.

Location: Math Science 161

Situational Awareness During a Critical Incident
Presenter: Tim Vu

Session Description: An active attacker situation can cause panic and disbelief. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chances of survival.  This presentation will cover some general tactics involving cover and concealment, and things to consider when faced with an active shooter event.

Location: Math Science 157

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Coffee, Snack, & Chat

2:00 - 2:20 pm (Math Science, 1st floor)

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2:20 - 3:30 pm (Math Science, 1st floor)

Dual Enrollment Basics: Nuts, and Bolts, and FAQs, oh my!
Presenter: Doreen Fioretto and Dr. Lauren Sosenko

Session Description: Presenters will provide an overview of the current Golden West College dual and concurrent enrollment program, why this program is important for our college and students in our service area, and answer your questions about everything dual enrollment. You may submit a question and we will either answer it during the session or in writing after the session.

Location: Math Science 117
*This Dual Enrollment strand will be ongoing at the CIL in 2023-24

From GWC to CSUF and CSULB: How do students get there?
Presenter: Damien Jordan and Michael Tran

Session Description: How and Why do your students transfer to CSULB or CSUF? CSULB and CSUF are our students’ top transfer destinations, but GWC students are not all the same when it comes to transfer! Join us for a discussion on how our students navigate the transfer process from GWC to local CSU campuses.

Location: Math Science 162

Gender and Inclusion in the Classroom
Presenter: Jeanette Adame

Session Description: Did you know that 1 in 4 LGBTQIA+ youth use pronouns or pronoun combinations that fall outside of the binary construction of gender? Have you heard the term neopronoun” but aren’t entirely sure what it means? This session will cover foundational information about the LGBTQIA+ population, especially as it pertains to the classroom. We will then discuss some of the main ways in which queer youth have encountered discrimination in higher education, and the practices that you can implement to create a more inclusive learning environment for students of all identities – starting on day one!

Location: Math Science 161

Give a Practice, Get a Practice - Using AI Effectively in the classroom
Presenters: Dr. Shawn Taylor 

Session Description: Get ready to level up your teaching game. Join our engaging breakout session, "Give a Practice, Get a Practice - Using AI Effectively in the Classroom," where brains meetbotss in a dynamic duel of education innovation. It's time to swap secrets and trade strategies as we dive into the world of AI-powered learning. Come prepared to dazzle your peers with your genius – share a clever classroom AI tactic that's been your secret weapon! Let's transform ordinary lessons into extraordinary experiences together. See you there!

Location: Math Science 155

Social Media Marketing & Training
Presenter: Andrea Rangno

Session Description: What is the role of social media at Golden West College? Marketing Director Andrea Rangno will offer a comprehensive overview of social media branding strategy, both for the College and individual programs/departments. Attendees will learn how to start and manage their own social media channel and grow their follower count, as well as about best practices, security considerations, and accessible resources.

Location: Math Science 157

Student Basic Needs
Presenter: Yasmin Bravo

Session Description: Often times, students are faced with challenges outside the classroom. Join this session to learn more about Basic Needs services available at Golden West, including the food pantry (The Stand), professional clothing closet (The Rack), Chromebook loan program, and connecting students with resources. We will discuss how to refer any enrolled student to access our Basic Needs services and also discuss local resources such as resource centers, mental health agencies, and housing resources.

Location: Math Science 116

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CFE Union Meeting

3:35 - 4:30 pm (Forum 1)

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Coast CCA - PT Faculty union teaching less than 7.5 LHE

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 858 3416 2260

One tap mobile: +16694449171,,85834162260# US

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8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nelson Contreras
(714) 892-7711 ext. 55305

12:00 - 3:00 pm
Jill Kiefer
(714) 895-8792

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