Expand access to resources for students and their communities


AB 705 Campaign 2018

SMAC's goal for this year is to ensure that AB 705 is worked into CCSF’s policy and curriculum by Fall of 2018. AB705 is a law that was recently passed this year in California, which demands that community colleges place students in math and english classes using multiple measures, which allows counselors to review past school records and GPAs and placing students into the highest class possible. AB 705 also stipulates that no student can be denied entry into a college level class. Implementation of AB 705 is important for students because they are often held back by the placement test, becoming stuck in sequences that statistically ensure failure to transfer to higher institutions.



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Free College @CCSF Campaign 2015

The Free College at CCSF campaign attracts more students to the college while removing barriers to higher education for underrepresented and low-income students. Under the program, students who have less than 60 credit units and who are eligible for in-state tuition can take classes for free. In addition, students who fulfill additional requirements will receive scholarships for books and laptops.

In order to meet its enrollment goals, CCSF needs at least 2,500 full-time students to matriculate in the next academic year. The materialization of the campaign's efforts will give students of color, veterans, DSPS students, Guardian scholars, and low-income students access to higher education while supporting their academic goals throughout their time at CCSF.



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The Technology Literacy Campaign (TLC) is a program at CCSF currently under development. Proposed by CCSF students, TLC aims to provide laptop rentals, computer training workshops, and technological support for CCSF students in an effort to close the digital divide for low-income and first generation college students who face difficulty with accessing the technology they need for their academic success.

While students need both technological resources and support in order successfully complete their coursework, TLC aims to build students’ computer proficiency through a robust training program. Free to attend, any eligible student may complete classes and earn badges that they can use to pay for future computer rentals.

TLC provides:

1. Computer Laptop Rentals
2. Technical Support
3. Computer Training Workshops



Institutionalize equity at CCSF


SMAC students have demanded that CCSF and community colleges create policies and practices that institutionalize equity and thus sustain equitable and just systems for future generations of underrepresented students. This requires a long- term commitment to monitoring implementation to ensure that the policies and programs students fight for are protected over time.

For example, when the California Governor and State Chancellor’s Office allocated equity funds to college districts to support student populations with high-needs, SMACers were instrumental in creating positions for project coordinators to sustain student-centered programs, such as VIDA (a center for undocumented students) and the Digital Literacy Project (Digital Action Hub Campaign 2014).

In 2012, SMACers went head-to-head with union leaders and department chairs in a battle to diversify faculty at CCSF by advocating for improved HR practices proven to increase the number of qualified applicants of color. After much pushback, the Board passed the diversity hiring plan, which included specific reforms such as simplification of application requirements, and a call for strengthening ties with professional organizations and local graduate programs.The following list summarizes SMAC’s organizing and advocacy to sustain equity at CCSF:

  • Hired VIDA and Digital Literacy Project coordinators Hired Associate Dean of Student Equity

  • Board approval of diversity blueprint for faculty recruitment and hiring



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During City College of San Francisco's accreditation crisis, SMAC members formed an alliance with Community, Classified, Students, and Faculty to "Repair, Rebuild and Restore" the college (We Are C.C.S.F. Campaign 2014). Participants rolled up their sleeves to tackle a major campus clean-up effort. The catalyst for the effort was the $1.8 billion in deferred maintenance - a result of cost cutting over multiple years. When the college made decisions to eliminate regular maintenance and repairs, the campus began to fall apart from the seams. Coupled with hiring freezes, the maintenance crew faced an uphill battle with keeping the campus clean and safe for the community. We Are C.C.S.F. worked tirelessly to restore Ocean campus and Downtown campus to their former glory, a much needed effort to strengthen community and revive hope that CCSF will remain open, accredited, and be a place we can all be proud of.



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Center undocumented student achievement


Determined to pursue opportunities for colleges to better serve undocumented students, SMAC students have helped increase supports for undocumented students at CCSF and across the State. Crucial to our success has been the centering of undocumented students on SMAC’s student leadership team. Our most visible win has been the launch of Voices of Immigrants Demonstrating Achievement (VIDA) in 2011, a resource center for friends, allies, and all students a ected by issues of immigration or citizenship status (V.I.D.A Resource Center Campaign 2011). SMAC students and allies wrote a proposal to start the center with funding and office space and continue to work closely with the VIDA center and its leaders to ensure solid and stable institutional support. The center has been a critical resource and safe space for students who struggle in school and in life because of their citizenship status.

In partnership with the Office of Mentoring and Service Learning, SMAC also lead in the creation of the only, pre-DACA, CCSF program to provide paid job opportunities for undocumented students (Student Stipends Campaign 2011). This program was the first of its kind, enabling undocumented students to be paid for their work on campus. The following list summarizes how SMAC has centered undocumented student achievement:

  • Created Voices of Immigrants Demonstrating Achievement (VIDA)

  • Supported the expansion of resources and staff support to sustain the center as needs increased

  • Created the Office of Mentoring and Student Learning (OMSL) student internship program



Expand access to resources for students and their communities


SMAC students have organized their peers to address inequities in resources at CCSF for several years. From accessing campus jobs to scholarships to textbooks, SMAC students have had several important advocacy victories that resulted in greater support for students, particularly for underrepresented students of color at CCSF. For example, in 2010, students sought jobs largely through informal networks and word-of-mouth, rather than job boards and online systems. With pressure from SMAC students, the Administration developed an online hiring platform to streamline the process for students to get hired on campus within days instead of weeks (Student Employment Campaign 2010).

SMAC students advocated for the effective use of student equity funds to ensure that funding initiatives directly impacted underrepresented students rather than perpetuate the status quo. The following list summarizes SMAC’s expansion of resources for students and their communities:

  • Improved online student hiring system

  • Enhanced orientation with financial aid support during counseling sessions

  • Protected the CCSF Book Loan program when the CCSF bookstore was privatized

  • Advocated for the effective use of state-designated Student Equity funds at the college

  • Expanded transportation vouchers for underrepresented students Expanded Family Resource Center for Summer



Accelerate pathways for student success


From the early days of SMAC, student leaders recognized several barriers that prevented them from reaching success with transfer to four-year Universities. With this insight, SMAC leaders pushed for placement testing policy reform, as well as priority registration and multiple measures assessments, to ensure that students (particularly incoming high schools students) are assessed fairly and accurately. The following list summarizes SMAC’s advocacy and organizing to improve pathways to college success, both at the local and the state level:

  • Accelerated math and English courses

  • Reformed placement testing system to include “multiple measures” options for incoming students

  • Implemented priority registration for SFUSD graduations [focused on students in Bridge to Success]

  • Outreached to hundreds of students, utilizing a range of customized materials, to inform them of student rights to “multiple measures” assessment when deciding courses to place into for math and English

  • Testified and advocated at the state-level for SB 440 (the Student Transfer Bill), requiring community colleges to grant an associate degree for transfer to a student who meets degree requirements