… Board members and trustees
could take their seat. OK. OK. So we will now call
the meeting to order. Please stand for the
Pledge of Allegiance. Ready? I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America and to the republic
for which it stands, one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. We’ll take roll call. And student trustee Igbechi
is not here today, class? Yeah. [INAUDIBLE] OK. So we have all trustees present
except for Trustee Blum, who is out of town. Welcome, everyone. This one, you just
handed to me right now? Yes. OK. OK. So now that brings
us to Item 3.1, which is public comment guidelines. And the board of
trustees does have a board policy on speakers. And so we welcome
public comment. Typically, there is
a five minute period for all members of the public
that wish to address the board. We do have a maximum time
limit of 20 minutes per topic. However, at the discretion
of the president the board, these time limits
may be extended. So for today’s
meeting, I would like to let the board know that we
will take all of your comments for today. So that brings us to
Miss Ruth Morales, who would like to address
the board on equity and board response. Before we start, I would like
to let members of the public and remind the board that we
typically don’t take any– we don’t take any
action, nor will we have any discussion or
comments during public comment. And so you will
have five minutes. At two minutes, I’ll give
you a two-minute warning. And then I’ll give you
a 30-second warning, just so that you know. All right. And so we can tell you
that you can start. So I’m Ruth Morales. I’m a professor here at SBCC. And I am entirely outside
of my comfort zone. Usually, I like to be
sitting at the table as well. That’s how I approach things. But this needs me to
come off of that table and pick up this microphone. I’d like to start off by
saying, quoting Dr. King, where he said, “Our
lives begin to end the day we become silent
about the things that matter.” So this relates to
what happened last week and to what’s just
prevailing here, what’s happening at this institution. We all know what happened
with an administrator and her use of the N-word
at an equity meeting. And how that is
ultimately handled, that matters to the
people in this room and to a greater part
of this community. I wasn’t there. But I do not need to be there
to say that her use of the word was unacceptable. She should have known better. She is in a position
of privilege and power. No one should be
using that word. And while I understand
that she has apologized, it’s going to take a lot
more than an apology. An apology is simply not enough. I am asking for a public
response and a response that involves action, not
a simple, I’m sorry. I’m sorry is not enough. We need an apology. And I’m speaking
to the board here. And you are the
bosses of my boss. And this is why I’m saying,
I’m outside of my comfort zone. And I am not a
tenured professor. But I am here speaking
up, because these things need to be said. A public apology– we need
more than a public apology. We haven’t even gotten a
public apology, Dr. Beebe. We haven’t gotten
a public apology. And we know that that
needs to be said. What else do I want to say? The Black Student Union, the
black students, black faculty, black staff, and the
marginalized population as a whole needs an
apology at minimum. We all know that morale at this
institution is in the dumps. Fighting institutionalized
racism in the academy is a beast of a battle. But this one right
here is what we call in my field a point source. We can point to it. And if we can point to it, then
why aren’t we addressing it? It is right in front of us. We need to take it head on. I want you to consider this as
an opportunity, an opportunity to learn, to grow. And the first thing
you need to do is humble yourselves,
humble yourselves and listen to these people here. When they pick up
this mic, do not invoke the power of the gavel. And I appreciate that
you said that you’re going to take every comment. But do not invoke the
power of the gavel. We need to be heard. That is all I have to say. [APPLAUSE] Thank you. Akil Hill. I saw Akil. There he is. Just want to greet
the board, say hello. Thank you for
moving the meeting. I know this is a
special meeting. And I know you guys
decided to move it here, so want to thank you
guys for doing that. Dear President Beebe
and board of trustees, we recently became aware
of Lyndsay Maas’s use of the N-word at the
gender equity meeting this past Wednesday. While she has
formally apologized to those present
in the room and has agreed to enter
diversity training, she has not formally apologized
to the greater black community, faculty, and staff on campus. We see the use of the
N-word, we see the use of the N-word,
subsequently actions as a senior administrator as a
direct violation of the college mission and vision statements. Her subsequent actions
as a senior administrator and as a direct violation of
the college mission statement and visionary
statements, her actions promote the culture of
discriminatory practices. On behalf of the Santa Barbara
City College, black faculty, and staff association, we
demand Lyndsay M. Maas, vice president of
business services, to submit her letter of– [MURMURS] [FINGERS SNAPPING] We demand that Lyndsay
M. Maas, vice president of business services, submit
her resignation immediately. [APPLAUSE] We feel the action
would fully acknowledge her culpability in which
she has done and partially atone for the hurt
she has caused to the people at the meeting
and to the black members of the Santa Barbara
City College community. [FINGERS SNAPPING] Hello. My name is Brittany. And I’ll be reading the
second part of this letter. Many of our black students
have been publicly harassed, using the N-word, entering
and exiting the campus, the most recent account
of the use of the N-word spewed publicly in the library. In addition, a student also
formally filed a complaint about an adjunct faculty
member using the N-word in the classroom. While these incidences
have been reported to officials or senior
administration on campus, no actions have
been taken thus far. Each of these incidences
make a visible lack of respect and protection
of our black students. You guys have two minutes. Many of our black students
feel unsafe on campus, thus impacting their ability
to focus and to learn in a safe place without
fear of being attacked. It is hard for us as a
community and institution to not only retain but also
help black students persist. [FINGERS SNAPPING] My name is Dean Nevins. I’ll be reading the
last part of the letter. We acknowledge that
SBCC has made efforts to create physical spaces so
that programs such as Umoja could be adopted by our campus. However, we feel that there’s
been a lack of transparency and follow through
investigating harassment claims. We request that there be an
independent counsel or entity established, possibly modeled
after UC’s judicial affairs unit, which will have the
responsibility of reviewing these claims and
establishing how to move forward without the
guise of senior administration. Additionally, we also request
that all administrators, faculty, and staff obtain
anti-racism training in person. In closing, we would like
to reiterate our demand that Lyndsay M. Maas, vice
president of business services, submit her resignation
immediately. The purpose of
education is to not only make future professionals
and leaders in their intended fields of study,
but also to make them well-rounded individuals. It is our responsibility
as educators to make sure that our
students are exposed to and embrace individuals
from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We look forward to engaging
in a more formal discussion– 30 seconds. –on policies and procedures
to provide a more inclusive campus– in solidarity, the
Santa Barbara City College Black Faculty
and Staff Association. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Our next speaker
is Brittany Harden. Is Brittany here? Yes. Oh, [INAUDIBLE]. I was just for– with
this, so all of us could go together
at the same time. OK. It’s all right. Thank you, Brittany. Melissa Menendez? The cursive is not legible. Is Melissa– yes. [FINGERS SNAPPING] Hi. My name is Melissa Menendez. I am an English faculty here. And I just wanted
to say that it’s very difficult to be
a faculty member here when those in power
in this institution do not support all the students
who go through this place. I do what I do because
I love what I do. And it makes it very
difficult to do it in a place where there is no support
to fight the good fight. [FINGERS SNAPPING] We love you, Miss Menendez. I thought I wasn’t going to cry. So I hope that you’re really
listening, truly listening. Things need to change. This is not the first incident,
nor is it going to be the last. You know, I have a
doctorate in English, despite a system that
really tried to keep me out. And that’s why I
work here, because I want to be a role
model for students so that they, too, can feel
that they have that ability to do that, to accomplish that. So I really hope
you’re listening and you take these comments in,
not just mine, but everybody who has something to say, and
do what is ethically and moral and just. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Our next speaker is Simone. And the last name,
it’s not very legible. Let me ask Dr. Beebe. [MURMURING] If Simone is here– oh, Simone. [APPLAUSE] I yield my time. I’m sorry, Simone? Can I yield my time? You can yield your time. Do you have a speaker? You guys want to come together? Simone, tell me
your last name, hon. [INAUDIBLE] What is it? I didn’t hear you, Simone. Ruskamp. Ruskamp– thank you. And so you’re going to
yield your time to– Denise Bacchus. Denise Bacchus, OK. I actually thought that
I would sit out because I was so upset and so angry. I started this
college 16 years ago with an ugly racist
incident that was not taken care of in the
way that I thought it should be. I have dealt with more than one
racist incident on the campus. And I’m retiring in two weeks. And here I am again, having
to deal with something that made me sick. And here I am again on this
campus, having to be up here, facing people that I
don’t want to ever see when it has to do with racism. I’m only up here because I feel
that I have to say something. [FINGERS SNAPPING] Thanks. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] So I wasn’t planning to speak. I just wanted to yield my
time to the previous speakers. But I just want to add
on to what Denise said. My position here, it’s
just been two months. It’s also not secure. But I feel like it’s worth
the risk to say something on behalf of our students, also
the black faculty and staff who have been here for a
significant amount of time. I just want to add that
this incident that happened wasn’t a one-time thing. But it really,
really shares with us the culture on this campus. Because this
conversation came up because students on our
campus were brave enough, again and again,
to say that they were being harassed
in the library, and nothing was happening. So as we talk about this person
and this language that we need to make sure that
there’s equity on campus, I hope we’re not just
focused on that one person and not thinking of how we
can change the campus climate. Because what I don’t want
to happen is for all of us to trust you with our
stories and trust you with what’s been happening
and for nothing to come of it. So I would ask you,
as you’re here, to truly bear witness
to what we’re saying and also to let you know
that we’ll be watching you. We want to see the actions
that come out of this. This shouldn’t just
be a one-time meeting. Thank you. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Dean Nevins, you were just here. Did you have another one? No, that was it. OK. Chelsea Lancaster. [APPLAUSE] I sat at our last staff
and faculty in-service and watched a black man
give us a presentation about call-in culture. And I’m here to talk about
how the Black Lives Matter movement would not exist
without call-out culture. The Me Too movement would not
exist without call-out culture, because you’re not listening. The white moderate
and people who are more interested in civility
than courage are not listening. And our kids are dying. This place is a matter of life
and death for our students. I want to talk
about the fact that had this person made an
anti-Semitic comment, they would have been gone. When are black folks going to
be enough for us to take action? I want to talk about how
those on the receiving end of this harm are
constantly vilified, othered on this campus. And the people who are causing
the harm, the person who said that word in
that room, we’ve been asked to receive
her with grace. And I want to really frame
that as something that’s the most problematic here. I also want to talk about
Krystle Farmer, who just showed up, who was sitting in
that young man’s seat, and who received
an ending amount of racial
microaggressions, sitting in that seat as a
leader on this campus. Because we told her that
if you’re at the table, you won’t be on the table. And we know that
all of our students are still on the table. And we know it because I
would never say that word under any circumstance. I want to know why
that person is now committing to
anti-racist training when the third-in-charges
at this institution should have already done a
lot of anti-racism training. That needs to be a value that
we hold dear on this campus. Why are people running this
institution when they don’t have any cultural competency? And that’s it. I just want you to really listen
to the students in this room. Again, people love to
talk about Dr. King. Dr. King talked about
the white moderate and how we prefer a
negative peace that is absence of justice
than a positive peace that is present of justice. And I’m asking you for a
positive peace on this campus, because we are tired
of the negative peace. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Chelsea. Our next speaker
is Isabel Carrillo. Is Isabel here? [APPLAUSE] President Beebe and
the board of trustees, in regards to the
letter that was sent out by faculty and
staff, we would like to acknowledge that
there were students present in this meeting
as well who are also deeply affected,
alongside staff, faculty, and other administrators. The use of this racial slur
by a white administrator clearly demonstrates
the institutional racism that has been embedded
in our campus environment and educational system. And we demand that Dr. Beebe
and the board of trustees take action and responsibility. This is an example of what
should not occur on our campus and is the kind of issue that is
repeatedly swept under the rug and minimized to be treated
like any other social situation that our students of color
experience on a daily basis. We should not be protecting
the people that causes harm and instead hold them
accountable for their actions. Regardless of Miss
Maas’s intent, her word had a powerful
impact on the people present in the room. Whether or not Miss Maas
herself is a racist, the N-word is rooted in a
horrific and gruesome history of systematic racism
and the dehumanization of black people in the United
States and across the world. As students in a room full
of administrators, faculty, and staff, we felt
incredibly helpless when this word was used
by a person in power. The power dynamics in the room
were very blatantly obvious. Furthermore, Miss
Maas’s ignorance towards the need of demographic
questions in our campus safety survey was very
concerning and itself led to her insensitive comment. Her unawareness of issues
related to students of color is concerning, to say the least. We stand in solidarity with the
SBCC Black Faculty and Staff Association and demand
the following responses– number one, immediate
resignation of vice president Lyndsay Maas for her use of the
racial slur that goes against the mission and vision of
SBCC, number two, meaningful, ongoing, and in-person
anti-racist training, determined by the Equity
Committee and the Black Faculty and Staff Association, for
all members of the SBCC board of trustees, president’s
cabinet, deans, managers, committee leaders,
work group leaders, and all of the other full and
part-time members of the SBCC faculty and staff, number
three, the establishment of any independent counsel or
entity which will have the responsibility of
reviewing harassment claims and determining the
appropriate responses– in solidarity, the SBCC
Student Coalition for Justice. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Isabel. Our next speaker is
Alejandra Melgoza. Hello, everyone. I just want to say I support
the black students, faculty, and staff on this campus. I cannot believe that you are
allowing this to happen on this campus when you claim
it’s one of the most– it’s the number one community
college in the nation. I don’t think so when
these things are happening. This is a disgrace. This is embarrassing. And this is shameful. This is something that we
should all be ashamed of. I support the black students
here on this campus. And I think you should
fulfill all their demands as soon as possible. Involve them. Listen to them. And most importantly,
institutionalize these demands and don’t wait for them
to graduate, to transfer, and for you to
forget about them. Because that’s the best
thing that boards do. You make sure that
these demands are erased, that they’re finished,
that no one remembers them. But that’s not going
to be the case here. The Santa Barbara
community is watching. And we are going to hold
you accountable to that, so thank you. Thank you to the black students
and to the faculty and staff that had paved
opportunities for all of us, because I would not
be able to receive an education without the
sacrifices of black students that paved the way
for people of color like me to receive an
education, so thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Alejandra. Our next speaker is Ibsahim. If I’m not pronouncing
it correctly, so it’s spelled I-B-S-A-H-I-M. [INAUDIBLE] This is not legible. Tell me your first name? Ibrahim. Ibrahim. Ibrahim. Please come up, Ibrahim. OK. I’m new to this campus. And within my first week here,
I was doing my new student orientation. And the people at the– what’s that center? [CROWD MURMUR] Yeah, they told me I
could go to the LRC and start doing my new
student orientation. And when I got there, this
one white lady with blond hair just came up. And she was like, oh, I’m
not supposed to be there. And I was like, they
told me I could be here. And she kept on coming back
and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And then just out the
blue, two cops came in. And then they just
started staring at me. And she came in, talking
about I only had 15 minutes. And it kind of made
me feel– because I’ve had a troubled past. And I’m now trying
to start everything over, focus on school. And the fact that my first– within my first week
on this campus, that’s what I experienced, it kind
of made me be like, yo, is it really worth it? And it kind of made me mad. But it’s like, it’s not good. But you get so used to it
that you kind of be like, oh, it’s just normal activities. And in reality, you’re not
even supposed to do that. So you all got to
change up if this is happening within the
first week of me being here [INAUDIBLE]. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Ibrahim. Our next speaker
is Jayson Harris. [APPLAUSE] Hi. [CLEARS THROAT] So
before this board meeting started, I’ve heard
a few students talking about discussing
the way this word was used in this recent incident. And I heard them talking
about what version of the word they said it and what
context they used it in and everything else in between. And I just want to
say, for myself, that it doesn’t matter what
way or what context the word was used. [APPLAUSE] I mean, this is a
word, this is a word that has been used for forever
to demean, degrade, dehumanize, and oppress black people. And the fact that it’s being
used on campus so frequently and nobody is doing anything
about it, nobody’s holding anybody accountable, is
extremely disrespectful and just– oh, god. It’s all right, Jay. [APPLAUSE] Thanks, you all. It’s just extremely
disrespectful and extremely uncomfortable
for us black students. And yeah, that’s all I can say. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Jayson. Our next speaker
is Naiha Dozier-El. [APPLAUSE] Let’s go, Naiha. Go, Naiha. [APPLAUSE] [INAUDIBLE] Hi. I’m Naiha Dozier-El. I am the president this year
for the Black Student Union. And [APPLAUSE] it
was really important that I came up here to
speak to you guys today. Because when I first
came to this campus, the first thing that I did
was find the Black Student Union, because I knew that just
I needed some support here. And I already could see that
the staff and that interactive– it wasn’t going to be, that I
needed people who were going to look like me to support me. And that shouldn’t be necessary. That shouldn’t be necessary
on a community college. It shouldn’t be
necessary, period. And when things
like this happen, and students are so brave. And they bring it up to you. And they bring it up to
faculty and administration, looking to the people who are
supposed to put the change. And then there was nothing. And that’s why I also want
to thank the black faculty on this campus so much. I appreciate you guys so much. You know, you shouldn’t
have to look to people to be the change that you seek. But I am so grateful
to have you guys here to do that, all of you. And I really do hope
that they gave you exactly what needs
to be done, verbatim, just what needs to be done. And I truly hope that you see
that as a blessing to take in effect, that
someone had to give you what needs to be done when it
clearly should already be known and should be stated. And it’s a clear path on what’s
going to make this right. And I just really hope,
on behalf of the students, on behalf of black students who
just feel so uncomfortable, so isolated on this campus, that
you really kind of take this in, take it seriously,
and believe us. Because I don’t know if
that’s what it is– just believe us, from
our experiences. That’s it. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Naiha. Our next speaker
is Shelby Arthur. [APPLAUSE] I would just like
to– am I too late? I’m sorry. I got caught up in the camera. And I didn’t know. So is there room
for one more today? So usually at the time of
every regularly-scheduled board meeting, we will
take public comment prior to the call of
start of the meeting. However, you may put in a slip. I see that there
are no more slips. So you can just
tell us your name. And then we will
take it– same thing with Nia Revis and Krystle
Farmer and Rae Napoleon. So public comment usually
is submitted prior to the call of the meeting. If you just want to
give us your name on the back of one of these– Angie, do you want this one? [INTERPOSING VOICES] Yeah. OK, thank you. No problem. I’m just deferring
my time anyway. So I’d hate to make
all that for that. But I’ll be deferring
my time to– [INTERPOSING VOICES] No, Rae, just said those
slips that I have right now, typically we wouldn’t. But yes, you will be able to. So I have Nia. I have Krystle. And then I have Rae. Are there are any other
slips, or is that it? So the question was if the
gentleman can submit a speaker. Yeah, and so we have some
that were submitted prior to the start of the meeting. And we have some additional. And typically, we don’t. So whenever we take
public comment, we do that prior to the
start of the meeting. But we will take them. So we have still a few on hand,
plus the ones that are here. So Shelby, now it’s your turn. Are you ready? Thank you. I, like Dr. Morales, a, very
uncomfortable in speaking to you. But I’m going to give it a shot. I’m here as a
classified staff member to support the black
students and staff and faculty on our campus. [APPLAUSE] I was not in the meeting when
this egregious and hideous offense occurred. But like many incidents
on this campus, I heard about it by word
of mouth from other people. I’m obviously also angry and
hurt and troubled by this. But what I can’t
comprehend is how a person in a position of power
at an institution of higher education would not
know how painful this would be to our students
and staff and faculty. I cannot understand how our
campus leadership responded to this situation selectively,
lacking in transparency, without bringing people in
to understand an appropriate course of action
that should be taken. I believe that this is
indicative of a crisis in leadership that enables
people to move into positions of power and to move up the
ranks based on qualifications that do not include
basic cultural competency and a basic understanding of
the experiences of people who are impacted by
institutionalized racism, whose stories have been oppressed
by this type of secrecy and this type of cover-up. I have only worked
at Santa Barbara City College for 12 years. But in 12 years, I
have built a network of colleagues whom
I am honored to say trust me enough to share
some of their experiences on this campus. I am here to tell you
that I bear witness to comments and actions
that have been shared with me by students, staff,
and faculty on this campus, that management and
administration have belittled and disrespected them by
using language like this, as individuals and based
on their group membership. I believe that the leadership
on this campus, and frankly, across institutions
of higher education, have developed strategies
to closet these experiences into secrecy and to
protect the institution above the needs of
the individuals who make this institution run. That means our students. That means our staff. And that means our
faculty members. I’m asking you to take a
really, really deep look at our institution’s
demands of our leaders. And then I want you to look
at your own qualifications for leadership on this campus. And when we are
hiring and promoting leaders and managers and
administrators on this campus, I hope you will start
to require applicants to meet the standards of
leadership that reflect our campus and our
community’s needs beyond the basic functions
of a job description, meaning that when you are
given a position of power, you should already be oriented
to lessons that make you an inclusive,
equity-centered leader, so that your learning and growth
leads the campus conversation and does not have to
waste time by catching up to the rest of the
people in this room. [APPLAUSE] You have two minutes. People are watching our campus. And I’m asking you to take
this as an opportunity to really clearly define
the types of leadership that Santa Barbara
City College wants to represent to our community. And I want to give the
rest of my time to Roxane. [APPLAUSE] Hi. My name is Roxane Pate. And I’m also a
classified staff member, here in support of our
faculty, staff, and students. While incidents of racism and
sexual assault and harassment are deeply traumatic for
individuals and communities who they’re perpetuated
against, oftentimes the negligent and careless
and unjust responses to those incidents create a
deeper and more lasting harm. This incident of
racism took place in a meeting in which
I was a part of. It was a work
group that was born as a result of one
of this campus’s unjust and inept responses
to gender-based harassment. [FINGERS SNAPPING] Time’s up. We’re angry. We’re organized. We’re in solidarity. We’re here. And we are not going to stop
until you all listen and take some action. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Shelby,
and thank you, Roxane. Roxane, you also have a slip. Did you want to– OK, so Roxane and Ellen Carey. So Roxane, in further– so
we’ve been allowing speakers to come up multiple times. But typically, each speaker
coming before the board is limited to one time. But we’ve been having
you guys come up. So now up next is Roxane
Pate and Ellen Carey together, right? OK. I’m Ellen Carey. I’m a librarian. And I was–
[APPLAUSE] thank you. And I was at the
gender equity meeting. And I just wanted to mention. So this is a letter
that we have drafted. President Beebe and
board of trustees, on Wednesday, November 14th,
at the SBCC gender equity work group meeting, vice
president of business services, Lyndsay Maas, a white woman,
said the N-word, a racial slur that serves to dehumanize
and oppress black people and communities. Rather than stopping to
acknowledge the egregious use of such a harmful
word, Miss Maas chose to continue speaking. Additionally, when a
faculty member of color stopped to address
the harm caused by the use of this
racial slur, Miss Maas expressed her
embarrassment, then proceeded to leave the room. Members of the work
group asked her to stay so that we could
have the opportunity to discuss the use of her
racial slur and the harm that it caused and continues
to cause in our broader campus community. But she chose to leave. Several members
of the work group, which included students, staff,
faculty, and administrators, were deeply impacted
by this experience and continued to
discuss the harm caused for nearly 40 minutes. Within the last five
minutes of the meeting, Miss Maas returned with interim
executive vice president, Pamela Ralston, and
proceeded to again state that she was embarrassed. Ms. Maas tried to
explain herself, but she did not
take the opportunity to listen to the
experience of others. The impact of a white
vice president’s use of a racial slur and her
failure to hear the concerns expressed in the
meeting by those who heard it continues to have
repercussions across campus. This incident is not
an isolated event. It occurred within
a campus culture that regularly marginalizes
the voices and concerns of black students,
staff, and faculty, and fails to address
institutionalized racism and white supremacy. It is emblematic of a campus
environment in which we have consistently heard from
black students and colleagues that they do not feel
safe, welcome, or supported on this campus. Moreover, the board
of trustees was just presented a report that
showed the abysmal lack of representation we have on
this campus of black faculty, managers, and staff. We stand in solidarity with the
SBCC Black Faculty and Staff Association and demand
the following responses– immediate resignation of Vice
President Lyndsay Maas for her use of a racial slur that goes
against the mission and vision of SBCC, meaningful ongoing and
in-person anti-racism training determined by the
Equity Committee, the Black Faculty and
Staff Association, and the SBCC
Coalition for Justice, for all members of the
SBCC board of trustees, president’s cabinet, deans,
managers, committee leaders, work group leaders, and all
other full and part-time members of the
faculty and staff, the establishment of an
independent counsel or entity which will have the
responsibility of reviewing harassment claims– Two minutes. –and determining the
appropriate responses. Individuals make
up an institution. And its leaders
are representative of that institution. We are deeply disheartened
by the response of the administration thus far. And we demand that this
incident is acknowledged and our collective
voices are heard. Our college mission is one
of equity and social justice. But it is at moments such
as this which fundamentally challenge those goals. The perpetuation of
institutional racism that creates barriers to our
student success is unethical. And to rise up
from this incident requires deliberate
and intentional action to break the cycle. We expect a timely
response to these demands. And we look forward to
continued dialogue and action to provide a more
inclusive campus through institutional
policy and procedure– in solidarity, the SBCC
Coalition for Justice. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Roxane and Ellen. Our next speaker
is Roxana Corona. [APPLAUSE] I am sick and tired of hearing
of all these things going on and you guys doing
nothing about it. You guys haven’t been
listening or understanding to the students that
have come forward. Them being so brave
to trust you guys and tell you all these things
that make them feel diminished, and you still haven’t listened. And I say this from
personal experience. I came forward to
the board of trustees and told them
about my experience on this campus of misogyny
and sexual harassment. [FINGERS SNAPPING] [MURMURING] When will it be enough
for you guys to listen? It made me feel like
I shouldn’t even be coming forward about this. I was brave enough to
come forward and trust you guys with my incident,
hoping that something would come out of it– but nothing. Still, you guys have not been
listening or understanding to us. [FINGERS SNAPPING] We want to be heard. And we want justice. I want to be a part of this
campus that makes me feel safe. That’s all– thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Roxana. Our next speaker is Sage Gaspar. [APPLAUSE] Hi. Good afternoon. My name is Sage Gaspar. And I am an ethnic studies
major here at SBCC. And I am here today as an
ally to the black community on campus, speaking out against
discrimination and racism here. This is an institution
that prides itself on being the best in the nation. Yet incident after
incident, this place continues to fail to keep
our students, specifically students of color, safe. [APPLAUSE] It was in the ’60s that
Mexicans fought alongside black students, fighting for equity– sorry– to desegregate schools
and receive better conditions. And over 60 years
later, we are still being treated as second-class
citizens on our campus. And it is not fair. And we are here to say
that enough is enough. We fought back then. And we’re were willing
to fight again. [FINGERS SNAPPING] What is the school
faculty’s main purpose, if not to support their students
and meet their needs first and foremost? And I urge– and I am here
today to say that it is the board’s responsibility
to take action against this incident and meet all the
demands brought forth today– in solidarity, Sage Gaspar. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Sage. Our next speaker is Nia Revis. [APPLAUSE] [LAUGHTER] First things first,
my name is Nia Revis. Hello. I would like to
say I’m disgusted. I’m transferring. I’m suggesting the rest of
my people of color transfer, preferably to an HBCU. My ex-boyfriend
has been spit on. Your security did nothing. You’re going to have a
student of color come to you and tell you they’ve been spit
on, report it to your security, and have nothing happen– a football player,
by the way, who promotes money coming to
your school, by the way? And I’m going to suggest that
all the black players as well transfer, because
they’re not getting the education they need here. It’s disgusting that we have to
continue to come back in here and speak about this, which
you all, like, for real? And if she continues to
work here and not resign, that’s just showing us exactly
what this school is about, regardless if you’re
the best or not. I hope you guys really
take into consideration how your students of
color feel before you have no more students of color. Have a good day. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Nia. Our next speaker
is Krystle Farmer. [APPLAUSE] First of all, I just
would like to say, it is so beautiful to see
you all in here today. [APPLAUSE] I am so
proud of you guys. I am so proud of you all. So I was trying to stay
far away from this place as much as possible, because
I hate this place so much. I have withdrawn
from all my classes because of all my experiences
here on this campus as a black woman. You know, they tell you, go
through the proper channels. They tell you, join ASG. They tell you,
sit on committees. Well, guess what? I did all that. I did it the right way. And I fought hard. I was still harassed. I was discriminated against. I was pushed out of places. I was left jobless. I’m a single mother of
two, and now I can barely get out of bed every day. You know what the worst
thing about this place is? You guys took my passion. You took away by passion. You took away
everything I loved, everything I had value in. And now I’m having to rebuild
my life and start fresh. You know what? The only thing I learned
leaving this place is it was the
constant reminders, you are a black woman. And no matter where you go,
you’re going to have to fight, because nobody cares about you. [INTERPOSING VOICES] For a community college that’s
number one in the nation, you guys lead all
these campus kickoffs. And you spread this equity and
this inclusivity word around. But nobody’s doing the work. I sat right there
in the same seat that that black
man is sitting to. I’m the reason why he’s on ASG. I’m the reason why a
lot of these students feel like they have a safe home. I did that work, a
single mother of two, a black woman,
low-income, marginalized. I did that. I helped build Umoja. I did that. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] And you want to know the
worst part about it all? I was going to stay far
away from this place. I was just going to duck my head
down, apply to another school– by the way, I already got
into three universities. I didn’t need this place. [CHEERING] And then I had to
get a forward email. I had to hear that a VP of
this school said the N-word and then get a forward
email from Dr. Beebe that he sent out and said,
can we show her grace, because she is human? Where was my grace? Exactly. [APPLAUSE] Who was going to humanize me? Because I was dehumanized. Where was the grace
for the women that came forward with
their Title IX appeals and had to watch
a white man be let go with a large settlement case
and his HR record wiped clean? Where was our grace, huh? So we can show somebody
grace that uses the N-word? Where’s the grace? Where’s the justice on
this campus to the people? And I brought my
daughter here today because she’s had to see her
mom be depressed for months now. And I wanted to show
her that no matter what, you’re all not going to get me. You all are not going to get me. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] White supremacy will not,
will not control my life. This is a wake-up call. I sat right there, begging
you guys to listen to me and pay attention to me. I individually met
with a lot of you. And I tried to be your friend. And I tried to
work with you guys. And nobody fought for me. And nobody stuck up for me. So sit with that. So they’re coming
here today, asking you guys to pay attention. I’m coming here today to ask
them, bye to all of you all. You all need to go,
the administration, because you all
ain’t doing nothing. Because I sat right there. And I went through
the chains of command. And I tried to
work with you guys. And you did nothing. Actually, you know what? Pause– Jonathan Abboud,
you’re a real one. I’m going to say that. The rest of you all– [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Thank you, Krystle. Our next speaker
is Rae Napoleon. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Hey. It’s me again. [LAUGHTER] So I think it’s
pretty obvious that all of this could have been avoided. That woman right there,
the one you just spoke, was one of the first people
to come forward to you all in April and question Dr.
Beebe’s problematic email to response to the
gender equity issues that arose on this campus after
Michael Shermer was invited here and Mark McIntire started
his harassment of not only me, but any female faculty
that spoke up for me. Dr. Beebe’s response to that– let’s not get distracted. Don’t worry, folks. They’re not distracted. They’re here. [APPLAUSE] I wasn’t at the
meeting on Wednesday, because I think a committee
formation in response to everything that
has happened to me and anything associated
with me, including Krystle Farmer, for
the last seven months is bull crap, bull crap. A committee, APs–
are you kidding me? I reported constant harassment. And we have a gender
equity meeting that meets once a month. And Dr. Beebe single-handedly
said, Lyndsay Maas, you run it. Well, she showed
herself, didn’t she? Was the the person to lead
equity work on this campus? [FINGERS SNAPPING] [INAUDIBLE] I wanted nothing to
do with that space. I’m having a hard time
coming on this campus. And a question that Krystle
posed to you in April was the following. If a white woman with a PhD
can’t get you all to listen, how are you going to hear her? [FINGERS SNAPPING] And you didn’t. I came up here. The last time I was up here,
you all cut my damn mic off. And I kept talking. The time before
that, I asked what code of ethics Krystle
violated– still don’t have the answer for that. The time before
that, I came to you, talking about the harassment
that me and the people associated with me underwent,
in addition to a professor watching porn in his office– Wait, what? Yeah, that happened. [INTERPOSING VOICES] And nothing has happened. None of this surprises me. I saw a lot of folks on
campus since last Wednesday. And they’re all so surprised. I’m not. Racism is here. Misogyny is here. And if you’re surprised, you
haven’t been paying attention. And Dr. Beebe, I do
believe you said, this is also surprising when 34
science faculty members wrote you a letter with their own
damn demands about what needed to happen two months
ago and didn’t. And in response
to that, you said, this is all so surprising. If this is all so
surprising, wake up. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Rae. This next M-C-H-L? Michael. So Michael. [APPLAUSE] Michael, your last
name, Michael? Sykes. Sykes. Michael Sykes. Well, I surely hoped
in my first semester, since joining the student body
of Santa Barbara City College, since joining the ASG, since
becoming the regional board System of Affairs director
for the entire region, that I wouldn’t have
to address this. Personally, I’ve spoken to
many of you, President Beebe, smiled with you,
had conversation, sipped coffee,
been in committees, used my skills, my asset
as a student, my experience as a student, to forward-motion
this entire school. I don’t think there’s
forward motion. A lot of these comments have
been very emotionally-charged. That might not reach you all. It reached me. But I’m going to set
that aside and use logic. Recently, I’ve been working
on an event as a celebration of the fall semester. It’s recently been approved. Since it’s been approved,
it has been kind of attacked by President
Beebe, by different boards. I’ve received word
that now is not the time for a celebration,
given that our community is suffering from fires. People are hurting,
their hearts hurting. And I’ve taken
that into account. So I’ve been able to adjust. I’ve since retracted my event
and will be formulating events, circulating what matters. I will be creating
events for the fires and helping out those who
have been affected by that. And now I will be
creating events for the unrepresented,
for the black students, for the minority
students on campus. Majority. Majority students– the
majority– pardon me. Pardon me. Pardon me. Let me not get
emotionally-charged. So sitting on the committee with
you all, speaking with you all, I really hope that
it has been genuine. It’s been genuine for me. I hope that your smiles
have not been fake. I hope that your conversation
and your trust in me has not been un-genuine. So we’ve spoken about bringing
students to this campus, Guided Pathways. We’ve spoken about
what steps we can take to ensure that the students
here are having the easiest navigation here. But what about the students
who are already currently here? What about the students? I wouldn’t bring students here. [INTERPOSING VOICES] I wouldn’t. I was going– next
semester, I planned to hit– to not hit– but attend
every, to reach out to every– Two minutes. –high school, yes, to reach
out to every high school with their graduating
class and put on assemblies on behalf of
Santa Barbara City College. This is in the works. This is what I have
been working on. I don’t think I would
do that currently. You asked me to adjust my
event, President Beebe. And I abided. We’re asking you to adjust. It’s your turn, bro. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] I’m sorry– one last thing. I want to give a shout
out to Krystle Farmer. I wouldn’t have
joined [CHEERING] ASG. I consider her my senior. I can say I wouldn’t
be here without her. So I have to say that
and make mention. Thank you. [INTERPOSING VOICES] [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Michael. Our last speaker is
Osiris Castaneda. I’m just deferring my time. Is that OK? Do I need to say that
officially, deferring my time– thank you, for this gentleman. Is it Castaneda? It doesn’t have the Ñ. It’s Castaneda. OK. De nada. You got this [INAUDIBLE]. So I just want to speak my
truth about what has transpired and what I’ve been kind of
dealing with since the last Wednesday. I caught wind of the situation. And yes, it was
a horrific thing. But as being a black man,
I’m sure people know, were we shocked? [INTERPOSING VOICES] I wasn’t shocked. What triggered me– and listen,
I’m not anti-institution. I believe in the institution. I’ve been here for 15 years. If I didn’t believe in
Santa Barbara City College, I wouldn’t be here. I believe in it. So we have different lenses. People have
different approaches. And that’s great. But my approach, I don’t
believe the institution is– we got to burn it down. I don’t believe in that. But I do believe that we
have to get under the hood and do some work. So what triggered me– you know, I work over in
Admission and Records. And I would be happy to just
process athletic eligibility, deal with the faculty,
and do my job. That’s what I would
have been happy to do. But I was forced to be here. I was forced to be here. So what triggered me? Dr. Beebe, your
email triggered me. It did. You didn’t have the bandwidth. You didn’t have the
bandwidth to call her or to tell her she needed to be
placed on administrative leave while we do an investigation. You decided to send an
email to your managers, right– correct me if I’m
wrong– managers, supervisors, and tell everybody
that they have to do racial training
within six months. You also proceeded
to say in that letter that she was a good person. She’s a good person. This is not about if
she’s good or she’s bad. This is about the vision
of the college, my man. This is about what we hold
ourselves accountable to. You proceeded to
say in the email that your grandfather
was Filipino. And he was dark-skinned. And listen, the last
thing you want to– I’m going to tell you something. And if you don’t learn anything,
you’ve got to learn this. The last thing you can say to
someone who has been offended by that word is
that you can relate, because you cannot relate. [APPLAUSE] So instead of having
the bandwidth, instead of having the
bandwidth to put her on administrative leave,
and call your black faculty and staff together,
and say, listen. Something egregious
has happened. I want to hear from you guys. I want to hear from what
you guys have to say, how we can move forward
from this situation. But you didn’t do that You couldn’t call any one of us? I mean, damn. There’s only 30 of us on campus. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] I mean, what’s going on? I mean, listen, when
my boss comes to me and says, hey, how
do you do this? If I don’t know,
guess what I’m doing? Guess what everyone
in this room is doing? We’re asking– who– who knows. This is leadership 101, my man. And I do think that
you are a great man. But what I grapple with is
we can’t have these mistakes with people in power. And then you can’t suppress
it, why people believe in institutionalized racism. You suppressed it, my man. You were trying to cover it up. Because you didn’t
reach out to someone. I asked everyone. When I met with the
black faculty and staff, I asked, hey, everyone, have
you heard from Dr. Beebe? I asked the black
administrator, Chris Johnson. He said, no, I
haven’t heard him. I asked anyone else, have
you heard from Dr. Beebe? Everyone said no. So you didn’t ask
anybody that works here, who were here before
you, and will probably be here after you. [APPLAUSE] So suppression is real. I’m still telling
people on this campus today when I was walking. They had never even
heard about it. See, to get to the other
side of the bridge– and it’s quite ironic that
we have a bridge on campus– we got to go through
some ugly stuff. It can’t be smooth
sailing all the time. And so what also bothered
me with your email is the fact that you were
like, she’s a good person. Listen, I’m not in the
business of judging who’s good and who’s bad. I’ve made mistakes, right? But what is right
is what’s right. And what’s wrong
is what’s wrong. So hopefully, we
can move forward from this with some
real solutions. And we all know what
the best solution is. And I seriously really hope
that Santa Barbara City College can eventually, at some
point, be the beacon of light. Because I believe in Santa
Barbara City College. But I don’t believe– I know you don’t believe that’s,
you know– but I believe. I believe. So hopefully, we
can move forward and get some real solutions
and understand that, like, this is a part of the process. You should sit on the board. I ain’t sitting on the board. I don’t even want to stand up. You saw me earlier. I could barely read it, man. I was too emotional. But seriously, I
wish everyone well. And hopefully, you guys can
really, really push her out. That’s it. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Osiris. And thank you, Akil. Is there a motion to
adjourn to close session? I so move. Really quick– thank
you all for coming. I feel you. And Black Lives Matter. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Is there a second? [APPLAUSE] Is there a second? It’s been moved
by Trustee Nielsen and seconded by
Trustee Croninger to adjourn to closed session. Thank you.