Everybody stand for the
pledge of allegiance. 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. For the record, everyone is here
except for trustee Gallardo, who I believe is
tied up in traffic and will be here
shortly I understand. Welcome, everybody. This will be a very
short public meeting before we adjourn
to a closed session. We do have a– we
have four speakers who want to give public
comments tonight. I’ll just call them
as I have them. A Justina Buller. And I’ll say while
she’s on her way up just to remind
everybody, public comments are limited to five minutes. I’ll give a warning at two
minutes and at 30 seconds. Welcome. Thank you. I’m Justina Buller. I’m a faculty member
here at City College in the history department. I’m going to read because
I’m super nervous. Somehow I can do this in front
of a room of 50 students, but I can’t in front of you. I’m not someone
who’s an activist. I don’t serve in any kind of
visible or super public role on campus. I’m not someone who gets
involved in the all campus e-mails about politics. So what I’m doing right now is
absolutely terrifying to me. I currently have a stack of
200 papers sitting on my desk to be graded, and I’d rather
be there doing that right now because that sounds
like more fun. However, I feel compelled
to speak up today for many of the faculty and
staff who are like myself. We feel overwhelmed with work. We’re often younger
faculty who are untenured, and we feel really vulnerable. Thus far we have been content
to allow the activists on campus to represent us, gratefully
supporting them quietly from the shadows. But over the last year,
I’ve become worried that our campus activists are
being unfairly stereotyped as a group of rabble rousers
that have nothing better to do with their time
than stir up controversy and invent injustices. There is this belief that they
represent only a small portion of the community. Please know that
this is not true. There are many of us who
are worried that we’ve made the wrong choice
moving to City College, that we uprooted our lives
and moved here to contribute to this campus community
at great risk to ourselves and we feel like it’s
making no difference. A couple of days ago,
one of my colleagues, who was hired in my
cohort, was brave enough to speak up in a faculty
forum and share his experience with discrimination
on this campus. He was told that jerks
exist in every institution and that he should
learn to deal with it. I have taught for 12 years
on four different community college campuses in California,
and I have never found this statement to be true. Yes, systemic institutionalized
injustice and sometimes racism exist everywhere,
but some colleges have done a much better
job of dealing with this than City College has. The most appalling
thing that I’ve noticed during my
three years here is the inability
or unwillingness– I don’t know what it is– but the lack of attention
from the administration and the lack of
ability to listen to us, to listen to students,
to listen to faculty, to listen to staff. We are not crybabies. We were characterized
that way in an in-service, but we’re not crybabies. Many of us spend
our summer months during our break unpaid,
revamping our classes because we care so much
about reaching our students. We go to conferences– You have two minutes remaining. Training workshops, seminars
unpaid just because we care. You’re in danger of losing us. The work we do is
exhausting, and it really hurts to feel undercut when
we do that exhausting work. Last week, I attended a meeting
with a couple of students. It was a room where
the students talked, and the adults sit
around and listened. At the end of the meeting,
the students looked at us and said this is the
first time we felt heard. That kills me to know that
that’s how my students feel. Dr. Beebe, I
sympathize with you. My dad was a school
administrator, and I know that when you’re
doing your job right, nobody knows. That sucks. Your job is really difficult. We all make
mistakes, and I think we should be allowed to learn
and grow from these mistakes. I’m speaking for myself now. I’m not representing
anybody else. From my opinion,
I want you to know that you’ll be respected
and appreciated for changing course. I’m not personally interested
in a scene aside win. I’m not interested in
anybody being shamed. Instead I’m invested in
taking our institution and heading in a
better direction, and I hope that you choose
to come along with us. Thank you. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Our next speaker is– I just have a first name Scott. Hello. Thanks for having this meeting. Yeah, my name’s Scott. I’ve been a student in the past. I’m close with many current
students at SBCC faculty and staff as well so care a lot
about what’s going on at SBCC and want people
to be able to get their education without
any unnecessary hurdles. So I want to say
that I’m frustrated with how things have
been handled at SBCC, and I think we need better
leadership from the mishandling of Title IV harassment
claims by multiple females against male
colleagues last year and now to the continuing
racial harassment of students, faculty, and staff of
color that to this day has had little action
taken to address them. President Beebe has tried
to intimidate Black students by having one-on-one
meetings and inviting lawyers to meetings unannounced. He’s been dishonest about his
handling of Lindsay Maas’s unpaid leave. He’s made the Black
community on campus basically beg just for
a little acknowledgment. If we had better
leadership, we shouldn’t have these kinds of problems. Thank you. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Next speaker is Sage Gaspar. Hi. Good afternoon, good evening. I’m here as a student. My name is Sage Gaspar. Board policy 3050,
the institutional code of professional ethics,
states that district members are committed to the principles
of honesty and equity. They do not abridge the freedoms
of other employees or students. At the same time,
they do not willingly permit the rights and privileges
of any members of the college community to override the best
interests of the public served by the district. District members
exercise judgments that are dispassionate, fair,
consistent, and equitable. They exhibit openness
and integrity in what they say and do. They confront issues and
people without prejudice. They do everything they can
to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in education
and without compromise to the principles
of ethical behavior. Unfortunately, I do not
believe as a student that these expectations
of ethical behavior are being met by the current
leadership that represents our school, and I believe that
the hierarchy of leadership at SBCC needs to be
decolonized and restructured to better support marginalized–
the marginalized campus community here at SBCC. So thank you for
listening to me, and I hope you take my
words into consideration. Thank you. Thank you. Our next speaker is Simone. Hello. I guess first I want to start by
telling you all how much I love my job here at City College. I also just want to inform you
all that earlier this week due to a pattern of
feeling intimidated and unsafe in my job and
fear for Black students that I contacted
our HR department to explain how I feel. In some ways, President Beebe
has been responsible for that to the point where
sometimes I’m even worried about coming to work
and supporting students. I’ll read with you what I
submitted to human resources. So originally I met President
Beebe after everything had happened with an employee,
but I was introduced to him not by saying this is who I am. This is a program. It was a meeting invite,
and it wasn’t clear to me the content of that
email if I would be allowed to say, no,
I do not wish to attend or if I could bring
another person. So at that time,
I was unsure if I was being asked into the office
for some type of consequence, which greatly scared me. At that time at the
meeting when I did arrived, Beebe asked if I was the
Black Student Union to which I explained no I was not. I was requested to come to the
meeting by he and his staff. So my first interaction was
one of being misidentified, and there weren’t
apologies offered. Following that on January
16th, President Beebe canceled office hours with our
Umoja student group, something he had agreed to do, to
address some of the harm caused to Black students, faculty,
and staff on campus, and that meeting was
canceled 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. President Beebe at that
time provided no explanation for the cancellation,
but his office later sent individual meeting requests
to a select group of students for the following week. Several students shared
with me that they were scared to meet
with President Beebe without any context and
were unsure if they would be allowed to decline the meeting. Students also noted that
the meeting was scheduled at the Umoja Center
where I work, but neither I or
my other co-worker were informed of this meeting. The day of the meeting,
President Beebe and Luz Reyes Martin as well came
to the Umoja Center asking to meet with students. I asked if I could meet
with President Beebe and Luz outside, and I explained
that the students were not comfortable meeting
with either of them without knowing the
content of the meeting and without having
any staff or faculty representation or support. I also shared with both
Beebe and Luz Reyes Martin that they had created
a troublesome dynamic, considering their
power at this univer– college by calling specific
students into a meeting after canceling a general public
meeting the previous week. The following week
of January 21st, President Beebe agreed to
reschedule his office hours with Umoja students. I was happy to
support our students, but when I and another student
arrived to president’s office early, we learned that
President Beebe had invited an attorney to the– Two minutes remaining. Meeting unannounced. I informed our other Umoja
staff about the meeting, but students and I
were visibly shaken as the president did not notify
students of this beforehand. And it is not commonplace
to invite an attorney to open office hours. And this was just one week
after I had expressed concern as how our Black students
were being treated and how they were being asked
to come to individual meetings instead of being allowed
to meet as a group as they had requested and
as Beebe agreed to do. These incidences have
greatly concerned me as someone has mentioned before. Having attorneys at
meetings with students unannounced is again
greatly concerning, and then having meetings
planned with administrators at our center without including
us makes us feel intimidated. I would ask for you to consider
this as you meet and discuss and really think about
what is really the best benefit for our students. And I would suggest
that someone who is contributing
to a culture where the most marginalized on this
campus feel even more unsafe, feel like we can’t
even report to or speak to those who are
meant to advocate for us, is not for the best
of this college. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you. Our last speaker
is Annette Cordero. Good afternoon. I’d like to thank you for
allowing me to speak today, and I have to
apologize for my voice. I’ve had a cold that has
taken my voice away this week. So please bear with me. I wanted to just
say a few words. I have resisted coming before
the board on this issue even though I’ve been
in firm solidarity with my Black
brothers and sisters both in the student body
and in our faculty and staff and in our community. But I felt the need
to come here today because I really care
about this college. I began working here
at SBCC the month I graduated from high school. That was in 1975. I’ve been teaching here
because I love teaching and I love my
students, and I have felt that this
college has served the underrepresented students. I feel that community
colleges in California are the entree into
higher ed for many of our students of color. In the entire time, however,
that I’ve been here, this is the most divided
I’ve ever seen us. That’s over 40 years. I’ve been at this college
through eight presidents, and this is
unfortunately the most that I’ve ever seen this campus
divided on any particular issue and I think the lowest
morale I’ve ever seen. As other people have
said, I have really been thinking how soon can
I retire because it’s become an unpleasant place to be. I love my students. I love being in the classroom. But I don’t love what
this college has become. And I know today you are
considering Dr. Beebe’s evaluation, but I just
want to take a minute to talk about the board. Many of you I know, and
I know that many of you are a very good people. But collectively your
lack of willingness to address the needs
of students and staff who have come before
you is really appalling. Mr. Nielsen at the
last meeting, you– I would characterize it as
quibbled over whether or not this is a job. Well, I can almost guarantee
that the people who voted for you thought that
you perceived it as a job when they gave you their trust
and put you in that seat. This is a job. I served on the Santa
Barbara school board. We didn’t get paid either. We got paid very little. And I can tell you
that it was a job. I took it very seriously. Kate Parker served with me,
and I can guarantee you she– Two minutes remaining.
Saw it as a job. These are things that
are really important. I just have to ask you please
on behalf of this campus, do the job that you
were elected to do. Provide us with
strong leadership. Steward this college
the way that you should. Think about what your
actions say to people. When people of color,
particularly students, have been coming before you
for months expressing concerns to have no response from you
and yet three white women come and express a
concern and within a week you have given them exactly
what they asked for, whether you meant that
in any particular way or not is irrelevant. You can’t be blind
enough not to see how that would be perceived
by the very people that you have been ignoring. Please listen to them. Thank you. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] We’re now going to go
into closed session.