2022-2023 Call for Conference Sessions

Greetings CIOs, 

Planning for both the Fall and Spring CCCCIO Conferences is underway. Conferences take place October 19th – 21st at the Dana in San Diego and March 29-31st, 2023 at the Marriot in Monterey. We invite bold conversations that unapologetically advance equity.  To that end, the Conference Planning Committee would like to extend an invitation for you to present at one or both CIO conferences. Please consider sharing your innovation on any timely topic. Special consideration is given to topics aligned with this year’s theme. The CIO motto of putting Equity at our Core serves as a frame to explore collaborative models CIOs have with other leadership roles or groups. “Advancing Equity Through Intentional and Collaborative Leadership” evokes the following questions (among others):

  1. What does it mean to advance equity? 
  2. What are you doing to collaborate internally and externally? 
  3. How do you see yourself as an agent of advancing equity? 
  4. How do CIOs lead and partner on critical conversations on our campuses?
  5. What silo-busting innovations exist on your campus?

Please consider sharing collaborations with your Chief Student Service Officer, Chief Business Officer, faculty, and classified professional leadership, as well as CIO participation in District and regional collaborations. 

Please submit proposals via the online form by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 20th for the Fall and/or the Spring Conference. Reach out if you would like a placeholder but need more time. Participants for Fall and Spring programming will be notified in early September. 

The online form seeks the following information:  

  • Name(s) of Presenter(s) 
    • College(s)
    • Title 
    • Email 
    • Phone 
  • Title of Session 
  • Learning Outcomes 
  • Submission for fall, spring, or either
  • Summary of Presentation (200-word max)
  • What results, data, and/or outcomes will you share? (200-word max)
  • What interactive approach will be used to engage the audience? 
  • Resources/Supplies/Technology needed (100 words)

We look forward to facilitating your service to the CIO community by sharing insights, action plans, and innovations. 


Kuni Hay and Kristina Whalen, Conference Co-Chairs

Conference Planning Committee


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Statement on Attack on U.S. Capitol

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on today’s mob attack on the U.S. Capitol and democratic process:

“The actions of violent rioters who have trampled our nation’s Capitol and our sacred democratic process must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts are with our state’s Congressional delegation, some of whom are graduates of our colleges, as they seek to carry out their constitutional duties. Community colleges are among the most democratizing institutions in our nation. As educators, these events reinforce the need to advance work of diversity, equity and inclusion in our colleges as we help build up communities and strengthen civic life.”

Letter to the Field 5-31-20

Dear fellow CIOs,

Thank you for your call to action. We stand as an organization with our African American students, faculty, staff, CIOs, deans, and other leaders. We must recognize the deep-rooted pain and injustice experienced systematically by black communities in our country, highlighted especially in recent days/months by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. We recognize also the racism faced by our Asian American communities during this pandemic. Racism in all of its forms must never be tolerated in our colleges and our society. And, of course, you are right, we must do better, and we must be better. As a predominantly white organization, we must stand with our black brothers, sisters, and non-binary siblings to say enough is enough. We must also reach out and protect black students from an educational system based on colonialism and white supremacy, built for those who do not look like the majority of the students in our system. We must find more and better ways on a daily basis to stand up for and support our students of color, who are often our most vulnerable groups on our campuses. We must also foster and support our leaders of color on our campuses to become our future CIOs.

Our focus this past year has been on equity in service to our students of color, and to do everything in our power to meet their needs. We welcome the leadership of our statewide CIOs in an upcoming Town Hall where meeting the needs of our black, brown, and other students of color will serve as a central topic. We are working out the details of the meeting, but CIOs please set aside time June 25th 3:00-6:00p.m. We welcome participation from the field in planning the discussions; please contact Dr. Jennifer Vega La Serna at jenniferl@cos.edu or Don Miller at ddmiller@peralta.edu to volunteer.

We will also be working with CIO volunteers to retool the workshops that were being prepared for the April conference, which was to focus on the practical application of equity work for our students. We hope to again focus the fall conference on racial, gender, and equity work in service to our communities (even if the meetings have to be remote). We would also like to co-sponsor a series of racial equity workshops with the state chancellor’s office as there is a dire need to improve this in our system.

We stand in solidarity; Black Lives Matter; our colleagues of color are of utmost importance to the health, vitality, and well-being of our colleges. We look forward to engaging in further discussions statewide to better serve and support, and focus on real systemic change.


Leandra Martin, President, California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO)
Jennifer Vega La Serna, President Elect, CCCCIO
Don Miller, Vice President, CCCCIO