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Dear Los Rios Community,

On Tuesday, the United States Department of Justice announced the administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has the potential to be incredibly harmful for our students, the state of California and indeed the entire nation.

Many of our students are understandably scared and worried about what this means for them and their families. We continue to stand with our students and remain committed to their safety and well-being (click here to read our Board resolution on this topic). DACA has afforded hundreds of students in the Los Rios colleges with the opportunity to pursue a college education and improve the lives of their families. Its elimination would cause serious and lasting damage.

In the announcement, the federal government indicated that they plan on “winding down” the program, saying that there will be no immediate change in status for those currently enrolled in DACA but that they will no longer accept new applications. They also announced that those whose permits expire by March 5, 2018 will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals, but it’s unclear what the long-term implications of this would be for applicants. The announcement by the Trump Administration also indicates a desire for Congress to address this issue, but it remains to be seen what, if anything, Congress will do.

We encourage all DACA students to stay informed on this issue and take advantage of the various resources available on campus and throughout our community. A list of some of those resources can be found on the Los Rios Website. Additional resources are also available from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (click here).  While we know these are uncertain and scary times, we encourage students to stay enrolled in classes and, for those who are working, maintain their employment. Students should not do anything to jeopardize their current status. DACA enrollees should not leave the country.

As we mentioned last week, we have formed a Rapid Response Team of appropriate leaders from around Los Rios to coordinate our district and colleges’ response to the changes to DACA and all the potential impacts on students, both in the short and long term. We will also continue to advocate to state and national leaders – and anyone else who will listen – for the protection of DACA and for our students.

We will continue to keep you updated as new information is available.

Brian King
Chancellor, Los Rios CCD

Ed Bush
President, Cosumnes River College

Thomas Greene
President, American River College

Michael Gutierrez
President, Sacramento City College

Whitney Yamamura
President, Folsom Lake College

People at the Blood Source table in front of the Blood Source bus

Next week Blood Source will be on campus collecting pints of blood from donors. Help save a life and give a pint!

You can also get more information or choose to join the Be The Match bone marrow registry. Be The Match connects people across the nation fighting life-threatening cancers with bone marrow donors.

See you out there Panthers! 9/26 & 9/27 from 10 AM – 4 PM near the Quad.

Book fanned open
Monday, September 25 6 PM  – 8 PM
LRC 105
The fun and colorful LGBTQIA themed children’s picture book This Day in June by SCC Professor Gayle Pitman, was recently challenged at the West Chicago Public Library.
In celebration of Banned Books Week, the SCC Library and Information Technology Program will host a panel discussion on book banning and challenges.
Panelists will include:
· The author—SCC Professor Gayle Pitman
· Librarians from the Sacramento Public Library system and the Sacramento City Unified School District
Visit the SCC Library and Information Technology page for more information about the program!
Lady Justice holding scales and sword

Date:  Friday, September 22, 2017
Time:  2 – 4 PM
Location:  Business Building Room 222

Established in conjunction with the State Bar of California, the 2+2+3 Program provides a pathway to a law school education for students beginning at Sacramento City College.  Students can transfer from Sacramento City College to the undergraduate and law school programs at the following colleges:

UC Davis; University of San Francisco; Santa Clara University; USC; UC Irvine, and Loyola Marymount.  This is an exceptional opportunity for any student who is interested in attending law school. Don’t miss out!

Sacramento Tower Bridge
From the Music on a Mission Foundation:
As Sacramento’s first Latino Mayor and a respected educator, Joe Serna, Jr., taught and pursued equality, justice and fairness in a life dedicated to civic duty and responsibility.
The Joe Serna, Jr. Prize for Civic Excellence will be awarded to one young adult or group between the ages of 18-45 who exemplify the vision and the life of former Sacramento Mayor, Joe Serna, Jr.
The annual award will be by the Board of the Music on a Mission Foundation at their sole discretion.
Joe Serna, Jr., worked tirelessly for the City of Sacramento and as the first Latino Mayor of Sacramento, and first Latino mayor of a major California city, taught and pursued equality, justice and fairness in every action he took.  As a respected educator, Joe Serna, Jr. advanced the importance of civic duty and responsibility to every student he taught.  Applicants must be able to explain how their work is harmonious with the teachings of Joe Serna, Jr.   Recipients of the Serna Prize for Civic Excellence are expected to further civic responsibility, engagement, and advancement of the disadvantaged in the City and/or County of Sacramento and to further the hopes, dreams and vision of Joe Serna, Jr.
A nominee can be self-nominated or nominated by another person or entity.  The nomination must be submitted by October 1 of each year and will be awarded in November of each year through 2036.
The value of the Serna Prize is a one-time cash payment of $7500 to be used to continue the work the awardee(s) described in their application.
The application shall be no longer than 1,300 words and may be supported by a single letter of support or recommendation, the application should address the following topics:
–         A description of the work the applicant believes furthers the lifelong work of Joe Serna, Jr.
–         A description of the qualities of that work that most directly represent the attributes of the life of Joe Serna, Jr.
–         A description of how the applicant(s) would expend the Serna Prize money to further the mission that the applicant describes in its application.
The Serna Prize may be awarded in any subject matter area Music on a Mission deems appropriate.  Examples include equality, justice, peace and democracy but could be expressed through art, sports, music, teaching or organization.  The list is not exclusive or exhaustive.
Music on a Mission reserves the right to request substantiation of all factual statements made in any application and to utilize any portion of the application, including an applicants’ name for promotional purposes related to the prize.
Applications must be received on or before October 2, 2017, please send or hand deliver to:
Joe Serna, Jr. Prize for Civic Excellence
c/o Music on a Mission Foundation
Attention: Nick Avdis
455 Capitol Mall, Suite 801
Sacramento, CA 95814

Panthers —

Applications are now available for the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship! In the past three years, SCC Panthers Xinyu Jason Liu and Tynan Perez, received the scholarship and pursued their 4-year degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. The scholarship is up to $40,000 per year to help transfer students complete a bachelor’s degree at a college or university.

Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website to find out more about the scholarship, eligibility, and application process.

If you are interested in applying, take a few minutes to watch the webinar provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for best practices and strategies for submitting a competitive application.

We would love to see another Panther receive the financial support they need to complete a bachelor’s degree at the college or university of their choice!

Apply Now!

Florence Cathedral and London's Big Ben Clock Tower

Date: September 19 and October 3
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: LRC 105

Come get more information about all of the Study Abroad programs offered through Los Rios! Want to spend this next spring semester studying in Italy?!?

We will cover program details and the application process for our upcoming Spring 2018 program to Florence, Italy. Information will also be available about our Fall 2018 semester program in London as well as our 3 summer program options (Florence, London, or Paris).

Financial aid and scholarship options are available. This your chance to take your community college courses while living in another country!

Students receiving collateral at a college booth on Transfer Day
Transfer Day 2017 will take place September 18 from 10 AM – 1 PM in the Quad. Whether you’ve already decided to transfer and want to meet representatives from across the US or you are still trying to decide your path, Transfer Day is for you!
More than 70 Universities from across the US will be represented on campus. You’ll be able to
  • Meet college representatives
  • Learn more about colleges and universities
  • Explore majors
  • Ask questions

Have questions for the SCC Transfer Center? You can reach them at 916-558-2181 or