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ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITMENT TO

THE BASIC SKILLS INITIATIVE


OPEN SESSION CCCBSI2009 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE JUNE 2009

D A T E : T H U R SD A Y J U N E 1 8 , 2 0 0 9

TIME: 7:00-9:00 PM

LOCATION: ROOM 28, BURK HALL


SA N F R A N C I SC O ST A T E U N I V E R S I T Y , 1 6 00 H O L L O W A Y A V E N U E SA N F R A N C I SC O , C A
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P R E SE N T O R S : R I T A M . C E P E D A , P R E S I D E N T SA N D I E G O M E SA C O L L E GE , B E R N A D I N E
C H U C K F O N G , P R E S I D E N T E M E R I T A , F O O T H I L L C O L L E G E , A N D MA R T H A J . K A N T E R ,
NOMINEE FOR UNDER SE CRETARY OF EDUCATION(DEPENDENT ON SCHEDULE).

Inherent to the Basic Skills Initiative is an Institutional commitment to equity for all students.
How can California Community College administrators lead the effort to support students with
basic skills needs by allocating funding and providing instructional and student services? Join
the discussion with leaders in these efforts.

CONTACTS:

Deborah Harrington, BSI Project Director, DHarrington@email.laccd.edu


Lisa Brewster, San Diego Network Coordinator, lbrewste@sdccd.edu
Nancy Cook , Sacramento/Central Valley Network Coordinator, ncook@sierracollege.edu
Daryl Kinney, Los Angeles Network Coordinator, kinneyd@lacitycollege.edu
Anniqua Rana, Bay Area Network Coordinator, rana@smccd.edu
RITA M. CEPEDA, PRESIDENT SAN DIEGO
MESA COLLEGE

Rita M. Cepeda has served since July 2005 as president of San Diego
Mesa College, and is its first Latina president. She began her career
in the community colleges in 1980 and has served as a college
president for the past ten years. A naturalized citizen, Dr. Cepeda
came to the United States when she was 11, learning English as a
second language. She is a product of the California public school system. She earned a
bachelor’s degree in communications disorders and a master’s degree in clinical psychology
from California State University Long Beach. Rita went on to earn a doctorate of education
from the University of Southern California. Her professional affiliations include: Board
Member, California Basic Skills Initiative, and the Community College Advisory Committee
on Legislation, the Intersegmental Coordinating Council and the Latina Leadership Network
of the California Community Colleges. Locally, President Cepeda sits on numerous
community boards and committees, including San Diego United Way, the San Diego Dropout
Task Force, the Sand Diego Youth Services Council, San Diego Workforce Partnership and
the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Regional Economic Prosperity
Strategy Committee. In November 2008, she received the prestigious “Women Who Mean
Business Award” for the San Diego Business Journal followed by the 2008 National Diversity
Award from Minority Access Inc.

BERNADINE CHUCK FONG, PRESIDENT


EMERITA, FOOTHILL COLLEGE

Distinguished by her track record for innovation in education,


Bernadine Chuck Fong is president emerita of Foothill College
where she served as president for 12 years. Before retiring in June
2006, Bernadine led Foothill in becoming one of the first
community colleges to offer credit courses via the internet and
initiated Foothill's highly successful Campus Abroad Program in nine countries. Bernadine
is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Institute for Higher Education
Research.
Bernadine currently serves on several boards including the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching, the Academy of Art University, John W. Gardner Center for Youth
and Communities, SunGard Corporation Executive Advisory Council and the American
Institute for Foreign Study Board of Academic Advisors. She is a fellow of the American
Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley and ACE, and was recently named ”Phenomenal Woman”
for 2002, an award given by Chicago's Harold Washington College chapter of the American
Association of Women in Community Colleges. She received her bachelors, masters, and
Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

MARTHA J. KANTER, CHANCELLOR OF THE


FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DISTRICT
Martha J. Kanter currently serves as Chancellor of the Foothill-De
Anza Community College District, one of the largest community
college districts in the country, serving more than 44,000 students.
Prior to her tenure at De Anza College, Kanter served as Vice
President of Instruction and Student Services at San Jose City College where she formerly
worked as a teacher and created the school’s first program for students with learning
disabilities. Kanter also served as a Director, Dean and subsequently Vice Chancellor for
Policy and Research of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in Sacramento.
Kanter earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, a master's in education from
Harvard University and a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of
San Francisco. Kanter has taught across the country and currently serves as National Chair
of the Community College Advisory Panel of The College Board.
Directions
From the North: Take highway 101 south, cross the Golden Gate Bridge (toll $5). Take 19th Ave/Hwy 1 exit.
Follow this (several miles) to a right turn onto Holloway Avenue. Turn right onto Font Boulevard. Then turn
right to Lake Merced Blvd. At the first stop light turn right onto State Drive.
From the East: I-80 across the Bay Bridge to Hwy 101 South. Take 101 South (stay on the right) to I-280 and
take the second Daly City/Mission Blvd. Exit, bearing right onto Sagamore St. and then to Brotherhood Way.
Follow Brotherhood until it ends and then take a right to merge onto Lake Merced Blvd. At the second stoplight
turn right onto State Drive.
From the South: On I-280 North stay towards the left lane to exit at 19th Ave/Hwy 1 and then bear to the right
onto the ramp to Brotherhood Way. Follow Brotherhood until it ends and take a right onto Lake Merced Blvd. At
the second stop light; turn right onto State Drive.
From SFO Airport: Highway 101 to 380 junction to I-280 North (follow signs to SF). On I-280 North stay in the
left lane to exit at 19th Ave./Hwy 1 and then bear to the right onto the ramp to Brotherhood Way. Follow
Brotherhood until it ends and then take a right onto Lake Merced Blvd. At the second stop light; make a right
onto State Drive.