As I announced via e-mail last week, we are currently engaged in FC4 representative nominations. We have one position open as Jesu Estrada completes one term. She is eligible to run again, and has chosen to do so. She is joined in the election by Jacqueline Cunningham. I’ve asked them to write up a statement, which you can find below and in your e-mail. Elections will run this upcoming week, from September 12 to September 14. Ballots will be in your office.
Dr. Maria J. Estrada
I have served as an FC4 representative for almost three years. In that time, I have tried to represent, with the highest ethical standards, the wide interests of the faculty and departments. I have taken your input and recommendations seriously. It continues to be important to have a strong voice within the context of Reinvention and changes in our local, state, and national educational systems. At FC4 meetings, I have often been critical and outspoken, always advocating for our faculty interests, whether it be to oppose ill-thought policies or negative changes in our programs. Likewise, it has been important to support changes that would benefit our students and faculty. I have also cooperated on committees with faculty across the City Colleges as well as student advocates because I believe collectivity and cooperation produces better work.
Historically, I approved curriculum and courses that would benefit students, back when Faculty Council still had this role. I was also one of the first faculty members to openly speak out against Biometrics and the privatization of our education both at the Board and meetings across the District. Part of my FC4 advocacy includes speaking at Board meeting about academic program and policy changes, attending Board meetings to be further informed about campus-wide issues, and participating in actions like informational pickets and town hall meetings to voice faculty concerns. I am not afraid to fight for faculty interests and will continue to do so; however, when I can work with administration strategically and with your support, I will do so, especially if this endeavor furthers our academic interests and goals. Finally, my door has always been and will continue to be open to your concerns and suggestions.
M.Ed., MA LinguisticsDepartment Chairperson English Language Learning/World Languages
My interest in serving on FC4 stems from not only the issues that we face locally at CCC, but also a triad of policy initiatives coming from Washington DC to the state of Illinois that are already in play, such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which affects our future students, the new Workforce Investment Opportunity ACT which is a complete revision of Adult Education, and next year 2018 Higher Education Act. As a Chicago educator for over 20 years, I have seen the cycles of change in education more than once. I have also experienced with students the effects of some challenging policies. The coming few years are going to present policy challenges at many levels. We need to advocate for our students as these changes occur. I recently returned from Washington DC speaking to our representatives, and I have seen great success locally in holding or reversing proposed changes to programs through advocacy by some of our faculty. These observations have made it clear that faculty can educate our leaders locally and nationally on the needs of our CCC students and that the faculty are essential to advocating for the needs of all students. It is up to us.