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Unity Council at Cal Maritime


Thank you to all of our partners who helped make International Day 2017 such a wonderful event: The Latino Club, Asian Pacific Islander Club, Susan Jette and Drummm Rhythmic Events, the Cal Maritime Dance Team, Stephanie Mila and Louie Bones in Catering Services, Royster Martin in Audio-Visual Support, Marie Cluney in Cal Maritime Facilities, all student volunteers, all staff and faculty volunteers, as well as the Unity Council subcommittee members Kathy Baird, Demetra Miller, Tari Houston-Collins, Ian Wallace, and Elaine Kociolek as well as others who helped in various ways. 




The campus community is invited to attend the following events celebrating Black History.

1.       Dining Center: A diverse selection of African American cuisine will be served throughout the month. See below for the schedule and menu served for lunch on the respective dates.

2.       Black Student Union: Students are invited to watch "A Soldier's Story" on February 9th and the documentary "Soundtrack for a Revolution" next Wednesday on the 15th. Both showings will be at 7:30 pm in Rizza and there will be a discussion held after the "Soundtrack for a Revolution" documentary.

3.       TED Talk interview screening and discussion (Sponsored by Library Services) of the Founders of Black Lives Matter –Tuesday February 7th, 1100-1145 in the Library's Green Room. 

4.       #WeAreCalMaritime campaign: Keep an eye out for fellow students and staff talking about what Black History Month means to them.

5.       Music and Invited Speaker: On Thursday February 23rd from 630-8pm in Rizza Auditorium our celebration of Black History Month will culminate with an ensemble of performers and artists including John Ramas Ann'al (Entertainer, Guitarist, Keyboardist), Cal Maritime student performers, our own Cal Maritime Chorus and more. Join us from 6-6:30pm in Rizza Lobby for light refreshments. Don't miss this fun and educational event. 



UndocuAlly Training: Supporting Undocumented Students in Graduating from College: Information, Resources and Best Practices - Wednesday February 8th, 11am - 1pm in Compass Room #1. Register below.

This presentation will provide educators with information, resources and best practices to support undocumented students in achieving their academic goals. Educators will receive an overview of AB 540, AB 2000, the CA Dream Act, DACA, and available scholarships with links to specific educational materials. By the end of the presentation, educators will have a basic understanding of the challenges and resources undocumented students can face in their pursuit of a college education.  


Presenter bio: Nancy Jodaitis, Director of Higher Education Initiatives, Educators for Fair Consideration

For almost twenty years, Nancy has been working to increase admission and graduation rates for underrepresented students in higher education. She most recently served as an AB 540 / Undocumented Student Advisor at San Francisco State University, where she was also advisor to SFSU's chapter of Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS), a student-run group providing resources and support for AB540 students. Prior to that, Nancy served as a pre-admissions advisor, transfer counselor, financial aid officer, and scholarship specialist. Through these varied roles, Nancy has developed a comprehensive understanding of the enrollment process and a solid track record of institutional advocacy. 

Nancy has worked tirelessly to build educational pathways for undocumented students within California, conduct trainings about applying for the California Dream Act, identify key challenges that colleges and universities face when supporting undocumented students, and elevate institutional best practices.  She has also developed a library of educational materials to help undocumented students in California successfully enroll in CA public colleges and universities, and be sure they receive all financial aid for which they are eligible.   

Since 2009, Nancy has been active with E4FC, beginning as a volunteer with our Educator Action Group, and later serving in various capacities as a trainer, researcher, and consultant. Nancy joined E4FC as Director of Higher Education Initiatives in July 2016.

Further Reading:

California DREAMers emerging from the shadows – a news article from the California Teachers Association (CTA)

The Case for Undocumented Students in Higher Education – a report from Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

A joint letter sent in November to President-Elect Trump from heads of the higher education systems in California (UC, CSU, and CCC)


UNITY COUNCIL EventsThe Unity Council sends a big THANK YOU to Ron Jones, Executive Director of Dialogues on Diversity (http://dialoguesondiversity.com/), for presenting Get Out of Your Bubble during O-Week to all incoming 4c cadets at the California Maritime Academy.
































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Purpose of the UNITY COUNCIL

The Unity Council serves to create a more diverse and inclusive university community. Diversity encompasses a multitude of dimensions and identities, including race, gender identity and expression, economic status, sexual preference, religion, immigration status, national origin, and more. To achieve this purpose the council strives to:

o   Sponsor programs and activities that publicly celebrate the diverse communities and cultures within our campus.

o   Foster mutual respect, appreciation, understanding, and collaboration among the members of the Cal Maritime community.

o   Inform the university community about historic contributions of diverse communities to California, the United States and our global society.

o   Review data and information that assesses the university's "campus climate" and make recommendations for improvement.

o   Participate in campus strategic planning.

o   Uphold the Principles of Community as described in the Student Handbook

Get Involved

Are you a student who wants to get involved with the Unity Council? You are invited to email us (unitycouncil@csum.edu) or feel free to approach one of our members. Click here for a list of current members.

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We want your input! Please share your ideas for upcoming programs, comments about events, and other thoughts and suggestions by emailing the Unity Council at unitycouncil@csum.edu


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