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Social Responsibility Committee (SRC)

The Social Responsibility Committee organizes and hosts events, forums and programs open to all members of the campus and community, inviting active reflection upon their responsibility for local, national and international matters. Using a variety of formats, the SRC augments existing public discussions of social, political and economic issues in meaningful and multidisciplinary perspectives. These opportunities for critical thinking are designed to foster active participation on campus and in community affairs.

Meeting Times

Second and fourth Mondays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Members and Chairs

Chairs

  • Sandra Carter

Committee Members

Faculty and Classified Members

  • Sherie Coelho
  • Iris Dimond
  • Heather Hutcheson
  • Melaine Huyck-Aufdermaur
  • Mun Kang
  • Denise Marshall-Mills
  • Jason Newman
  • Teresa O'Brien
  • Anastasia Panagakos
  • Alex Peshkoff
  • Amanda Procsal

Administration

TBD

Student Leadership

TBD

Annual Reports and Minutes

Minutes

SRC Activities

Activist Toolkit

The Social Responsibility Committee is committed to helping the campus and our students to identify tools to take a practical approach to activism and social responsibility. To this end, we are offering a series of workshops and panels to engage the community in advancing a cause together. “Activist Tool Kit” activities may include:

  • Forming and Supporting Non-Profits
  • Social Media Activism
  • What’s Fake News?
  • Online and Distance Advocacy and Engagement
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Creating Strong Arguments, Messaging and Rhetorical Triangle
  • Community Organizing: From Organizing to Legislation
  • Speaking at City Council and Board of Supervisors

Day of Silence

The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. According to GLSEN, nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety. The Day of Silence helps bring us closer to making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unacceptable in U.S. schools. We have decided to sponsor a day of UNsilence in which we vocalize our support for LGBT students on our campus. 

For more information check out the Day of Silence website: www.dayofsilence.org

Film Series

The Social Responsibility Committee hosts a series of films every semester, centering around a particular social theme.

Meditation Space

CRC students now have access to a temporary meditation space in BS 144 where they can quietly reflect, meditate, or pray in an inclusive and safe environment. This meditation space will be supervised on a voluntary basis by faculty and staff members and student ambassadors so hours may vary from day to day.

This temporary meditation space is the first step towards a more permanent location on campus.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, hours may be subject to change without notification.

Individuals or groups of up to five people may use the space on a drop-in basis or sign up for 15 minute slots at a time. Instructions, rules, and the sign-up sheet are located at the meditation space in BS 144.   

CRC faculty and staff members care about the well-being and mental health of our students. Part of our well-being includes having the opportunity to slow down, reflect, or pause quietly during a busy or stressful day. For more information or questions about the meditation space pilot project please contact professor Anastasia Panagakos at  panagaa@crc.losrios.edu or (916) 691-7895.

Safe Spaces

The Safe Spaces program was established in 2009 to reaffirm the CRC community's commitment to creating a bias-free campus environment. All members of our community are welcome to join in our discussions and meetings about maintaining a bias-free campus. We hold periodic FLEX workshops for staff/faculty and support ongoing community discussions and events such as the Day of Silence.

Mission Statement

Cosumnes River College is an inclusive campus where students and staff respect the views of others. We strive to keep our campus community free of bias, discrimination, and intolerance. Safe Spaces on campus are where anyone who feels threatened or otherwise unsafe can seek assistance and support regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, veteran status, physical disability, or political views. The Safe Spaces program works in conjunction with our police services, administration, and counseling center as an additional resource for individuals to discuss, and act upon, situations of intolerance and bias. Safe Spaces on campus are academic division/area offices, the Counseling Center, and individual staff and faculty offices displaying the following sticker:

For further information contact Anastasia Panagakos at  panagaa@crc.losrios.edu or (916) 691-7895.

SHAREfair

The ShareFair presents students with ways on how to give their time, talent, and goods to the community. They learn more about the rewards of sharing with others and opportunities for jobs in the non-profit and social service sectors. The Fair also collects items for local charities.

Soldiers Project

Cosumnes River College is committed to helping returning veterans integrate into our campus community and achieve success. Veterans who require mental health services for themselves or their families can contact members of the Social Responsibility committee or access the Soldiers Project at (877) 557-5888. The Soldiers Project does not report to any government agencies and is fully confidential.

For more information on veterans services at CRC please visit the Veterans Services page.

Textbook Costs

The Social Responsibility Committee is aware of the impact of high textbook costs for students and the frustration of faculty members in trying to keep those costs manageable. Below are some questions to consider in keeping the costs of books manageable:

Questions Students Can Ask Their Professors

  • Are the textbooks on reserve in the library and will I need to bring the books to class each time? (If not, you might be able to get your reading/studying done with the reserve copy).
  • Can I purchase the e-book?
  • Can I use an older edition of this book?
  • Are all of these books (listed on the syllabus) required reading?

Questions Professors Can Ask Themselves

  • Can I use an older edition of this textbook or must I adopt the newest version?
  • Have I given my students the resources to find used editions? (websites, book exchanges, etc)
  • Will my publisher allow me to create a custom, loose-leaf, text?
  • Can I make a course workbook instead of assigning more texts?
  • Can I coordinate with others at my college teaching the same class to adopt the same textbook in order to by in bulk (and perhaps lower the per unit cost?)
  • Have I spoken to my textbook reps about freebies or discounts?
  • Can I use or suggest students use the e-book edition?

Committee Charge

Purpose

The Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) of Cosumnes River College will organize and host events open to all members of the campus and the community, inviting active reflection upon their responsibility for local, national, and international matters. Using a variety of formats, SRC will aim to augment existing public discussions of social, political and economic problems in meaningful and interdisciplinary perspectives. These opportunities for critical thinking will be designed to foster active participation in campus and community affairs.

Membership

Faculty Membership

Composition of the SRC shall reflect equitable representation from all areas/units. The SRC will include representation from each academic division. Adjunct faculty are encouraged to participate.

Classified Membership

The SRC includes and invites classified personnel.

Student Membership

The SRC will also include student representation of one member designated by the Associated Student Government and one student ambassador to participate in all meetings and events.