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Diversity at Cuesta College: Training & Faculty Development

Featured Training Opportunity

50% off Environmental Justice Film Streaming
Half-Mile, Upwind, On Foot - our 57-minute documentary that tells the story of communities who are working to challenge two different pipeline projects in Pennsylvania that are considered by many to be disruptive, dangerous, and unnecessary - is now 50% off. Through use of eminent domain, billion-dollar pipeline projects are being developed close to homes, schools and community centers—all for the delivery of natural gas and "highly volatile liquids" overseas.

You can watch a trailer for the film, read reviews and learn more about purchasing HERE. To receive 50% off, write to Brian McDermott at:



Free NAEYC Webinar: "Talking to and Supporting Children and Ourselves During the Pandemic"
David J Schonfeld, MD, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, will provide a webinar on talking to and supporting children and ourselves during the pandemic for NAEYC. He will provide suggestions for early childhood educators on how to talk with young children about the recent pandemic to promote their understanding and adjustment, as well as practical advice that can be shared with families on how to support their children’s adjustment and how they can serve as effective models of coping techniques. Adults are impacted at least as much as children, so a focus of the presentation will address professional self-care. Free resources available from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and the Coalition to Support Grieving Students will be highlighted. 


Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for viewing this webinar.

Time: Thursday May 7, 2020. 3-4pm (EDT)

Register Here:

Faculty Equity Institute

2020 Faculty Equity Institute: Engaging in Transformative Teaching and Counseling
March 6-7
Avila Beach, CA
Use this FORM to register


Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Funding Sources

  • Conference Funds.  Due Feb. 18 at 11 pm. The FPD Committee, through generous support from the Cuesta College Foundation, has $2,500 remaining to use for FPD in the 2019 / 2020 academic year. The FPD Committee will award up to $500 per applicant, depending on availability of funds. If there are more applicants than funding available, the funds may be distributed equally among all applicants or be awarded to applicants on a first come first serve basis, depending on the applications.
  • Applications will be accepted from February 4 (12 am) – February 18 (at 11 pm).  Applicants will be notified of their request status by February 21, 2019.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • To apply for these funds, please review the Funding Request Process Chart and complete the Faculty Professional Development Funding Request Form which can be accessed from the Professional Development Website.  Email your completed form to the FPD Committee at email:
  • Contact FPD Committee for more information. email: 


  • Ask your Dean. The Deans have access to various sources of money (i.e. student equity, student support and success, CTEA, their own budgets, etc.) that they may be able to use to help fund your Professional Development. As the saying goes, it never hurts to ask.
  • Contact Your Dean for more information.


  • Ask the VPAA. If your Dean is unable to help fund your Professional Development, ask the VPAA. Like your Dean, the VPAA has access to various funds that may be used to help subsidize your Professional Development. Your Dean should be consulted first, then approach the VP.
  • Contact VPAA Office for more information. Email Melinda Weaver


  • President’s Innovation and Motivational Fund (PIM). The Cuesta Foundation provides the college President with a discretionary fund that can be used to help support Cuesta Employees’ Professional Development. The application form is attached to this email.  Please note the guidelines provided in the application form.
  • Contact President’s Office for more information. Email Todd Frederick


  • Student Equity.  If the focus of your professional development training is on improving student equity or if you work with under- served populations that include veterans, individuals with disabilities, foster youth, Latino/Hispanic, low income, etc., you may be able to receive funding through Student Equity.
  • Contact The director of Student Equity. Email Que Dang