2019 Annual Convention

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 to Sat, Nov 23, 2019
Riverside Convention Center
General Info

Download the 2019 Annual Convention Program

The League’s Annual Convention is the premier professional development event for California Community College trustees, CEOs, faculty, staff, and administrators. This event brings together more than 600 attendees and provides opportunities for colleagues and partners to share their ideas, models, and accomplishments.

This year’s theme, “Exploring Opportunities, Discovering Our Successes”, will bring together California community college professionals and state and national leaders, who will share their knowledge and experience.

The 2019 Annual Convention will once again offer great value while keeping costs down and quality high!  You’ll discover:

  • General sessions with State and nationally known keynote speakers
  • High impact concurrent sessions  
  • Educational Showcase featuring League Corporate Partners
  • Focus sessions and workshops
  • Association and organization business meetings
  • Entertainment with host district student talent



Registration Rates

ATTENTION: Full payment for conference registrations are due by credit card at time of registration. For questions regarding registration, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org.

Online registration for the 2019 Annual Convention closes on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 11:59p.m. Thereafter, registration will be available onsite.

  On or Before November 4th  After November 4th/Onsite
Applies if you are a college/district employee, exhibitor, sponsor or Corporate Partner. This rate includes all convention sessions and meals.
$740 $790
Group Rate
Group rate applies for five (5) full registrations from the same college. A separate registration form must be completed for each individual. This rate includes all convention sessions and meals.
$625 $675
Non-Affiliate rate applies if you are not a college/district employee, exhibitor, sponsor or Corporate Partner. This rate includes all convention sessions and meals.
$820 $870
Thursday, November 21
Includes all Thursday sessions and the Educational Showcase reception.
$395 $425
Friday, November 22
Includes all Friday sessions, light breakfast, luncheon, gala reception, and evening events.
$455 $485
Saturday, November 23
Includes Saturday sessions and breakfast. 
$265 $295
Thursday Educational Showcase Reception $90  
Friday Educational Showcase Breakfast $48  
Friday General Session and Lunch $80  
Friday Gala Reception $115  
Saturday Breakfast Sessions $48  


Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund for your registration, email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. A $50 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Wednesday, November 6, 2019.



Schedule and topics are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 20

 As Scheduled                             Organization Business Meetings

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.           Policy & Procedure Subscriber Service Workshop

Thursday, November 21

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.              Joint CCCT/CEOCCC Board Executive Committee Meeting

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.              Convention Registration

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.              Organization Business Meetings, as scheduled

8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.           Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.              Joint CCCT/CEO Board Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.              CEO Workshop (invitation only)

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.              Consultation Council

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.             Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Statewide CEOCCC Meeting (CEOs Only)

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.             CCCT Officers Nominating Committee

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Educational Showcase Sneak-Peek & Coffee

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Pre-Convention Concurrent Sessions

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.           Opening General Session: State of the System (Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley)

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Educational Showcase Opening Reception

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.             Board of Governors Reception

Friday, November 22

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.              Convention Registration

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Educational Showcase & Light breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.            General Session: Dr. Constance Iloh

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              Educational Showcase Coffee Break

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.           Concurrent Sessions 

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Educational Showcase Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Concurrent Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.        Educational Showcase Closing/Prize Drawings

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          General Session and Lunch: Leith Sharp

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.             Concurrent Sessions

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Coffee Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.             Concurrent Sessions

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.             Gala Reception          

Saturday, November 23

7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.           Convention Registration

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              Concurrent Sessions (Breakfast served 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.              League Board Meeting

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.         Closing General Session: A Real Conversation on Homelessness in Higher Education

Educational Showcase!
Win just by attending the Educational Showcase and visiting our exhibitors, and by being present at the closing luncheon and submitting a convention evaluation!
  • Complimentary two-night stay for two, at the Mission Inn Riverside Hotel & Spa (must be present at Saturday’s closing General Session to win)
  • Educational Showcase Grand Prize (must be present at Friday drawing to win)
  • Evaluation Grand prize (must be present at Saturday’s closing General Session to win)
Hotel & Travel

Hotel & Room Reservations

All Convention events will be held at the Riverside Convention Center. We recommend using this link or another online hotel reservations site to make reservations at an alternate hotel. After making your reservation, you are welcome to call the Marriott (951-784-8000), Mission Inn (951-784-0300), and/or Hyatt Place (951-321-3500) to inquire whether there have been any cancellations in the League's Annual Convention hotel room block. 

Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa  
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown  
3500 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Hotel Reservation Cancellation Policy

A non-refundable deposit of one-night stay will be charged to your credit card on Monday, October 21. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please be sure to do so by Monday, October 21. In the event of a “sold-out” situation, anyone unable to get a reservation should check back with the hotel after Monday, October 21, and before Monday, October 28. Rooms may become available following the deposit deadline. 


Parking at each hotel property varies.  Please see specifics for each of these on the hotel websites.

Travel and Area Information

Visit the following links for travel, hotel, and area information:

Convention Venue

Convention Venue


Riverside Convention Center
Just a short walk from the many attractions of the Downtown District, the Riverside Convention Center is central to a number of exciting restaurants, shops, and nightlife establishments perfect for networking!

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session
Thursday, November 21, 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

State of the System

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Chancellor, California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley as chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning December 19, 2016.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley is best known throughout California and the nation for implementing innovative programs and policies that help students succeed in college. Oakley strongly believes that California’s emerging economies demand a workforce with quality credentials and that the state’s 115 community colleges play a pivotal role in moving California forward. Under Oakley’s leadership, the Long Beach Community College District has received numerous awards and recognitions for its efforts to improve student completion rates and for directly supporting a strong small business and entrepreneurship eco-system throughout the greater Southern California region. Continue reading...

Morning General Session
Friday, November 22, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Constance Iloh

Education Scholar and Researcher
Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Constance Iloh is an award-winning education scholar, speaker, consultant, and researcher. Described as a “higher education powerhouse” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Professor Iloh’s program of research explores educational opportunity and inequities; college access and choice; institutional culture; social context; and student experiences. Dr. Iloh, who currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of California-Irvine, is especially known for her work that investigates the college-going narratives and realities of underserved students in higher education as well work that examines for-profit colleges and community colleges. One of Professor Iloh's most recent scholarly contributions is the Iloh Model of College-going Decisions and Trajectories, an innovative three-component ecological model that serves as an alternative to existing college choice frameworks. This model illuminates contemporary college decisions and educational narratives while also problematizing the notion of college choice. Her research and conceptual work has appeared in top education journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Negro Education, Harvard Educational Review, and Teachers College Record. Dr. Iloh’s work has been cited in Forbes, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Harvard Law Review, Politico, and National Public Radio- who profiled her as a national expert in naming her their source of the week. Iloh is a 2018-2019 recipient of the prestigious UC Hellman Fellowship, a highly competitive research grant bestowed upon professors showing great distinction in their field. Professor Iloh has been invited to share her work with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Institute for Higher Education, Telemundo, NBC Universal, and Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Campaign. She made history as the first Black professor in the School of Education at UC Irvine. In 2016, Dr. Iloh became one of the few academics ever named to the change-agents and break-out stars of the Forbes “30 under 30” list. You can learn more about Dr. Constance Iloh and her work at www.constanceiloh.com.

General Session Luncheon
Friday, November 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Leith Sharp

Director and Lead Faculty, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A dynamic change leader with 25 years of practice, research and teaching, Leith has taught leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for 18 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance.

Leith founded the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program at Harvard in 2013, which she continues to lead. This cross-sectoral, residential leadership program brings sustainability leadership, human well-being, purpose, biomimicry, agility, integrated business models and organizational design together.

In 2017, Leith co-founded Leaders on Purpose to engage global CEOs in scaling a new leadership paradigm and business logic with the fitness to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Global CEOs from Paypal, Siemens, Mastercard, Ikea, P&G, Sodexo, Danone, Mars, Best Buy, Phillips, SAP, BMW, L’Oreal and many more have contributed.

Leith is well known for founding Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, where over a period of 9 years she led Harvard to become a global leader in campus sustainability. In 2010, Leith became the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, working with the state’s 40 college presidents to raise $24 million for green workforce development.

Leith has consulted with over 200 organizations and has received numerous awards internationally, including Young Australian of the Year, NSW Environment Category and a Churchill Fellowship. Leith has an environmental engineering degree (UNSW), a master of education (Harvard) and is currently completing a Master of Science in Biomimicry (ASU).

Closing General Session
Saturday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
A Real Conversation on Homelessness in Higher Education


Pam Luster

President, San Diego Mesa College, Moderator

Dr. Pamela Luster is the President of San Diego Mesa College; she is in her 9th year. Previously she served as the Vice President of Student Services, Interim Vice President of Instruction and Dean of Academic Services at Las Positas College.  At West Valley College she held the position of Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development and started her career as a faculty member in the Disabled Students program.

Dr. Luster service includes membership on several local, state and national boards to include: San Diego Youth Services (SDYS), San Diego Mesa College Foundation, California Community College Athletics Association, and on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She currently still serves on the CEOCCC Board representing Region XI, and is co-chairing the CEOCCC Task Force on Affordability, Food and Housing. This year she is the Chair of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association.  Dr. Luster is an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University, Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership.

Dr. Luster’s scholarly and professional pursuits are focused on student equity, diversity and inclusion and building campus and community coalitions towards cultural proficiency and humility. She is committed to finding permanent solutions to address the basic needs of community college students.


Rashida Crutchfield

Associate Professor, California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Rashida Crutchfield is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach. She earned a Master of Social Work at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from CSULB. She worked for the National Conference for Community and Justice in Long Beach and the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri before serving on the Covenant House California staff. Experience at this Los Angeles shelter for 18-to-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness gave her insight into practice, building rapport and intervention with this population's strengths, needs and perspectives.

Dr. Crutchfield has been a faculty member in the CSULB School of Social Work since 2007 as field faculty and lecturer. She began as an assistant professor in 2014 with a focus on practice and research in youth homelessness, access to higher education, social and economic development, and social work community practice. She was the Principal Investigator for Phase I of the CSU Chancellor’s study on food and housing security, and Co-Principal Investigator for phases II and III. These studies are the largest of their kind.


Amy Costa

California Community College Board of Governor

Amy Costa was chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of Finance from 2016 to 2018, where she served as advisor to the director on higher education from 2014 to 2016. She was an account lead at Blue Beyond Consulting from 2012 to 2014 and director of state and local government relations at Safeway Inc. from 2010 to 2012. Costa served as associate director of advocacy and state relations at the California State University Chancellor's Office from 2009 to 2010. She served as policy director in the Office of California State Senator Dean Florez from 2008 to 2009, as a policy consultant in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2005 to 2008 and district director in the Office of California State Senator Don Perata from 2001 to 2005.

Ruben Canedo

Director, Strategic Equity Initiatives at University of California, Berkeley

Ruben was born and raised in the border valleys of Mexicali, Imperial, and Coachella. Ruben is a recipient of UC Regents and Chancellor’s Full Scholarship and first-generation alumnus of UC Berkeley. Ruben’s academic coursework and publications focus on public higher education, equity, intersectionality, and systems change. Ruben serves as Director of Equity Initiatives within UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity & Inclusion. His responsibilities include college student basic needs, strategic planning, and mobilization. Ruben was appointed to the dual roles of Chair of the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee (2013) and Co-Chair of the UC Systemwide Basic Needs Committee (2014). These efforts focus on research, prevention, sustainability, and advocacy. His efforts have published studies on college student food insecurity and homelessness in higher education and have helped inform both state and federal policies. Additionally, Ruben facilitates keynotes and trainings on healing, life journeys, and maximizing performance. 


Daisy Beltran

Student, Imperial Valley College

Daisy Gallegos Beltran is a 26-year-old homeless student who began her journey with Imperial Valley College at 21. She had little to no family support and struggled to find a safe and secure place to live. After receiving support from internal and external sources Daisy has continued her longtime dream and personal goals of obtaining an education. Daisy will soon graduate with an Associate’s degree in Communication Studies for Transfer and has been accepted into Columbia College where she will further her education and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Communication.


Session Materials

Session Materials

PowerPoint presentations and materials from the 2019 Annual Convention will be loaded here. Please check back here as materials are added. 

Thursday, November 21
Friday, November 22
Saturday, November 23


Convention Highlights

Convention Highlights

Thursday, November 21
Open to Thursday only and full convention registrants

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.            
Statewide CEOCCC Meeting

California's Community College CEOs will meet for their annual statewide CEOCCC meeting.

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opening General Session

Don’t miss the exciting kick-off show and opening general session of the 2019 Convention!  Join Chancellor Eloy Oakley, as he opens this year’s annual Convention and enjoy great student talent from our host districts.

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Educational Showcase Opening Reception

Browse the aisles and take a look at the fantastic array of goods and services provided by Convention exhibitors specifically geared for California’s community colleges. Shop, mingle, eat, drink, and enjoy the great student entertainment!

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Board of Governors Reception

Come meet your Chancellor and members of the Board of Governors!

Friday, November 22
Open to Friday only and full convention registrants

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Educational Showcase & Light Breakfast 

Grab some coffee, a light morning repast, and stroll our Corporate Partner, sponsor, and college Showcase!

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
General Session and Lunch

  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Student Success Awards Program
  • Bernard Osher Philanthropist Award

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gala Reception: "Expedition Unknown"

Don’t miss out on one of the high points of the convention…the Gala Reception! Jump into a jungle expedition – where exciting discoveries await you and your colleagues. Network and enjoy host district student entertainment as well as a few unexpected surprises!

Saturday, November 23
Open to Saturday only and full convention registrants

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Breakfast Sessions

Let the adventure begin! Join us for breakfast and concurrent sessions!

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Closing General Session

Meetings & Events

Association Meetings & Networking Events

Many community college associations hold membership and business meetings, workshops, and receptions or other events in conjunction with the League’s Convention. If your association is interested in holding such an event, please contact Jimmy Madrigal at jmadrigal@ccleague.org

Thursday, November 21st

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Meeting Room 1
California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) Quarterly Business Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Meeting Room 10
Intelecom Learning (49th Annual Meeting of the Southern California Consortium)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Raincross E
Diversity and Equity Leadership Practices

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Raincross F
California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators (CALCCTA)

Friday, November 22nd

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Meeting Room 10
Asian Pacific Islander Trustees & Administrators Caucus (APITA)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Meeting Room 10
California Community Colleges Veterans Caucus (CCCVC)

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.   Meeting Room 10
African American California Community College Trustees (AACCCT)

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   Meeting Room 10
LGBTQ+ Caucus (agenda)

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Campaign for College Opportunity and NAELO Educational Fund Reception   Raincross A & B

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
CEO Strategic Leadership Program Reception   Meeting Room 1

Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Community College League of California (League) has recognized distinguished alumni of California’s community colleges since 1964. This prestigious award recognizes and honors the fine men and women whose attendance at a California Community College helped them achieve their educational and professional goals and serve their communities. Honorees are examples of excellence and service to their communities. 

The League is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award is Nora Mendez, Santa Ana College Alumna. We hope you will join us on Friday, November 22nd at the Annual Convention's General Session Luncheon, where we will be honoring this year's awardee and present the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award 

2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Nora Mendez
Executive Director, Orange County Community Housing Corporation
Santa Ana College

California State Assembly Woman of Distinction. Orange County Woman of the Year. California State Senate Honoree. Over the course of her 20-year career, nonprofit executive Nora Mendez has amassed an impressive list of awards and honors for her dedication to provide extremely low-income families with affordable housing and access to educational opportunities so they can soar to unimagined heights. Raised on a small farm in Jalisco, Mexico, Nora’s parents struggled to provide for their large family. After the death of Nora’s father and sister due to lack of finances for healthcare, the family of nine found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Seeking a better life, Nora’s mother left Mexico for Santa Ana, finding work as a live-in housekeeper. Nora and her eight siblings stayed behind at first. It took years, but eventually, Nora’s mother brought all nine children to the United States. The large family settled into a one-bedroom apartment in the Mexican-immigrant neighborhood, bordering on Santa Ana and Garden Grove fraught with crime, gangs, and poverty, it was better living, but it was far from easy. Little did Nora know, the blighted community would change the course of her life, and the community at-large, forever. In 1994, Nora headed to Santa Ana College and graduated with an AA degree in 1999. While at Cal State Fullerton, Nora began interning with the Orange County Community Housing Corporation, the organization that put her family on the path to self-sufficiency. Now 20 years later, she’s still there to this day, paying it forward. As Executive Director of OCCHC, Nora is known as a selfless shepherd of community service and education. When she’s not supporting the self-sufficiency goals of Orange County’s most vulnerable families, Nora serves on numerous boards, including The Kennedy Commission, NeighborWorks OC, Community Housing Resources, Inc, and Thomas Housing Temporary Shelter. Nora also generously lends her time to various charitable causes.

Corporate Partners & Sponsors

Corporate Partners & Sponsors

For questions, please contact Lisa Mealoy, Director of District Services and Development, at lmealoy@ccleague.org. Here are the 2019 Annual Convention Sponsors  & Corporate Partners

Presidential Partners


Leadership Partners 


Associate Partners


Gala Sponsor

Coffee Break Sponsors





The Educational Showcase is the Annual Convention’s Exhibit Hall and an outstanding opportunity for vendors to meet California Community Colleges CEOs, chancellors, presidents, and trustees as they are learning and shaping the future of their colleges and districts. Showcase hours begin with a special preview on Thursday, November 21, and end Friday afternoon, November 22, with a grand prize giveaway. A variety of companies will be represented including financial services, educational technology, and support providers, bookstores, private contractors, educational consultants, and others.

To assist you in making the best advertising and sponsorship selection, please download our 2019 Exhibitor and Sponsor Brochure.

Educational Showcase Schedule:

Thursday, November 21
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Exhibitor Move-in

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          Educational Showcase Sneak-Peek & Coffee

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Educational Showcase Opening Reception

Due to liability issues, guests under 21 will not be admitted to the reception.

Friday, November 22
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.          Educational Showcase and Light Breakfast

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      Educational Showcase Coffee Break

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Educational Showcase Closing/Prize Drawing

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        Exhibitor move-out       

Exhibit Booth Pricing:

First-come, first-served availability!

  • $1,900 General
  • $700 College/District/Affiliate Organization

All booth registrations include:

  • One 8’ x 10’ booth space
  • Draped table and two chairs
  • Listing in the convention program, signage, and mobile application
  • One full convention registration (Additional registrations are available for additional cost)
  • Advance list of attendee and email contacts                             

For questions about the Educational Showcase or registering as an exhibitor/sponsor, please contact Lisa Mealoy at lmealoy@ccleague.org.

Special Prizes

Exhibitors: Please consider bringing a raffle prize to display at your booth.

Exhibit Cancellations: In the event, an exhibitor finds it necessary to cancel his or her exhibit space reservation, written notice must be received by the League prior to Friday, September 27, to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for a cancellation made after Friday, September 27. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.

College Displays and Information

California community colleges and districts are invited to highlight their colleges and programs with an exhibit in the Educational Showcase.