Relations with Local Senates Committee

The Relations with Local Senates (RwLS) Committee serves to augment the work of the Executive Committee. The committee is interested in cultivating and maintaining a climate where equity and mutual respect are both intrinsic and explicit by valuing individuals and groups from all backgrounds, demographics, and experiences. Its overall purpose is to provide an opportunity to share local and state challenges, exemplary practices, and other information with the Executive Committee. In order to accomplish its overall mission, the RwLS members are conversant with and promote pertinent statutes and strategies for effective and inclusive academic senates. The RwLS will assess the needs of local leaders in order to provide resources needed to participate effectively in governance at the local level.  

Members represent specific area as defined in the directory, may perform local senates visits, and provide input in the planning of the Faculty Leadership Institute.
Current Members
Member Term
Christopher Howerton 2023-24 Chair
Maria-José Zeledón-Pérez 2023-24
Kathy Osburn 2023-24
Patricia Gomez 2023-24
Ronald Slabbinck 2023-24
Luke Lara 2023-24
Felipe Agredano 2023-24
Academic Year Meetings

Fall 2023

  • September 6, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm  ZOOM 
  • September 27, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm ZOOM
  • October 25, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm ZOOM
  • November 8, 2023 1:00pm - 2:30pm ZOOM
  • December 13, 2023 1:00pm -2:30pm ZOOM

Spring 2024 (Tentative Dates)

  • January 10, 2024 1:00pm-2:30pm ZOOM
  • February 28, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm ZOOM
  • March 27, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm ZOOM
  • April 24, 2024 1:00pm - 2:30pm ZOOM
  • May 22, 2024 1:00pm -2:30pm ZOOM


Current Agendas/minutes


Title Session Year Sort ascending Category Status
Academic Senate Support for Increasing Faculty Diversity and Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Evaluation and Tenure Review Processes Fall 2023 Diversity and Equity Assigned
Asserting Faculty Primacy with Respect to Establishing Low-Cost Definitions and Instructional Materials Cost-Reduction Goals Spring 2023 General Concerns Assigned
In Support of Identifying and Addressing the Need for LGBTQIA+ Student Centers on All California Community College Campuses Spring 2023 Diversity and Equity Assigned
Using Zero Textbook Cost Funds to Support an Open Educational Resource/Zero Textbook Costs Faculty Coordinator Fall 2022 Local Senates
Establishing an Equitable Placement and Student Success Liaison Fall 2022 Local Senates
Updating Codes of Conduct to Support Safe and Welcoming Classrooms and Learning Spaces in a Politically Charged Climate Fall 2022 General Concerns
Prioritize Countering the Effects of Learning Disruption with COVID-19 Recovery Block Grant Fall 2022 General Concerns
Proactive Planning and Support for Articulation and Counseling Fall 2022 Articulation and Transfer Completed
Advancing IDEAA in Guided Pathways Fall 2022 Diversity and Equity
Ongoing Support for Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Liaisons to Local Colleges Spring 2022 Local Senates Assigned
Ensuring Adequate Online Education Support for California Community College Faculty and Students Spring 2022 Local Senates Assigned
Develop and Publish an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Accessibility (IDEAA) Liaison Handbook Spring 2022 Diversity and Equity
Establishing Local Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (IDEA) Liaison Spring 2021 Diversity and Equity Assigned
Institutionalizing Open Educational Resources Spring 2021 General Concerns Assigned
Zero Means Zero Textbook Cost Fall 2021 Diversity and Equity
Enabling Display and Use of Faculty Chosen Name and Pronoun Across Campus and all Digital Environments Spring 2021 General Concerns Assigned
Ensure Compliance with Required Instructional Materials Regulations Spring 2021 Technology Assigned
Flexibility in Remote Attendance at Local Academic Senates Spring 2021 State and Legislative Issues Assigned
Local Senate Policies Regarding Textbook Adoption Fall 2021 Local Senates Assigned
Integration of Guided Pathways Work and Institutional Processes and Structures Fall 2020 Local Senates Completed
Include Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Events, Courses, and Service as Pre-Approved Activities to Satisfy Flex Requirements Fall 2020 Faculty Development Assigned
The Role of Student Employees in Advancing Faculty Diversification Fall 2020 Students Assigned
Enable the Canvas Name Preference Option Fall 2019 Diversity and Equity Assigned
Using Data to Assess the Impact of AB 705 (Irwin, 2017) Spring 2018 General Concerns Assigned
Faculty Involvement in Responding to Litigation or Student Complaints Spring 2018 Professional Standards Assigned



Past members

Past Members
Term: 2022-23
Member Term Sort ascending
Howard Eskew 2022-23
Lisa Cox Romain 2022-23
Kandace Knudson 2022-23
Davena Burns-Peters 2022-23
Felipe Agredano 2022-23
Katie Krolikowski 2022-23
Cheryl Aschenbach 2022-23
Karen Chow 2022-23 Chair
Term: 2021-22
Member Term Sort ascending
Howard Eskew 2021-22
Anna Nicholas 2021-22
Katie Krolikowski 2021-22
Eric Wada 2021-22
Manuel Vélez 2021-22
Amber Gillis 2021-22 Chair
Term: 2020-21
Member Term Sort ascending
Stephanie Curry 2020-21 Chair
Hossna Sadat Ahadi 2020-21
Howard Eskew 2020-21
Nickawanna Shaw 2020-21
Cheri Fortin 2020-21
Katherine Krolikowski 2020-21
Robert Stewart 2020-21

Past Agenda/minutes