In solidarity with the national #ScholarStrike and with work stoppages undertaken by professional athletes to support the Movement for Black Lives, AFT 1493’s virtual Teach-In —

“Social Justice Unionism in Practice:
From Part-Time Pay Parity to Anti-Oppression Organizing”

was held Thursday, Sept 10Over 170 students, faculty members, staff and community supporters attended. Together we’re building solidarity for fair treatment of part-time faculty and confirming our commitment to racial and gender justice for SMCCD faculty, students and our communities.

View recordings of plenary session:

Plenary session featuring Kolo Wamba, Gustavo Lopez and Sarah Harmon (12-12:30 p.m.) :

View Kolo Wamba, Skyline College, former Part-time & new Full-time Physics Professor and
Gustavo Lopez, Organizer, Change South San Francisco, and Faculty Coordinator, SFSU Metro Academy:

View Sarah Harmon, Cañada College part-time Spanish professor and AFT 1493 member, speak on the conditions of part-time faculty and the need for equity:

Breakout sessions (12:30-2 p.m.)

Breakout session 1: Part-time compensation as a systemic social inequity / the “two-tier system” :

Breakout session 2: Organizing in our workplaces and communities NOW :

Breakout session 3: Racial and gender justice in the union, our campuses and our communities :

Connect the Teach-In to your course content with a relevant assignment related to social justice issues. Choose from any of the exciting curriculum ideas provided here or develop your own.

We held the Teach-In to support our contract bargaining demands for part-time faculty, and to build solidarity on race, gender and labor issues among faculty, staff, students and our local communities.  The Teach-In featured a powerful group of speakers and panelists, including many of your respected colleagues and local community organizers. See full schedule below.

Click here to download the flyer as a PDF file


Schedule and speakers

Plenary  (noon-12:30)

Welcome: Kolo Wamba, Skyline College, Physics, former Part-time & new Full-time Professor

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sarah Harmon, Cañada College, Spanish, Part-time Professor
  • Gustavo Lopez, Organizer, Change South San Francisco, and Faculty Coordinator, SFSU Metro Academy

Concurrent Sessions (12:30-2pm):

Session 1:  Part-Time Compensation as a systemic social inequity / the “two-tier system”

Panel discussion:

  • Timothy Rottenberg, Skyline Middle College, US Government and Economics, Part-time Professor
  • Kolo Wamba, Skyline College, Physics, former Part-time & new Full-time Professor
  • Maryam Khan, Skyline College, Engineering, Part-time Professor
  • Alan Franklin, Lyft Driver / Organizer with We Drive Progress
  • Nigel Hawkins, Student, Cañada College, Library part-time worker
  • Hannah Hersey, Student, CSM, Library and Peer Tutor part-time worker

Session 2: Organizing in our workplaces and communities NOW!

Panel discussion:

  • James Coleman, member of Change SSF and candidate for SSF City Council
  • Alfredo Olguin, Jr., member of Change SSF, former SMCCD Student Trustee
  • Kanani Cortez, member of Change SSF
  • Sam Avila Gomez, member of Change SSF
  • Liliana Rivera, member of Change SSF
  • Fiona Marten, Burgerville fast food unionization campaign
  • Valarie Bachelor, organizer, California Federation of Teachers and California child care workers unionization campaign

Session 3: Racial & Gender Justice in the union, our campuses & our communities

Panel discussion:

  • Danielle Powell, Skyline College, Full-time Communication Studies Professor
  • Malathi Iyengar, College of San Mateo, Full-time Ethnic Studies Professor
  • Christopher Collins, Skyline College, Part-time History Professor
  • Masao Suzuki, Skyline College, Full-time Economics Professor
  • Dontario Beverly, Former president of Cañada College BSU

2:00-3:00:  Adjunct Faculty: Lived experiences and sharing stories in a safe space just for adjunct faculty
(Facilitators: Suji Venkataraman, Skyline College, Education/Child Development, Adjunct Professor, and Annie Corbett, Cañada College and Skyline College, Psychology, Adjunct Professor)