Vargas: Betsy DeVos’ new Title IX rules are dangerous

I spent 4 years working in Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. In 2006, I got my first job working with students as a resident advisor, and then served in a number of other roles until 2010 when I finished my masters degree in education. During this period, the higher education community was...

Bramson: How to help vulnerable families survive COVID-19

In the 1930s, with the Great Depression blanketing the country, countless families faced the heartbreaking uncertainties of how to pay the bills, what to eat for each meal and even where to sleep the next night. With staggering unemployment, Americans were displaced at record numbers, shocked, dejected and hopeless. Then, perhaps not so different from...

Staedler: The greatest trust exercise of our lives

As we live through the greatest trust exercise of our lives, our elected officials and city staff throughout the Bay Area need to extend that same level of trust and respect when it comes to community process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not sheltering in place to provide politicians and city officials an opportunity...

Dryer: Pivot towards joy and gratitude amid the pandemic

For 45 years, Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) has worked with low-income, predominantly Latinx youth and families in some of the most underserved schools and neighborhoods in East and Central San Jose. The agency serves 10,000+ people annually, through 13 mental/behavioral health programs, including a 24/7 crisis hotline, individual and family counseling and services in...

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