January 12-14, 2001
San Josť City College, San Jose California

David Hawkins, FACCC
Facilitator: Legislation and Lobbying

For the past eight years, David Hawkins has been the Government Affairs Director for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC). His responsibilities include working as a liaison to CalSACC, and also advocating for the EOPS program that provides academic support for tens of thousands of at-risk community college students. As the chief lobbyist for FACCC, David has been instrumental in developing strong bipartisan ties with Republicans and Democrats and is highly respected among legislators and legislative staff for his lobbying skills, integrity, knowledge and honesty.

David's background includes three years representing California State University students as Legislative Director for the California State Student Association and working as a freelance investigative reporter for a northern California newspaper. He was also Student Body President and Student Trustee for Butte Community College in the early-1980s, and an active member of the California Community College Student Government Association, which was subsequently renamed CalSACC.

For nearly 20 years, David has been involved in community organizing and advocacy efforts on a variety of social and human rights issues, and conducted numerous grassroots organizing, empowerment training, conflict resolution, lobbying and civil disobedience workshops for students, community leaders and faculty throughout the state.

From his years of experience working with students and student groups, David founded the Advocate Resource Training program. The ART program provides student leadership and grassroots organizing workshops and seminars that cover leadership, conflict resolution, program planning and time management skills. He has conducted his highly acclaimed student leadership and advocacy workshop to thousands of community college students throughout the state, and in 1997 was honored by CalSACC for his "unyielding commitment to the empowerment of community college students."

David's future plans include completing his master's degree and teaching part-time at a community college.

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