1st Annual Equity Institute

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Over 50 educators from 24 colleges around the state gathered at Kellogg West on the beautiful campus of Cal Poly Pomona for the first annual 3CSN Equity Institute, a two-day event, held on November 18-19. was sponsored by 3CSN’s newest Community of Practice, Equity Project.  Twenty-six colleges and four organizations were represented, including Carnegie Math Pathways, The Education Trust-West, Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), and USC’s Center for Urban Education (CUE). Day one began with keynote speaker Ryan Smith (Executive Director of The Education Trust-West) sharing findings from the organization’s recent study, Black Minds Matter and discussing data and strategies for closing opportunity and achievement gaps in California that persist from K-12 schools through higher education.  Dr. Frances Kendall, author of “Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race,” followed with Inequity by Design, which focused on organizational systems specifically designed to produce inequitable realities based on race, sex, class, religion, ability,  equity-institute-kellogg-f-2016-22-1

sexual orientation and identity, skin color and ethnicity.  Dr. J. Luke Wood (Co-Director of Minority Male Community College Collaborative) shared insights from his research and discussed practical strategies to support men of color and underserved students, teaching and counseling strategies, as well as recommendations for planning and policy. 

Keynote speakers also facilitated breakout sessions, which allowed participants an opportunity to dive deeper and explore topics discussed in the keynote addresses.  Anthony Chavez co-facilitated with Ryan Smith. Dr. Karon Klipple (Executive Director of Carnegie Math Pathways) and Dr. J
ohn Kellermeier (Carnegie Math Pathways Faculty) shared lessons from implementing Statway and Quantway and discussed approaches for improving persistence and successfully achieving equitable learning and outcomes in developmental mathematics.  Equity Project Co-Coordinator, Paula Brown, discussed the four stages of dialogue in Facilitating Conversations on Race and offered effective techniques for engaging in difficult equity-institute-kellogg-f-2016-10-1conversations.  Dr. Chau Dao and  Desiree Marquez discussed Mt. San Antonio College’s model Veteran’s program inStrategies for Supporting Veterans.  Jessica Petrass (John Burton Foundation) discussed challenges experienced by Foster Youth and offered promising practices to support and guide them in, How to help Foster Youth turn their dreams into degrees.  Counselor and 3CSN LARN Co-Coordinator Diana Bonilla facilitated theSpotlight Session with Drs. Jessica Cristo (3CSN), Marilyn Harvey (San Diego City College and Online Education Initiative) and Crystal Keikel (LA Pierce College) and addressed unique challenges of students who are AB540, LGBTQ, multicultural, and those who have physical and mental health challenges.  They also offered strategies for equity practitioners in classrooms, student services, campus programs and in online environments.  At the end of the day, participants gathered at a reception where they networked, relaxed, and enjoyed an acoustic concert by recording artist, Chris Pierce.    equity-institute-kellogg-f-2016-18

Day two was led by Dr. Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux (Associate Director for Research and Policy, Center for Urban Education, USC) who offered practitioners tools and concrete strategies for instructional practices, and data-based inquiry in Putting Equity-Mindedness into Practice.  Dr. Veronica Neal (Director of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education, De Anza College) discussed key components of an equity framework, the benefits ofequity-institute-kellogg-f-2016-15developing a conceptual framework, and offered strategies to participants for deepening their campus equity work and the importance of self-care.  Participants were appreciative of the opportunity to dialogue and network with equity practitioners from around the state and expressed interest in bringing 3CSN to their regions for professional learning and support in their campus-wide equity efforts.

Link to Event Materials: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zvdqrxdqh0xvas6/Equity%20Institute%20Materials_29Nov2016.zip?dl=0

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Photo Credit: Paula Brown (Fotos by Peaches)