Empowering Compton College Students

 

Image by Paula Brown

                                               Image by Paula Brown

On April 5, 2018, Compton College held the second annual Student Leadership Conference, a day-long program to empower students as leaders.  The Equity Project then conducted a two-hour informal discussion with 28 faculty aimed at “Empowering Students in the Classroom.”  The goals were to connect the faculty to their culture and cultural humility and encourage them to see each student as a unique and eager learner.  They discussed learning the language of oppression while simultaneously learning the English language, and how the words we use affects our students as well as how we relate to them.   An overview of the learning barriers and stereotype threat was followed by the re-imagining of students based on words that are accurate, positive, and uplifting.  Faculty then began to explore changes they can make in their classroom teaching and student relationships.  Some faculty comments were, “we needed more time,” “many inspiring ideas,” and “very interesting and practical; it refreshed my mind and let me know that I am on the right path.”   The response was so positive that Compton College plans to invite the Equity Project back for a deeper dive.

View the presentation here