Peralta Community College District Faculty Diversity Internship Program

The Faculty Diversity Internship Program aims to train a diverse pool of potential faculty to effectively teach and serve the wide-range of students in the Peralta Community College District, address gaps in equity, and to develop a faculty that reflects the diversity of their student population. They welcome faculty from diverse backgrounds to serve as interns/mentors, to provide high quality learning opportunities, and to enhance the educational needs of the multicultural East Bay community. The Faculty Diversity Internship Program Brochure provides an overview of the program, intern and...

Equity Focus Groups: What Students Are Saying and How You Can Engage Them

“Sometimes I feel invisible on campus. There’s no one who looks like me.” “I couldn’t buy the textbooks and ended up having to drop the class.” “It’s so hard to get in to see an advisor. When I do, it’s a different person each time, so it feels like I’m starting over.” What do our students say about their experiences at our colleges? What obstacles do they encounter? What supports them? To understand the student perspective, the RP Group has worked with a number of colleges to conduct focus groups with student populations identified as disproportionately impacted. Participants will have the...

Student Equity Focus Groups: Listen, Learn, and Lead

“I had a teacher notice I missed class, and ask ‘Is everything ok?’” “I wasn’t getting an attitude or a feeling of welcome.” “I couldn’t buy the textbooks and ended up having to drop the class.” These quotes are just a few examples of what students are saying about their college experiences. Listening deeply to students’ voices can better equip colleges to proactively respond to their learners’ needs. In this presentation from the 2017 Strengthening Student Success conference, the RP Group will share what we have learned from conducting focus groups with student populations identified as...

Time, Textbooks, and Technology: A Library-Student Equity Partnership

This presentation from the 2017 RP Group Strengthening Student Success conference describes how successful partnerships between academic libraries and Student Equity programs can lead to increased student access to instructional resources and support that are critical factors for improving their success. This collaboration facilitated student access to a supportive learning environment while leveraging cross-disciplinary instructional support to reach high concentrations of students in target populations. The presentation synthesizes the results of several equity-funded library loan programs...

Time to Scale: Advice for Growing Your Innovative Program from a College that Has Been There, Done That

As colleges try out innovative programs, they often get stuck in the pilot stage and struggle to take their programs to full scale—despite successful, equity-increasing outcomes. At Irvine Valley College, we have fought through that struggle. We moved from a two-section pilot to full-scale offerings of our accelerated writing classes and implemented other high-leverage strategies that increase equitable completion of transfer-level gatekeeper classes, including using disjunctive multiple measures for placement and offering co-requisite remediation courses. In this presentation from the 2017...

Student Equity and Success: Part- and Full-Time Faculty Engagement in Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)

With the increasing number of underrepresented students, colleges have developed Equity Plans to improve student success. One strategy used at Los Angeles Mission College was the formation of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that included full- and part-time faculty to address our Equity Plan outcomes. The goal of the FLC was to form an interdisciplinary faculty group to learn about successful implementation of pedagogical practices for effective teaching, and to share outcomes. Faculty participated in four hands-on workshops, facilitated by professionals in the field, followed by an...

Five Ways to Leverage Your LMS to Improve Equity

Gaps between online and on-campus retention and success tend to be wider when we look at disadvantaged socio-economic groups. Unfortunately, research primarily targets on-campus strategies for improving retention and success as they relate to student equity. Modern LMS’s now offer easy-to-use tools for applying some of what research tells us about helping disadvantaged students become more successful. This session from the 2017 OTC conference highlights the top five ways of using a learning management system to improve retention and success, particularly among students from disadvantaged...

The African American Male Education Network and Development (A²MEND) Organization

eLearning Module Resource Description The Challenge: African American students are facing some of the largest equity gaps in community college. A²MEND was created to improve the equity gap in completion for African American community college students, as well as add professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators. A²MEND Mentee Program The African American Male Education Network and Development Mentor Program provides support, guidance, professional development, and networking opportunities for A²MEND members as well as students enrolled within the community...

Santa Monica College’s Chem Boot Camps Dramatically Improve Student Success in College-Level Chemistry

eLearning Module Resource Description Description of Content Santa MonicaCollege’s Scienceand Research Initiative (SRI) collaborated with the Black Collegians and Adelante programs to target intensive support for introductory chemistrystudents. The resulting Chem Boot Camps have had a significant impact on the success rates of underrepresented students. The Challenge Chem boot camps at Santa Monica College were designed as part of a campus-wide effort to address persistent equity gaps in success rates, which were particularly pronounced in this course. The performance gap in introductory...

IEPI Equal Employment Opportunity and Equity in Faculty Hiring Workshop - January 2016

Education Code Section 87100 states the need for a “work force that is continually responsive to the needs of a diverse student population [which] may be achieved by ensuring that all persons receive an equal opportunity to compete for employment and promotion within the community college districts and by eliminating barriers to equal employment opportunity.” Title 5 Section 53003 requires that hiring committees be trained on the educational benefits of workforce diversity, the elimination of bias in hiring decisions, and best practices in serving on a selection or screening committee. Yet,...