After the great success of the SoCal Equity Institute at Grossmont College in October, we were beyond excited for the Third Annual NorCal Equity Institute, “Building Equity-Mindedness to Support the Vision for Success,” November 2nd and 3rd on the Sacramento City College campus. It was a packed house with 90 attendees representing 14 different colleges as well as representatives from the Chancellor’s Office in attendance. We were thrilled that a number of students, including a team of Sierra College’s Rise program peer mentors brought by King Xiong (BSILI 2018), were active participants on both days.
Day one began with a warm welcome and opening remarks from Sacramento City College’s Norman Lorenz (Coordinator, Staff Resource Center for Professional Development and Education, IEPI/Guided Pathways Tri-Chair Lead, Culture of Equity) and President Michael Gutierrez followed by 3CSN coordinator Nika Hogan. After a meaningful norming facilitated by Nika Hogan and Paula Brown, 3CSN coordinator Kelan Koning led the group in writing and sharing their personal learning histories. Participants then engaged with a text set historicizing English and math remediation.
Following a delicious lunch, 3CSN Network Director Jessica Cristo as well as coordinators Paula Brown and Kyle Hull provided an overview of the Vision for Success. Next up was a spotlight presentation by Sarah Sullivan and Marina Broeder focused on the Equity Framework at Mission College. This provided a wonderful segue into a discussion of cultural capital as well as the final activity of the day, developing a shared equity rubric, led by 3CSN coordinator Jordan Giannoni Harless. By the end of the day, participants were well-prepared for the meaningful work coming up the next day.
Day two opened with powerful remarks from Molly Spring, Dean of Equity and Student Success. This was followed by a revisiting of norms and discussion of the inquiry questions that emerged from the previous day.
We were then treated to a highlight of the day, the Host College Spotlight: Teachers 4 Equity, in which Sacramento City College faculty discussed their wonderful program and showcased faculty work.
After a brief break, everyone participated in a peer review of the artifacts they brought with them using the equity rubric we developed together on Day 1. Following lunch, participants spent time reading and discussing a reading from J. Luke Wood’s Black Minds Matter course. The Institute concluded with a final synthesis and reflection.
“Equity was always something I mildly understood and supported in only a general way. I gained a rich and substantial understanding and practical application for my class and my PL events.”
“I would like to form a Decolonization of Mathematics Faculty Learning Community (statewide).”
“Getting to see concrete ways my peers have integrated equity-mindedness in their classrooms– I need more than philosophy, so thanks!”‘
“I value students’ stories and their experiences in the classroom.”
“I now know that I will be able to better hear all students.”
“The space for faculty/staff to unlearn traditional methods of education and to incorporate an equitable approach to serving students.”
Images by Kelan Koning, 3CSN