LINKS 2.0: Building Community and Expanding Networks for Equity and Innovation

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On Friday, April 29, College of the Canyons hosted 3CSN’s LINKS 2.0. The two-day conference provided participants with evidence-based high impact practices, resources, and support in their efforts to improve outcomes and achieve goals established in their colleges’ student success and equity plans.  The event featured speakers, hands-on trainings, college success initiative showcases, resource sessions, and encore presentations from the 2015 Strengthening Student Success (SSS) Conference.

Keynote speaker, Veronica Neal, Director of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education at De Anza College, shared her journey with the the principles and practices of cultural humility and how it has created a path to equity, transformation and liberation.  She also discussed the necessity of leading with cultural humility when developing an equity framework and offered tools for co-creating an equitable community.

Paula Brown and Arnita Porter of LA Harbor College and West LA College, provided an introductory training session on Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL).  Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux, Associate Director for Research and Policy, USC Center for Urban Education, focused on the importance of embedding equity-mindedness into institutional practices.  She discussed using data and inquiry to become equity-minded practitioners and the positive effects of equity-minded perspectives on student success.  Gilberto Q. Conchas, Professor of Education at UC Irvine, used a frame of critical hope to discuss and counter the deficit perspective on Latina/o education.  He spoke of injustices within the educational system, discussed the importance of acknowledging and understanding cultural background and assets, and provided case studies of communities and schools replicating successful structures to confront Latina/o educational inequality.

 The Strengthening Student Success Conference Encore Sessions included Engaging Resistance (Laura Hope) and Leading from the Middle (Rebecca Wong), Enhanced Multiple Measures for Placement and Student Mentoring (Craig Hayward), and Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) (John Hetts and Terrence Willett).  Resource Sessions included Integrated Planning (Deborah Harrington, Crystal Kiekel); AAC & U Faculty Collaboratives Project, (Ann Foster, Paul Wickline, Miguel Powers, California Faculty Fellows); and the Academic Senate’s Professional Learning College (Craig Rutan, Chair of ASCCC Professional Learning Committee); and the Professional Learning Network, @ONE (Anna Sterling).  Habits of Mind at West Hills Coalinga was featured in the Showcase College Initiatives, along with the Professional Learning Capstone Projects at Riverside Community College, Professional Learning at Santa Ana College, and One Book at College of Marin. 

During the conference, participants received the support needed to achieve goals outlined in their respective equitable student success initiatives. They had an opportunity to network, learn strategies for effective high-impact equity practices, including strategies for engaging in critical conversations to further their equity goals,  and learn about resources, successful programs, and networks available to help move their initiatives forward and transform their campuses into equity-minded institutions.  At the end of day two, attendees were given time to reflect on what they planned to take back to their campuses to support their work in student success.  Notes from the Reflections and Appreciation Session were shared during a Graffiti Gallery Walk.  (See below) 

Conference Flyer

Conference Agenda


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