Second Annual NorCal Equity Institute – Day 2


The second day of the Equity Institute provided participants the opportunity to learn and apply frameworks for doing equity work. This included “calling in” presented by Dr. Veronica Neal and nonviolent communication (NVC) presented by Nancy Kahn.



Creating a Call-in Culture

Veronica A. K. Neal, Ed.D.

This session will offer a deeper dive into the praxis of calling in dialogue and how creating call-in communications aids equity and student success.  In this session we will explore strategies for creating a Calling-in Culture for deepening equity and intersectional understanding. This is a queer-centered praxis session wherein you will learn about calling-in generally, and more specially through queer-centered and intersectional scenarios. Strategies for queering the classroom will be provided.


 Nonviolent Communication Across Differences: Transforming Oppressive Systems Thinking into Collaborative and Restorative Systems Dialogue; Developing the Skill Set for Collaborative and Restorative Systems Dialogue

Nancy Kahn

In our roles as equity practitioners, we hold an important responsibility to address inequity and to engage in complex discussions to close equity gaps. The dialogues we enter into in our efforts to make inequity visible, to address power and privilege dynamics during meetings, and to advocate for systems change are often challenging and mired with oppositional stances. Nonviolent Communication Across Differences offers a framework to examine how oppressive systems thinking (domination systems) operates within ourselves, within our colleagues, within our institutions, and beyond. These oppressive systems result in ways of thinking and communicating that impair our ability to collaborate and to align our communication practices with our values for justice and fairness. We can find ourselves unconsciously participating in communication patterns that maintain systems of power and privilege. Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication stated “In oppressive systems, you have to train people to think a certain way to support the system, so the people fit in the system.” This session will focus on examining oppressive systems thinking that unconsciously undermines our communication, and learning about practices that foster collaborative and restorative systems dialogue. Participants will have the opportunity to examine how oppressive (domination) systems thinking undermines conversations we have with colleagues and students.  Equity practitioners will practice working with this new framework of concepts and practices, applying them to their work based experiences to support collaborative and restorative systems dialogue.

Click here to view materials from Nancy Kahn’s session


At the end of the institute, participants shared some key take-aways:

  • The student panel was dynamic and students should be called in to the table with us when we design Guided Pathways and AB705 implementation
  • Empathy is key!
  • It’s important to bring more faculty to these types of events; call more folks in!
  • We need more student voices
  • We need more opportunities to connect and do the work







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