Building Equity-Mindedness in the Northern Region: 3rd Annual NorCal Equity Institute


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.

Access the event materials here  

Participants shared:

“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.”