2016 District Opening Day Applied Equity Workshops

District Opening Day

Applied equity workshops

September 22, 2016 - 9:45-11:45 a.m.

De Anza College, Media and Learning Center (MLC)


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MLC 103

Student Voices: Creating Dialogue for Equity and Student Success – We can more effectively teach our students and be supporting equity efforts when we create spaces for authentic dialogue between faculty and students. Come hear about how we have accomplished this, how to do this on your campus or in your programs, what we have learned from our students, and finally, how we have applied what we have learned in our classrooms. We plan on having students attend the session, too, to demonstrate how a student voices event can be conducted.

Presenters: Jila Maleksalehi, Early Childhood Development Instructor; Steve Nava, Sociology Instructor; and Jim Nguyen, Political Science and Intercultural Studies Instructor

MLC 105

Hegemony or democracy? Leveraging culture to enhance student learning your classes - We know that we can greatly increase the chances of student learning when we create environments that include and value diverse cultures; this is cultural democracy. As highly educated discipline experts, though, it can be difficult to conceptualize how to include cultural diversity or recognize if one cultural perspective is dominant in our classroom, and before we know it, we may have inadvertently created cultural hegemony. In this workshop, participants will be guided through activities to start to recognize if/how hegemony is present in their classes and plan concrete ways to build or enhance cultural democracy. Please bring your Course Outlines of Record, syllabi, sample assessments, sample readings, etc. and we'll work together to envision what it means and looks like to include a variety of other cultures in YOUR class, regardless of academic discipline.

Presenters: Hilda Fernandez, English Instructor; Carolyn Holcroft, Biology Instructor; and Katherine Schaefers, Anthropology Instructor

MLC 108

(breakout room MLC 109)

How to Umojify Any Classroom – Introducing Umoja Community practices as a way to create classroom equity across both campuses for any subject. Umoja Community is a statewide learning community for African American students that is being newly established at Foothill and reestablished at De Anza College this fall. There are over 40 California community college campuses with Umoja Community programs, and the UC system has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Umoja Community for transfer and accessibility. Our teams from both colleges just returned from an intensive five-day training experience. We believe that the wider district community can benefit from a handful of the highlighted 13 Umoja practices. These practices have both a theoretical and pragmatic, hands-on component. Out of the 13 practices, the following (as an example) should be occurring in all classrooms:

  • An Ethic of Love—the Affective Domain
  • The Porch
  • Community—Building Communal Intelligence

Presenters: Tracee Cunningham, Counselor; Kimberly Escamilla, Umoja Scholars Co-coordinator; Julie Lewis, Intercultural General Instructor; Dokesha Meacham, Counselor/Instructor; Kassie Phillips, Counselor SSF FYE/UMOJA; Jesus Quintero, English Instructor; Sam White, English Instructor; and Wendy White, Humanities Instructor

MLC 110 Leading for Equity: Understanding the Conceptual Framework, Theory of Action & Rubric – Attend our workshop to understand how the conceptual framework, theory of action, and rubric guide our equity work on campus. In addition, learn practical ways how it can apply to your work with De Anza students and colleagues.

Workshop agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Goals/Expectations
  • Equity Conceptual Framework/Rubric
  • Equity Praxis
  • Evaluation
  • Appreciations

Presenters: Mayra Cruz, Early Childhood Education Instructor, and Tony Santa Ana, Program Coordinator, Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

MLC 111

Linking Student Equity with Accreditation – Foothill and De Anza are preparing for an Institutional Self-Study for Reaffirmation of Accreditation in fall 2017. The self-study reports will focus on how well we are meeting the needs of our students as articulated in our mission statements and equity (and other) plans. The ACCJC explicitly mentions equity in three different standards. How might we use the self-study, including the new quality focused essay, to further the equity agenda? This presentation will provide participants with an overview of how equity is addressed in the standards and practical ways to use accreditation related processes, such as program review, to support student equity efforts at both colleges. Participants will be asked to share examples from their own work.

Presenters: Andrew LaManque, Associate Vice President of Instruction; Mallory Newell, Supervisor, Institutional Research and Planning; and Ruby Sodhi, Program Assistant III

MLC 112

Applied Cultural Humility - In this session we will review the core principals and practices of cultural humility. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the concept as well as practice applying the tools of self-reflection and strategies for classroom application. 

Presenter: Veronica Neal, Director, Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

MLC 113

Prism: Notes from the Student Perspective of National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) - Multiple views on intersectional efforts to dismantle systems of oppression in higher education from the 2016 NCORE conference. Topics include intersectional, beyond a buzzword; bring diversity to participatory governance; and best practices for retention of targeted demographics.

Presenter: Courtney Cooper, Foothill Student Trustee and Student Senate for California Community Colleges President

MLC 243

Student-Centered Syllabus DesignLearn how to redesign your syllabus with an equity lens. From simple additions to your syllabus like a personal letter and inclusion statement to design tips on information organization, you’ll learn how to turn your syllabus into a tool to connect with students.

Workshop includes:

  • 15-minute presentation
  • 45-minute instruction on how to best use Word for document design
  • 1 hour work time on your own syllabus (please bring a soft copy in Word format to the workshop)

Presenter: Heidi King, Instructional Designer

MLC 260

Stop the Bounce:  Making Meaningful Connections! - Demanding workloads and staffing turnover have created challenges in our frontline communications and in maintaining our connections with our colleagues, but have not lessened our desire to effectively serve our students and each other. A variety of factors contribute to instances where, with all good intentions, our students or clients are “bounced” from one office to the next to get a question answered or problem resolved.The Service Excellence Planning Team and Classified Senate Professional Development Committee invite Foothill-De Anza classified professionals to continue their amazing work together, contribute their expertise, and have some fun! This activity will further our development of Service Excellence, allow us to form stronger connections with our colleagues, and Stop the Bounce!

Presenters: Mary Kay Englen, Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Professional Development; Karen Hunter, De Anza Classified Senate President; Erin Ortiz, Foothill Classified Senate President; and Lindsay West, Central Services Classified Senate President

MLC 270

Civic Engagement as an Equity Strategy – This workshop will begin with a discussion of how civic engagement can lead to student voices being amplified and how that amplification can lead to students moving our institutions to better serve their needs. After a short presentation, we will move to small group inquiry where participants will investigate ways to work with students in this way.

Presenters: Cynthia Kaufman, VIDA Director, Philosophy Instructor; Felipe Ponce, HEFAS Director, Chicano Studies Instructor; and Bob Stockwell, Political Science Instructor