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Equity Presentation - V. Neal - SSPBT 1/30/14

What is a Division Equity Plan?

An Equity Plan is a strategic response to institutional barriers through organizational cultural transformation. The initiative looks at the internal and external needs of the department or division in the areas of equity, social justice, diversity, and multicultural education and responds with a strategically aligned approach.

Initiatives should have a short and long-term focus, as well as very specific goals and objectives. It should also be easily measurable and tied to the college's overall mission and institutional core competencies. In terms of implementing the initiative, the entire division or department - from the top down - should be held accountable for implementation and the overall success.

How is this plan different from a Student Success Equity Plan (SSEP)?

Our Educational Master Plan states that we will “Improve the student success rates of all ethnic, gender and disability groups for all major indicators of student outcomes so that they will be comparably high with no more than 5% variance between each group”.

The Student Success Equity Plan is intended to help guide our student engagement and pedagogical praxis as well as aid us in working together toward this common goal. It should be strategically aligned with the division or department’s boarder equity plan and updated annual. This report should serve as a critical lens for assessing successes and reporting data in the annual program review.

What does it entail?

  1. Director of Equity meets with the Dean and Department Heads
  2. Director of Equity attends a Division meeting to introduce the process/vision
  3. Division or Department members volunteers or nominate individuals to serve on
    their respective Equity Core Team
  4. One member of the Equity Core Team will volunteer to also serve as the Equity Action Committee liaison, committing to attend at least one EAC meeting monthly.
  5. The Equity Core Team will guide the Division/Department in identifying shared goals
    and objectives as well as making sure the SSEP is updated annually and reviewed
    by each department.

Getting Started:

  1. Set the context for your internal work
  2. Strengthen your team
  3. Identify your equity core and liaison
  4. Engage in a internal climate survey/assessment
  5. Meet with the Director of Equity

Equity Core Teams

Equity Core teams are groups of 4 -5 people within each division representing various perspectives and departments. These teams consist of individuals deeply committed to institutional equity and social justice praxis. This group will work together on guiding the equity planning process within their division. Specifically, the equity core team will focus on the following:

  • assist and facilitate the development of the annual student-equity report as well as a 5-year comprehensive division equity plan
  • liaison with other divisions' equity teams, Equity Action Council (EAC), and with the Equity Office as needed
  • provide quarterly updates on progress, successes, and challenges to the EAC (via meeting attendance and discussion)
  • provide supportive guidance to each department in the division as they work on implementing the equity plan

Each division will have flexibility and choice regarding the areas of equity, social justice, and multicultural education to focus on as well as format, structure, and process of engagement. Moving forward, each division is asked to commit to updating their student equity plans annually, conducting every five years a much deeper equity strategic plan and climate assessment. The goal is to support the campus community in not only closing the racial and teaching achievement gap/opportunity gap but to also deepen our sense of cultural humility and develop skills for helping each person, and especially, our most vulnerable students, faculty, and classified professionals thrive.

Divisional Equity Liaisons

The role of diversity equity liaison is being created to formalize a partnership and institutional linkages between the Office of Equity, the Equity Action Council, and De Anza’s 16 divisions. The divisional liaisons will serve on both their division equity core team as well as the Equity Action Committee. They will provide invaluable insight and guidance regarding divisional concerns, challenges, implementation successes, and effectiveness of campus equity and social justice efforts.

The divisional equity liaisons –in partnership with their equity core team- will also support their respective divisions in completing, implementing, and evaluating their annual equity plans. Equity liaisons’ will work closely with their dean, EAC, and Office of Equity to identify critical areas of growth and help guide strategic planning efforts related to these equity plans.


Resources and Files

Instructions for filing out and submitting the 2010-11

Student Services Annual Program Review Update

Click here for the information

Annual Program Review Update 2010-11

Click here for the form

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