What We Do
The Office of Equity develops new programs (and enhances existing programs and services) to better serve the equity needs of students. The Office of Equity creates internal processes that give more structure to the approval, funding, and assessment of various equity proposals, and to the overall direction of equity efforts. The Office of Equity also sponsors numerous college-wide events in order to make the entire community more inclusive, especially by listening to the voices of students.
These goals lead the Office of Equity to engage in eight separate initiatives.
- Student Equity Coordination and Planning: Formulating and bringing together the Student Equity and Success Committee. Refining and improving transparency and accountability in the project application process. Ensuring there are staff committed to the equity mission and available to students.
- Outreach: South County within-reach coordination, special events days, Spanish language marketing efforts, and programs to better serve AB 540 Dreamer students.
- Instructional Support Activities: Supplementing existing programs in STEM and tutoring, expanding supplemental instruction and services to students with disabilities, and working to expand library hours and reference services.
- Student Services Programs: Enhancing services for Foster Youth and Veterans, supporting ongoing mentorship programs, and increasing counseling services.
- Curriculum and Courses Development and Adaptation: Major and ongoing efforts in developing equity projects in Basic Skills programs and acquiring new ESL assets.
- Direct Student Support: Special funding for Veterans with childcare expenses.
- Research and Evaluation: Expanding the role of the Planning and Research Office (PRO) in designing and assessing equity programs.
- Professional Development: Coordinate professional collaborations on equity projects, convening with student focus groups, improving reading instruction, and organizing campus events with key speakers on equity, social justice, and multicultural education.
Two great ways to get involved are to reach out to our staff, or join one of the several campus clubs related to equity.