link Progress Report - Build Spaces for Open Dialogue

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Intentional Messaging and Open Dialogue

Call to Action: Intentional messaging and spaces for meaningful and open dialogue on a continuous, ongoing basis.

  • Spaces at a collegewide level, within discrete offices and areas, and spaces with our students.

Call to Action

Progress Report

Build Spaces for Open Dialogue
2020-2021 Actions Status
1. Statement of Solidarity Call to Action forum.
  • President Peck sent the statement of solidarity in May 2020. The statement denounces the continued racist and unjust treatment of people of color across our various institutions. The statement also expressed a renewed commitment to adopting a racial equity and social justice framework across all aspects of the college.
2. Call to Action Forum.
  • The initial call to action forum took place in June 2020 and allowed for an honest conversation on race, justice, and the institution’s commitment to this critical work. Representatives from all college groups participated.
3. Initial community conversation with students.
  • Completed in July 2020: Mission College hosted its first Community Conversation with Students in July 2020. Facilitated by Tony Santa Ana from Allied Path Consulting, students shared their experiences of confronting racism at Mission College. 
4. Facilitated Community Conversations across groups, two to four per term.
  • Mission College hosted its second Community Conversation with Students in November 2020. Co-facilitated by Tony Santa Ana from Allied Path Consulting and Ken Songco, Director of Student Equity and Success, students shared their experiences as we neared the Presidential Election while dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Spring 2021 Community Conversation with Students Series in progress: A group of faculty, classified, administrators, and students have come together to organize a series of community conversations for spring.
    • In the last community conversation in February, student leaders took the lead in facilitating a number of the group discussions, highlighting the importance of supporting student-led discussions at the college.
  • The college is committed to continuing the community conversations moving forward. Topics will vary based on the feedback from students as well as the political and social climate.
  • Our third Community Conversation with Students was held in February 2021 and the theme of this conversation focused on the meaning of success.
  • Our fourth Community Conversation with Students will be held on March 17 and the theme for this conversation will be on Students’ Experiences with Online Learning and Support. Reports for each conversation will be created and share campus wide.
5. Formation and infrastructure support to faculty/staff level affinity groups including, but not limited to, BAE, La Mision Colectiva, AAPI Group, LGBTQIA+, etc.
  • The college has continued to support proposals from the various affinity groups as they work on celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of groups, historical figures, community members, personnel, and our students.
    • Follow up discussions have occurred regarding the need for a formal alliance to support the ideas and proposals that come out of the respective affinity groups.
  • A group of personnel have come together to form a “Mission College Cultural Communication Alliance” aimed at preserving, honoring and displaying the cultural heritage, practice, and expression, of the student, staff, faculty, and administration of West Valley Mission Community College District and enhancing the reputation of the West Valley Mission Community College District as a center for equitable practices.
6. Formation and infrastructure support to student clubs and affinity groups.
  • While the transition to DE had a significant impact on our student clubs, our Office of Student Activities has continued to support clubs and groups in various ways. They hosted Club Days the past two semesters to provide a space for club recruitment (Fall was a bigger success.)
  • They are also engaging in conversations with clubs now to see what how things are going from their perspective, how membership is looking, and what support they need so we can plan accordingly as we prepare for a return to campus in the 21-22 year.
  • In addition, ASG administered a survey this Spring asking students about their experiences with online education.
7. Establish a workgroup to develop a dedicated physical space to serve as a cultural center and hub for people of color and focus on unique needs of our disproportionately impacted populations.
  • Initial planning conversations have taken place to evaluate the space needs of the college during a time of a number of construction projects. A potential location within SEC has been identified.
  • The Office of the President will be announcing a call out in Spring 2021 inviting personnel and students to submit their interest in joining the workgroup that will be tasked with providing recommendations for the proposed cultural center space, with an opening timeline of Fall 2021.
  • College Administration also reviewing locations to move Office of Equity and Success to a more prominent and accessible location.
8. Establish a College Hour for collective discussions, trainings, and gatherings.
  • Pilot in DE format for AY 2020-2021.
  • Review and revise class scheduling.
  • Grid to include space for an ongoing College Hour
  • College Hour was formally established in the Spring 2021 term. The college is mindful of the need to incorporate college hour planning into upcoming scheduling grid planning discussions.
  • The office of the Vice President of Instruction has conducted initial analysis to identify time options within the scheduling grid and will bring discussions to Division Council and College Council.
Additional Activities to Support this Priority.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Ashley Faris, Chemistry Faculty, and Raiida Thompson, HSI-STEM Program Coordinator, they have facilitated Equity and Pedagogy in STEM Hours in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. STEM faculty get together to discuss best practices fellow colleagues are using to create an inclusive and more equitable classroom especially in the online environment.
  • Under the leadership of Danielle Ramirez-King, Manuel Salazar, and Classified Senate, Mission College is part of the Caring Campus Initiative, an initiative of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office.
  • Caring Campus engages and supports professional staff members in developing behavioral commitments to ensure that students feel welcome and connected to our college. Mission College is engaging in specific, collegewide face-to-face and virtual behavioral commitments such as warm referrals, making virtual connections, introducing yourself, and virtual Welcome Week activities. The continuation of Caring Campus is being facilitated through the college participation in an IEPI Partnership Resource Team over Spring 21.
  • Mission College Classified Senate is hosting a Creating Spaces Series in Spring 2021 to create space to encourage Classified Professionals to have open dialogue and conversations on a range of topics focused on the five elements of the
    • Mission College Equity Framework. Pecha Kucha presentations were developed to show how each element of the framework can be applied to Classified Professionals such as the Pecha Kucha on Social Justice.
  • The Office of Student Equity and Success launched its newsletter The Equity Beat in November 2020. The newsletter highlights the Equity/Anti-Racism work happening at Mission College and topics related to racial equity. In Spring 2021, a Mental Health section was added to amplify the intersection of mental health and racial equity. This is a partnership between the Mental Health and Wellness Committee and the Equity Office.
  • On April 29, 2021, the Mental Health and Wellness Committee is partnering with the Vice President of Student Services Office and the Equity Office to host our first ever mental health and racial equity conference entitled, The EquityMINDset Conference. The conference is designed to develop community consciousness of the crucial link between mental health and racial equity.
    • An integral component of this conference is the Community Conversation element that will allow for student participants to discuss and respond in a safe and supportive environment on current issues and events, race-related stress and trauma, their needs and challenges regarding their mental health and emotional well-being, sense of belonging on campus, and academic success.
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