link Individual and Collective Reflection and Learning

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Collective Reflection and Learning

Call to Action: Individual and collective reflection and learning about race, racism, and developing equitable mindedness.

  • Engage in the Vision Resource Center “Community Colleges for Change.”
  • Engage in resources through the USC CCC Equity Leadership Alliance.
  • Engage in unconscious bias assessment and training.

Call to Action

Progress Report

Individual and Collective Reflection
2020-2021 Actions Status
1. Creation of a Mission College Anti-Racism Resource Guide. Suggested Readings and trainings to build up the collective capacity to engage in conversations rooted in equity and anti-racism.
  • The Culture of Equity Work Group is in the process of designing a campus wide Anti-Racism Virtual Resource Guide which is slated to be completed by the end of the Spring 2021 term.
  • Various resource guide-type documents have been shared on website, canvas, etc. The college is committed to organizing the various resources in a way that makes sense and allows for engagements across multiple domains: resources for the classroom; resources for managers; for classified; breaking it into entry level (equity 101) and more advanced resources for folks who have familiarity.
2. Communities of Praxis across disciplines with a focus on effective teaching strategies and curriculum practices for a culturally diverse student population informed by VRC, Equity Leadership Alliance, and equity trainings to lead Cultural Competency Curriculum and Syllabi audits.
  • In Spring 2021, Mission College launched its first-ever Equity Pedagogy Community of Praxis (CoP). This CoP is a collaborative learning community made up of 20 full and part-time faculty to engage in the scholarship of anti-racist, culturally responsive teaching with a focus on the distance education context.
    • Led by Sarah Sullivan, English Faculty and Professional Development Coordinator, participants will apply their knowledge to individually redesign curricular artifacts and pedagogical practices for an upcoming course and to share out these practices/strategies with the entire college.  
3. Build-out of Data Dashboards with disaggregated and equity-focused data along with development of training sessions on meaningful use of data to drive equity-minded decisions; update and provide training on the AY 2020 Student Equity Plan metrics.
  • The Equity Pedagogy Work Group will conduct a Data Dialogue Project with Dr. Eric Felix in April and May 2021. Dr. Felix will work with the faculty to review their course success, retention, and student drop data. Discussions will be facilitated to reflect on the data and their practice to come up with immediate and long-term strategies to mitigate equity gaps in the classroom.
    • A key objective of this project is having success data readily available for instructors to view about their own courses. If this project is successful, the college hopes to scale this effort out through the development of a data coach program to carry out the data conversations throughout all divisions.   
  • The Office of Research and Planning is in the process of developing more Power BI data dashboards for the college including a dashboard for faculty.  Draft dashboards will be shared with the senates and College Council for input in mid-Spring 21.
4. Provide implicit bias testing and related training across the college in partnership with the district.
  • Mission College hosted a Community Conversation on Implicit Bias during its All College Day in late January 2021. The entire campus was invited to take the Implicit Association Test and create an understanding and awareness of implicit bias and how it plays out in our everyday lives. This was co-facilitated by Karen Gee, Psychology Faculty, and Ken Songco, Director of Student Equity and Success.
  • A Follow Up Community Conversation on Implicit Bias was conducted in March 2021 to go over the Six Interventions to Tackle Implicit Bias from Georgetown University and to reflect on one or two interventions participants can try either in the workplace or in their daily lives.
5. Revision and implementation of Equity/Anti-Racism 101 training modules, including an orientation program for new employees at Mission College.
  • Two different trainings – one focused on deeper understanding of equity and another on how to operationalize. Anti-racism training is the priority for Spring and Equity 101 can follow in Summer/Fall 2021.
    • HR trainings focused on Equity/EEO/implicit bias modules and trainings for the district. Potentially package Equity 101 as the entry level trainings that are through VRC or equity alliance. Then the series continues to 201 or 301 as we return back in person. Look into the VRC sessions we can package. 
  • Mission College plans on providing Anti-Racism 101 training modules in Fall 2021. Module objectives are as follows:
    • a) Build a shared language of racism and anti-blackness;
    • b) Understand the history and legacy of racism and white supremacy;
    • c) Process and have dialogue on the impacts of racism and white supremacy in community;
    • d) Create personal actions plans to collectively build our humanity and combat racism/oppression in our daily practice. 
    • In Spring 2021, District HR is offering it’s Spring Workshop Series: Let’s Talk about Racism through CircleUp Education. Workshop topics include Safe/courageous space to discuss racism and Structural Racism in the Workplace.
6. Development of new equity and anti-racism training program with recognition of completion, or ‘badging,’ for all employees utilizing resources in the VRC and Equity Leadership Alliance. Mission College is part of the CA Community College Equity Leadership Alliance and has sent teams of faculty, classified professionals, and administrators to eConvenings on topics such as:
  • Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias;
  • Understanding and Confronting Anti-Black Racism;
  • Meaningfully Integrating Race Across the Curriculum;
  • Recruiting and Hiring Faculty of Color; and Confronting Explicit Acts of Racism and Racial Violence on Campus.
Teams are expected to meet with a member of Executive Cabinet to come up with projects to operationalize what they’ve learned to support Mission College’s ongoing equity/anti-racism work.
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