Equity Professional Development Offerings
The following is a list of Professional Development Offerings for Faculty to use to improve their skills and abilities regarding equity in their teaching, counseling, and other services. Equity work is best viewed as an ongoing practice of continual improvement. While there cannot be a checklist or a minimum number of hours needed to be considered "equity trained," for the benefit of your students, please plan on spending a significant amount of time each semester learning and applying new equity skills. The following is a list of resources to help you as you strive to become more equity minded.
To serve on a faculty selection committee, faculty are required to participate in at least two hours of training from among this list (within the previous 12 months) according to AP 7120. You are responsible for keeping track of your equity trainings and reporting them to your division chair before you can serve on a faculty selection committee. These equity trainings are in addition to the EEO training that is required to serve on any selection committee for the District.
Is there an equity training opportunity that you would like us to add to this list? If so, please submit your proposed training or activity here:
Proposed trainings must satisfy the following requirements:
- Provide professional development specifically on the topic of equitable, culturally sustaining, and/or anti-racist practices in teaching, counseling, or other faculty service areas.
- Reflect current research and practices.
At regularly-scheduled Faculty Professional Development Committee meetings, the committee will vote whether or not to approve proposed training opportunities:
- Each submission will be reviewed based on the above criteria
- If the committee approves the training, the Coordinator for Faculty Professional Development and Equity Education will add the opportunity to the list of Equity Professional Development Offerings and will notify the proposer of the approval status.
- If the committee does not approve the training, the Coordinator for Faculty Professional Development and Equity Education will notify the proposer of the status and the reason(s) for denying the proposal.
Approved Equity Training Offerings & Information:
*Some options require fees or registration. Please reach out to the Faculty Professional Development Committee or Student Equity for funding support.
Recent Cuesta Led Equity Professional Development Offerings:
- Connecting Students to Great Services (Previously Recorded)
- Library Resources through a DEI Lens (Previously Recorded)
- Supporting ESL Students in Mainstream Classes (Previously Recorded)
Engaged Racial Allyship Learning Series, Fall 2022 (Previously Recorded)
Dr. John Pascarella III conducted a 3-part professional learning series to prepare Cuesta College employees to be racial allies working in solidarity with people of color to more effectively advance racial Equity on Campus. In this series, John presented contemporary cases of racial problems, concrete examples of racial allyship, and practical strategies that faculty, staff, and administrators can use in their classrooms, workplaces and campus spaces. Each session included justice-oriented exercises that engage participants in opportunities to reflect critically on race and racism, analyze the sources of racial socialization, interrogate individual complicity and reproduction of racial bias, and practice actionable racial allyship strategies. This series is organized as three 2-hour professional learning sessions.
All Recorded Sessions Now Available:
- Part 1: Framing the Context for Engaged Racial Allyship
- Recorded 8/10/22 (Recording of Session 1) (Cuesta Credentials required)
- Part 2: Learning and Engaging in Productive Allyship Practices that Disrupt Racism
- Recorded 9/16/22 (Recording of Session 2) (Cuesta Credentials required)
- Part 3: Advancing Racial Justice in Solidarity with People of Color
- Recorded 10/11/22 (Recording of Session 3) (Cuesta Credentials required)
- Link to: Learning Series Padlet & Additional Resources (login required)
- Flex workshops that are student equity focused will be indicated as such in the Flex Brochure. Click here to view current and past Flex Brochures.
Recent Events (Links and Recordings)
- Recorded April 28, 2022
- Recorded March 24, 2021
- Recorded March 26, 2021
- Recorded April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
- Recorded October 15, 2021
- Recorded April 15, 2021
- Recorded Various Dates, September 10, 2021 - November 19, 2021
- Fall Into Humanized Online Teaching: A Pathway to Equity
- Liquid syllabus with Google Sites
- Humanized course card
- Humanized homepage with Canva
- "Getting to know you" survey
- Self-affirming ice breaker with Flipgrid or VoiceThread
- Wisdom Wall with Flipgrid or VoiceThread
- Bumper video with Adobe Spark, Canvas Studio or Screencast-o-matic
- Microlecture with Adobe Spark, Canvas Studio or Screencast-o-matic
- Fall Into Humanized Online Teaching: A Pathway to Equity
- The Beloved Community Dialogue Series from 2021
- contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information
California Community Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance
Cuesta College, along with over 60 other community colleges, is part of the CA Community College Equity Leadership Alliance working towards racial equity through monthly professional development eConvenings. These high-quality professional learning experiences were held virtually throughout the 20-21 academic year. Each focused on one specific topic – see an abbreviated list below in Table 1. Four-hour learning modules were delivered by experts who teach in the USC Equity Institutes. These instructors are well respected leaders of national higher education associations, highly-cited professors who study race relations and people of color, chief diversity officers and other experienced administrators, and specialists from the USC Race and Equity Center. eConvening modules focused mostly on strategies and practical approaches. Instructors used contemporary cases of equity dilemmas and racial crises on community college campuses. Emphasis was placed on learning from sagas that have recently occurred elsewhere; learning how to get ahead of situations and reducing risk of crisis; and learning actionable equity leadership strategies. Participants learned about evolving trends pertaining to diverse community college students and employees.
Alliance member colleges also participate in a trio of campus climate surveys on a three-year rotational basis – the student survey in year one, the faculty survey in year two, and the staff survey in the third membership year.
Table 1: List of eConvening Topics
- Engaging in Productive Conversations About Race
- Fostering and Sustaining Inclusive Classrooms for Students of Color
- Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias
- Understanding and Confronting Anti-Black Racism
- Meaningfully Integrating Race Across the Curriculum
- Confronting Explicit Acts of Racism and Racial Violence on Campus
- Recruiting and Hiring Faculty of Color
- Equity-Minded Student Support Services
- Implementing AB 705 and Other Legislation in Equitable Ways
- Recruiting and Strategically Diversifying Staff at All Levels
- Accountability and Incentives for Advancing Racial Equity
- Creating Equitable Pathways to Leadership Roles for Employees of Color
- Opposing the Erasure of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native
Access to Alliance online trainings available for Cuesta employees only. CLICK HERE to access. Cuesta login required.
Contact Mylea Christensen for more info
Self-Paced On-line Trainings
- Understanding Equity and Inequity; Free (approx. 4 hours)
- Ditching Deficit Ideology: The First Step Toward Cultivating and Equity Commitment; (Approx. 4 hours)
- Center for Urban Education - USC
- Equity-Minded Online Teaching: Using Canvas as a Model - (1hr23min)
- Being Aware of Learning Opportunities and Constraints Posed by Online Teaching and Moving Towards Anti-Racist Practices - (1hr21min)
- Online Support as an Anti-Racist Practice - (1hr27min)
- Equity-Minded Mathematics Instruction - (1hr30min)
- CORA Learning
- Responding to Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments - (1hr7min)
- Employing Equity-Minded and Culturally Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities - (1hr25min)
- Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institution - (1hr44min)
- Black Minds Matters Series - (Times Vary)
- Abolitionist Teaching Network
- Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of our Schools - (1hr31min)
- Bettina Love
- We Want to do More Than Survive - (56min)
Books and Other Readings
- Grading for Equity - Joe Feldman
- Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities - Dr. Gina Ann Garcia
- From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education - Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
- Using Student Support (Re)defind's Success Factors to Ensure Student Learning - Diego Navarro & Kathy Malloy