College (IVC) has joined a new initiative from the USC Race and Equity Center which brings together leaders from
California’s community colleges to address issues related to race and racism.
The California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance will use a
three-pronged approach to help administrators and faculty leaders learn how to
better address the concerns of students and employees of color, who have long
cited the persistence of racist policies and attitudes within their
institutions. There are more than 60 California community colleges partnering
in the initiative.
In the aftermath of
mass, worldwide protests following the police killings of George Floyd and
Breonna Taylor, students across the country have pressed their schools and
universities to take tangible actions that improve the education of Black
proclaiming in written statements that Black Lives Matter is insufficient,” said
USC Rossier School of Education Professor Shaun Harper in a news release. Harper leads the
USC Race and Equity Center and created the Alliance.
“This is a vital step for IVC and colleges throughout the state to begin
taking strategic action towards addressing and dismantling systemic racism and
racial inequalities on our campuses,” says IVC Acting President Cindy Vyskocil.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to take part in this valuable alliance.”
On June 15, the Center held
the first of a dozen eConvenings they will host over the next year, each on a
particular aspect of racial equity. Twenty IVC administrators, staff, and
faculty leaders attended. These professional learning experiences will be held
virtually throughout the year, one per month. Each eConvening will explore
strategies and practical approaches for equity issues.
Alliance will also use the following approach for member institution:
Virtual racial equity resource portal: The Center is developing an online repository of
resources and tools for Alliance member colleges. Downloadable equity-related
rubrics, readings, case studies, videos, slide decks, and conversation scripts
will be included in the portal and accessible to all employees at member
Campus climate surveys: Using
the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) as a model, the
students, faculty, and staff of each member institution will be surveyed about
their feelings of belonging and inclusion, encounters with racism on campus,
the frequency and depth of cross-cultural interactions, appraisals of
institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, and other related topics.
To learn more about the USC Race and Equity
Center’s work with colleges and universities, visit: race.usc.edu/colleges.