Student Equity and Achievement Committee
Committee Completed Tasks 2021-2022
- The SEA committee discussed how to address the cost of textbooks for students. The co- chair worked with the OER representative, Kali Rippel, and others to offer two Flex Day sessions on OER and zero-cost textbooks. The sessions introduced attendees to textbook resources like LibreText, subscription tools like Hypothesis, and the work of faculty in English, ECE, and math to lower and/or erase textbook costs. Work with the library to make sure that copies of current textbooks are available was begun. Work on having a low or no- cost textbook alert on certain courses, which could influence student registration patterns, was begun. This last effort would align with work on making the true cost of college enrollment transparent to students.
- Significant progress was made on moving towards a land acknowledgement with local Native American tribes and more meaningful engagement with Native American students, whether currently at our college or not yet at LPC. Committee Members met with Chabot College faculty member Veronica Martinez, who is the Coordinator for Indigenous Peoples Education Association (IPEA). Dan Cearley has been attending monthly IPEA meetings. We have also corresponded with Monica V. Arellano, Vice Chairwoman, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area who is willing to create a Land Acknowledgment for LPC.
- The Committee has also worked on space allocation for undocumented students and encouraged more work on a trans-cultural approach to student support and engagement so that affinity or learning community work does not get siloed. For example, funds were allocated to the AAPI interest group, and they are offering programming with
- Umoja during an ally week in April.
- The Committee worked with LPCSG to offer three days of “Welcome Week” activities for students, including a two-day resource fair and a one-day club fair. Significant work was done to provide updated campus maps and provide them in different formats, whether physical or digital, and to provide linktr.ees for different resources as a complement to the Canvas Student Support Hub.
- The SEA Committee will be supporting a one-day work-and-planning session for the English department at the end of May. The goal is for full- and part-time faculty to have an intensive work session on curriculum so that they can assess the needs of students who are starting at transfer-level and brainstorm more co-requisite and non-credit options for them so that they can succeed.
- Equity Innovation Incubator? In conjunction with the president’s office, the SEA committee helped to establish the Equity Innovation fund/grant to provide monies to faculty and/or classified professionals to develop an initiative or project that will aim to reduce equity gaps amongst our disproportionately impacted populations.
- “Race and graphic novel” presentation at Literary Arts Festival. Under the philosophy ‘if you can’t see it, you can’t be it” SEA funded and helped to organize a panel on race and the graphic novel form. Many African American and other students of color wanted more information on how to ‘break into comics’ and the committee was able to assemble this program.
Committee Completed Tasks 2020-21
- Developed an "Equity Definition" for the campus to use as a way to make the concept uniform.
- Developed a comprehensive "Equity Statement of Intent."
- Partnered with Guided Pathways to develop an equity framework within the GP process.
- Redefined the committee's mission to include intervention development and deployment.
- Developed and launched the "AB 705 Task Force."
- Provided a platform for students to provide the committee with feedback on how they are experiencng equity on campus.
- Developed and deployed "Equitable Syllabus" guidelines.
Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Committee
2:00 to 3:15 p.m.