Thursday, June 24, 2021
Valencia College faculty from across the College completed the first fully virtual Destination 2021 on Friday, June 11, 2021. Another first at this year’s Destination in the Equity-minded Practice track was the inclusion of students in our cohorts. During week three of this track, students joined us for the day to discuss syllabi assignments and assessments and how to make a course welcoming. This year’s five-week program spanned three tracks with 171 participants completing the program.
Tracks included the following:
SEED I – Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity 1 Track
This Destination track incorporated a TED Talk given by our own Hank Van Putten, part-time faculty, New Student Experience, entitled, “When it Comes to Racism, Are You a Non or an Anti?” The SEED I cohort collaborated with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. Colleagues led their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. Both SEED I and II Tracks also included significant supplementary materials to continue conversations were made available in Canvas spaces.
SEED II – Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity 2 Track
The SEED II track invited participants to continue to examine their professional and personal experiences using a lens of racism and race. As a result of completing this Destination track, participants will be better equipped to support diverse perspectives and work effectively at Valencia in a pluralistic society by improving the multicultural experience for themselves and their students.
Equity-minded Practice Track
This track challenged participants through an intentional process of critical reflection and self-inquiry toward becoming equity-minded practitioners and members of the community. In partnership with students and colleagues, participants evaluated equity in learning environments allowing them to analyze their practice through a race-conscious lens. Together, we explored practical strategies, student voices, assumptions and developed two work products to advance equitable behaviors and student outcomes.
The facilitators of all tracks would like to thank all of our wonderful participants for their energy, dedication and patience as we worked through this virtual Destination experience.
Read the July 2021 Faculty Insight and The Grove for an additional recap including feedback from participants.
The Faculty Development team looks forward to Destination 2022. See you next year!