Thursday, September 30, 2021
Opportunity and equity is the central focus of the 2030 Strategic Impact Plan and the lens through which the College will examine its success in all areas. In October 2020, former Valencia College President Sandy Shugart commissioned equity initiatives in four key areas to evaluate our current processes and develop recommendations for equity-minded practices. In an effort to ensure you have the most updated information on the progress, findings and recommendations of the teams involved in this work, this new Opportunity and Equity series is published in The Grove. This update highlights the work of the Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice.
Last month, it was shared that the Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice had concluded its research on recommendations for equity-minded curriculum, pedagogy and indicators. This month, the team is excited to share the final report and invite you to upcoming conversation sessions regarding the brief.
Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice Research Brief
The Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice (Equity FIT), composed of more than 30 team members from across the College, was charged by the Learning Council with identifying evidence-based, equity-minded practices in both pedagogy and curriculum. The team was also asked to help us better understand what data may assist in monitoring our progress by identifying measurable indicators of equitable student outcomes and experiences.
The Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice has completed a full draft of its primary deliverable: a research brief that will inform many of our collegewide equity efforts, notably institutional plan strategies such as the updating of the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator, as well as the planning and programming of the Teaching and Learning Division.
To view the Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice Research Brief, click the button below.
The research brief is organized thematically based on three overarching themes:
- Holistic student support
- Inclusivity and cultural responsiveness
- High-impact practices
The brief describes recommendations for our current practice, areas that would be helpful for future research and focus, suggestions for how we might scale the proposed strategies and insights regarding the Equity FIT design process.
Conversation Sessions are designed to be spaces for us to engage with colleagues around the core themes inside the Equity FIT report: holistic student support, inclusivity and cultural responsiveness, and high impact practices. Join the co-chairs of the Equity FIT Marsha Butler, faculty, New Student Experience, and Shara Lee, campus director, faculty and instructional development, and members of Learning Council and the Equity FIT team to discuss ideas, implications, ways in which we can see the recommendations becoming actionable in our work, and feedback on the brief, including areas in need of refinement or further exploration. This feedback will be shared with the Learning Council for further conversation.
In order to allow time for focused conversation on each element of the brief, sessions will be devoted to a particular theme. Details for conversations in October and November are below:
Holistic Student Support Conversation Sessions
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Inclusivity and Cultural Responsiveness Conversation Sessions
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
High Impact Practices Conversation Sessions
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
In preparation for the conversation session(s), please review the brief and be prepared to respond to the following reflection questions related to the selected session theme:
- What implications do these recommendations have for your practice?
- What questions do these recommendations raise?
- Which three strategies should we prioritize to advance the equitable outcomes articulated in our Impact Plan?
- What elements, if any, are in need of refinement or further exploration?