Join a Work Team on Our Opportunity and Equity Initiatives

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In College President Sandy Shugart’s College Update: Opportunity and Equity Initiatives, he named several equity and opportunity initiatives for immediate action. The Senior Team has commissioned three work teams to respond to these initiatives, and we invite you to serve alongside your colleagues as we pursue our equity-focused goals. Please note that these work teams are different from the Focused Inquiry Team on Equity-minded Practice that was commissioned by the Learning Council to help lay the groundwork for the College’s Equity Plan and Learning Plan, although we envision great complementarity among all of our equity efforts.

If you may be interested in serving in one of the following new equity and opportunity work teams, details about the charge of each group as well as a survey to submit your interest are included below.

Leadership of Equity and Opportunity Work Group
This work group will develop a set of well-researched options, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each, for leading equity work at Valencia. The work team will produce a brief on these options to assist Valencia College’s next president in selecting a model for equity leadership that will be best aligned with the College’s equity goals and objectives. To read the work group proposal, click here. 

Equity Mindedness and Employee Experience Steering Committee
This steering committee will serve as the convening and coordinating group to review current practices and develop recommendations to strengthen our equity-minded practices with three work teams in:

  • Talent acquisition: recruiting, hiring and promotion
  • Talent activation: onboarding and development
  • Talent retention: annual evaluation processes

To read the steering committee’s work proposal, click here. 

Black Male Initiative Work Group
This work group will develop a brief that synthesizes the research on Black male student success, describes models for Black male initiatives at other institutions and curates existing sources of data regarding the Black Valencia male student experience. To read the work group proposal, click here. 

If you are interested in serving in one of the above work groups, please complete the following interest survey by Friday, November 6, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. You will be asked to provide a statement of your interest along with your contact information. 

Faculty Council will review submitted nominations and determine the faculty representatives. Employees who are appointed to the work teams will be notified in mid-November.

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