Resources for Equity Core Teams
Equity Core Teams
Equity Core teams are groups of 4 -5 people within each division representing various perspectives and departments. These teams consist of individuals deeply committed to institutional equity and social justice praxis. This group will work together on guiding the equity planning process within their division. Specifically, the equity core team will focus on the following:
Each division will have flexibility and choice regarding the areas of equity, social justice, and multicultural education to focus on as well as format, structure, and process of engagement. Moving forward, each division is asked to commit to updating their student equity plans annually, conducting every five years a much deeper equity strategic plan and climate assessment. The goal is to support the campus community in not only closing the racial and teaching achievement gap/opportunity gap but to also deepen our sense of cultural humility and develop skills for helping each person, and especially, our most vulnerable students, faculty, and classified professionals thrive.
Divisional Equity Liaisons
The role of diversity equity liaison is being created to formalize a partnership and institutional linkages between the Office of Equity, the Equity Action Council, and De Anza’s 16 divisions. The divisional liaisons will serve on both their division equity core team as well as the Equity Action Committee. They will provide invaluable insight and guidance regarding divisional concerns, challenges, implementation successes, and effectiveness of campus equity and social justice efforts.
The divisional equity liaisons –in partnership with their equity core team- will also support their respective divisions in completing, implementing, and evaluating their annual equity plans. Equity liaisons’ will work closely with their dean, EAC, and Office of Equity to identify critical areas of growth and help guide strategic planning efforts related to these equity plans.
Equity Planning Checklist
The process of division or department equity planning is an exciting opportunity to reassess shared vision, mission, and goals and focus on deepening practices that will result in educational equity. Additionally, an essential component of equity planning is considering the shared values we bring to our work and how best to put the values of equity, social justice, and multicultural education into daily practice.
An important first step in this process is securing your guidance or leadership team; an equity core team. In order to have these conversations, which can be difficult, it is important to have a leadership team (i.e., equity core team) committed to guiding the process, deepening their own cultural humility, and modeling the virtues of social justice consciousness. The accountable person for pulling together the equity core team may be the Equity Action Council Liaison or another member of the team. It is recommended that this team meet weekly for strategic planning and shared support. The following checklist is a tool to assist the equity core team in preparing to guide the equity planning process.
Equity Core Team members will have an opportunity to attend an orientation and skills building workshops annually.
Equity Core Teams and Liaisons
Shared Governance Equity Subcommittees
Academic Senate: Rene Anderson Watkins, Randy Bryant, Mayra Cruz
Classified Senate: Amelia Sanchez, Sandy Cardoza
Equity Action Council: Cynthia Kaufman, Edmundo Norte, Sandra Spensor, Anita Muthyala Kandula, Mayra Cruz.