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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Building an Antiracist Culture at Palomar College

Palomar Call to Action

Palomar College has adopted an action plan to support our African-American/Black community and to further Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the District. These action items were developed collaboratively with Palomar students, staff, and faculty and with input from our Umoja Scholars. We are committed to these measurable Call to Action and will work diligently to implement them as we develop a culture of Antiracism at Palomar.

Progress Dashboard

The information provided below shows the annual progress Palomar College is making on the goal of building an antiracist framework.  This work is collaborative and involves staff, faculty and students with the ultimate goal of furthering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the District.

Racial Equity for Police Reform
50%
Space for African American/Black Students
50%
Hiring of Black/African Americans
25%
Hiring Diverse Faculty
25%
Audit Classroom Climate
5%
Professional Development Training
50%
African American/Black Employee Protections
5%
Get Out the Vote
63%
African American/Black Graduation
5%
EDI Action Group
100%

Foundation Board of Directors engage in Palomar’s antiracist framework

Dr. Jack Kahn and Dr. Hossna Sadat Ahadi delivered a vibrant presentation on Palomar’s Antiracist Framework at the February 22, 2021, Foundation Board of Directors meeting. The Foundation Board members were eagerly engaged in the discussion. The conversation will continue as the Foundation works to identify and adopt avenues to engage in Palomar’s antiracist framework.PC Foundation Presentation

The Palomar College Foundation Board of Directors is a dynamic group of committed, high-profile community advocates. They support the mission of the Foundation and inspire community support to benefit Palomar College. The mission of the Foundation is to assure equal access to success for all Palomar College students by inspiring individual, business, and foundation philanthropic support that helps remove financial barriers and provides essential education resources. In addition to direct student support, the Foundation’s mission includes support to college and faculty initiatives that enhance the educational experience of Palomar College students.

Palomar College Asian Pacific Alliance in Higher Education (APAHE) vehemently rejects these ignorant and hateful acts of violence against the API community.

APAHE Statement 2/22/2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation has seen an increase in hate crimes against our Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. In 2020, the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center documented 2,808 hate incidents in the United States, and now Asian American elderly are the most recent victims. The Palomar Community College District with the Palomar College Asian Pacific Alliance in Higher Education (APAHE) vehemently rejects these ignorant and hateful acts of violence against the API community. We want to acknowledge that many within the API community come from diverse backgrounds of different cultures and languages, making them invaluable as frontline essential workers helping to protect all members of the community at large during these challenging times.

The APAHE of Palomar College extends its support to Asian Pacific Islander students, staff, faculty, and administrators. As part of our mission, we are committed to collaborating with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities for a shared vision, and solutions to stop the violence in all our communities. Please feel free to connect with APAHE Co-chairs, Monica Diego-Schmidt at mdiegoschmidt@palomar.edu or Angela Kong at akong@palomar.edu

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Equity Teaching Practices & Resources at Palomar College

Senate President Rocco Versaci shared the following about the hard work of Alex Doyle Bauer and Hossna Sadat Ahadi, as well as the many contributions from our faculty, the “Equity Teaching Practices & Resources” page is now up and running. It is a collection of teaching assignments, presentations, readings, resources, and recommended media that support an equity framework. Please click HERE to take a look. This page is very much an evolving work, and I would like to invite faculty members who have relevant teaching materials to submit them for inclusion on this page. There is a tab marked “Equity Teaching Submissions”; just click on that and follow the directions to submit.

ESL Department joins the Palomar community in a statement of solidarity.

The ESL Department at Palomar College supports and stands in solidarity with our BILPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and People of Color) students and colleagues and Palomar College’s Call to Action, as well as contemporary movements fighting systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice.

In the ESL Department at Palomar, our students, teachers, and staff come from all parts of the world including the US and have had their own diverse experiences with injustice, whether racial, religious, political, class, gender, sexual-preference, accent, or language based. As a department, we seek to celebrate diversity and promote equity and inclusion through intercultural exchange and respect, creating an environment in which all our students and colleagues who face or have faced discrimination feel welcome, valued, and safe.

Our individual and collective work towards the goal of antiracism includes developing, sharing, and incorporating antiracist practices and frameworks into our courses through culturally responsive and relevant texts, materials, assignments, and tasks in order to give voice to our diverse students’ perspectives and experiences. We also commit to embedding antiracist practices into our institutional and departmental support services and practices.

We continue to strive to combat systemic racism and prevent marginalization, oppression, and injustice by actively reflecting upon, acknowledging, and addressing our own biases and engaging in continued equity work in our classrooms, our college, our communities, and our world.

ESL Department Statement of Solidarity College ESL Department November 2020