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.
The information provided below shows the progress Palomar College is making in 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.
The Association of Latinos and Allies for Student Success (ALASS) is hosting a Latinx Healing Forum to explore the Latinx experience on Friday, October 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m. via zoom. Please share it ALASS Oct Healing Forum with our students! Palomar employees and community members are welcome as well. The registration link is on the attached flyer.ALASS Oct Healing Forum
Library Statement on Antiracism
The Palomar College Library staff and faculty stands in solidarity in condemning violence and racism toward Black people, Indigenous people, and all People of Color! We declare that there is no room for racism or Xenophobia in our community.
We take responsibility for challenging racial inequity and implementing positive change in the Library. As part of our commitment to accountability, we apply an antiracist analysis as we evaluate the services, policies, spaces, and collections that we offer to students, faculty, staff, administrators and to the wider community.
The Library partners with Palomar colleagues, students, and the community to create unique displays and programs that confront racially oppressive systems and attitudes. This is part of our work to make the Library welcoming to all learners.
We invite you to join our efforts for antiracist reform by making suggestions for resources, services, and programs. Our collaborative efforts will ensure that the library is responsive and proactive.
Please share your suggestions and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Not to be confused with the Library Information Technology Statement already on the site:
The Palomar Pride center is hosting an event to discuss the importance of voting and LGBTQ-friendly candidates. Allies are welcome! Please register here.
Palomar College is officially on the CA Ballot Bowl leader board amongst all other CA Community Colleges for registering students to vote with a total of 102. Please see link: https://caballotbowl.sos.ca.gov/. The Student Life and Leadership team has been sending out numerous emails, social media posts and encouraging students to register to vote. The deadline to register for CA is October 19th. Congrats to all of our students who registered to vote and will exercise their right in November!
The Sociology discipline of Palomar College stands in solidarity with our Black students and colleagues.
Sociology offers a critical lens through which we analyze and shine a light on forms of inequality and oppression within the Black community and all communities of color widely. We see our role as professors as providing an opportunity to engage students in an understanding of social forces that create and reproduce inequality, discrimination, and marginalization.
We commit to teaching, learning and offering programming about dismantling racism and to connect our scholarship with activism. Through our engagement in curriculum development, professional development, public presentations, and service learning, we seek to make visible the experiences and perspectives of our Black, Native American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander students.
Our credit ESL program was featured in the California Acceleration Project publication CAPacity Gazette July issue pages 14-15, “Palomar Leads in AB 705 Implementation for English Language Learners” Go ESL this is such important equity work for ESL learners.
Hey folks! This video summarizes our 20-21 action items- check it out!
Thew English department has provided this powerful narrative in support of our Antiracist efforts. Thank you so much for these words!
English Department Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
In response to ongoing societal inequities based on race and the deaths of individuals like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Daniel Prude (to name just a few) at the hands of State Power, the English Department of Palomar College stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and affirms its support for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, faculty, and staff. Further, we support the current movements to dismantle widespread systemic racism and discrimination. Finally, we commit to continued individual and collective antiracist work in ourselves, our classrooms, our campus, and our larger communities, through the following:
· Interrogating within ourselves our uses of language, discourse, and representation in order to create an environment that fosters equity and social justice.
· Offering ongoing professional development, collaboration, and curriculum review to develop antiracist teaching and assessment practices.
· Maintaining and growing the diversity of our department through recruitment, hiring, and retention.
· Encouraging antiracist practices and frameworks into our coursework through culturally responsive and relevant readings, assignments, and activities in order to validate our BIPOC students’ perspectives and experiences.
· Creating a learning environment that empowers our BIPOC students to understand connections between language, critical thinking, reading, and writing.
· Supporting the Call to Action on Palomar College’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion page and continuing to hold administration and campus leadership accountable for supporting and providing resources and programs to ensure success for our BIPOC students.
Through all of these efforts, we will prioritize combating systemic racism and preventing the marginalization and oppression in all of the spaces that we occupy.
The Child Development Department at Palomar College supports our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students and colleagues and stands in solidarity with contemporary movements in raising awareness of widespread systemic racism and discrimination, as well as the Call to Action for Palomar College. As faculty and staff in the CHDV Department, we commit to continuing to work on addressing the needs of our students and community by maintaining individual and collective work towards the goal of antiracism. We prioritize the values of combating systemic racism and preventing marginalization and oppression, while reflecting and taking action on working towards a more just future for all children. By committing to embedding antiracist practices into our coursework, we commit to improving the education of future early childhood educators and ensure that our programs support the excellence of our BIPOC students.