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Anti-Racism Statement

Reedley College stands in solidarity with those fighting for equality and racial justice and in doing so, we affirm our commitment to identifying, addressing, and eliminating all forms of racism and ethnic biases. We are committed to establishing and sustaining an anti-racism learning and working environment by becoming racially literate and understanding the ways in which our biases (both conscious and unconscious), power and privilege influence our institutional services, policies, and practices.  

As educational practitioners, we strive to equitize our college and educational practices, we acknowledge it is not enough to be “not racist.” We also recognize that regardless of one’s own race or ethnicity, every person has an individual perspective of racism, bias, and anti-racism.  We will work to develop collective responses that oppose systematic racism and dismantle practices that perpetuate racism at Reedley College. Racially offensive comments, postings, or behaviors made by any Reedley College student or employee do not represent the values of the college and are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We stand committed and will hold ourselves accountable to:

  • Affirm explicitly, and in united solidarity, our identity as an anti-racist educational institution.
  • Fostering individual and institutional examination of implicit bias and systemic advantage/oppression such that our anti-racism commitment resulting in actions that are reflected in the life and culture of the college through our policies, programs, and practices as we continue to learn about racism and ethnic oppression.
  • Developing and implementing strategies and best-practices that dismantle racism and ethnic oppression within all aspects of our departments, programs, and the broader communities we serve. 

Letters from President Dr. Jerry L. Buckley

To our college community:

As witnessed by current events during June 2020, our country has reached a cross roads where we either support hate and bigotry, or evolve to a culture of equity and inclusion.  The  deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and Breonna Taylor are but recent examples that we need to value every human life, but in this time and place especially Black lives… while we also recognize that our country has united in this moment to speak out against structural racism.  That said, as representatives of Reedley College, we must actively contribute to building and maintaining a safe and secure teaching and learning environment for all students, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, religious beliefs or sexual identity.

To this purpose Reedley College will commit to the following activities:

  • Create safe spaces for students, faculty and staff to discuss concerns and propose change
  • Schedule regular town hall meetings to facilitate discussion of equity-related topics
  • Move the Reedley College Equity Plan to action during 2020-2021.
  • Participate in the USC / California Community College Alliance for Equity – Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director, will facilitate monthly small group project-based learning activities designed to generate actions to address structural racism and inequities within our campus community.  Over 60 California Community Colleges have joined this alliance for change.
  • Facilitate broad campus participation in the USC Center for Urban Education seminar series on racial equity in spring 2021:

Foundations in Racial Equity

  • REC 700 - Foundations of Racial Equity in Higher Education 
  • REC 701 - Talking about Race, Racism, and Racial Inequities 

Race-Conscious Leadership in Higher Education 

  • REC 704 - Advancing Racial Equity in a Mostly White Context 

Assessment, Evaluation, and Racial Equity 

  • REC 709 - Using Assessment and Evaluation to Improve Campus Racial Climates 
  • REC 711 - Making Racial Equity Data Transparent 

Racial Equity and Human Resources Management 

  • REC 719 - Retention and Advancement of Professionals of Color 
  • REC 721 - Relationships of Power and Reducing Abuse of Power in the Workplace 

 Administration and Management of Racial Equity  

  • REC 725 - Messaging Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion 

As a college, we will maintain an open dialog on equity, inclusion and particularly racism, while we actively work to reduce both explicit and implicit bias in our learning environment and workplace.

I invite everyone to be part of this important effort.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jerry L. Buckley

Hello everyone –

Over the past month our country has witnessed unprecedented racial violence and unacceptable behavior.   Today we take a stand for our students, employees, and communities.

Reedley College stands in solidarity with those fighting for equality and racial justice and in doing so, we affirm our commitment to identifying, addressing, and eliminating all forms of racism and ethnic biases. We are committed to establishing and sustaining an anti-racism learning and working environment by becoming racially literate and understanding the ways in which our biases (both conscious and unconscious), power and privilege influence our institutional services, policies, and practices.  

As educational practitioners, we strive to equitize our college and educational practices, we acknowledge it is not enough to be “not racist.” We also recognize that regardless of one’s own race or ethnicity, every person has an individual perspective of racism, bias, and anti-racism.  We will work to develop collective responses that oppose systematic racism and dismantle practices that perpetuate racism at Reedley College. Racially offensive comments, postings, or behaviors made by any Reedley College student or employee do not represent the values of the college and are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We stand committed and will hold ourselves accountable to:

  • Affirm explicitly, and in united solidarity, our identity as an anti-racist educational institution.
  • Fostering individual and institutional examination of implicit bias and systemic advantage/oppression such that our anti-racism commitment resulting in actions that are reflected in the life and culture of the college through our policies, programs, and practices as we continue to learn about racism and ethnic oppression.
  • Developing and implementing strategies and best-practices that dismantle racism and ethnic oppression within all aspects of our departments, programs, and the broader communities we serve. 

You will soon see additional information on our college website regarding specific actions we will take to address racism and create a welcoming environment for all students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jerry L. Buckley,

Equity Events & Webinars

Free Webinar

Black Minds Matter

With Co-Hosts Dr. J Luke Wood & Dr. Donna Y. Ford

luke-wood-speaker.jpg Dr. Donny Y Ford

Addressing the Parallels Between the Policing of Black Lives
and Schooling of Black Minds

A Five Part Series Beginning July 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Center for Urban Education Webinar Series - Racial Equity in Online Environments

Recordings and Transcripts

Webinar I – Series Introduction: The Importance of Equity-Minded Virtual Practices During COVID19: A Conversation with Students – Thursday, 4.23.2020 

Introduction to CUE and webinar series by Chancellor Eloy Oakley and Dr. Estela Bensimon. This webinar session will provide a foundation of understanding to Equity-Mindedness. This webinar will introduce key terms and principles which will guide every webinar in this series. In addition, five student panelists will join to engage in a discussion about their experiences transitioning into online learning in the midst of COVID-19.

The recording for webinar 1 is available

The transcript for webinar 1 is available

 

Webinar II – Equity-Minded Online Teaching: Using Canvas as a Model – Thursday, 4.30.2020

Professor Jennifer Ortiz will illustrate how to use Canvas with an equity mindset. She will provide examples of techniques and strategies which can be easily applied in any course. For example, she will show participants the video message she uses to welcome students into her class. This session will also have a focus on the implementation of AB705. Professor Ortiz is the Chair of English at LA Trade Tech and a Fellow at the Center for Urban Education. She has collaborated with CUE’s staff on the development of equity-minded teaching materials.

The recording for webinar 2 is available

The transcript for webinar 2 is available

 

Webinar III – Being Aware of Learning Opportunities and Constraints Posed by Online Teaching and Moving Towards Anti-Racist Practices – Thursday, 5.7.2020

This webinar will address the “taken-for-granted” practices and assumptions that shape the online learning environment and ways in which they can be detrimental to the success of minoritized students. For example, many students only have access to a cellular phone and instructors are not considering how the materials they upload may become distorted on a phone. The current circumstances are overwhelming and it is easy for instructors to default to the students who have the know-how to navigate technology.

The recording for webinar 3 is available

The transcript for webinar 3 is available

 

Webinar IV: Online Support as an Anti-Racist Practice – Thursday, 5.14.20

The immediate and unforeseen transition to exclusively online courses and administrative services in the wake of COVID-19 can make it difficult for administrative and students. In this webinar, panelists will: 1) discuss how administrators can proactively engage students with the goal of building and sustaining authentic relationships with minoritized students and 2) share strategies for doing so in online teaching and virtual support.

The recording for webinar 4 is available

The transcript for webinar 4 is available

 

Webinar V: Equity-Minded Mathematics Instruction – Thursday, 5.21.2020

This webinar will include one or more math instructors from California and Colorado who have worked with CUE on developing pedagogical practices that are critically race conscious. This session will address: (1) traditional vs equity-minded conceptions of the ways in which math is done and thought about, (2) how to draw upon student’s knowledge, (3) noticing racialized patterns in data close to practice (gradebook and attendance mapping, designing homework problems), (4) engaging students conversations that focus on how they are experiencing the online environment.

The recording for webinar 5 is available

The transcript for webinar 5 is available 

 

Webinar VI: How to Express Care with a focus on Racial Equity – Thursday, 5.28.2020

This session is informed by common assumptions that racially minoritized students are deficient. Often times instructor’s and administrators’ responses imply that “racial equity” means to provide interventions that “fix students”. This session will critically address how to provide authentic care to students with a focus on racial equity.

The recording for webinar 6 is available

The transcript for webinar 6 is available

 


Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA)

CORA offers webinars on salient topics. Webinars are free to the public and all are recorded and posted following the live session.  Below is the current schedule of previous and upcoming webinars.  You will find links to view recordings and register for upcoming events.

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions

Date and Time: June 24th, 2020 at 02:00 PM PST.
Facilitators: Dr. Frank Harris III. Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Dr. J. Luke Wood and Lasana Hotep

Description:  In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and others, educators are determining options for a thoughtful response. At first, school superintendents and college presidents responded by releasing public statements to their campus communities. But public statements in and of themselves are meaningless without thoughtful action that addresses the pervasive real and symbolic violence against Black communities. In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend.

View Recording

Serving Students with Basic Needs Insecurities During COVID 19

Date and Time: May 20th, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.
Facilitators: Dr. Kindred Murillo, Dr. Tina King, and Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

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Responding Racial Bias and Microaggressions in the Online Environment

Date and Time: April 28th, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.
Facilitators: Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

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Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment

Date and Time: April 9th, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.
Facilitators: Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

View Recording

Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching and Learning Practices in Virtual Learning Communities

Date and Time: March 26h, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.
Facilitators: Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

View Recording

 


Webinars by the California College League of California

Student Voices: the Transfer Journey for African American Students to HBCU, CSU, and UC

Meeting the Educational Needs of Black Students During and After COVID-19

Making the Case for Black Students in California’s Community Colleges?

Housing Insecurity of African American Students

Making Recommendations to Improve Success of African American Students

A conversation with Policymakers and Practitioners on African American Student Success 

Equity Resources

Teaching Tolerance:

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners to supplement curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued, and welcome participants.

Anti Racism Project 

LGBTQ+ Resources:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ resource from UC Berkeley covering education, advocacy, support, and more.

“Supporting Undocumented Students: Maximizing Community College Programs” 

The California Undocumented Higher Education Coalition, The Campaign for College Opportunity, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges will be hosting a webinar, Supporting Undocumented Students: Maximizing Community College Programs 

A Conversation with Policymakers and Practitioners on African American Student Success

Virtual Townhall: A Conversation with Policymakers and Practitioners on African American Student Success. We had over 1,000 in attendance on Zoom, and more than 100 on YouTube. In addition, here are the webinar materials: