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DR. CHAVEZ AND ALLEGRA VILLARREAL ATTEND EQUITY INSTITUTES
CTN CEO Dr. Maria Chavez and Allegra Villarreal, CTN Director of Professional Development, both attended equity institutes over the summer.
Dr. Chavez was invited by Lumina to attend the “Advancing Racial Justice and Equitable Outcomes at Community Colleges Institute” at Bronx Community College on August 8. The institute provided “training in culturally responsive practices (i.e. recognizing implicit bias, engaging in intergroup race dialogues, and combating Racial Battle Fatigue). The goal of the Institute was to provide attendees with the tools to develop and implement equity plans that facilitate positive cross-racial exchanges, culturally response pedagogies, and positive narratives about underserved racial identities.” (https://events.cuny.edu/)
Villarreal attended the “Equity-Minded Teaching Institute” sponsored by CSU's Center for Urban Education and held in Los Angles on August 1-2. This institute was a “two-day event focused on embedding equity in teaching practices and creating inclusive classroom cultures for students from minoritized racial/ethnic groups. The intent was to help instructors enact their agency and skill to make a difference in the educational experiences of students for whom higher education has been the least successful in serving. This means designing and adopting pedagogy, curriculum, language, roles, routines, and symbols that foster equity as the norm.” (https://cue.usc.edu/equity-minded-teaching-institute/)