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SSEC (4/28/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the April 28, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • A2Mend Conference (March 2-3, 2017) Letty Aguirre gave the following report:
    • Speakers encouraged all community colleges to ask themselves: “What are we doing to acknowledge what some students have to deal with on a daily basis that we don’t have to deal with?”
    • Speakers encouraged all community colleges to ask themselves: “What are we doing as a community to acknowledge the formerly incarcerated students…giving second chances?”
    • Our political climate was discussed and the effect it has had on our students mental health.
  • Dean of Instruction to serve on SSEC – Travis Ritt reported that we will be selecting another Dean of Instruction to serve on SSEC to replace Dr. Kahn since he is now filling a Tri-Chair role as the new VPI.
  • Summer 2017 Meeting Schedule – Olga Diaz reported that she will be sending out a Doodle Poll to find out which day works best to meet over the summer. We will hold a one day, four hour meeting to create a draft integrated plan for SSSP/NCSSSP/SE/BSI.
  • Conference Opportunities:
    • Annual M2C3 Summer Conference – June 8 – 9, 2017 at SDSU – Olga Diaz asked members to let her know by May 5, 2017 if they are interested in attending. We are required to send at least one person per our contract with M2C3. The agenda is available on-line at:
    • HACU Conference – October 28-30, 2017 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Olga Diaz handed out the sign in sheet for members who would like to attend this conference. We will be registering people by the end of May 2017.  More information is available here:
  • Preview of 5/12/17 SSEC Meeting – Olga Diaz reported that at the next SSEC meeting on May 12, 2017 we will be reviewing the following:
    • Updated Disproportionate Impact Study
    • M2C3 Survey Findings/Discussion
    • Integration Update/Timeline
    • Summer SSEC Meeting Schedule
  • Workgroups Meet- Workgroups met in AA-140, MD-155B and MD-155C.


  • Nancy Moreno reported that the Early Acceptance Program (EAP) name has changed to be called “Discover Palomar”. This event will be held on June 2, 2017 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and June 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in front of the Student Services Center.  It will include new student orientation, academic planning sessions and course registration assistance to all new incoming students.

Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council website:



SSEC (2/10/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the February 10, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • M2C3 Survey Administration Update – Olga Diaz – The M2C3 Survey was administered to students in class during the fall 2016 semester.  Approximately120 courses were selected to participate. The information collected was delivered to researchers at San Diego State University and the results will be returned in about a month.  An open presentation will then be conducted on campus once all information is gathered.
  • Student Equity Spring 2017 Activities
    • Student Equity Spring 2017 Book/Movie schedule – Olga Diaz provided a schedule of the Student Equity book and film topics.  The series takes place on Monday evenings during the spring 2017 semester at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Equity & Advocacy Leadership (SEAL) Center/SU-19.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Museum of Tolerance Tour Update – Olga Diaz reported that the field trip was rescheduled to February 17, 2017.
  • Conference Opportunities:
    • A2MEND – March 1-3, 2017 at the Westin LAX in Los Angeles – VP Gonzales asked that anyone interested in attending to promptly let the Council know.
    • HACU – October 28-30, 2017 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront – VP Gonzales and President Blake would like to send a team of individuals to the HACU conference.  President Blake is assisting with the planning of the conference.   Early Bird Registration is $309 per person for students and $603 for faculty and staff.  It was suggested that we extend the invite to peer mentors, ambassadors and ASG.
  • Palomar College Promise Update – VP Gonzales reported that the launch date is February 22, 2017 in the Brubeck Theatre from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The Palomar Promise is a significant and historical event for Palomar College.  The Palomar Promise is a one-year program but the College is working on developing a second year experience (SYE) for students.
  • Workgroups Report Out
    • Retention – Cindy Anfinson and Nancy Moreno reported that they are researching how students are being directed to our high touch programs (Athletics, DRC, FYE, TRIO).
    • Pathways – Glyn Bongolan reported that they are working on establishing shared knowledge and vocabulary that will assist them in moving forward with the introduction of Pathways to faculty and how Pathways fits with the bigger picture of redesigning the College.
    • Access & Outreach – Marty Snyder reported that they are looking at the disproportionate impact groups on campus and researching what barriers they have to accessing our services. They also discussed planning events that reach out and showcase Palomar College values to the military and Veterans.
  • SSSP/SE Budget update – Olga gave a quick update on funding.  The current budget for 2016-17 SSSP is $3,305,678.  Many positions are being paid for out of the SSSP budget, particularly in Counseling.  Olga is in the process of hiring a business specialist who will help with making sure that reporting is being reviewed more frequently and on a more consistent basis.  The allocation of Student Equity funds for this year is $1,815,640.  All of the funds have been allocated out to fund salaries, benefits and prior approved SE projects.
  • SE/SSSP/BSI Discussion – Olga reported that the state is conducting workshops and seminars to collect college feedback around best practices.  There is a small task force that has been formed.
  • Council Reading Update: Redesigning America’s Community Colleges – A Clearer Path to Student Success (Chapters 5 – 6) – Olga reported that Kelly Falcone created a blog on the Professional Development website to give book readers an opportunity for online group discussion.  An in person discussion group is being held on second and fourth Fridays from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in AA-140.
    Olga Diaz reported that Bryan Stevenson will be presenting to our students, faculty and staff on March 7, 2018. He is the author of a best-selling book titled, Just Mercy.  The book discusses the correlation between a lack of education and serving a prison sentence.  The Concert Hall at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido has been reserved for the event.

Full meeting minutes, once approved, can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council website: