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SSEC (5/12/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the May 12, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • APAHE Conference April 6–7, 2017 in Oakland, CA Report Out – Larry Lawson reported on the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) National Conference that he attended in Oakland, CA on April 6-7, 2017. He gave an overview of how APAHE was formed – it was founded in 1987 during the height of a five-year fight against a series of discriminatory admission policy directed against Asian Pacific American applicants at Berkeley.  As a conference on the admission fight convened in Oakland, CA, participants uniformly felt the need for an organization that would address issues affecting Asian Pacific American students, staff, faculty and administrators. Larry’s suggestions for Palomar College based on the sessions he attended:
    • Create a year-long Learning Community for Latinx
    • Pursue Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Programs grants:
    • Collaborate with Mira Costa College
    • Student Mentoring based on the book: Powerful Learning Communities: A Guide to Developing Student, Faculty and Professional Learning Communities (2013) by Lenning, Hill, Saunders, Solan and Stokes
    • Appoint a member of our campus community to be a point-person for DACA students
  • M2C3 Report
    • Overview of M2C3 – Olga Diaz gave an overview of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) which is a Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research laboratory nested under SDSU. Palomar College has contracted with M2C3 to assess our institutional efforts relevant to underserved students and to provide institutional access to the Teaching Men of Color training program.
    • Survey Results – Rachel Miller described the Community College Survey Measure (CCSM) as an assessment tool for evaluating student success. Data can assist the campus community with ways to improve student success and outcomes for DI students.
    • Notable findings – Rachel Miller reviewed notable findings of the survey in the areas of background factors, campus ethos, non-cognitive outcomes, student outcomes and environmental factors.

There was discussion on creating workshops and action plans to actively address the data presented in the report.  The full report can be found here:

  • IRP Team
    • Overview of Student Equity – Olga Diaz gave an overview of the purpose of the Student Equity Plan. The first equity policy was established in 1992 by CCCBOG and the first funding for equity programs was in 2014. The Student Equity program’s focus is to ensure equal educational opportunities and to promote student success.  Disproportionate Impact (DI) occurs when “the percentage of persons from a particular (group) is significantly different from the representation of that group in the population…”
    • Disproportionate Impact Study Update – David reviewed the progress on whether the current equity goals were met. Some of our SE plan goals were met and some were not. Overall success rates are going up and we are continuing to work on evaluating the degree to which we are “closing the gap” for disproportionately impacted groups.

The full report can be found here:

  • Social Justice Center Update – VP Kahn reported that there will be a meeting on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in H-306 to discuss the beginning stages of creating our Social Justice Center.
  • Summer SSEC Meeting – Olga reported that she sent out a Doodle poll to determine whether July 13, 2017 or July 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (with lunch included) will be a better meeting date. A meeting request will be sent out once a date is determined.  An integrated draft plan will be reviewed at this meeting.

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:


SSEC (11/18/16)


  • Approve paying the $1,000.00 UMOJA Consortium Fee
    • Motion:  MSC (Sourbeer/Stockert):  A motion was made to pay the $1,000.00 UMOJA consortium fee with Student Equity funds.
    • Result:  Motion Approved.


  • UMOJA Conference November 4-5, 2016 – update
    • Letty Aguirre reported that she is working on the UMOJA membership application which is due before February 2017.  The membership will allow Palomar College to have an UMOJA program on our campus and provide us with member benefits.  Cindy Anfinson reported that she, Letty Aguirre and Sierra Lovelace attended a workshop titled Starting Your Umoja Program at Your Campus.  She noted that once a letter of intent is submitted then a team including a coordinator, faculty member, student service representative, tutoring support, etc. will need to be identified.  Student Ambassador Jose Juarez reported that he had the opportunity to learn a lot about culture and develop his leadership skills.  He also noted an area of concern is retention for African American students once they begin attending Palomar College.  He mentioned that a benefit of peer mentors is that they are able to motivate new students and share their knowledge and experience.  Student Ambassador Nyawal Tut reported there is great benefit to having a SEAL center (formerly Club Hub) where students can meet with other students and also receive tutoring from instructors.  VP Gonzales advised the Council to begin discussing this with their constituent groups and we are looking into implementing this program in fall 2017.  There was further discussion on paying the UMOJA consortium fee.
    • Motion:  MSC (O’Brien/Sivert):  A motion was made to move paying the UMOJA consortium fee of $1,000.00 to an Action Item.
    • Result:  Motion Approved.
  • M2C3 Survey Administration Update
    • Olga Diaz reported that 118 courses were randomly selected and the M2C3 survey was administered to each class.  Once the administration is complete in early December 2016, the surveys will be submitted to San Diego State University to be scanned and an analysis will be prepared for us by an M2C3 team.  They will then visit our campus in spring 2017 to discuss their findings.
  • Museum of Tolerance Tour – December 2, 2016
    • Olga Diaz reported that Student Equity will be hosting an educational excursion to the Museum of Tolerance on December 2, 2016 with lunch at Factors Famous Deli.
  • Spring 2017 Equity Activities
    • Olga Diaz proposed a list of seventeen “equity” movies to be viewed by students in the SEAL Center over the spring 2017 semester.  Pizza, popcorn and water will be provided.  There was consensus among the Council to move forward with this effort.
  • Student Equity Conferences procedures
    • VP Gonzales reported that once approval has been provided by the SSEC for an individual to attend a conference, that person will need to complete their travel paperwork and obtain the appropriate signatures prior to attending the conference.
  • Tutoring Committee Discussion
    • VP Sourbeer reported that we have many different tutoring venues on campus and we are looking to centralize them.  It was suggested that the Tutoring Committee may be better housed under the SSEC.  Travis will lead this discussion at the Faculty Senate and report back to the SSEC with any input he receives.
  • Workgroups Report Out
    1. Student Pathways – Glyn Bongolan reported that the Council is currently reading Redesigning America’s Community College – A Clearer Path to Students Success and the entire campus now has access to read this book. They are also working on mapping our degrees, certificates and career pathways.
    2. Retention – Cindy Anfinson reported they discussed the word “retention” in detail, success indicators from the Student Equity plan and the goals linked to them.
    3. Access & Outreach – David Vasquez reported they are working on the mission/value statement for Veterans and are using the Palomar College mission statement as a guide. Dean Kahn reported that he met with Trustee McNamara and some of his colleagues at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum in San Diego to get some ideas around access for Veterans.  He received several tangible ideas to increase access to this disproportionate impact group.
  • Discussion on the Current Political Climate
    • VP Gonzales advised that he received a message to add this item to our agenda.
    • Motion:  A motion was made to add a Discussion on the Current Political Climate to the agenda as an        Information/Discussion Item.
    • Result:  MSC – (O’Brien/Sanchez):  Motion approved.
    • There was discussion on how to best support our students who are struggling in light of the recent United States President Election results.  Martha Martinez advised that the AB 540/Undocumented/Mixed Status Student committee meets from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursdays of the month in SU-203.  The next meeting is scheduled for December 8, 2016.  She reported that a two-year license was purchased to view the screening of a documentary titled Indivisible.  VP Gonzales advised the Council that Behavioral Health Services are available to students and they can be reached at 760-744-1150 x2381.   Additionally, Employee Assistance Service for Educators (EASE) is available to full-time employees and they can be reached at 800-722-EASE (3273).  It was suggested to hold additional Campus forums, Professional Development opportunities and a “Day of Dialogue” around diversity for students and staff.  Olga advised the Council that Student Equity week will be expanded into a month in 2017.


  • VP Gonzales reported that President Blake will be hosting a Campus Leadership retreat on Friday, December 9, 2016. He gave the Council an option for Workgroups to meet that day for the full two hours since all three tri-chairs will be at the retreat.  There was consensus among the Council to have a Workgroup only meeting on that day.
  • VP Gonzales reported that we are in the process of developing the details of the Palomar Promise. We are hoping to have funding in place by fall 2017.  Dialogue has begun to incorporate linking FYE into the Palomar Promise.

SSEC (05/13/16)

Student Success and Equity Council

The following action and discussion took place at the May 13, 2016 meeting of the Student Success and Equity Council:


  • Approval of Minutes for April 22, 2016:

MSC – (Ordille/Waite): The minutes for April 22, 2016 were approved and accepted into the record with abstentions from Veronica Aguilera, Cindy Anfinson and Chris Hopp.


  1. New CCE/AFT Representative, Rosalinda Tovar was introduced.
  1. Olga Diaz reported that the majority consensus for a summer 2016 meeting date was for July 12, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  The purpose of this meeting will be to review agenda proposals, SE/SSSP funding distributions and for Workgroups to meet.
  1. Olga Diaz gave a presentation on the SSSP and SE audit process, noting the following:
  • Dates are pending for the SSSP audit which will be subcontracted to Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Company LLP (  Areas to be audited include:
    • Student counts for our core services:
      • Orientation
      • Assessment for placement
      • Counseling/Advising/Education Planning
      • Follow-up for at-risk students
      • Other services
    • 80% will consist of testing our revenues/expenditures for compliance with our core services
    • 20% will consist of verifying that the college submitted required plans and reports (plan updates, plan budgets and mid-year reports)
  • A SE audit has not been announced.
  1. Olga Diaz presented the updated SE funding request form and suggested revisions were discussed.
  1. Olga Diaz reported that the following conference opportunity is available with SE funding:
  • M2C3 – National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC)

June 9-10, 2016 at SDSU – $200.00 (Consortium members) or $400.00 (Non-Consortium Members)

Conference opportunity – June 9-10


  1. Olga Diaz reported that the Chancellor’s Office is accepting applications for additional Student Equity funding, with a deadline of May 25, 2016.

Additional information can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council Website:

SSEC (12/11/15)

Student Success and Equity Council


The following discussion took place at the December 11, 2015 meeting of the Student Success and Equity Council:


  • Wendy Nelson, one of our SLO Coordinators gave a presentation on the GE/ILO – Intercultural Competency & Knowledge Assessment.
  • The following SSEC members will assist the effort to adopt a Student Equity Funding Rubric:
    • VP for Instruction, Dan Sourbeer
    • ASG  Representative, Matthew Baugh
    • Faculty from the Basic Skills Committee, Cynthia Anfinson
  • Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales gave an overview of the history and value of M2C3.
  • Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales reported that our Student Equity plan was approved by the Governing Board on December 8, 2015 and has been mailed to the Chancellor’s Office.
  • Dean Brian Stockert gave an update on the SSSP Plan, reporting our funds for FY 2014-15 have been spent and he gave an overview of the plans to allocate the funds for our current fiscal year.
  • Interim Superintendent/President Gonzales announced upcoming travel opportunities and reviewed the SSEC Funded Travel guidelines.
  • SSEC members met in Workgroups during the last half of the meeting.


  • Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales congratulated Jorge Villalobos on his new assignment as a tenure track faculty member at Mesa College.
  • Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales reported that he will ask IS Director, Connie Moise to give a presentation to the SSEC on the Technology initiative in the spring.

Additional information can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council Website:

SSEC (11/13/15)

Student Success and Equity Council

The following discussion took place at the November 13, 2015 meeting of the Student Success and Equity Council:


  • Gary Sosa and Lee Chen presented data to support the ESL Recognition Night funding request; there was consensus among the Council to support this request.
  • Olga Diaz presented the draft Student Equity Plan Update which is due to the Chancellor’s Office on December 18, 2015.  There was a request to add EOPS and the Career Center to the “Support Successful Programs” in the Targeted Initiatives section under Other College – or District-wide Initiatives Affecting Several Indicators.
  • Olga Diaz gave an update on the Instructional Faculty Advising noting:
    • Duplicate meetings have been added to accommodate schedules
    • Feedback has been collected and summarized
    • Presentations have been made with resources sited
  • Cynthia Anfinson discussed the funding rubrics from City College of San Francisco and Pierce College.  Cynthia encouraged the SSEC and all of our planning councils to use this rubric.


  • Olga Diaz reported that Palomar College initiated the process of contracting with M2C3 (Minority Male Community College Collaborative) which focuses on educating and training men of color.

Additional information can be found at the Student Success and Equity Council Website:

SSPC (10/28/15)

The following action and discussion took place at the October 28, 2015 meeting of the Student Services Planning Council:


  • Members were asked to attain feedback from their constituent groups regarding the SSPC membership to include an AA representative; this item will move to second reading and approval at the next SSPC meeting on November 4, 2015


  • MS (Stockert/Kretchman):  A motion was made to approve Veronica Aguilera as the SSPC Faculty Member assigned to the Student Success and Equity Council


  • Olga Diaz and Michael Large presented the Student Equity Plan and related data
  • Discussion of the SSPC membership will continue at the next SSEC meeting
  • Enrollment Discussions continued regarding retaining students and increasing enrollment
  • Report that Student Services PRP’s are due November 6, 2015
  • Report that SPPF Allocations will be split with 75% of the funding being used for a large institutional project and the remaining 25% for individual applicants to address the strategic plan
  • Report that the Campus Police Committee is looking for a chairperson for this committee
  • Report on staffing updates
  • Report that Palomar College will be joining the M2C3 Consortium

Additional information can be found at the Student Services Planning Council Website: