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Tag: Student Equity

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.