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SSEC (2/24/17)

The following action and discussion took place at the February 24, 2017 meeting of the Student Success & Equity Council:


  • UMOJA “Starting with your Why” – Adjunct Faculty Winter Retreat Report Out-Kyle Owens, January 5-6, 2017 at the Paradise Point. Resort, San Diego – Kyle Owens reported that six adjunct instructors attended this two-day conference.  UMOJA has been in the process of being implemented throughout the state of California over the past two years.  Coordinators from the community colleges that have already implemented UMOJA were in attendance.  The program has taken on a holistic approach to include spiritual, personal, academic and career goals around African and African American scholars.  The focus is geared towards retention, persistence and increasing graduation rates (similar to the Puente program).  Students and coordinators have developed “Porch Talk” seminars, which invites different community members to discuss overcoming challenges, increasing inclusion, encouraging student retention and developing alliances on campus.  Our UMOJA program is geared towards being implemented by the fall of 2018.
  • Conference Opportunies:
    • HACU – October 28-30, 2017 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront – VP Gonzales reported that we will be sending faculty/staff members and students to this conference. All who attend will be required to drive back and forth each day, since it is located in San Diego.  Students who apply for a scholarship will be required to have at least one semester of college completed in order to apply.  May 31, 2017 is the early bird deadline.
  • Palomar College Promise Update – VP Gonzales reported that the Palomar Promise Launch was held on February 22, 2017 in the Brubeck Theater. There were over 150 Gear-Up students in attendance as well as Governing Board members, campus community members, city officials, Palomar College Foundation supporters and numerous community members.  The College received a $1 million dollar donation from Follett Corporation and $500,000.00 from the Palomar College Foundation.  Additionally, the College has created a website to support the Palomar Promise:  The Palomar Promise includes the following benefits for one year:
    • Free tuition ($46.00 per unit)
    • $1,000.00 towards books ($500.00 per semester)
    • Health fees paid ($19.00 per semester)
    • Parking fees paid ($40.00 per semester)
  • SE/SSSP/BSI Discussion – VP Gonzales reported that we have received notice from the Chancellor’s Office that the Student Equity plan, the Student Success and Support Program plan and the Basic Skills plan will all be combined. Olga reported that it will be on a 2-year cycle with overlapping years.  The chairs of SSEC and the BSI committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss how to integrate these plans.  The new plan deadline is December 2017.
  • Funding Request Update – VP Gonzales gave an overview of the funds currently committed to SE and SSSP. Our current funding requests are exceeding our allocation.  There was brief discussion on continuing to fund the current requests and not accepting more at this time.
  • Workgroups Meet – The Workgroups were dismissed to meet for the last part of the meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS                                                                                            

  • VP Gonzales announced that the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) will be holding a conference on April 6 -7, 2017 at the Oakland Marriott City Center:  Student Equity funds will be used to send two to three faculty members to this conference.
  • Olga reported that the rescheduled trip to the Museum of Tolerance took place on February 17, 2017. This Student Equity event was a huge success.
  • Olga reported that the North Inland Live Well Center (County Facility/Social Services building) has a 10,000 square foot Veteran’s Center. Palomar College now has a space there with our own cubicle, two classrooms, break room, etc.  All of these resources are offered at no cost to us and they support outreach to our Veterans DI group as listed in our SE plan.
  • VP Gonzales reported that the College has created a new website to support any AB 540/Immigrant Resources:  The purpose of this website is to provide AB 540 and immigrant resources/facts to students, faculty and staff.  It will also serve as a central location for information around these topics.
  • VP Gonzales also reported that the College created another website to support Title IX and Campus SaVE Act:  This website will also serve as a centralized location for information related to this topic

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.