Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Addressing Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments

Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood

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The transition to online instruction and student services in response to COVID-19 presents a substantial challenge for most postsecondary institutions. Among the most pervasive challenges are issues with racial bias and racial microaggressions that serve to impede the student experience. In an environment typified by time constraints, stress, and the unknown – racial strife is at an all-time high. This webinar will focus on strategies that educators can use to address issues of bias and microaggressions in order to meet the needs of historically underrepresented and underserved students in the online environment. The conversation will be facilitated by Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood.

Employing Equity-Minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching and Learning Practices in Virtual Learning Communities

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Date and Time: March 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.
Facilitators: Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

The unanticipated transition from face-to-face to online courses in response to COVID-19 presents a substantial challenge for many community college faculty (though the session was equally relevant to four-year colleges as well), particularly those who have worked to create a teaching and learning environment that prioritizes equity and equity-mindedness. In this webinar, Drs. Wood  and Harris will present some salient trends and issues that complicate the experiences of diverse community college learners in online courses and propose equity-minded teaching and learning strategies for faculty teaching online courses.

Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis


30 free, live virtual seminars with leading educators and equity leaders that help parents, teachers, para-educators, and administrators better meet the needs of our economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the University of California Los Angeles Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) have collaborated to develop this free online series. With support from the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), they are inviting educators and equity leaders to share the practices and approaches that they believe will ensure that students continue to learn and thrive, even as their schools remain closed.

Maintaining Equity and Inclusion in Virtual Learning Environments

San Diego State University

This guide provides suggestions and resources to help faculty continue teaching in ways that are equitable and inclusive as they move to teach face-to-face classes remotely.

Equity-Minded Student Services in the Online Environment

Date and Time: April 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM PST.
Facilitators: Drs. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III

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Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence


This issue of Peer Review (2017) details the action plans from thirteen institutions for enhancing student success and academic achievement, especially among underserved populations of low-income, first-generation and minority students, as well as adult learners. I particularly recommend the article titled “Taking Equity-Minded Action to Close Equity Gaps”.

Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely: Rice University