button-download-workshop-files Strand: Equitable leadership practices
Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 9:15 – 10:30 am
Room: Roanoke

ABSTRACT

In 2017, the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges stepped into the challenge of determining critical diversity and equity goals. Join the presenters in exploring the first year of a systemic equity transformation process. Changing institutional culture by way of collaborative inquiry, system partnerships, and leadership development will be key areas of discussion. Leave the session with insights on how you can begin to address disparities within your own institution.

PRESENTER(s)

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Ha Nguyen
Policy Associate – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Biography: Ha Nguyen has been a leader in Washington State’s community and technical college system for 15+ years with extensive experience in supporting student success for underrepresented students within basic skills, workforce, and general transfer pathway programs. Currently, she is a Policy Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and leads emerging equity initiatives for the Basic Skills division and broader SBCTC agency. She was also a first-generation, low-income college student whose mother attended English as a Second Language (ESL) classes after resettling into the United States as Vietnamese refugees. She is a proud graduate of the WA State higher education system and completed doctoral studies in Higher Educational Leadership from Seattle University. Her interest areas include leading change efforts to ensure equitable environments for all.

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Edward Esparza
Policy Associate – Student Services
WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Biography: Edward Esparza is a Policy Associate with the WA State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and staffs several student services councils, including Multicultural Student Services Council, Advising and Counseling Council, Council of Unions for Student Programs, and Career Employment Services Council. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from WA State University in Social Science, a Master’s degree from Seattle University’s Executive Not for Profit Leadership program, and is currently a PhD. candidate at Oregon State University’s Higher Education and Community College Leadership program.

Edward also serves as a board member for the Yakima School District, Planned Parenthood of Central Washington and was a founding member of the Hispanic Academic Achiever Program, the Yakima Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the WA State Latino Leadership Network.

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DESCRIPTION

Description:
This presentation strives to share the preliminary launch of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion project at the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Context:
Washington State will not be able to significantly reduce the disparities in postsecondary attainment without explicit equity-guided action. Evidence shows that the only path to significantly improving higher education completion rates in most states is by increasing the success of all racial, ethnic, and indigenous populations. Yet many of the policies and initiatives developed over the past decade to boost postsecondary success can inadvertently do harm to some groups. In order to truly support students who traditionally have faced greater obstacles to accessing and completing a postsecondary certificate/degree, higher education systems and educational institutions need an explicit equity focus that informs all related efforts. According to the Lumina Foundation, “No state can meet its workforce demands without attention to long-standing equity gaps.” (Improving Postsecondary Attainment: Overcoming Common Challenges to an Equity Agenda in State Policy, 2017).

Broad-based system initiatives grounded in equity are critical in meeting our state’s current and future workforce needs. While our workforce’s need for trained employees with college credentials will increase almost 60% by 2030, our state’s population will grow by only 10% over the same time period. Over the next 20 years, there simply will not be sufficient human resources to meet the overall needs of our state’s workforce if we do not develop and utilize the talents of the collective whole. Our colleges will need to shift to this growing challenge by ensuring practices and policies are firmly rooted in equity. The alternative could be detrimental to the health of our state.

As the lead state agency that provides oversight, guidance, and advocacy to the 34 community and technical colleges in its system, it is critical we examine current policies and practices to ensure that equity remains a core component within our work.

Delivery of presentation:
With 35+ years of combined experience in WA State’s CTC and higher education system and statewide work in leading and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, we have been committed to increasing access and opportunity for underrepresented communities of color. In this presentation, we will engage the audience in a brief experiential learning activity and facilitated discussion in examining policies and practices with an intentional equity lens. We will use a guiding PPT presentation with handouts to illustrate the four priority areas and strategies deployed in the DEI project: 1) Human Resources – examined historical data on hiring trends; determined bottlenecks and gaps; implementing advocacy training; 2) Cultural Climate – created institutional self-assessment tool; 3) Lifelong Learning – developed structure for development and delivery of professional development; 4) System Alignment – equity initiatives aligned with system colleges.

Event Timeslots (3)

Tuesday, April 17
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TUESDAY | ROANOKE
In 2017, the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges stepped into the challenge of determining critical diversity and equity goals. Join the presenters in exploring the first year of a systemic equity transformation process. Changing institutional culture by way of collaborative inquiry, system partnerships, and leadership development will be key areas of discussion. Leave the session with insights on how you can begin to address disparities within your own institution.

Roanoke
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TUESDAY | ROANOKE

Session 1 (Tuesday 9:15-10:30)
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TUESDAY | ROANOKE
In 2017, the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges stepped into the challenge of determining critical diversity and equity goals. Join the presenters in exploring the first year of a systemic equity transformation process. Changing institutional culture by way of collaborative inquiry, system partnerships, and leadership development will be key areas of discussion. Leave the session with insights on how you can begin to address disparities within your own institution.

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