The USC Equity Institutes is an eight-week professional learning series for 20 leaders and/or faculty members on a single college or university campus. Each Institute has eight virtual modules that are taught synchronously one day each week. Using webcams, one expert instructor from the USC Race and Equity Center and the 20 participants engage together on our virtual learning platform for 2 hours, all at the same time. USC Race and Equity Center staff and faculty affiliates, as well as highly respected scholars in our national network, teach the weekly modules.


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► Jade Agua:


These rigorous, in-person professional learning experiences bring higher education leaders and faculty members to the University of Southern California campus. Across multiple days, expert instructors use evidence-based content, timely case studies, and an expansive array of engagement techniques to help RELA participants become more highly skilled in the practice of racial equity. Portions of each day also are spent designing strategic racial equity projects for implementation at participants’ institutions. We occasionally co-design RELAs with professional associations and other groups that share our commitment to improving and advancing racial equity in higher education. In addition, we have customized a successful RELA for employees across academic schools and administrative units at USC.


► Jade Agua:


The Alliance unites community colleges across the state of California for high-quality professional learning experiences on an array of topics pertaining to racial equity. Administrators, faculty, and staff across member colleges access a digital repository of useful tools and resources, as well as engage with colleagues beyond their individual campuses through a dynamic virtual community of practice. Alliance member colleges also participate in a trio of campus climate surveys on a three-year rotational basis – the student survey in year one, the faculty survey in year two, and the staff survey in the third membership year.


► Shaun Harper


The USC Race & Equity Center and Bensimon & Associates are launching The Racial Equity in Mathematics Leadership Institute to involve math faculty in California’s community colleges in a series of learning and leadership opportunities to advance equity-minded reform of mathematics pedagogy. The participants were nominated by their college presidents, based on their demonstrated commitment to the success of Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Islander students in introductory transfer-level mathematics courses. The goal of this six session institute, Summer 2021, is to develop a critical mass of community college math instructors with the competencies and qualities associated with equity-minded practitioners. The Leadership Institute will provide math faculty an array of tools to implement equity-minded practices in their classrooms. These include:

· Cultivating instructors’ awareness of racism and its manifestations in the math classroom,

· Developing instructors’ capacity to interpret data through the lens of racial equity and learn how to ask data questions that focus attention on fixing practices rather than students,

· Providing instructors with the knowledge and resources to notice racialization in their practices, interactions with students, and classroom culture,

· Empowering instructors with tools to dismantle practices that perpetuate racial inequality in mathematics outcomes,

· And, demonstrating how to create math lessons to analyze racialization in wealth accumulation and inequality, disparities in suspensions, salary disparities, etc.

Faculty who complete the Leadership Institute’s curriculum and projects will receive a certificate from the USC Race and Equity Center and be prepared to make racial equity in mathematics a reality—in aspiration and action-- across all California Community Colleges.


► Esmeralda Hernandez-Hamed


The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) is a quantitative survey administered annually at colleges and universities across the United States. This survey provides data about undergraduate students’ appraisals of institutional commitment to equity and inclusion, the extent to which they interact meaningfully with diverse others, where and what they learn about race and their feelings of readiness for citizenship in a racially diverse democracy, and other important topics. Participating institutions receive their data files, along with a customized report that includes results and practical recommendations.


► Ya-chi Hung:

► Jenise Evans:


PRISM is an innovative tech tool that is changing the racial composition of the higher education workforce. This dynamic platform includes standardized, searchable profiles for thousands of professionals of color. Search committees, HR professionals, administrators, and others on college and university campuses across the United States. pay an annual subscription fee to access PRISM. Anyone involved in hiring at a subscribing institution is able to access the tool to post positions, as well as search for and communicate directly with people of color whose qualifications are seemingly a good match.


► Wilmon Christian: