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.
When presidents, provosts, deans, and other senior leaders enroll their campus in an Equity Institute, we ask these executives to identify four opportunities to improve and advance racial equity at their colleges and universities. Over the eight-week experience, the 20 Equity Institute participants work in four teams (five colleagues per team) to design projects in each opportunity area. Team members collaborate on design tasks between virtual learning sessions each week. Institute faculty members give feedback on each team’s design, implementation, accountability, assessment, resourcing, communication, and sustainability plans every week.
► Sumun Pendakur: firstname.lastname@example.org
► Jade Agua: email@example.com