Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

On behalf of the Alamo Colleges District, welcome to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage.

Here you will learn about our organizational commitment to building an academic and professional environment where students and employees are welcomed, affirmed, and valued.

Creating an inclusive, sense of belonging is a responsibility of all employees, but it is also a moral and action-oriented imperative that the Alamo Colleges District work to dismantle and eliminate all forms of discrimination and disenfranchisement in policy and practice.

Our mission to empower diverse communities for success is just the beginning. Our moonshot to eliminate poverty through education is a clear indication of our care and commitment to the Alamo Colleges community and our city.

I am honored to lead our collective impact work to transform systems and empower people.

In Solidarity,
Dr. Eric Castillo
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Castillo at the LGBTQIA Panel Discussion
Board of Trustee Policy on Equity-Minded Student Success

The Alamo Colleges District is committed to systemic transformation to make quality learning a shared priority.

Learn More - Board Policy F.6.5

District Support Office Land Acknowledgement

Land acknowledgments are formal statements that recognize and honor the relationship that exists between Native Americans and the land on which we live and work. Honoring the land is an expression of gratitude and honor to communities who have been living on this land for centuries. These statements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation (LSPIRG.org).

We acknowledge this place now known as the San Antonio, Texas Region as the ancestral homeland to the Payaya people.
We acknowledge the Headwaters of the San Antonio River located just 2 miles from this institution known as the Ojo de Agua (the Blue Hole) as a sacred place that, for the Payaya, is where the Spirit Waters rose up, giving birth to all Creation.

We acknowledge the San Antonio River as Yanaguana, as the source of life for this city and commit to protecting her, all her tributaries and connected waters, and this land called Texas.

We acknowledge the area now known as Bexar County as being inhabited consistently for over 14,000 years by Native American people who left their marks as stories on rocks as petroglyphs for remembrance and as codes for storytelling and timekeeping.

We acknowledge Mission San Antonio de Valero, located 1.8 miles from this institution, as a place of worship where the Payaya people found protection from Apache hostilities and received the Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Faith.

We acknowledge that within this institution, people of Native American heritage serve and support the mission of all the Alamo Colleges District within its offices and grounds.

We acknowledge the resiliency, tenacity, and ability of Native American peoples to survive, heal and thrive despite the systemic oppression they have faced and commit to supporting Native Americans’ efforts to overcome this adversity and celebrating their success.

View Land Acknowledgment

ACD Student and Employee Demographics

See collective demographic information about our employees and students.

Student Profile Employee Profile
Current Programs and Initiatives

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT)

In summer 2021, the Alamo Colleges District received a grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as part of a national movement to achieve transformational and sustainable change by addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Funded by the Trellis Foundation, the goal to dismantle systems of belief that perpetuate racism and fragment communities. By building cross-racial solidarity through the racial healing circle practice, TRHT intends to dispel myths and stereotypes and transform systems of power that create an unequal society. We offer employees and students participation in Racial Healing Circles to hold space for each other, speak about the consequences of racism in their lives, and to dismantle the misconception of racial hierarchies in their lives. For more information about the racial healing circles, or to bring them to your organization, please contact ecastillo34@alamo.edu.

Alamo Colleges District TRHT Vision

The Alamo Colleges District (ACD) family of Colleges (Northeast Lakeview College – NLC, Northwest Vista College – NVC, Palo Alto College – PAC, San Antonio College – SAC, St. Philip’s College – SPC, and District Support Office – DSO) will prepare and support the next generation of leaders to dismantle the belief in the hierarchy of human value and confront racism in our society. By establishing safe and inclusive spaces, the TRHT efforts will convene our students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community partners to co-create an inclusive framework that reinvigorate conversations that lead to actions, sustainable transformation, and racial equity.   

TRHT Goals

Goal 1 – Create a positive narrative about race and ethnicity across the organization and in the community.

Goal 2 – Promote racial healing activities across the organization and in the community.

Goal 3 – Erase institutional barriers to equitable treatment for students and employees.

Goal 4 – Prepare and support the next generation of leaders to build just and equitable communities.

 

National Day of Racial Healing

On January 18th, 2022 the Alamo Colleges District hosted a National Day of Racial Healing with racial equity consultant Mee Moua and performances by Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson and The Foreign Arm. You can watch the recorded event here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQqa82fcthE

San Antonio peaceCENTER

Since 1994, the San Antonio peaceCENTER has been a visionary peace and compassion leader both locally and globally. Under the founding leadership of Rosalyn Falcón Collier, Susan Ives, and Ann E. Helmke, the peaceCENTER has grown into a renowned organization that offers a wealth of programs and initiatives for the greater San Antonio area. In August 2022, the peaceCENTER officially joined the Alamo Colleges District and Northwest Vista College where it will revamp its vision and mission while still remaining committed to its origins. With support from both NVC and ACD, the peaceCENTER will partner with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and community organizations on various efforts to promote peace and justice for the Alamo and San Antonio communities.

In Solidarity Speaker Series

Throughout the 2022-2023 academic year, the Office of DEI developed a cross-college speaker series highlighting voices within the Alamo Colleges District. Showcasing different voices and perspectives, the “In Solidarity” series offers a people-first discussion about matters that impact our communities.

  • Creating a Thriving DEIJ and Mental Health Ecosystem in partnership with Kristi Docwra, Health and Wellness Program Manager and Human Resources 

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  • LGBTQIA+ Voices of Change in the Community in partnership with St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College 

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  • What’s in a Name? A Multicultural Conversation about Identity and Representation in the Latinx/o/a Communities in partnership with District Staff Senate

  • Debunking the Myth of Assimilation and Reclaiming Our Culture with renowned speaker and author Julissa Arce in partnership with Palo Alto College

First Peoples Project

In partnership with the American Indians of Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AITSCM), the Alamo Colleges District launched the First Peoples Project. AITSCM conducted historical oral and academic research to craft 6 land acknowledges distinct for our 5 Colleges and District Support Office. In addition to the acknowledgements, we organized a research summary and bibliography that explores indigenous life prior to colonization. For more information about the next phase of this project contact ecastillo34@alamo.edu.

Corrymeela, Nurturing Hope Convening in Northern Ireland

Nestled in Northern Ireland, Corrymeela is a movement of people rallied around one inspirational idea: “Together is better.” Hosted annually, the Nurturing Hope convening is organized by a cooperative of members from across the world who bring peace and justice practitioners together in a learning journey of discussions and inquiry about ways to create a more just world. Members of the Alamo College District attend on a regular basis to create global camaraderie and solidarity while enhancing our peace and justice work for the Alamo community.

Resources

Five Elements of a Thriving Justice EcosystemChange Elemental: Co-Creating Power for Love, Dignity, and Justice

Collective ImpactStanford SOCIAL INNOVATION Review

Framework for Advancing Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Strategy on CampusNational Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)

Campus Pride Index

Contact

Dr. Eric Castillo
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
ecastillo34@alamo.edu