Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

About Us

San Antonio College's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence is housed in the Office of the President. We carry out the college's mission to create an environment that places equity at the forefront of student success. Our office is supported by a committee comprised of students, staff, and faculty.

Guiding Principles

At San Antonio College, a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), we believe all students have a right to access education. We believe students, staff, and faculty have a right to a safe and inclusive academic environment. We believe that our college thrives because our diverse faculty, staff, and students motivate our community's daily efforts to learn, educate and serve.

Because of these beliefs, we resolve to eradicate educational obstacles based on differences of race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, age, sex, place of origin, religious belief, political view, physical and/or mental ability, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.

We at San Antonio College are committed to dismantling structural barriers that create and perpetuate inequity. We are dedicated to cultivating and sustaining a safe campus climate that upholds human dignity, civility, and mutual respect.

 

Courses and Descriptions

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Common Read

As we work toward establishing a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center, we invite faculty, staff and students to participate in a common read experience. Sign up to receive notice on meeting times and reserve a copy of The Little Book of Racial Healing by Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes. Participants discuss the book and increase their understanding of social justice and begin peace building. Books are available in the Office of DEI, Chance Academic Center, Room . Sign up here: https://bit.ly/CommonRead2021

Intro to Equity

Begin building a foundational equity mindset through constructivist listening practices and developing inclusive language. Using an asset-based approach, participants interrogate their experiences and their relationship to others to foster equity consciousness.

Unconscious and Implicit Bias

This session introduces participants to the concepts of implicit bias and microaggressions. Participants will complete the Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) during this session and discuss actionable steps to combat biases that impact Black, Indigenous and people of color.

Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions

This is a continuation of the session on “Unconscious and Implicit Bias” where participants will learn how to identify and address this form of oppression to improve our campus culture. This in-depth discussion provides examples of microaggressions that students encounter on-campus and in the community.

Validating and Affirming Using Pronouns

What’s all this talk about using proper pronouns to create an inclusive environment for everyone?  Come find out in this interactive session. Participants learn the importance of pronouns, and how to create a welcoming environment for all. A few lucky participants win prizes!

Sharing What Works: Using Pronouns

This is a follow-up for participants who have attended “Validating and Affirming Using Pronouns.” In this session, participants share promising practices of the use of pronouns. Join in to hear and share what is working, and to connect with faculty and staff to advance equity practices.

Racial Healing Circles

The Rx Racial Healing Circle®️ methodology stresses active listening, and being open to the perspectives and experiences of others. Participants will be invited to begin with an introductory exercise and to share their story in response to a deep discussion prompt to help begin the process of transforming hearts and minds.

Equity in Hiring (Training for Hiring Committees)

Available for faculty and staff serving on hiring committees. This session reviews the role bias, merit and fit play in hiring practices. Participants will examine SAC and DSO data to learn how to apply equity-minded competencies to hiring rubrics and interviews.

Contact Information

Mona Aldana-Ramírez
Director of Student Success
for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence
(210) 486-1419
sac-dei@alamo.edu