Equity Journey

Dr. Said Fariabi (R) recieves the Equity Award from Dr. Robert Vela (L), former President of the College, during 2020 Spring Convocation.


About Our Journey

The Office of DEI and Equity Committee provides this timeline as a snapshot of events, activities, sessions, and opportunities to grow our equity consciousness and transform our college into a just and equitable space for everyone to thrive. Much work is also being done by colleagues and departments at SAC adding to the collective impact to advance our equity ecosystem.

Equity Journey Timeline
  • FALL 2022
    • Collegewide Convenings
      • Inaugural Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off, events and activities
      • Rx Racial Healing Circle at Student Leadership Retreat
    • Knowledge and Capacity Building
      • Using Land Acknowledgments
      • Equity in Hiring Practices
      • Common Read: Sum of Us, Heather McGhee
      • Creating Culturally Affirming Spaces for Indigenous Populations, featuring Turquoise Devereaux
    • Strategic Work
      • Convened first committee for Native American Heritage Month
      • Secured $42,000 grant for TRHT Center
      • Collaboration with Marketing Communications Department on yearly calendar for awareness and acknowledgment
      • Collaboration with Math Department on achieving equitable outcomes
      • Participate in district-wide TRHTcommittee


  • Fall 2021-Spring 2022
    • Collegewide Convening & Listening Forums
      • Data Focus Groups: Discussing Student Success Outcomes Using Data
      • From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Sharing What Works
    • Knowledge & Capacity Building
      • Using Land Acknowledgments
      • Allyship and More
      • Validating and Affirming Using Pronouns
      • Equity in Hiring Practices-Training for Hiring Committees
      • Uncovering Unconscious and Implicit Bias
      • Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions
      • Common Read: The Little Book of Racial Healing, Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes
    • Strategic Work
      • Revise action plan for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center
      • Implement Rx Racial Healing® Circles
      • Equity Retreat Planning


  • Fall 2020-Spring 2021
    • Collegewide Convening & Listening Forums
      • College Charrette: Envisioning Equity at SAC
      • College Charrette: Crafting and Equity Statement for SAC
      • Sharing What Works: Rigor vs. Empathy = yes/and
      • From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Sharing What Works
    • Knowledge & Capacity Building
      • Introduction to Equity Sessions
      • Equity in Hiring Practices-Training for Hiring Committees
      • Uncovering Unconscious and Implicit Bias
      • Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions
      • Common Read: How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
      • Common Read: Cult of Glory, Doug Swanson
      • Common Read: The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti Mexican Violence in Texas, Monica Muñoz Martinez
      • Common Read: Select Essays by bell hooks
      • Documentary Screening: Porvenir, Texas
      • Docuseries Screening: The Origin of Everything
    • Strategic Work
      • College Equity Statement with Guiding principles, Values and Actions
      • Expanded Landscape Analysis (Part 2 and 3)
    • Fostering Community Partnerships
      • Foster alliance with American Indians of Texas of the Spanish Colonial Missions


  • Spring 2020-Summer 2020
    • Knowledge & Capacity Building
      • Introduction to Equity Sessions
      • Equity in Hiring Practices-Training for Hiring Committees
      • Uncovering Unconscious and Implicit Bias
      • Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions
      • Creating a Student-centered Syllabus
      • Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community
      • Intersection of Identities: How to inform practices in student educational experiences
      • So, You Want to Be an Ally?
      • Common Read: Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, Gina Garcia
      • Common Read: Whistling Vivaldi, Claude Steele
      • Common Read: Down Girl, Kate Manne
      • Common Read: Teachin’ It: Breakout Moves that Break Down Barriers for Community College Students, Felicia Darling             
    • Collegewide Convening and Listening Forums
      • Black Lives Matter Forum with Dr. Joan Collier, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
    • Strategic Work
      • Developed Action Plan for a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center


  • Spring 2019-Fall 2019
    • Strategic Work
      • Equity Goals included in college’s strategic plan
      • Establish the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Equity Committee
      • Development of Equity Action Plan
      • Conduct Equity Landscape Analysis (Part 1)
    • Knowledge & Capacity Building
      • Introduction to Equity Sessions
      • Finish Line Game, Achieving the Dream
    • Collegewide Convening and Listening Forums
      • Breakfast of Equity Champions
  • The Equity Committee recognizes the work of Equity Leaders, Warriors and Champions and spotlights promising practices helping SAC transform into an inclusive and equitable college.

    Equity Award Criteria and Nomination

    Nominate students, colleagues or community members who contribute to SAC’s equity ecosystem. This recognition highlights the multiple ways the college and community demonstrate commitment to our equity guiding principles. Individuals and teams nominated exemplify the spirit of equity and their actions help advance equity goals. Either by individual action or by teamwork, each person or team nominated meets one (or more) of the criteria below:

    • Promotes and encourages a deeper understanding of equity by sharing and advancing best practices in the classroom, office, program or throughout the college
    • Exhibits leadership qualities through collaboration, courageous conversations, promotes inclusion and fosters accountability
    • Prioritizes student needs and advocates for systemic and institutional change to address them and ensure equitable opportunities
    • Serves as a creative and equity-minded decision maker in the shared governance process
    • Fosters practices that help identify and narrow equity gaps
    • Implements effective solutions to increase equitable student access and success
    • Builds inclusion and diversity by creating opportunities, events, or programs and intentionally outreaches to underrepresented audiences.

    Fill out the nomination form: https://bit.ly/SAC-DEI-Award

    For questions, contact SAC-DEI@alamo.edu

  • A shared governance body advances equity through the participation of the following students, staff, and faculty:

    Mona Aldana-Ramirez, Director of Student Success for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence

    Rolando Barrientez, Coordinator of Law Enforcement Training Academy

    Yon Hui Bell, INRW Center Coord/English Faculty

    Emily Boundaone, Instructor of Nursing

    Phillip Casarez, Senior Coordinator, Graduation

    Kyle DeStefano, Certified Advisor, TRiO Veterans

    Dr. Savithra Eratne, Director of Institutional Research

    Lauren Fenske-Dillard, Financial Aid Specialist

    Dr. Aisha Laiene-Woods, PsyD, LPC-S, Counselor, Student Advocacy Center

    Sabrina Macal-Polasek, Coordinator, Transfer and Career Center

    Miranda Medellin, Student

    Jeremy Motley, Instructor of Chemistry

    Victoria Sanchez, Student


    Ad Hoc Members

    Roxanne Barrera, Staff Senate representative

    Dr. Joan Jaimes, Director of Teaching and Learning

    Mahmud Yosuf, Faculty Senate representative


  • BU Center for Antiracist Research

    The mission of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research is to convene researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. 

    Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) Webinars

    As part of our partnership with the communities we serve and in collaboration with professional organizations, CORA offers webinars on salient topics.  Webinars are free to the public and all are recorded and posted following the live session. 

    Peggy MacIntosh's White Privilege Papers

    Peggy McIntosh's papers on White Privilege are the ones most cited on the subject around the world, according to Google Scholar.

  • SAC Libguides

    Pedagogical Practices to Advance Equity

  • Do you have any ideas or comments on how to create just and equitable opportunities and spaces? Please send us an email with your suggestions at SAC-DEI@alamo.edu.