Hancock and Cuesta to Host 2017 Equity Summit "Intersections"

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 27

OCTOBER 24, 2017--Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College invite K-12 counselors, educators and advocates from local junior high and high schools to attend the 2017 Equity Summit on Friday, Oct. 27, at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria.

The theme of the event is “Intersections.” Educators from K-12 along with faculty and staff from Hancock and Cuesta will come together to learn about serving students with special emphasis on marginalized populations. The goal aligns with the California Community Colleges’ vision to close the achievement gap by increasing certificate and degree awards and assisting with transfers to four-year institutions.

“These populations need extra support and coaching,” said Yvonne Teniente, dean of student services. “As academic leaders, we are on the front-lines. We need to have a foundational understanding of the types of challenges they encounter and an ability to empathize with our students in order to effectively serve them.”

Hancock’s Bridges to Success (BTS) program is a key sponsor for the Equity Summit. BTS is designed to enhance each student’s academic, career and personal growth, provide a smooth transition from high school to college and prepare all students to become productive citizens and career or college ready. One of the major initiatives of the program is to provide training and professional development to school counselors, teachers, administrators and advocates.

“By providing professional development to the people working on the ground-level with our students, it makes people feel valued and highlights the importance of what they’re doing every day,” said Nohemy Ornelas, associate superintendent/vice president, student services.

Hancock Associated Student Body Government President Janet Cruz-Reyes and Vice President of External Affairs Fernando Robles, Jr., will speak during the Student Perspective morning session, along with Cuesta student Ana Rodriguez.  

The summit will also include several keynote speakers. Nika Hogan, Ph.D., will present “The Other E-Learning: The Empathy Gap and its Relationship to the Equity Gap.” Hogan is associate professor of English at Pasadena City College. Her work focuses on developing pedagogical, curricular, and institutional approaches and structures that will maximize the retention and success of all students

Victor Rios, Ph.D., is a professor in the sociology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rios will present “The Power of Education and Civic Engagement in the Lives of Men of Color.” Using his personal experience of living on the streets, dropping out of school, and being incarcerated as a juvenile—along with his research findings—Rios has developed interventions for marginalized youths aimed at promoting personal transformation and civic engagement.

Additional topics to be presented by national experts in student success and learning include students with disabilities, foster youth, and first-generation and low-income students.

People in the education community who are interested in attending “Intersections” can RSVP to kara.mushegan@hancockcollege.edu. Breakfast and lunch will be provided; presentations will take place from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Last Modified Oct 24, 2017