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California Consortium for Equitable Change in Hispanic Serving Institutions Open Educational Resources

What: CC ECHO is implementing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion [DEI] framework for Open Educational Resources [OER] to design 20 high impact courses. Consortium members include West Hills College Lemoore, College of Marin, Allan Hancock College, and College of the Canyons, all of which are Hispanic Serving Institutions [HSIs]. The grant targets faculty and students at California Community Colleges, federally recognized HSIs, emerging HSIs, and national colleges and universities. 

Who: Allan Hancock College, College of the Canyons, College of Marin, and West Hills College Lemoore. The four California community colleges are representative of Northern, Central, and Southern California student demographics. 

When: The CC ECHO project will run from Jan 1, 2021 until Dec 31, 2023.

How: Funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education Open Textbooks Pilot Program.

Project Goals

  1. Create peer-reviewed OER for twenty high-enrolled courses that have limited or no OER available.
  2. Promote textbook affordability, student success, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to benefit all students, particularly underserved students at HSIs. 
  3. Provide professional development for integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI] in OER and curriculum in order to create culturally relevant OER.
  4. Share all processes, procedures, and training materials around OER development and DEI with national HSIs.

Completed Projects

Our Lives: An Ethnic Studies Primer

A People's History of Structural Racism in Academia From A(dministration of Justice) to Z(oology)

Computer Organization:Transitors to Assembly - A Bottom-Up View of Computer Science

OpenStax American Government Audiobook

Canvas Companion Course for OpenStax American Government Audiobook

Sexuality, the Self, and Society

American Literature: Contextualizing and Comparing American Literature to this Modern Age [Canvas Course]

Hands-On Microbiology Lab Manual

Biology Micrographs

Criminal Evidence

Being Human: An Introduction to Western Culture

Elementary Spanish 1 / Mundo sin fronteras: Introducción a la lengua española 

2D Design Studio Handbook (Word)

2D Design Studio Handbook (PDF)


See completed training courses, webinars, and more on the resources page


Project Team

Project Director: Kelsey Smith

Allan Hancock College Lead: Jessica Scarffe

College of the Canyons Lead: James Glapa-Grossklag

College of Marin Lead: Elle Dimopoulos



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The contents of these materials were developed under an Open Textbooks Pilot grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.