Fourth Annual GC Conference, 17 April 2015

The WVC Global Citizenship Committee is very proud to have held the Fourth Annual Global Citizenship Conference. This spring, the conference was the culmination of many other activities organized to prompt the WVC community to engage in fearless conversations about topics that are difficult to address. The conference focused on Courageous Conversations about How Global Issues, Race, and Ethnicity Impact Student Equity.

Faculty, administrators, staff, and students from WVC, several other community colleges and San Jose State University, as well as some members of the community at large, attended this opportunity to learn and share.

#1#2Jason De León, Ph.D.  Dr. De León holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and a  Ph.D., Anthropology from Penn State University. He has been awarded the 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Research Areas. His areas of scholarly interest include: violence, materiality, Latino migration, forensic science, archaeology of the contemporary. His articles include:

Edward Paulino, Ph.D. Dr. Paulino’s areas of scholarly interest include: global history, history of genocide, the 1937 Haitian Massacre,  human rights, race, borders, nation-building, Latin America and the Caribbean, the African Diaspora, and New York State history. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, and the New York State Archives. He is the author of Eddie’s Perejil, an autobiographical one-man play first performed by People’s Theatre Project at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center in New York City; he is the co-organizer of Border of Lights. His articles include:

Pamela D. Walker, Ed.D.  Dr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon State University in La Grande, a master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a doctoral degree in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco. Before becoming the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the CCCCO, she worked at American River College, Cerritos College and the California Community College Athletic Association.

Denise F. Noldon, Ph.D. Dr. Noldon holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling and student development in higher education from California State University, Long Beach, and a doctorate degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Maryland at College Park. Before joining the Chancellor’s Office, she worked as president of Contra Costa College, vice president of student development and enrollment management at Folsom Lake College, dean of counseling and matriculation at Chabot College, and EOP&S/CARE coordinator at Las Positas College.

Claudia Maria Garcia, Student Ms. Garcia is a third-semester student at WVC where she is completing general education courses in preparation for transferring to university. She wants to be a registered nurse.

Courageous Conversation: Equality is NOT Equity. Fair is NOT everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be successful.

This conference concluded with a “courageous conversation about WVC” led by Dr. Dulce María Gray. Issues discussed included demographics statistics on the ethnic and racial population of Santa Clara County and WVC. In 2013 Santa Clara County included this population that self-identified as being of these particular ethnicities/races (only 4% self-identified as being 2 or more ethnicities/races):

In 2013, the last time WVC’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning released data (based on fall 2012 statistics), there were 167 tenure and tenure-track faculty members: 119 White, 7 Black, 16 Asian, 23 Latina/o. The student population at WVC by ethnicity/race in (2011) 2012 included: White (47.5%) 46.3%     Black (3.2%) 2.9%     Latina/o (18.2%) 19.3%   (Source: WVC Fact Book 2013) 3.7% of students self-identified as being two or more ethnicities/races.

Equity is not about equal treatment of all students. Rather, it is about equal outcomes achieved by individualizing the instruction and support for each and every student. Equity is about all students succeeding, especially when measured according to differences such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, language, family background—the list of diversities within our students goes on and on. This effort has been traditionally referenced as “closing the achievement gaps” between students from the dominant White middle-class norm and students from traditionally underserved or oppressed populations. Building equity in education shifts the focus of responsibility for academic achievement from the students to the professional administrators and teachers who are the educators in the school. Students have to do their part, but the adults in the building need to teach in a way so that all students can succeed.” (From Equity 101: The Equity Framework by Curtis Linton, 2011)


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