Equity and Diversity

Sierra College Pride Days 2018

The Sierra College Theatre Arts Department presents The Laramie Project
Tickets will be available one hour before the show at the venue or online from Brown Paper Tickets at:
There is a service fee to purchase online.
Performances: October 26 – Nov 10, 2018;

Nov 26, 27 at 8pm;   Nov 2, 3 at 8pm,   Nov. 4 at 2pm,  Nov 8 at 7pm,   Nov. 9, 10 at 8pm Directors’ Discussion at 5:30pm, preceding the Thursday, Nov. 8 performance at 7:00pm, All Sunday performances at 2:00pm

Sunday, November 4, 2019: Pre-pride Days Matinee and Reception
Immediately after the Sunday, November 4, matinee, Spectrum will be providing refreshments as the Theater Department talks about the production of The Laramie Project. Special guests in attendance will be Zeina Barkawi and family, director of the film, “Matthew Shepard Was a Friend of Mine” and friends of Matthew and his family.

Pride Days: November 5 and 6, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

9:30-10:50: Zanelle Muholi and her photos of Trans Women of Color from South Africa–Brenna Chapman, Art History Faculty at Sierra College, The Wolverine Lounge, Cafeteria

11-12:20: The Student Engagement Centers and the Rainbow Alliance team up to present a panel of Intersectional Coming Out Stories, The Wolverine Lounge, Cafeteria

12:30-1:50: Rainbow Alliance, Join the Rainbow Alliance for a Zine making workshop. Location: TBA.

2-3:20: Sharmane Johnson: “Identity is Intersectional: A Mixed-Race, Bisexual, Polyamorous, Atheist’s Perspective,” Board Room, 1st Floor LRC

3:30-4:50: “Queer People of Color”, A workshop celebrating the narratives of queer and trans people of color and why these stories are not at the forefront of the LGBTQ liberation movement. Viselda Martinez, PRIDE Center I-4

6-9:00 p.m. Johnnie Terry’s Queer Film History class will be viewing the film, “Matthew Shepard is a Friend of Mine” with a discussion with the film’s director/producer, Zeina Barkawi, to follow. Weaver 110

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

9:30-10:50: LGBT and Social Justice Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities for LGBT, Ally and Social Justice Students, With the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and Rainbow Hearts among others. Fireside Room

11-12:20: The Theatre Arts Department: Producing the Laramie Project, Fireside Room

12:30-1:50: “Crimes Against Nature?” – Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Animal Kingdom, Emeritus Biology Professor, Joe Medeiros, brings back this “standing room only”, presentation, Fireside Room

2-3:20: Latinx LGBT Faculty/Staff Panel, featuring Juan Blanco, Sandi Escobar, Adriana Lopez, David Miramontes A glimpse at intersectionality struggles within the Queer Latinx community”, Fireside Room

6-10 p.m. Key Note Address and Staff/Student Drag Show

Key Note Speaker: Clarmundo Sullivan, a Gay Man of Color, tells his story of starting and leading an HIV resource center for Gay Men of Color: “There was a moment in my life when I had to choose to be either a Black Gay Man or a Gay Black Man–and those are two distinct things.” Dietrich Theater, 6:00-7:50ish, Drag Show 8:00-10:00ish.

Sponsored by generous donations from Greater Placer County PFLAG, The Robert Kemp Community Endowment Fund, Rainbow Hearts and the Sierra College Office of Student Equity

Article: The Subtle Ways Colleges Discriminate Against Poor Students

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.

View the entire article here.

Updated by Alvin Chang- alvin@vox.com Sep 11, 2017, 8:30am EDT

Faculty Equity and Diversity Awards

CCA is proud to have initiated its Faculty Equity and Diversity Awards for outstanding service on behalf of community college faculty. The GBLT Award, in honor of David Sanchez, CTA’s first openly gay president, recognizes faculty who have supported, promoted and educated our community college family regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) issues. The Ethnic Minority Award, in honor of Mary Ann Pacheco, a Hispanic professor at Rio Hondo College, is given to faculty who promote equal access and treatment for minorities on campus. The Part-time Faculty Award in honor of David Milroy, another longtime faculty activist, is awarded to faculty who have worked to improve working conditions for part-time faculty.
Award winners are honored during CCA’s annual Spring Conference. Nominations may be by self-nomination, chapter nomination, or any member may nominate another member. The nominee must agree to be nominated. Awards for the 2017-18 year have been given.  Watch for the form for next year in early February of 2019.

Learning Latino History in School

John Leguizamo Says Learing Latino History in School Would’ve Changed his Life
By Carolina Moreno

John Leguizamo’s new one-man show, “Latin History for Morons,” is all about giving Latinos credit for their place in U.S. history.

In an interview with Vogue published Thursday, the 52-year-old discussed what motivated him to write the show, which is currently running at New York City’s Public Theater.

Leguizamo recalled being treated like a foreigner as a kid because of his Latino heritage. Even today, the star said he’s told things like “You don’t belong here” on Twitter. But after discovering that his son was experiencing the same kind of bullying in school, he decided to read up on Latino heroes in U.S. history.

“If in my son’s class they would have read all the Latin contributions, people wouldn’t be so ready to attack us,” he told Vogue.

When asked about whether he was taught anything about Latino contributions to the country while in high school, Leguizamo said it was “nonexistent” in his education.

“There was a little bit of improvement in my son’s education, but Latin and black contributions — and I don’t mean to lump us together — were nonexistent in my public school,” Leguizamo said. “Even when I went to college, there was nothing. When I was studying the Civil War, there was nothing about everything we did, not one mention of any participation or contribution, ever. And it would’ve changed my life.”

In 2015, Leguizamo made the point that high school history makes Latino students feel “invisible” during a HuffPost Live interview.

“We’re not taught anything that we contributed to this country and we’ve been around for 500 years,” Leguizamo said. “Just imagine, you’re a white kid and all of a sudden everybody’s Latin and everything they’re teaching you is Latin and you don’t hear anything about yourself or about your contributions … and you feel like you haven’t contributed anything. How would you feel? How would you think of your future? How would you think of your participation in American culture?”

CTA Equity Team for Higher Education

Every year, CTA establishes an Equity Team for Higher Education. In CTA, Higher Education is made up of CCA, CFA (the California Faculty Association for CSU faculty), SCTA (Student CTA for college students going into teaching) and ICCUFA (the association for private colleges and universities). The Equity Team meets in July following the Presidents Conference to brainstorm on its action plan for the year. The objective is to look at equity across Higher Education and think of ways we can encourage equity and greater diversity.
Equity Planning Form

Does Ethnicity Impact Student Learning?

California’s community colleges must become more responsive to the needs of a diverse student population, which means that faculty must become more diverse, says Thuy Thi Nguyen, former Chief Counsel for the Chancellor’s Office and currently President of Foothill College, pictured at right. She points to a University of California Santa Cruz study of De Anza College data that shows achievement gaps narrowed from 50 to 80 percent when minority students were taught by people who looked like them. Read more about the study. Provided here is a list of other resources on the topic.

Student Diversity at More than 4,600 Institutions

Chronicle of Higher Education
Sept. 18, 2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education in September 2016 featured a table showing the race, ethnicity, and gender of students at 4,605 colleges and universities in the fall of 2014, the latest year for which statistics are available from the U.S. Department of Education.
The figures are from the Education Department’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. They include undergraduate, graduate, and professional-school students attending full time and part time in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Find the complete story and table from the Chronicle of Higher Education here.

Ageism and the Job Hunt

Ageism may now be more pervasive than sexism or racism, according to the World Health Organization. Learn more about how it affects higher education and your chances of employment as an older adult in Ageism and the Job Hunt an article that appeared in Higher Ed Jobs.

Closed Doors

Black and Latino Students are Excluded from Top Public Universities
Center for American Progress

By Elizabeth Baylor

In the fall of 2014, 297,000 African American and Latino students enrolled in America’s top public research universities. While access to such elite educations will likely put these individuals on a path for lifelong success, a new analysis of federal data from the Center for American Progress shows that if these students were proportionately represented, another 193,000 students of color would have received the same opportunity.
Instead, in a pattern that repeats itself in nearly every state, the doors to America’s top public colleges remain firmly closed to the vast majority of black and Latino undergraduate students. As a result, in nearly every state, these students are significantly overrepresented at less-selective public four-year colleges, as well as at community colleges, compared with their white and Asian peers. Read the complete article.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

In 1968, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., CTA and Student CTA (SCTA) established a living memorial in the form of a scholarship fund to aide members of ethnic minorities in preparing for teaching-related careers in public education. The CTA Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is an important component to help recruit more ethnic minority teachers into our profession. The scholarship fund is supported by voluntary contributions, and the drive to raise funds is on NOW! Both individuals and chapters have an opportunity to contribute at a variety of levels.The application is available online in October each year. Click here for more info and to apply.

Cesar E. Chavez Awards

The César E. Chávez Memorial Education Awards Program provides recognition for students and their teachers who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which César E. Chávez lived his life. The Awards Program honors the memory of this great man and ensures that the spirit of his work continues in the classrooms of California.  ¡Si se puede! Click here to view the César E. Chávez Memorial Education Awards page.

GLBT Safety in Schools Grant & Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa

The grant program will support projects and presentations that promote understanding of and respect for LGBTQ persons.
The scholarship program will support self-identified LGBTQ members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who are pursuing a career in public education and who understand the importance of LGBTQ educators as role models in our public schools. Click here for more information and to apply.

LGBT Youth at Risk

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) teens are far more likely to experience violence and bullying, and attempt suicide, than their heterosexual peers, according to new national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data show just how deeply stigma and discrimination affect LGBTQ youth, how urgently they need their communities’ support and affirmation, and how far we have to go in protecting them. Read more from the Human Rights Campaign.

Transgender on Campus

As part of a series on transgender students in the Chronicle of Higher Education, multimedia producer Julia Schmalz interviewed more than a dozen students to find out what keeps them from thriving in college. Read the reports, Diversity in Academe: Transgender on Campus
and watch her video.