Equity Matters

Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, ELAC joined The California Community College Equity Leadership Alliance hosted by the USC Race and Equity Center and participated in monthly state-wide eConvenings focused on expanding racial equity in academia. These workshops have provided critical space for campus leaders to explore practical and strategic approaches for strengthening campus commitments to anti-racist practice. The ELAC faculty, staff, and students who participated in these learning sessions gained significant insights that they were then able to share at our Equity Audit Dialogues.


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Meet the Equity Team

What does educational justice mean to you?

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Nancy Ramirez, Ph.D

Professional Development Coordinator

English Department


Educational justice is the commitment to address the embedded structural racism of our educational system that maintains and oppresses disenfranchised and underrepresented students of color. It is productively disrupting historically powered relations as part of working towards equitable student outcomes, hence cultivating transformative agency among historically marginalized individual and communities. The aim of education justice is to create political and cultural change to transform all inequities in public education and to expand equitable forms of learning and teaching that contribute to a socially just society. The seeds of educational justice movement are found in community building and organizing, educational activism, and equity-minded allies at local, state, and national levels.

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Raeanna Gleason

Equity Lead


Delloro Program in Social Justice


Educational justice means creating empowering spaces of learning that reach toward personal and collective liberation. While higher education has often perpetuated oppressive frameworks, we can collaborate to counter that history by committing to justice-driven values and practices. We must build a campus environment that honors our students’ complex needs and dreams and that amplifies critical thinking and self-expression so that students can strengthen their ability to advocate for themselves and in solidarity with others.

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Eileen Ie

Equity Lead


Build Poder 



Educational justice means equality of opportunity. A just educational system is one that supports historically marginalized and disenfranchised identities as well as those who have benefitted from systems of domination. It is positive-sum. It is optimistic, personal, and loving. Mutual aid and uplift are common practices. A dynamic and reciprocal relationship wherein institutional policies are informed by data and interpersonal interactions motivated by institutional policies. It recognizes our students and ourselves as whole and worthy humans.


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Kelly Velasquez

Equity Lead

Political Science


Educational justice would look like ensuring all students see themselves represented in curriculum, faculty and staff. Transforming campus culture to one that promotes safety and cultural empathy. We must decolonize higher education through radical change in institutional policies to reclaim an educational system that affirms that every student's journey matters.