Equity Guiding Principles
The Student Equity Plan for the San Joaquin Delta Community College District (SJDC) was designed to align with key statewide and campus initiatives. The underlying theme in Equity Plan development was to reduce equity gaps for disproportionately impacted students by intersecting district-wide planning efforts with equity plan metrics while being sensitive to the intersections of student identity. These intersections include on a statewide level: the Student Equity Achievement Program (SEAP), Guided Pathways, AB 705, and the Chancellor’s Vision for Success; and on a local level, SJDC ‘s new Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals. In 2018, the district developed a set of Equity Guiding Principles. These Equity Guiding Principles provide a strengthened foundation to guide the efforts in cultivating a campus culture of inclusion and success.
Equity Guiding Principles Overview
At San Joaquin Delta College, equity is about providing all students with the support they need to be successful, especially those who are most vulnerable. “We”, represents members of the Delta College community who embody the “District” and “College.” These Equity Guiding Principles provide a strengthened foundation to guide the efforts in cultivating a campus culture of inclusion and success. “We” embrace the following fundamental principles in our approach to equity:
Equity Guiding Principles
We believe an inclusive culture means all are invited and welcomed to the conversation. We will solicit and honor all campus perspectives, regardless of rank or title. We listen openly, engage respectfully, and communicate authentically and regularly.
We understand that some policies and practices disproportionately impact certain groups of students. We analyze data according to race, gender, religion, low-income, LGBTQ+, legal status, ability, current and formerly incarcerated, foster youth, veteran status, homeless status, and speakers of languages other than English. Our data informed actions strive to prioritize supporting the groups that need it most by removing policies and practices that serve as barriers to their success.
We recognize that society unfairly distributes wealth, opportunity, and privilege. We believe higher education should be a civil right and see it as a means to create a more just world.
Being student-centered means that we will put the students’ education first, acknowledging student voice as central to the learning experience. We will design our programs and offerings with this in mind. We strive to listen to their needs, are culturally responsive, and prioritize a shift in our approach to meet them where they are and take them to where they want to go.
We aspire to share our data, goals, and outcomes in clearly worded, easily accessible formats so that all can easily understand. By doing so, we try to hold ourselves accountable for serving all groups effectively with an emphasis on those that need it most.
We will challenge the status quo by disrupting and questioning our assumptions. We will be flexible in how we design the student learning experience so that we encourage innovation and creativity. We will support risk taking and the opportunity to learn from our failures.