Student equity addresses the root of underachievement as it pertains to historical and systemic institutional barriers that negatively impede underserved student success. Inequitable institutional practices include stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and racism. An equity-centered institution such as Los Angeles Southwest College fosters an inclusive campus environment that promotes multiple strategies for underserved students to increase and equalize student success among all LASC students.
Multiple strategies for equitable outcomes include (a) fair treatment (b) ongoing campus-wide reform (c) data-driven resource allocations (d) cross-campus collaborations (e) and culturally relevant practices.
Fair Treatment: Equity requires that all students are treated fairly, just, and respectfully despite personal and social circumstances such as race, ability, first language, religion, gender, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.
Campus-Wide Reform: Equity is a campus-wide initiative. All key stakeholders (policymakers, administrators, instructional faculty, faculty, classified, student support services and students) are invested in the success of disproportionate students. Institutional agents adopt a critical lens to identify and address inequitable practices through ongoing student data analysis, challenging dialogue, accountability and appropriate action for institutional change.
Data-Driven Resource Allocation: Equity-centered institutions require ongoing data collection, monitoring, and analysis of the five student success indicators with the identified underserved student populations. Disaggregation of data supports appropriate resource allocations and creation of tailor-fit initiatives that cultivate an accommodating and inclusive learning environment for disproportionate students.
Cross-Campus Collaborations: Institutional agents understand the significance of collaborations between academic affairs and student support services. Equity initiatives combined both academic and student support to ensure disproportionate students receive a holistic educational experience.
Culturally-Relevant Practices: Institutional agents embrace student diversity as it pertains to identity, background, ability and student learning. Institutional agents are open and adaptive to various forms of engagement, pedagogy, and support for disproportionate students.