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Equity Action Council

Members & More

The EAC is made up of students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators. These are public meetings; everyone is welcome! The EAC presents multiple opportunities for involvement with ongoing work and advisory groups. Any campus community member can participate in an advisory group without participating in the general EAC committee meetings. 

Ongoing Work

  • Climate Survey and Campus Assessments  
  • Campus Equity Positions  and State Annual Report 
  • Equity Annual Equity Retreat and Professional Development 
  • Support Equity Core Teams

EAC Advisory Groups

  • Africana Issues and Action  –  Chair: Julie Lewis and Sandra Spencer
  • Asian Pacific Islander
  • Disabilities
  • Genders and Sexualities  – Chairs: Melissa Aguilar and Thomas Ray
  • Latino/a
  • Queer Intervention Task force (QIT) – Coordinator: Maximus Grisso
  • SES
  • Veteran Services and Support
  • White Allies
  • Women’s  – Chair: Marc Coronado

Equity Core Teams

Equity Core teams are groups of 4-5 people within each division representing various perspectives and departments. These teams consist of individuals deeply committed to institutional equity and social justice praxis. This group will work together on guiding the equity planning process within their division. Specifically, the equity core team will focus on the following:

  • assist and facilitate the development of the annual student-equity report as well as a 5-year comprehensive division equity plan;
  • liaison with other divisions' equity teams, Equity Action Council (EAC), and with the Equity Office as needed;
  • provide quarterly updates on progress, successes, and challenges to the EAC (via meeting attendance and discussion); and
  • provide supportive guidance to each department in the division as they work on implementing the equity plan.

Each division will have flexibility and choice regarding the areas of equity, social justice, and multicultural education to focus on as well as format, structure, and process of engagement. Moving forward, each division is asked to commit to updating their student equity plans annually, conducting every five years a much deeper equity strategic plan and climate assessment. The goal is to support the campus community in not only closing the racial and teaching achievement gap/opportunity gap but to also deepen our sense of cultural humility and develop skills for helping each person, and especially, our most vulnerable students, faculty, and classified professionals thrive.

Divisional Equity Liaisons

The role of the equity liaison is being created to formalize a partnership and institutional linkages between the Office of Equity, the Equity Action Council, and De Anza’s 16 divisions. The divisional liaisons will serve on both their division equity core team as well as the Equity Action Committee. They will provide invaluable insight and guidance regarding divisional concerns, challenges, implementation successes, and effectiveness of campus equity and social justice efforts.

 The divisional equity liaisons –in partnership with their equity core team- will also support their respective divisions in completing, implementing, and evaluating their annual equity plans. Equity liaisons’ will work closely with their dean, EAC, and Office of Equity to identify critical areas of growth and help guide strategic planning efforts related to these equity plans.

Equity ACTION Council

Building:  ADM 105
Contact: Veronica Neal
Phone:  408.864.5338


Last Updated: 11/27/15