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El Camino College’s Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEA) seeks to address disproportionate impact and student equity by providing faculty with frameworks for creating equity-minded learning environments. Participating faculty strive to create learning environments that have adopted equity-minded instructional design. Rather than focusing only on traditional student developmental theory and practices, SEA proposes to address equity gaps from an organizational learning theory framework that moves faculty to evaluate how their teaching methods, their views on student learning, their assignment design and their content delivery may be contributing to equity gaps. This framework promotes institutional conversations about designing and implementing equitable practices through disaggregated completion data and addressing the results through an equity-minded cognitive framework. The use of this approach redirects focus from student characteristics as the root of unequal educational outcomes to an approach that critically analyzes how learning environments may be contributing to disproportional impact amongst student populations.  
Explore this issue of Diversity & Democracy that calls readers to discern the difference between equality and equity, and to act to instantiate the latter.
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Explore the Center for Urban Education’s research and tools designed for institutions of higher education to produce equity in student outcomes.
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This report makes the case for why race and ethnicity still matter in American higher education.
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Student Equity - El Camino College El Camino College is committed to assuring student equity in all of its educational programs and services in accordance with El Camino Community College District Board Policy 5300 and the standards set forth in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. The College provides programs and services to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed academically. The overarching equity goal at El Camino College is to provide a teaching and learning environment that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible to all participants, regardless of ethnicity, culture, nationality, language, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, and to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity for academic success.
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Jason Suarez SEA Faculty Coordinator
Wendy Lozano SEA Student Services Specialist

Student Equity and Achievement Program