Social Justice

Anti-Racism & Inclusion Action Plan
Students with BLM signage

The principles were designed to honestly acknowledge and repair our college racial history. We offer a set of guiding principles to strengthen the goal of becoming an anti-racist college through necessary changes and to continue to build an anti-racist West Valley College campus climate.

Primary Goals

Goal A

Unearth, examine, acknowledge, and identify concrete actions to account for the racial history of West Valley College.

Goal B

Address Anti-Blackness in the campus culture.

Goal C

Implement sustainable actions to contribute to an anti-racist culture at West Valley College.

Goal D

Create a cultural competency training for staff, students, faculty and administrators.

Goal E

Create a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus climate.

Spring 2021

  • January – all working group participants were appointed
  • February 4 – Working Groups will participate in an Anti-Racism Retreat
  • February thru May – working groups will meet bi-monthly
  • May 21 – Action Plan semester update – President’s Friday Forum

Fall 2020

  • December – working group leads were appointed
  • November – working group applications was shared with the campus
  • October – Anti-Racism and Inclusion Action Plan was adopted by the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, and College Council

Progress Evaluation Process

  • Each goal will be evaluated bi-annually and given a rating of Excellent, Satisfactory, Developing or Needs Improvement.
  • The President will share the progress ratings during the last Presidents Forum each semester. The ratings will also be posted on website.
  • Process towards goals will be shared during the last President's Forum each semester.

At West Valley College, to become anti-racist, we are committed to the following:

Educating ourselves about the historical failures, intergenerational trauma, and our own contributions that have produced inequitable outcomes for minoritized students, faculty, campus employees, and administrators.

Taking personal responsibility for countering racist institutional structures, practices, and cultures that disenfranchise, marginalize, and disadvantage minoritized students, faculty, campus employees, and administrators.

Confronting racist ideologies and practices by holding one another accountable for individual and institutional actions, inactions or expressions of racist ideas.

Eliminating disparities in student outcomes by changing cultures, policies, practices, and pedagogies that perpetuate inequitable outcomes for groups that experience disproportionate impact.

Eradicating systemic racism, racial oppression, white fragility and white supremacy by changing cultures, policies, practices, and pedagogies.

Elevating and centering the stories, needs, and experiences of marginalized members of our community in our daily teaching, support practices, and employee engagements.

Honoring and memorializing the histories and contributions of marginalized communities and humanizing individuals and populations who have been negatively impacted by historical and systemic racism, dehumanizing language, microaggressions, and other exclusive practices.

Building and sustaining an inclusive environment, in all areas of campus, where all students, faculty, campus professionals, and administrators feel at home, safe, welcomed, valued, and empowered.

Demonstrating compassion to students, campus professionals, faculty, administrators, and community members through actions that convey understanding, empathy, care, flexibility, and personal investment.

Resources


Anti-Racism Research Guide

In honor of Black History Month, the WVC Library has published a new research guide focusing on anti-racism resources.


Books
Title Author
The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Fragility Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Antiracist Ibram Kendi
Stamped from the Beginning Ibram Kendi
So You Want to Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo
The History of White People Nell Irvin Painter
Me and White Supremacy Layla Saad
Last Updated 2/18/21