Second Annual ATD Equity Institute

Develop a deeper understanding of what equity means, what it looks like in practice, and how it is manifested or stifled on your campus.

Tuesday, February 18
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

During this interactive day-long institute, institutional teams will engage in learning opportunities and activities to develop a deeper understanding of what equity means, what it looks like in practice, and how it is manifested or stifled on their campuses. Teams will engage in conversations around equity challenges impeding the success of their students and brainstorm practical solutions that empower all members of the college community. Institutions boldly addressing their own equity challenges will share their strategies, obstacles, and outcomes. Teams will be challenged to engage with new tools to use in their own equity strategy.

By the end of the institute, teams will develop an equity vision that describes the experience they want for their incoming Fall 2020 students and leave with strategic and concrete next steps to implement when they return to campus to move their vision forward.

Breakfast and lunch are included. Registrants receive a 15% discount when attending both DREAM 2020 and the ATD Equity Institute. See the fees below.

Who Should Attend?

We strongly encourage teams of two to five individuals per institution to maximize the value of the working times and activities built into the institute. Team can be comprised of individuals empowered to and/or interested in pursuing equity on their campus and may include: senior administrators; diversity officers; student affairs officers; faculty leaders; institutional research leaders; individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the institution, participants will:
  • Hear from peer institutions on their experiences implementing effective equity initiatives on campus.
  • Be exposed to emerging ideas for addressing persistent equity challenges.
  • Leave with a concrete set of ideas and strategies for the attending team to take back to their peers on campus.
  • Have the opportunity to develop connections and deepen existing bonds with like-minded peers




7:15 AM – 8:15 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Plenary Session

Dr. Marissa C. Vasquez, Co-Director of Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) and Assistant Professor at San Diego State University

9:45 AM – 10:45 PM

Breakout Workshops

Foundations First: An Integrated Approach Towards an Equity-Minded Campus – Richland College

The Ka`ao Framework: Scaling Culture-Based Equity Programs to a Multi-Cultural Audience – University of Hawaii

Equity-From Theory to Practice: A Data-driven Approach to Closing Achievement Gaps – Kingsborough Community College

11:00 AM – NOON

Breakout Workshops

Implementing Poverty Informed Practice in Higher Education – Western Technical College, Minnesota State College Southeast

Different Mascots, Same Team: Coordinating equity initiatives at one urban and one rural community college – Central Carolina Community College; Durham Technical Community College

Our Role in assisting Rural Communities in establishing Affordable Broadband Access – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

NOON – 12:45 PM

Team Lunch

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Equity Talks

Sharing Our Story: Using Story Problems in Math to Foster Student Inclusion – Macomb Community College

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Coffee Break

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Breakout Workshops

Decreasing the Digital Divide: Addressing Equity Gaps in Gateway College English – Florida State College at Jacksonville

Student Parents: You Are Not in This Alone - Community College Women Succeed

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Plenary - What is on the horizon?

Panelists: Ray Keith, Community College of Aurora; Dr. Jason Rivera, Rutgers University; Rebecca Butler, Columbus State


Rates for the ATD Equity Institute
Receive a 15% discount when you register for both the ATD Equity Institute and DREAM 2020.


Fee, when Registering with
DREAM 2020 Attendance

Fee, when Registering for The Equity Institute Only

In-Network Colleges



Out-of-Network Attendees



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