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Upcoming Webinars

Cultural Competency: A Field of Study

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SDSU's Global Campus is offering a series of Virtual Professional Development courses that address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Cultural Competency.  This foundation course will enhance participants' abilities to understand, evaluate, and provide culturally sensitive and competent services to members of diverse groups. This course gives participants the opportunity to reflect upon their own cultural development and to be more sensitive to others. Participants will engage in an experiential model of learning to include lecture, demonstration, case studies, and individual and small group interaction, to stimulate participants' engagement and practical learning. Course Dates: September 14 - November 6

Join us as we learn and discuss the impact of COVID-19 on student achievement, how to thoughtfully talk about race, equity and justice and our own identities in terms of race, gender, language, nationality, religion, culture, and class.
For more information and to register, please click on the flyer or visit

Exploring Allyship and Accomplice

“One of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we know we are not alone.” — Author Bell Hooks

The Equity department is designing space for a new, informal group that will meet to learn and talk about equity issues every three weeks on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. We believe in the strength of the collective and in the necessary dialogue we must all be engaged in. Teaching Tolerance describes the difference between allyship and accomplice in this way: "Ally work focuses on individuals, and accomplice work focuses on the structures of decision-making agency." 

This informal network of support and guidance will be one way to sustain our region's equity work. This will be a self-directed group and a way to strengthen our collective drive to ensure equitable conditions and outcomes for all of our students and learning organizations. Register to attend. The kickoff meeting was July 30. You can still join the group!

Next network meeting is August 20 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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Past Webinars

Freedom Summer Series

Experience how to hold dialogue space for students and adults with the Black student panel: Young, Gifted and Black and then participate in a three-part series on designing restorative space, listening, and engaging students and adults. The learning session topics included: 

  1. Participate in a restorative dialogue and work through what you heard and your experience with the student panel.
  2. Explore what goes into designing space for restorative dialogue for adults and students by planning one together.
  3. Ask questions and engage in further exploration of what has emerged in the previous sessions.

Black Student Panel: Young, Gifted and Black - Click to watch now!

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Learning Session Slides

Black Leadership Panel


The Black Leadership Panel with San Diego County educational leaders took place on July 21, 2020. Guests will be discussing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and the impact this is having on our educational systems. Topics of discussion will also include the current civil rights movement and proactive measures to both address and support our students and communities. Join us in this important San Diego County dialogue. 

Panelists Include: 
  • Dr. Shirley Weber, Assembly Member California District 79
  • Dr. Joi Spencer, Interim Dean/Professor, University of San Diego
  • Dr. Cynthia Larkin, Principal Morse High School, San Diego Unified School District
  • Dr. Joseph Johnson, Executive Director, National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST)
  • Timothy Shaw, Board Member, Lemon Grove School District

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Black Student Experience Panel 


Experience how to hold dialogue space for students and adults with the Black Student Panel, and then participate in a three-part series on designing restorative space, listening, and engaging students and adults. This event took place on July 15, 2020.

  • Listen to students who attend San Diego County schools
  • Open to educators, administrators, students, parents, stakeholders, and community members
  • Participate in this practice of holding space for dialogue
  • Register on the link below 

Latinx Leadership Panel


San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold and several local Latinx leaders discuss how they are proactively addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community. Learn about what they are doing in their leadership roles and how we might join them in their work on behalf of students. This event took place on June 8, 2020.

Panelists include:

  • Corinna Contreras, Member, Vista City Council
  • Armando Farías, President, Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education
  • Dr. Carmen García, Superintendent, San Marcos Unified School District
  • Cipriano Vargas, Member, Vista Unified School District Board of Education
  • Lou Barrios, Member, South Bay Union School District Board of Trustees

View a recording of the webinar here

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Knowledge is Power - Equity Considerations in the Age of COVID

The purpose of these learning sessions is to provide research-based information that will invoke reflective and provocative thought on public ed MID and POST Pandemic. Short Segments of research and reflection to help guide our collective thinking. The sessions are short, 15 minute Webinar segments.

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