Equity, Pathways, & Inclusion

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What is Equity, Pathways, and Inclusion?

The Division of Equity, Pathways, and Inclusion is committed to developing an integrated infrastructure to support and meet the needs of all our college campus community (students, faculty, staff, administrators) to reach SMC’s racial equity imperative and student success goals both inside and outside the classroom.


Student Equity Plan 2.0

With the input of nearly 100 faculty, classified, and managers, SMC's Student Equity Plan (SEP) 2.0 is well underway! The SEP 2.0 Inquiry Phase Summary Report is now available for our Campus community to review.

The Chancellor's Office has charged us with an unprecedented method of shaping a transformational and community driven, fluid SEP (rather than transactional and compliance oriented,) which calls for SMC to be more inclusive and dynamic in our approach. To capture a wide range of experiences to contribute and engage in the work needed to advance our equity efforts, SEP 2.0 Phase 1 preliminary work was collectively developed by cross-hierarchical and cross-functional teams including faculty (both instructional and counseling), classified professionals, and managers. Our goal was to ensure that the diverse voices, unique contributions and experiences of all of our employee groups were reflected in the development of SEP 2.0.

By structuring the development of the plan in this way, it ensures that our SEP makes equity everyone’s work.

Read The SEP 2.0 Inquiry Phase Summary Report

Our Presentation Road Show went off without a hitch: EPI presented the report and templates to various SMC groups and committees before submitting to the Board of Trustees in December. The board approved and the template responses were entered into the official NOVA Online System with the Chancellor’s Office. The NOVA SEP template is a living document, and the Santa Monica College 2022—2025 SEP will continue to be developed in phases. The phases are 1) Inquiry, 2) Action Planning, and 3) Implementation and Evaluation. The focus of the summary report is on the preliminary work done over the Spring 2022—Summer 2022 to begin the inquiry phase of the Plan (SEP 2.0).

This was a truly monumental effort, especially considering the accelerated timeline, and none of it would have been possible without the hard work of so many over the last year. We value the perspectives of each and every member of the SMC community, and cannot express enough gratitude for those who came together and contributed to this phase of our 2022—2025 Student Equity Planning Cycle at SMC.

Stay tuned for more progress as SMC's Student Equity Plan 2.0 continues to take shape!

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Findings from the SMC College-wide Equity Audit
Conducted by Hotep Consultants

Hotep consultants have submitted their finding report, which we are proud to share with our community.
The report was updated in June 2023 to reflect information regarding Hotep's findings on implementing equitable and inclusive instructional strategies from course design to assessment & grading, on page 9.
The SMC Division of Equity, Pathways, and Inclusion invited Hotep Consultants to present on their findings from the College-wide Equity Audit which they conducted from August through October 2022.
Dr. Lauren Ford, Katrina Pantig Naval, and founder Lasana O. Hotep of Hotep Consultants share the key findings (background, framework, overarching themes, highlights, areas of opportunity, and recommendations) of the Equity Audit and their recommendations for SMC.
Below, you will find the video recording of the open virtual session held on Thursday December 1, 2022.
PDF of accompanying Powerpoint Presentation:
Hotep Equity Audit Findings Presentation Slides

Open video with transcript in Microsoft Stream (requires SMC sign-in): Equity Presentation.mp4

Contact Us

For questions or to learn more about Equity, Pathways, & Inclusion, please feel free to email us: EPI@smc.edu

Main Phone Line

The EPI Team:

  • Maria Muñoz, Ph.D – Dean of Equity, Pathways, & Inclusion (Interim)
  • Silvana Carrion-Palomares – Project Manager, National Science Foundation Grant
  • Eartha Johnson – Project Manager, Guided Pathways and Student Equity and Achievement Program (SEAP)
  • Guido Davis del Piccolo – Faculty Lead, Redesign/Guided Pathways
  • Paige Glaves – Administrative Assistant II

Please excuse our dust as a more comprehensive webpage is being developed for this new department and its associated programs.