The mission of the student equity project is supported by the Pasadena City College (PCC) Educational Master Plan (EMP). The main tenets of the EMP and the college mission center around the goal of achieving student equity. The opportunity to explore student equity through the assignment given by the Chancellor’s Office with the generous support of the state, provides us with further data to address student equity gaps.

Target Groups

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has identified the following target groups: African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Latino, males and females, Veterans, Foster Youth, DSPS, and Low-Income students.


"Closing the Achievement Gap Through Culturally Competent Pedagogies"

Date: September 11, 2015
Description: Six educators from the Southern California region will share their expertise navigating diverse grassroots, community-based learning spaces and educational institutions (both public and private) inclusive of high schools, community colleges, and universities.

Black Mixer

Date: September 15, 2015
Description: Co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center, Project Leap, and Blacademia, this lunch and social event is an opportunity for African American students to meet and interact with one another, faculty, staff and administrators and to learn about the college resources and services that will help them succeed.

Student Equity Plan Institute (USC Center for Urban Education)

Date: September 16-17, 2015
Description: This event, sponsored by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and facilitated by USC Center for Urban Education faculty and staff, provided opportunity for 20 college teams to come together to learn about the state initiative, share the challenges they face to develop an equity-minded campus community, and plan for the future.

"Developing and Using an Equity Lens" workshop with Diane Goodman

Date: September 24-25, 2015
Description: All members of the college community will have the an opportunity to develop and utilize an equity lens during a two-day in-service facilitated by Dr. Diane J. Goodman.

"Putting the Pieces Together...Together"

Date: October 1, 2015
Description: During Professional Learning (Flex) Day, the campus community will come together to explore the issues surrounding growth mindset, which is based on the work of Stanford professor Carol Dweck. Eduardo Briceno, co-founder of Mindset Works, will speak in the morning and facilitate a workshop in the afternoon.

Equity Summit

Date: Early November
Description: The PCC community will have an opportunity to learn about the college’s Student Equity-funded projects and events and to participate in activities to foster their understanding of our equity gaps and ways to close them. Details will be posted soon.