Please join ACAO as we host this Town Hall presented by:
Every Learner Everywhere
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom: Teaching and Curriculum Considerations

Our collaborative work to advance equity in higher education centers on the transformation of postsecondary teaching and learning. Improving equity requires acknowledging where and why inequities exist and actively working to eliminate them. In this town hall, learn how to develop an anti-racist analytical framework, based on an anti-racist growth mindset — the belief that all people, including educators, have the potential for constant evolution and development of a more thorough understanding and practice of antiracist behaviors. The exercises and processes outlined here will help you and your team decide how and where to begin in making your academic institution a more equitable place for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, first-generation, and poverty-affected students.

Please join facilitators Dr. Jessica Rowland Williams, ELE and  Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims , College of San Mateo, to discuss the IMPACT Framework.


With the permission of *Rooted in Love, Every Learner Everywhere adapted the IMPACT Equity Evaluation specifically to supplement Getting Started With Equity: A Guide for Academic Department Leaders. We are convinced this adaptation is true to the spirit of the IMPACT Equity Evaluation. At the same time it is worth noting that we have made several changes designed to encourage, empower, and equip justice centered, equity advancing departments to conduct a systematic audit of institutionalized policies and practices. The IMPACT Equity Evaluation is the work of Jeremiah Sims, Ph.D., and Rachel Sims, M.A., for Rooted in Love. Jeremiah and Rachel also developed an anti-racist growth mindset self-evaluation tool for those engaged in the work of identifying, calling out, and redressing racism in policies, practices, procedures, and pedagogies.

Register in advance for this meeting: January 18, 2022 12:00 - 1:00pm ET

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims, Director of Equity, College of San Mateo

Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims, inaugural Director of Equity for the College of San Mateo, was born in Oakland and raised in Richmond, California. Because of his own life experiences, Jeremiah has devoted his career to the realization of educational equity for hyper marginalized students. Jeremiah is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a B.A. in rhetoric, with honors, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in education. Jeremiah's work, chronicled in his first book, Revolutionary STEM Education: Critical-Reality Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males (Peter Lang, 2018), details his experiences as an educator working toward a revolutionary, paradigm shift in the STEM education of and for Black boys. His second book, Minding the obligation gap in community colleges...(2020), illuminates the role that community college practitioners must play in order to deconstruct the institutionalized inequities found in higher education. In two forthcoming books, The white educators guide to social justice in community colleges (Wallace, Sims, and Hotep, Forthcoming) and Towards liberation: Antiracism and the redesign of college redesign (Sims, Forthcoming), Sims works to demystify the pernicious relationship between racialized capitalism and white supremacy and the role that this unholy union plays in pathologizing poor, hyper marginalized BIPOC students, while arguing for committed educators to work towards an antiracist growth mindset. Sims is also the editor of a Peter Lang book series, Educational Equity in Community Colleges.

Dr. Jessica Rowland Williams,  Director, Every Learner Everywhere

Jessica is the Director of Every Learner Everywhere, a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and better serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students. As Director, she provides leadership and vision for the network and leads the operation of the network strategy. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underserved, minority, and low-income students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.