Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence


Sessions and Trainings Fall 2021


Faculty, staff and students are invited to increase their equity-consciousness by participating in a session or two.  Join in the dialogue with others and help create a more inclusive campus. REGISTER IN ADVANCE using the links provided.


SAC is establishing a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center. We invite you to join the TRHT Team for a common read experience to increase your understanding of social justice and begin peace building. Sign up to receive notice on meeting times and reserve a copy of “The Little Book of Racial Healing” by Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes. Sign up here:

Implicit Bias training for Students (in the classroom)
Facilitators: Mona Aldana-Ramirez and Dr. Marianne Bueno

Create space in your classroom to talk about the impact of implicit bias. Students engage in discussion and reflection during this group activity as they learn how bias manifests in our unconscious thinking. Contact to schedule this session with your classroom or student organization.

Implicit Bias and Intro to Microaggressions
Facilitators: Mona Aldana-Ramirez and Dr. Marianne Bueno

This session introduces participants to the concept of implicit bias, types of microaggressions, and offers strategies to address these issues faced by Black, Indigenous and people of color. Participants will complete the Implicit Association Test (IAT) during this session. Select and register for one session. 

Tuesday, September 21 @ 10:00 am – noon

Friday, October 15 @ 9:00 - 11:00 am

Identifying and Addressing Microaggressions
Facilitators: Dr. Marianne Bueno, Mona Aldana-Ramirez

This in-depth discussion provides examples of microaggressions students encounter on-campus and in the community. This is a continuation of the session on Implicit Bias. Learn how to identify and address this form of oppression to improve our campus culture. 

Tuesday, September 28 @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Using Land Acknowledgments
Facilitators: Various from SAC, NVC and NLC

Learn how we help make the invisible visible. This is a collaboration of colleagues from across the colleges working toward welcoming our Native Urban students. Come learn historical facts and understand the need to transform our institution through an inclusive narrative. Invited panelists will engage in dialogue on the purpose of and proper use of land acknowledgements. 

Monday, October 11 @ 3:00 - 4:30 pm   

Wednesday, November 10 @ 3:00 - 4:30 pm


Allyship and More
Facilitator: Kyle DeStefano

Calling all Equity Champions, Allies and anyone who wants to be part of transforming our institution into one of equitable student success. Engage in conversations of what it means to be an ally and advocating for marginalized people. This is an opportunity to learn and share ideas that advance equity, diversity and inclusiveness at our college.

Wednesday, October 27 @ 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Validating and Affirming Using Pronouns
Facilitators: Dr. Aisha Woods Zarb-Cousin, Jeremy Motley, Dr. Aurelia Rocha and Dr. Marianne Bueno

What’s all this talk about using proper pronouns to create an inclusive environment for everyone?  Come find out in this interactive session. Participants learn the importance of pronouns and create a welcoming environment for all. A few lucky participants will win prizes!

Thursday, September 30 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Friday, October 22 @ 9:00 - 10:30 am


Sharing What Works: Using Pronouns
Various faculty/staff facilitators

This is a follow-up to participants of “Validating and Affirming Using Pronouns” to share promising practices on the use of pronouns. Join in to hear and share what is working and connect with faculty and staff to advance equity practices.

Tuesday, October 26 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Equity in Hiring-Training for hiring committees
Facilitators: Mona Aldana-Ramirez and Dr. Marianne Bueno

Available for faculty and staff who are part of hiring new employees. This session reviews the role bias, merit and fit play a part in hiring practices by looking at data. Participants will learn how to apply equity-minded competencies to hiring rubrics and interviews. For additional dates, please request via email.

For STAFF positions: Tuesday, September 14 @ 10:00 - noon

For FACULTY positions: Thursday, September 23 @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm

For more information, contact Mona Aldana-Ramirez, Director of Student Success for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence @