Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Ursula Kroemer
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Diego City College
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

The District prohibits illegal discrimination. District policy provides “No person shall be unlawfully subjected to discrimination or denied full and equal access to, or the benefits of, district programs or activities on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity, gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.” Board Policy 3410 Nondiscrimination.
https://www.sdcity.edu/faculty-staff/docs/faculty_handbook.pdf (pg.43 pdf)

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

A complaint of unlawful discrimination or harassment can be filed with a Site Compliance Officer (SCO). Please click on the following link for information on how to contact an SCO. Once a complaint is filed, an investigation may be conducted by the SCO as part of the Informal Resolution Process ("IRP") to gather facts and help resolve the complaint (Title V Section 59327). Alternatively, the complainant may file a formal written complaint by submitting a completed San Diego Community College District Unlawful Discrimination Complaint Form to the District's Equal Opportunity & Diversity Officer (Title V Section 59328).
Please click on the following link for a copy of the formal complaint form. Below, please find a list of the Site Compliance Officers and their contact information. • San Diego City College, Edwin Hiel, Training & Investigations, E‐Building, ehiel@sdccd.edu | 619‐388‐3036 • District Office and Service
Center,Johanna Palkowitz, Training & Investigations jpalkowi@sdccd.edu | 619‐388‐6591

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE).
EOPS is a state-funded student support services program. Its purpose is to provide special recruitment, retention, and transition services to eligible students. The services offered are “above and beyond” those offered by the college’s Student Services division. The primary services include assistance in the following areas: priority enrollment, counseling/advisement, and preparation for transition to four-year colleges and universities. EOPS students who are single parents, have a child less than 14 years of age, and receive public assistance are encouraged to apply for the program’s Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) component. CARE provides additional support services to address those needs that are unique to single parents.
Welcome Home, City
If you are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities, we are here to help you. Homeless and Housing Insecure includes students who are:

Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
Abandoned in hospitals.
Living in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

The San Diego City College Diversity Committee will take a lead role in fostering a campus environment that welcomes and respects diverse life experiences. It is committed to promoting diversity among the faculty and classified professionals that reflects the diversity of the City College student population.
San Diego City College Educational Master Plan: 2016 - 2025
Equity, Inclusiveness, and Diversity — Strengthen and support an inclusive and diverse campus culture which enhances student, faculty, and staff success and closes equity gaps.
Workability III
WorkAbility III (WAIII) programs are established between select California community colleges and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). WAIII programs serve individuals with disabilities who are both community college students and DOR consumers desiring employment. Students are referred to the WAIII program by their DOR vocational rehabilitation counselor for enhanced, coordinated vocational services to help them obtain meaningful employment. The San Diego Community College District’s WAIII program has been in place since 1989 and continues to provide uniquely individualized services to its diverse program participants.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

Action Hunger Day Twice a month | Upper AH/BT Quad City College is teaming up with Feeding San Diego and San Diego. Food Bank to bring free, nutritious fruits and vegetables to all students, faculty and staff. Mental Health Counseling A-180 | 619.388.3055 | sdcity.edu/MentalHealthCounseling Our goal at the San Diego
City College Mental Health Counseling Center is to help students benefit fully from the college experience by supporting personal, social, and emotional well-being. We aim to support students as they balance the demands of their academic and personal lives. Services provided are confidential to include short-term individual, couples and group counseling, crisis intervention, and outreach/prevention. We also provide consultation and referral services to students, staff, and faculty
The Umoja Community at San Diego City College is a program designed to assist African American and other historically underrepresented students who desire to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and earn their degrees. Course materials, discussions, and activities focus on African-American culture, literature, and experiences. Through Umoja, students can prepare for transfer while taking culturally relevant coursework and participate in enriching activities with students who share similar goals.
Program Components:
Orientation,Counseling,Mentoring ,Supplemental Instruction/Tutoring,Academic and cultural enrichment activities
The "Pathways to Inclusive Leadership" workshops are innovative leadership skill development opportunities for City College employees to enhance self-awareness skills and foster personal development and professional growth. Being culturally competent and able to effectively build trust and lead inclusively are essential skills to promote a culture of caring and provide the ultimate student experience.

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

The CalWORKs Believe Program offers support services to students who receive TANF/CalWORKs benefits. Specialized services have been designed to support students in their career, education and personal goals.
Mission Statement:
To guide and empower individuals through advocacy, academic and personal counseling to achieve higher education leading to the attainment of a successful career and economic independence.
The "Believe" CalWORKs program will provide comprehensive educational plans through counseling academic advising sessions with faculty to Believe Participants in addition to Individual Training Plan documentation for county aid.
"Believe" CalWORKs students will be provided work study and job placement opportunities to support efforts towards self-sufficiency.
Through the efforts of the "Believe" CalWORKs program, students will have access to employment skills training with campus and community partners

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:

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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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