Communities of Practice

Fall 2021 CoPs

—Listed in order based on the date of the first meeting.

Byron Reaves and George Sellu
Creating Black Equity in the Classroom, Continued!

This CoP will move SRJC closer to creating equity for Black students in the classroom by centering Black student experience and backgrounds in our curriculum, pedagogical practices and classroom policies.

F, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
F, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Audience: Faculty


Amy Flores and Pattie Myers
Separate But Not Alone; Coming Together to Learn, Collaborate, and Lead

This CoP is an invitation to classified professionals and faculty from tutoring and learning centers. As everyday storytellers, participants will share best practices for student-centered learning, develop and sustain best practices in equity and learning

F, Oct. 1, 11:00-1:30 p.m.
F, Oct. 15, 11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
F, Oct. 29, 11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
F, Nov. 19, 11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
F, Dec. 3, 11:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified


Rhonda D. Findling and Rafael Vazquez
Ally is a Verb

Learn/discuss how to become an effective ally to any group/person in the non-privileged position. Topics include how to respond with empathy and action. Focus will be on allyship with BIPOC and LGBTQ, but includes relevance with any marginalized group.

W, Oct. 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
W, Oct. 13, 7-8:45 p.m.
W, Oct. 20, 7-8:45 p.m.
W, Oct. 27, 7-8:45 p.m.
W, Nov. 3, 7-8:45 p.m.
W, Nov. 17, 7-8:45 p.m.
W, Dec. 1, 7-8:45 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified, Administrators


Vince Bertsch and Jan Kmetko
STEM Student Activities - Community of Practice (SSA-CoP)

Join us, as we examine issues of student equity and develop our student enrichment activities. We’ll support MESA and strive to bridge the educational and professional opportunity gaps for our first generation, low income, and under-represented students.

F, Oct. 8, 12-2 p.m.
F, Oct. 22, 12-2 p.m.
F, Oct. 29, 12-2 p.m.
F, Nov. 12, 12-2 p.m.
F, Nov. 19, 12:30-5 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified, Administrators


Jesekah Loggins and Byron Reaves
The Umoja Supported Program

This CoP is for Faculty, Classified, and Administrators who’ve made a commitment to developing their courses/department services to become Umoja Supported. Join this CoP in Fall; you will gain access to high quality professional development around Umoja.

F, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
F, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
F, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified, Administrators


Lori Kuwabara and Lauren Servais
Nice Racism?

Were you intrigued by the book White Fragility? Then come to this CoP for the next step: DiAngelo’s second book, Nice Racism. Let’s read it, critique it, and most importantly make connections to our lived experiences, both in our personal lives and at SRJC. Our discussions should be revelatory.

T, Oct. 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Th, Oct. 21, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
T, Oct. 26, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Th, Oct. 28, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
T, Nov. 2, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified, Administrators


Miriam Dvorin-Spross
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Praxis in Higher Education

Teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students can be both frustratingly challenging and immensely rewarding. Culturally responsive pedagogy offers a framework for meeting these challenges.

T, Oct. 26, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Th, Oct. 28, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
T, Nov. 2, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Th, Nov. 4, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
T, Nov. 9, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Audience: Faculty


Spring 2022 CoPs

—Listed in order based on the date of the first meeting.

Amy Flores and Pattie Myers
CDCP Noncredit Instruction

This Community of Practice aims to bring together GED/HiSET faculty and interested faculty to identify CDCP (Career Development and College Preparation) noncredit program opportunities.

F, Jan. 21, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
F, Feb. 25, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
F, Mar. 11, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
F, Apr. 22, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
F, Apr. 29, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Audience: Faculty


Bita Bookman and April Oliver
Teaching, Assessing, and Engaging Diverse Student Populations Across Disciplines

With the shared goal of supporting students who lack college-level proficiency in academic reading and writing, instructors from different disciplines come together in this CoP to develop and practice Universal Design strategies for scaffolding content, moving toward equitable assessments, and increasing students’ engagement in online and in-person classrooms.

F, Jan. 28, 12 – 2:30 p.m.
F, Feb. 11, 12 – 2:30 p.m.
F, Feb. 25, 12 – 2:30 p.m.
F, Mar. 11, 12 – 2:30 p.m.
F, Apr. 1, 12 – 2:30 p.m.

CoP may transition to in-person meetings if District safety protocols allow.

Audience: Faculty


Roam Romagnoli, Byron Reaves, and Malena Hernandez Legorreta
Dreaming an FYE into Existence: A Cross-Constituency Collaboration

We propose a working community of practice that culminates in a pilot FYE program for Fall 2022 that centers equity, reflects contemporary data/research/theory, and aligns with the guided pathways framework adopted by the Academic Senate.

F, Jan. 28, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
F, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
F, Mar. 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
F, Apr. 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified, Administrators


Jurgen Kremer, Kent Wisniewski, Solen Sanli Vasquez, Brenda Flyswithhawks, and Catherine Williams
Decolonizing Science and Honoring Indigenous Ways of Knowing

We will critically examine western science as a product of colonialism and its responsibility in the systematic oppressing of many peoples and honor methods that indigenous peoples have practiced for systematically studying the world and recenter the role of storytelling in learning.

M, Feb. 7, 12 – 2 p.m.
M, Feb. 21, 12 – 2 p.m.
M, Mar. 7, 12 – 2 p.m.
M, Apr. 4, 12 – 2 p.m.
M, Apr. 12 – 2 p.m.
M, May 2, 12 – 2:30 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified, Administrators


Byron Reaves and Roberto Alvarado
Equity to Action: Building relationships with students through an equity lens

Puente, APASS, and UMOJA practices help guide the process of building strong, meaningful, and substantial relationships. We will share practices to help practitioners identify barriers and challenges that prevent successful rapport building with students.

F, Mar. 11, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
F, Apr. 8, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
F, Apr. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Classified


Roam Romagnoli, Jenn Perez, and Riva Bruenn
RJ in the Classroom: Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Restorative Teaching and Grading Practices

We invite faculty from across disciplines to join an “Interdisciplinary Community of Praxis”, where we will explore Restorative and Transformative Pedagogies and work together to apply these frameworks to our course policies and/or assignments.

We will plan for Zoom and would like to use consensus with the group to determine whether we will transition to in-person meetings should district safety protocols allow.

F, Mar. 18, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
F, Apr. 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
F, Apr. 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
F, May 6, 9a.m. – 12 p.m.
Audience: Faculty