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Equity Tools for Practitioners

Resources for faculty, classified professionals, and administrators. These resources will help you start your journey to becoming an equity champion at AVC.

What is DEIAA?


The myriad of ways in which people differ, including the psychological, physical, cognitive, and social differences that occur among all individuals, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion, economic class, education, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, mental and physical ability, and learning styles. Diversity is all-inclusive and supportive of the proposition that everyone and every group should be valued. It is about understanding these differences and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of our differences.


The condition under which individuals are provided the resources they need to have access to the same opportunities, as the general population. Equity accounts for systematic inequalities, meaning the distribution of resources provides more for those who need it most. Conversely, equality indicates uniformity where everything is evenly distributed among people. 


Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power. 


The opportunity [for a person with a disability] to acquire the same information and materials, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. This includes the intentional design or redesign of technology, policies, products, services, and facilities that increase one's ability to use, access, and obtain the respective item. 


A powerful collection of antiracist policies that lead to racial equity and are substantiated by antiracist ideas. Practicing antiracism requires constantly identifying, challenging, and upending existing racist policies to replace them with antiracist policies that foster equity between racial groups.

Definitions from CCCCO's DEIA Glossary. Please find a link in 'Web Resources' for more information.

The value of data as it relates to advancing equity depends on how we make meaning of the data through the process of critical reflection and meaning making.  The Center of Urban Education (CUE) describes this process as equity-minded sensemaking, which goes beyond noticing equity gaps in outcomes to interpreting equity gaps as an indicator that current practices are not working and asking equity-minded questions about how/why current processes are failing to serve students experiencing these inequities (McNair, Bensimon, Malcolm-Piquex, 2020, p. 61).

When looking at data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, consider the following:

  • What patterns do you see in the data?
  • Which racial groups are experiencing inequities?
  • What might be contributing to the equity gaps?
  • What additional information is needed to better understand equity gaps?
  • What questions might you ask for deeper understanding?
  • How might you use this information to inform goal setting?

The following equity data resources are made available by the IERP office:

For more information, please visit the IERP Dashboards page.