Racial Justice Taskforce
The Norco College Racial Justice Taskforce was created in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the California State Chancellor's Call to Action. We are committed to inclusivity and will be adding to our collection of resources encompassing the diverse group of students and employees we proudly serve.
Racial Justice Taskforce Purpose
- Identify racial inequities and dismantle racist practices in our institution for students and employees
- Inward assessment to examine where and how systemic racism is affecting our students and employees
- Audit classroom climate and create action plan to create inclusive classrooms and anti-racism curriculum (Call to Action)
- Develop and implement action plans to eliminate racial inequities in our institution
- Identify manifestations of systemic racism and anti-Blackness within our institution
- Educate on how to identify race issues at the college
▪ Be visible ▪ Open, honest conversation ▪ Listen to learn ▪ Share airtime ▪ Be present in the conversation ▪ Be open to new perspectives ▪ Establish level of confidentiality ▪ Call in culture ▪ Lean into discomfort and be brave ▪ No titles, no positions ▪
Dear Norco College Community,
The Norco College mission, deeply rooted over 29 years, is to serve as an institution that celebrates diversity and inclusion, expands access, and relentlessly pursues equity. We actively stand and educate against racism and are committed to ensuring that students receive an education free from discrimination in a welcoming and affirming environment.
As a community of educators, learners, dreamers, doers, activists, artists, inventors, and change agents, we believe that education is the great equalizer in our society. As a college community, we use our platform to amplify the voices of our students, of all students. We have a moral obligation to lead by modeling civility, embracing justice, showing respect, and opposing oppression and hatred.
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Statements of Support
2021 Project Team Members
Black Student Care
- Tenisha James, Dean, Student Services
- Kaneesha Tarrant, VP Student Services
- Steven Camacho, Assistant Professor, English
- Dallas Carter, Student Success Coach
- Bibiana Lopez, Assistant Professor, Math
- Kimberly Thomas, Student Resource Specialist
Celebrating Black and African American Culture
- Charise Allingham, Admin Assistant, Institutional Effectiveness
- Antonio Muñiz, Assistant Manager, Food Services
- Melissa Bader, Associate Professor, English
- Sean Davis, Assistant Professor, Counseling Umoja
- Gilbert Deleon, Counseling Clerk II, Counseling & Sup Svcs
- Kiandra Jimenez, Assistant Professor, English
- Amy Kramer, Assistant Professor, Counseling
Classroom and Campus Experience
- Lisa Nelson, Associate Professor, English
Dominique Hitchcock, Professor, Spanish and French
- Peggy Campo, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Physiology
Bibiana Lopez, Associate Professor, Math
Courtney Buchanan, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Quinton Bemiller, Dean of Instruction
Ammanda Moore, Assistant Professor, Communications
Melanie Golbach, Classified Professional
- Monica Green, President
- Gustavo Oceguera, Dean of Grants and Student Equity Initiatives
- Greg Ferrer, Director, Disability Resource Center
- Janet Hill, Assistant Professor, Sociology
- Sandra Popiden, Assistant Professor, Political Science
- Daniel Turrubiartes,
Beginning September 12, 2022 meetings will be:
2nd Monday of the month | 1:30-3:00 pm in OC-116 or Zoom:
4th Monday of the month | 1:30-3:00 pm in OC-116 or Zoom:
First Call to Action Forum
Project Team Charters
Norco College and HOTEP Equity Audit Town Hall Meeting – 04-19-2022
- Norco College and HOTEP presented a Town Hall meeting to present the final findings of the Equity Audit for Norco College. Introduction by Dr. Monica Green, President of Norco College; presented by Dr. Lauren Ford, Strategic Consultant, HOTEP, and Katrina Pantig, Strategic Consultant, HOTEP.
Black Minds Matter Webinar: Addressing Disproportionate School Suspension of Black Children and Youth
Suspending our Future: How Inequitable Disciplinary Practices Disenfranchise Black Kids in California's Public Schools
California State Chancellor's Office Call to Action Message and Resources
USC Webinar - White People talking to White People About Racism
Diverse Books Website
Implicit Bias Testing
Resources for White Accountability Groups- Dr. Kathy Obear
10-Point Plan to Address Anti-Blackness
Report and Recommendations for Improving Black and African American Student Outcomes
Webinar-Addressing Anti-Blackness in Education
Being Black And Feeling Safer Away From America
Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard
The MSW@USC Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege
Inside Higher Ed Article- Leveraging the Neuroscience of Now- Mays Imad explores seven ways professors can help students thrive in class in times of trauma.
@ONE provides an opportunity to explore humanizing the classroom online. They have a 3-day challenge to learn more, they will provide verification of attendance we can use for FLEX.
Employing Equity-minded & Culturally-Affirming Teaching Practices in Virtual Learning Communities-Notes 07-31-2020 from CORA webinar of March 26th featuring Dr. Luke Wood and Dr. Frank Harris
The Prison Within: A discussion with cinematographer and film participant Troy Williams on restorative justice and ending mass incarceration. Sponsored by Liberated Scholars, Associated Students of Norco College, and the Racial Justice Task Force.
An Urgent Call to Action: Equity for Black Minds - EdEQ - An Urgent Call to Action for Black Minds-a national educational advocacy training on supporting the success of Black students in K-12 education.
Black Minds Matter
Black Minds Matter was designed as a free, public course to draw parallels between the violence facing Black Lives in policing and the symbolic violence facing Black Minds in schools, colleges, and universities. Black Minds Matter addresses the experiences and realities of Black males in education, drawing parallels between the Black Lives Matter movement and the ways that Black minds are engaged in the classroom.
RECORDING Session 1 - Features special guests Dr. Tyrone Howard and Shante Needham (sister of Sandra Bland). HERE: BLACK MINDS MATTER SESSION 1
RECORDING Session 2 - Features special guests Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Ivory Toldson, and Gwen Carr (the mother of Eric Garner).
BLACK MINDS MATTER SESSION 2
REGISTER For Session 3 - You should access all future sessions at youtube/com/c/coralearning. However, you can REGISTER to receive notices from Zoom (optional). Features special guests. Dr. William Smith, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Dr. Frank Harris III & Michael Brown Sr. (the father of Michael Brown Jr.)
A SHORT READ. If you are looking for an article to read, here is a new one on Black Girls "I Love My Hair: The Weaponizing of Black Girls' Hair"
DONATE. Our featured guest this week was Gwen Carr (the mother of Eric Garner). Please consider supporting her foundation: http://garnerwayfoundation.org/
FREE CEU'S. The Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), is providing free CEU's to those who participate in Black Minds Matter. CEU's can be earned for participation in the series by attending each session and completing the readings identified within the public syllabus. Go here to register for CEU's: https://coralearning.org/product/black-minds-matter/
SYLLABUS. We have put together a public course syllabus identifying the learning outcomes of the series along with recommended readings. Click here to retrieve the
Black Student Voices