District Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) Award of Excellence Winners and Nominees from PVCC.

It is my pleasure to share with you the District Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) Award of Excellence winner and nominees from PVCC. I am so proud of our continued and elevated efforts to address the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals and especially pleased to recognize this year’s DAC winners and nominees. Congratulations and job well done.

PVCC – District Diversity Advisory Committee Award Winners

Drs. Norma Chandler and Versha Anderson – Leadership of  Take Action College Committee (TACT) and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement Committee (DEIE)

From the nomination – Drs. Chandler and Anderson for their leadership to bring about justice and equity at PVCC.  Ever since they started leading the TACT meetings in Summer of 2020 and then with their leadership on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement committee, they have brought about more meaningful discussion and positive changes towards making PVCC a fairer and more just institution.  Dr. Anderson and Dr. Chandler championed Take Action College Team (TACT) in summer 2020. The team was challenged to craft a framework to ensure our campus explicitly and intentionally acknowledges diversity, equity, and inclusion in our policies. This has a positive impact on all current and future employees, students, and community members. 

PVCC Nominees to the District Diversity Advisory Committee Awards

Drs. Stephanie Bjork and Leila Palis – Founding Leaders of the Equity NOW Committee

From the nomination – The mission of the Equity NOW committee is to close opportunity and achievement gaps for our students by collecting and analyzing data, cultivating equity consciousness and awareness on campus, engaging in ongoing review and improvement of college policies and practices, and developing curriculum and support services that are culturally relevant, inclusive, and dynamic. Here is a partial list of their accomplishments: Get to Know Our Evening and Part-time Students handout created and shared; PVCC Employee Resources to Help Students Succeed handout created and shared; Social worker hired; Puma Resources for Students button added to Canvas courses.

Professor Adria Pecora – Artist and Champion of Diversity

From the nomination – Professor Pecora has always been there for me and I believe for students as well. Her commitment to the arts and to her art students and for me as an adjunct faculty member has been without question. Her diversity in knowledge accentuated how she approaches the classroom. Her engagement of the student artist and us adjuncts as professionals at PVCC has proven nothing short of inspirational. Ms. Pecor’s support has always engaged the student artist in production and academic theory including the rights of so many, including women artists and the aged.

Dr. David Pegram, Dr. Caron Sada, Peter Tometi, Sam Fraulino, Dr. Carolyn Miller, Professor Sheila Beeler, Dr. Jon Hayashi, and Bruce McHenry, and for Club Z Calm Talk and Z Connect Collaboration

From the nomination – The Collaboration: 1) created/implemented Calm Talk experiences for several groups so that people with diverse perspectives could understand each other better; 2) awarded two PVCC students with Z Connect funded $500 cash awards for their “creative and action oriented projects” and 3) created and awarded the first Peter Tometi award to augment the Z Connect awards for students who not only submit creative and action oriented projects, but projects that “bring people together.”  For Calm Talk experiences, the diverse groups discussed Politics 2020, Wearing Masks and Addressing Food Insecurity during multiple virtual events and reached students/employees/community members.

Miette Ornelas  and Cynthia Roas – Office of Recruitment

From the nomination – Miette and Cynthia are student employees who demonstrate strong teamwork and communication skills as they work to build a diverse and inclusive student population at PVCC. They provide 100% dedication to their work and team in their roles as student workers. Their good work is representative of staff that are not always recognized, but who do so much on-the-ground work of connecting and informing others about the college and our resources.

Please join me as we celebrate at the Diversity Advisory Council Recognition Event honoring Drs. Norma Chandler and Versha Anderson and the awardees from the other MCCCD colleges, and the District Office. The event will be held virtually:

Friday, April 9, 2021 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. LINK: https://youtu.be/fXuRhEiXWxQ