Miramar College Hosts Equity Summit Oct. 27-28

Miramar College hosted the second annual Dr. Constance Carroll Lecture Series Equity Summit Oct. 27-28. The two-day event began Thursday, Oct. 27 at 4pm with a keynote address from Dr. Luke Lara in L-105 (library auditorium). Day 1 was a free community focused event with almost 70 members of the public in attendance.    

Day two of the summit, geared toward campus employees, began at 8:30am in L-105 and also include a keynote address by Dr. Lara. The day 2 session went into the early afternoon.      

The theme for this year’s summit is Building Community through Cultural Humility

The Oct. 28 keynote address was followed by an interactive day of activities aligned with our them of Building Community through Cultural Humility. There were table topics for attendees to enjoy that included: cultural humilty toolkit, Harvard implicit bias, and the building of privilege bracelets.

“No matter where we all are on our DEI awareness path, I was thrilled to see lots of folks attend this meaningful event,” said Dr. Wes Lundburg, president of Miramar College. “I would love to see us all join together in marching forward, helping each other along in our collective strengths and weaknesses. There is value simply in doing this together. I'm also very confident that if we do, we will continue to bring Miramar College, and our surrounding community, to its fullest potential.”

Dr. Luke Lara is a prominent leader for change in California's community colleges, and is "guided by an ethic of love, social justice, and equity." Lara has served as Academic Senate President and leader for Guided Pathways at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA. He is a graduate of SDSU’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Dr. Lara is an Ecuadorean immigrant who grew up in Minnesota as a low-income, ESL student.

“Friday’s session was highly interactive,” said Nessa Julian, associate dean, Academic Success and Integrated Support Services, and Judy Patacsil Faculty Coordinator for LEAD. “It focussed on the College’s work around DEI and how we can put our plan in place."

The summit is put on by the LEAD Office at San Diego Miramar College.

About Dr. Luke Lara

Since 2006, Dr. Luke Lara has served as a positive change agent in California’s Community Colleges, guided by an ethic of love, social justice, and equity. Dr. Lara is a counseling faculty member and recently served as Academic Senate President and Guided Pathways Lead at MiraCosta College. He earned his doctorate from the Educational Leadership program at San Diego State University, with a research focus on faculty diversification and retention. His humble roots began in Quito, Ecuador. After immigrating to Minneapolis, MN he began his K-12 educational journey as a low-income, ESL student. Luke grew up as part of a large bicultural, biracial family of musicians and educators that honor their Afro-Ecuadorian and Andean ancestry. Over the last four years, he has been involved statewide as a consultant and featured expert on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) and California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO). Dr. Lara has published a peer reviewed journal article, co-authored several ASCCC papers and rostrum articles, and has presented webinars on topics such as student equity, guided pathways, and faculty diversification and retention.

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