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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?


All the ways that people are different at both the individual and groups levels, including social differences such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, legal, and mental/physical ability. Diversity requires examining the group makeup to ensure multiple perspectives, especially those underserved and marginalized people are represented. It ensures that everyone feels valued, respected, and celebrated.


The achievement of structural success, well-being and empowerment of students and employees. Equity accounts for systemic inequalities, meaning resources are distributed to those who are most in need in order to achieve parity and access to opportunities regardless of social differences. 


The intentional and ongoing effort to ensure that diverse individuals participate in the processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and a true sense of belonging


Providing equitable access to everyone along the continuity of human ability and experience. Accessibility goes beyond compliance to make space for each person's characteristics.


The work of actively opposing racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices, and attitudes. The practice of antiracism requires constantly identifying, challenging, and dismantling racist policies that foster equity and inclusion for the most marginalized groups.

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.