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Closing the Equity Gap: Professional Development Opportunities

Resources for instructors on strategies, activities, professional development opportunities to help them close the equity gap at PVCC.


Open Education 2020

Location: Online, Nov. 9-13, 2020


The Open Education Conference is the world's premiere venue for sharing and learning about state-of-the-art research, practice, and advocacy in open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education.

NAME: National Assoc. of Multicultural Education Conference

Location: TBD, Oct. 8-10, 2020  Living Multicultural Education: Peace & Justice through the Ballot Box and Activism



Founded in 1990, NAME has become the premier national and international organization that is committed to issues of equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice in schooling.

National Equity Project: Center for Equity Leadership: Virtual Courses


Everyone can use coaching skills to become a better leader – coaching means supporting people in your organization to become more effective. Learn how to develop and strengthen the people you work with to become more effective teachers, teammates, and leaders.


NASPA Events

NASPA is the professional home for the field of student affairs. It offers a variety of online events/training. Follow the link to find one that best suits your needs.




AAHHE: American Assoc. of Hispanics in Higher Education

Location: Online, March 1-7, 2021


The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) is entering its sixteenth year and continues to address issues and concerns affecting Hispanics, with a focus on higher education. While the Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority population in America, Hispanics are still highly underrepresented in the undergraduate and graduate enrollments and graduation rates.

AABHE: American Assoc. Of Blacks in Higher Education

Location: TBD


The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) is an outgrowth of the Black Caucus, which was a component of the former American Association of Higher Education (AAHE). As such, AABHE has a rich history of representing African Americans in higher education on national and international levels. The Black Caucus created the Summit for Blacks in Higher Education.

Annual Conference NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 
Location: Kansas City, TBD 2021.


The NASPA Annual Conference is a global gathering of student affairs educators passionate about critical higher education issues.

APAHE: Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education

Location: Oakland, April 14-16, 2021


Addresses Asian Pacific American concerns and issues in higher education. 

NCORE: National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

Location: TBD. In the meantime, you may wish to check out their webinars.


NCORE focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

AHEAD: Assoc. on Higher Education and Disability

Location: Austin, July 19 – 23, 2021


Since 1977, AHEAD has offered an unparalleled member experience to disability resource professionals, student affairs personnel, ADA coordinators, diversity officers, AT/IT staff, faculty and other instructional personnel, and colleagues who are invested in creating welcoming higher education experiences for disabled individuals.

Webinars or Self-led Modules on Inclusive Teaching/Environments

Online Equity & Inclusion Courses from NASPA 

Explore free and fee-based online learning options on equity and inclusion topics from the NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Teaching Tolerance: Professional Development Modules 

Check out the four different modules on anti-bias education from Teaching Tolerance. Lots of tips on inclusive language, listing, building an inclusive classroom, etc.

Professional Development Online from Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Engaging. Respectful. Equitable. Illuminating. Purposeful. Good classroom discussions in higher education embody all of these elements – and more. Yet while an increasing body of research demonstrates the importance of effective student-centered discussions, ensuring classroom exchanges consistently achieve this level of quality often presents a challenge – particularly for early-stage professors or graduate students about to enter the teaching profession.

MCLI: Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation Events

Check out these upcoming opportunities offered by our own MCLI. You can register on the Employee Learn Center.

Implicit Bias Basics: Now You Know What You Don’t Know - Webinar: multiple dates
8/14/2020: 9:00 - 10:30 am & 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

9/14/2020: 10:00 - 11:30 am & 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Jacqueline Starks

Prerequisites: A. Complete 3 IAT’s and submit results of the 2 required IAT’s to 3 days prior to the course (by close of business on 8/10/2020) or your name will be removed from the roster. Your name or other identifying information will not be attached to either of the IAT’s. The information will be used collectively in the course. You must complete and submit from Project Implicit Social Attitudes: 1) Race IAT and 2) Gender IAT. The third IAT is your choice. Preview clip after taking the IAT’s. (Will be emailed separately after confirming receipt of IAT's)

Course Objectives:1. Have a basic understanding of how biases are formed in our unconscious.2. Explore the impact of implicit bias as a foundation that affects policy, processes and decision-making.3. Share space, knowledge and understanding with one another.This program is a first step to understanding bias that is often unintentional but impactful either positively or negatively for different social groups. When unexamined, implicit bias may lead to discriminatory attitudes, actions, policies, processes and decisions.