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Online Equity Affirmation

The mission of Foothill College reflects our institution-wide commitment to ensuring all students reach their full potential. We recognize that long-standing forms of institutionalized marginalization continue to negatively affect our students’ success and retention and that these can manifest in our online course design, teaching practices, and learning support services. As individuals within our institution, each of us must take an active role in dismantling these structural inequities in our classes.

To that end, we have developed this Online Equity Affirmation to support efforts to promote online learning that is socially just. We call particular attention to the roles of racism and socioeconomic disparity, as these are two of the biggest contributors to online equity gaps. These forms of marginalization often intersect, but not always, and as we seek to address them, it is essential that we avoid conflating the two.

This affirmation is intended to be used as a foundational lens for examining online course design in conjunction with the CVC-OEI Online Course Design Rubric.

Online Equity Affirmation document

For questions, comments, or help with using the affirmation, please contact Carolyn Holcroft or Lené Whitley Putz.

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