2018 Annual Equity Conference
On October 25 and 26, 2018, the Florida College System (FCS), in partnership with the College of Central Florida, hosted the 2018 Annual Equity Conference in Ocala, FL. The purpose of this year’s conference was to empower and equip FCS equity, campus safety and disability officers with the knowledge necessary to foster student achievement and promote equitable opportunities for all students. Representatives from Florida’s 28 colleges were present to discuss and analyze national and statewide data trends on student completion and attainment disaggregated by student demographic characteristics, as well as learn from other Florida College System institutions that have successfully implemented systematic approaches to achieving equity, campus safety and civil rights on their individual campuses.
Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the American Association of Colleges and Universities served as the first day’s keynote to discuss her national work focused on “A Vision for Equity.” According to Dr. McNair, “Why equity matters should be a question that every educator should be able to answer, and ensuring student success should be the shared goal that we all have in common.”
Additional speakers included Nicole Washington who serves as the State Higher Education Policy Consultant at Lumina Foundation, Chancellor Madeline Pumariega of the Florida College System who provided the second day keynote, and representatives from the Center for Postsecondary Studies at Florida State University, the Gainesville Police Department, and various colleges who have excelled in implementing best practice strategies on their campuses.
Concurrent breakout sessions focused on ways to foster equity and inclusion through self-determination in underprepared students, disability and employment practices, innovative practices that have closed equity and achievement gaps, addressing student needs to overcome housing and food insecurity, campus safety and institutional policy, and best practice strategies for increasing campus safety and increasing student success and completion.
A special thank you to our sponsors and outstanding presenters who made the event possible!