Equity & Inclusion

Equity Events

FALL 2018 and Spring 2019 Equity Speaker Series 

This year, we are inspired by the values of compassion, humility, inclusion, civility, empathy, and respect. Thank you to the faculty, students, and staff who contributed to the Equity Speaker Series. In association with the efforts of the Contra Costa Community College district office, we combine to offer the LMC community the  Equity Speaker Series. 


All In Equity Fridays: Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop4/25  The Brain (Neuroscience), Mindfulness, and Inclusive Pedagogy 

Workshop: 12:00-1:30pm
College Complex 3rd Floor, LVN Classroom 361

Lunch will be provided.

Facilitators: Dr. Mayra Padilla and Dr. Amer Ahmed

When we think of students impacted by trauma, we often think of younger students first- but trauma and its effects can impact students of all ages including those in our classrooms and service areas. By examining the neuroscience behind the Fight, Flight, Freeze phenomena we will then explore the tools of mindfulness and several inclusive pedagogy strategies to better engage and support students.

About your facilitators:

Dr. Mayra Padilla earned a B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley. She worked as a neuroscientist at the San Francisco Brain Institute, SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute), and Sands Research, Inc. As a result of seeing too few Latin@ and African American scientists, Dr. Padilla returned to her hometown to take on the role of Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Equity, overseeing the HSI STEM & Equity Initiatives at Contra Costa College

Dr. Amer F. Ahmed is an organizational strategist who helps institutions and leaders address diversity and inclusion, equity, race, and intercultural development through consulting, coaching, group facilitation, and keynote speeches.  He was born in Ohio to Indian Muslim immigrants, and draws on lived experience, deep theoretical analysis, and practical application to guide institutions, leadership, and workplaces on a path to transformative change. Amer currently serves as the Director of Intercultural Teaching & Faculty Development (Faculty Appointment) at University of Massachusetts – Amherst ‘s Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development.


Neuroscience Workshop RSVP 


4/26  All in Equity Fridays Conversations

Promising Practices in Serving LGBTQIA+ Students  

Workshop: 2:00-3:30pm
Student Services Building 4th Floor, Rm 412

Lunch will be provided.

Facilitator: Dr. Chicora Martin

Join us on this All in Equity Friday for this review of promising practices, with a focus on policies, practices, language, and teaching methodologies. Facilitated by Dr. Chicora Martin we will introduce a framework on active allyship and intersectionality in building an affirming LGBTQIA+ campus community.


RSVP to Friday's Workshop


Self-Care & Equity Retreat


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César Chavez

Celebrating the Life of César Chávez Events at Los Medanos College

MLK/César Chávez Food Drive
February 11 through March 29

Civic & Student Leaders Networking Lunch
Monday, March 11, 12-1:30PM

Women's History: Dolores Huerta
Thursday, March 14, 9:30-11AM in L-109

César Chávez Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 26, in L-109 (time TBA)

César Chávez Awards Program & Recognition Ceremony
Friday, March 29 -- 6PM Reception, 7PM Program


13 – Sister Spit
empathy graphicMarch 13, 2019
Reception: 6:00-7:00 pm
Performance: 7:00-9:00 pm


Faculty Leads: Liz Green and Morgan Lynn

Juliana Delgado  Lopera
Baruch Porras-Hernandez
Katie Fricas
Cristy Road
Austin Hernandez
Katherine Agard
Itoro Udofia

In 2019 Sister Spit celebrates its 22nd year on the roads of the US.
The tour began in San Francisco in the 1990s as a weekly, girls-only open mic that was an alternative to the misogyny-soaked poetry open mics popular around the city at that time. Sister Spit became the first all-girl poetry roadshow at the end of the 90s. The tour was revived as Sister Spit: The Next Generation in 2007. In this next incarnation, out of respect to the changing gender landscape of our queer communities, the tour welcomed artists of all genders.

This year marks the tour's 22nd anniversary of bringing powerful, provocative, vital queer writers and performers on the road. 


15 & 16 – La Vida Loca
empathy graphicMarch 15 & 16 
Performance: 7:00 pm

The California Theatre 
$10 Students & Service Members
$12 General Admission

Featuring: Carlos Manuel

An apolitical in-your-face odyssey of a Mexican Immigrant Carlos Manuel’s La Vida Loca is a one-man ethno-drama of the playwright’s life story. Through witty yet honest storytelling, Manuel provides his audiences a riotously comic and fast paced theatrical romp through young life as a Mexican immigrant and gay man in the United States. Woven with satiric pop references, Spanish lessons for the uninitiated, and poignant stories of oppression and coming of age, La Vida Loca is insightful and entertaining testimony to the significance of an individual’s life journey, and the power of claiming and proclaiming one’s cultural identities.

This highly kinetic performance bringing the already lively account to a fully formed life, charming and occasionally challenging the audience to question their assumptions about ethnic and sexual identity. 



3/8 All In Equity Fridays: Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop
empathy graphicWorkshop: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Lunch provided
RSVP skwist@losmedanos.edu

This session will focus on culturally responsive pedagogy. Participants will also explore strategies for partnering across silos and creating a welcoming classroom environment for all students. Participants will explore culturally responsive teaching, student engagement activities, and more.



Equity Speaker imageNovember

"Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill" - A musical play about the life of Billie Holiday, hosted by Terrence Ivory, Nick Garcia, and Michael Yeong

Los Medanos College, Music Recital Hall (Room 702)
THURSDAY November 1st

empathy graphic"Empathy in Our Lives"

Title: Empathy in Our Lives

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: CC2-256

Speaker: Lora Groppetti, LMFT #43369
Mental Health Clinical Supervisor
Contra Costa County, EHSD
CSB-Head Start


What is empathy? How is it different from sympathy? What does it mean to engage in empathy in our lives? These questions and more will be answered at ourevent, "Empathy in Our Lives." Our event will expose students to the concept of empathy and explore that ways in which empathy is tied to respect, power and community. As our society continues to adapt and technology's role in our lives expands, we cannot lose sight of the significance empathy has in our everyday encounters. We'll discuss the role empathy plays in forming meaningful relationships and look at what our communities look like when we lack empathyOur speaker, Lora Groppetti, LMFT #43369 will pull from years of experience in her talk and encourage students to put theory into practice. Students will walkaway with increased knowledge and tools that they can use immediately in their own lives. This an event you surely do not want to miss.

Speaker Bio:

Lora Groppetti earned her Bachelors degree in Child Development at San Jose State University and her Masters degree at Cal State Hayward in Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling. She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has worked with children, adolescents, and families in her private practice for over 10 years. Empathy plays in an important role in working with the variety of concerns that come through her door including trauma, loss, anxiety, and behavior difficulties. In addition, she works as a clinical supervisor both in her private practice and in the Contra Costa County Head Start program supervising trainees and associates who are working towards licensure. She has experienced the value in getting to know others’ story and who they are which plays a key role in building connection and relationships.

Black Magic: A Slam Dunk


When:  November 29 9:35 am

Free Event

Filmmaker Dan Klores links the rise of the United States civil rights movement to the history of African American basketball players and coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson and musician Wynton Marsalis, this documentary explores the intersection of sports and culture through game footage and interviews with players such as Willis Reed and Dick Barnett.

The heart of the documentary is the story of John McLendon, considered to be the godfather of black college basketball. A genius of the sport, McLendon studied at the feet of Naismith at the University of Kansas in the 1930s, but he was not permitted to play for Naismith because of his race. McLendon would coach at the North Carolina College for Negroes, among other schools.

Because of segregation, black youngsters who wanted to play basketball went to black colleges. Eventually, they longed to test their skills against the best white teams. In 1948, McLendon formed  a committee that petitioned the NCAA to allow black colleges to participate in the year-end tournament; the organization replied that black colleges just couldn't compete. The secret, of course, was that some of the black teams were every bit as good as, if not better than, the elite white teams.



Getting Ready for Ajax: A Sneak Peak Audience Guide

Monday, December 3


Room  CC2-232

Free Event 

Want to get the most out of your audience experience for LMC’s production of the spectacular Greek tragedy Ajax?  This dynamic, interactive workshop is designed to introduce you to the famous figures and events of the mythological Trojan War so you can fully enjoy the play.

Join Humanities Professors Ken Alexander and Jennifer Saito and key members of the Ajax cast as they give you a “crash course” on the Greek way of war and Greek Theater.  You’ll learn the story of the doomed warrior Ajax and even see a few “sneak peek” scenes performed live.   Bring your questions and don’t miss this great event! 


Frederick Douglass Week

November 27 – December 9 

photo of Frederick Douglass 

Join us at LMC for festivities marking the 200th year anniversary of Frederick Douglass! 

Frederick Douglass Competition

Prizes will be awarded for Douglass inspired artwork, poetry, short stories, and essays!

(Details will be announced)


Douglass Book Raffle

Starting November 27, we will be having a “Douglass Book Raffle” at LMC. 

FD Story Time

There will be several Frederick Douglass reading sessions for children scheduled during “Frederick Douglass Week” at LMC and in the local community.

(Details will be announced)


Douglass Now: A Bicentennial Workshop Celebrating Frederick Douglass

By Dr. James Noel

December 4, 2018 

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 

CC2 257

 It was Frederick Douglass who asked “What, to the American slave, is your 4thof July?” This unsettling question drew attention to the ways that liberty was being defined and practiced in America during the nineteenth century. For Douglass, an African American, the fourth day in July “marked the injustice and cruelty” that black people were subjected to in America. Two hundred years on from Douglass’ birth in Talbot County, that question is still as sobering as it was when it left Douglass’ mouth.

As well as celebrating and recognizing the importance of Douglass’ life, this workshop seeks to revisit Douglass’ meditations on freedom as a way to evaluate our definitions of liberty in 2018.

Douglass Book Exhibit and Web Page

Organized By Roseann Erwin, Christina Goff, and Kim Wentworth 

From November 27 to December 9, the LMC Library will display a collection of books by and about Frederick Douglass. Students are encouraged to browse the books to learn about Douglass’s life and his impact on our country and the world. Additionally,  the library will publish a web page compiling a list of our books and online resources related to Frederick Douglass.


 Before Pulling the Trigger: A Workshop on Trigger Warnings and Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Where: CC2-257

When:  December 5th 9:30-10:30am 

By Dr. James Noel and Jill Buettner

Mary Louise Pratt (1991) refers to contact zones as “social spaces where cultures meet, clash and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power.” As a contact zone, the classroom can often be a challenging and even triggering space.

In the last few years, trigger warnings have been a polarizing topic in higher education. Some believe that trigger warnings are a pedagogically necessary response to potentially traumatizing class content, while others argue that trigger warnings are impediments to academic freedom and may even discourage learning.

In this workshop, we will engage in the trigger warning debate, examine the effects of trauma on the brain, discuss the relationship between trauma and writing, pose questions about how to handle sensitive content in the college classroom, and offer guidelines for creating spaces that are both safe and academically challenging. 

Come have a round table discussion about trauma-informed pedagogy. Donuts and coffee will be served.

Dani Sanderson, a mixed race woman with short curly hair. She holds one hand in her hair, looks down, and smiles. Ear buds are draped around her neck.This semester, we are inspired by the values of compassion, humility, inclusion, civility, empathy, and respect. Thank you to the faculty, students, and staff who contributed to the Equity Speaker Series. In association with the efforts of the Contra Costa Community College district office, we combine to offer the LMC community the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Series. 


"Who Am I To Stop It: Dani’s Story"- featuring a film screening and presentation by Cheryl Green, hosted by Nina Ghiselli

Los Medanos College, Music Recital Hall
Cheryl Green, MFA, MS is a multi-media digital artist, captioner, audio describer, and 2017 AIR New Voices Scholar. She brings her own lived experience with multiple invisible cognitive and physical disabilities to creating media that explores stories and politics from disability communities and to conducting CEU trainings for rehabilitation providers. Cheryl is an audio producer for the Disability Visibility Podcasts and a Member-Owner at New Day Films. She is the recipient of four grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Her audio and written blog, transcribed podcast, and documentary films are at whoamitostopit.com.
For more information please visit www.newday.com/film/who-am-i-stop-it

Who Am I To Stop It

Who Am I To Stop It is documentary about the traumatic brain injury community made by a filmmaker with disabilities from brain injury. It follows three artists as they navigate social isolation, stigma, and rebuilding their identities. They practice the arts to re-connect to their own sense of self-pride and to their larger communities. Rather than emphasize the injuries themselves or highlight medical aspects of disability, we explore consequences of institutional and internalized ableism. Through visual arts, music, and personal narrative, the subjects explore questions around poverty, sexuality, faith, family, success, and community. Using a biopsychosocial framework, Who Am I To Stop It deftly uncovers what lies beneath the surface for so many peers with brain injury and their communities. This film contains mature themes and adult language. The documentary weaves together three distinct stories that cross age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, family support, and disability. 

Sponsorship for viewing the film is provided by Superfest

Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since it first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970 it has become an eagerly anticipated international event—co-hosted by San Francisco's Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible to disabled filmgoers of all kinds.   


National Coming out Day October 11

Equity Speaker Series

The LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Caucus and ALLIES Student Group have  events coming up Thursday in honor of National Coming Out Day.  This event is part of the Equity Speakers' Series.    

The event will take place in L-109


  • 5:30: mixer/reception for the campus with food and beverages.
  • 6:00: LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff who choose to will share their coming out stories.
  • 6:30: Guest speaker Deb Cuny will share her story


Deb Cuny is a Restorative Justice Coach in the Oakland public school system working to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. She is also an advisory member for the #BornPerfect Campaign to End Conversion Therapy. As a conversion therapy and “ex-gay ministries” survivor, Deb speaks out on behalf of the campaign appearing in national media outlets such as Huffington Post, The Guardian, VICE, New York Magazine’s The Cut, and Mashable. After years of rejection from parts of the church, Deb has returned to her faith tradition graduating with an MDiv. from the Graduate Theological Union. 

7:00: Q & A

Prior to the reception, ALLIES and the LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Caucus will also be tabling in the outdoor quad for visibility and to promote on and off campus resources for LGBTQ+ students and allies.   

We will table from 2-5.