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Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor

Anchored in the Austin Community College (ACC) Faculty Values and developed by Dr. Lydia A. CdeBaca, the Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor course is designed to decrease equity gaps across our institution. Faculty members will go on a journey of self-examination and critical reflection in order to implement evidence-based equitable teaching and learning strategies.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lydia CdeBaca,

Course Topics

    • Intersectional identities and unconscious bias
    • Defining diversity, equality, and equity
    • Stereotype threat
    • Funds of knowledge, and community cultural wealth
    • Balancing academic challenge with authentic care
    • Higher education norms as related to equitable teaching practices
    • Distinctions between multicultural, culturally responsive, and culturally sustaining pedagogies
    • Applying equitable assessment strategies

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Additional Information

Faculty members will reflect on and share informed personal responses with colleagues and create a digital story chronicling their journey toward equity-mindedness.

The course is 20 hours and includes 10 hours of asynchronous online coursework. The remaining hours will be completed in the synchronous meetings on Blackboard Collaborate, Fridays, from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The synchronous meeting is dedicated to faculty sharing, learning, and collaborating with each other.

Maximum Number of Participants: 20

Please Note:
All meetings will be held synchronously online.


Taught at ACC for a minimum of any 2 semesters


$300 for successful completion


Applications Closed


Applicants notified by September 4th, 2020

Course Schedule


Week Date/Time
(Synchronous Online Meeting)
Main Topic for the Week

Week 1

Sept 12th – 18th, 2020

Sept 18th, 2020

Module 1

Self-Awareness and Teaching as an Equity-Minded Instructor

Week 2

Sept 19th – 25th, 2020

Sept 25th, 2020

Module 2

Interpersonal Understanding: Becoming Authentic as an Equity-Minded Instructor

Week 3

Sept 26th – Oct 2nd, 2020

Oct 2nd, 2020
Module 3

Managing Community: Demonstrating Respect in the Classroom as an Equity-Minded Instructor

Week 4

Oct 3rd – 9th, 2020

Oct 9th, 2020

Module 4

Narrating Your Journey through Digital Storytelling

Week 5

Oct 12th – 16th, 2020

Oct 16th, 2020
Digital Storytelling Showcase and Wrap-Up

Developed by Dr. Lydia CdeBaca

Photo of Dr. Lydia CdeBaca standing in front of a banner that reads "ACC is for EVERYONE!".Dr. Lydia CdeBaca is committed to improving educational outcomes for underserved students through both higher education and community-based education initiatives. CdeBaca received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English with graduate certificates in Mexican American Studies and Native American/Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington. She currently serves as a College Associate with the Ascender Program at Austin Community College, where she also teaches courses in English Composition, Integrated College Reading and Writing, Humanities, Mexican American/Chicano Studies, and ESL. Beginning Spring 2020, CdeBaca is also returning to her alma mater at UT as a Lecturer in Contemporary Latinx Literature and Culture.

Prior to joining ACC, CdeBaca served as Operations Manager and Director of the Teaching and learning for Student Success Peer Mentoring Program for Catch the Next, Inc., a college readiness and completion organization based in Austin, Texas. This work built on her experience at Houston Community College, where she served as Associate Chair of the English Department, Program Coordinator for Humanities/Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, and Director of the Mexican American/Latino Studies Program from 2012-2016. CdeBaca is excited to continue this work in the development and promotion of Mexican American Studies as Program Coordinator of the Mexican American/Chicano Studies Program in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at ACC.

“Becoming an Equity-Minded Instructor” was developed in collaboration with the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color with the direct participation of Consortium co-founder and Texas A&M University Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Human Resources Development, Dr. Luis Ponjuan.