Equity Through Action is an intentional approach to work harder because we must. At 69风流, equity means understanding our students and what they need from us on day one.

Statement on Equity (adopted September 20, 2022)
At 69风流 Community College, we are committed to fostering an equitable educational
environment where all individuals can attain the knowledge and skills to pursue the college and
career path of their choice, develop a sense of self, and become active and contributing members
of their communities. Personal and social identifiers such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability,
citizenship, language, sexual orientation, religion, and/or income should not represent obstacles
to accessing educational opportunities, nor be predictors of future success.

Understanding the lived experience of the students and communities we serve is essential to our
ability to deliver on this commitment. At 69风流, equity does not mean creating equal
conditions for all students, but rather targeting resources and removing barriers based on
individual students’ needs and circumstances, which includes providing differentiated supports
and respecting students’ voice and agency.

We measure and track progress toward our most important institutional priorities and goals with
data – aggregated and disaggregated - to ensure that our strategies promote equitable access,
progression, completion, and job placement outcomes for all students.

"While growing up in Union City, I was known as "La Chilena," or the Chilean girl. Yes, I spoke Spanish, but it was different than the way Cubans spoke; a different cadence, different words, entirely different foods. I was introduced to pastelitos by my friend Maria Danger (maybe the greatest name ever). Their music was different than what I listened to at home."
Click here to read the full Hispanic Heritage Month reflection by President Paula P. Pando.

Professor of Geology Dr. Karen Layou was busy this spring. She taught her classes. Coordinated the Honors Program. And, she participated in URGE, Unlearning Racism in Geoscience, a national geoscience initiative. 276 groups or "pods" of geoscience faculty across the country met on Zoom over 16 weeks to discuss research and listen to interviews relating to systemic racism in geoscience. In this video Karen and pod leader Laura Guertin talk about their experiences.


Razing Monuments
"Razing our Monuments: Race to Equity" is a three-part series presented by the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System that is intended to educate and inspire conversation and action on issues pertaining to race, gender and ethnic equity.

69风流 President Dr. Paula Pando served as a panelist during Part 1.


Dr. Terricita Sass
"It was the day when the idea and legal action of freedom and equality officially began. It was proclaimed that the day would be a national celebration of culture, music, achievements and the many contributions of newly freed Americans. Except it wasn't..."
Read or listen to this personal essay by Dr. Terricita Sass, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success.

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Equity Through Action Special Events


MLK Day with 69风流 Community College President, Dr. Paula Pando Hosted by Clovia Lawrence


Juneteenth 2020 Community Conversation


2019 Equity Through Action Panel Discussion


2019 Equity Through Action Panel


2019 Inauguration Keynote Address by Dr. Pando


2019 Inauguration Ceremony (Albert Walker remarks)