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Learn about IMPACT and how it can help us improve ECC!

The IMPACT Process

The purpose of IMPACT is to create opportunities for all people working in education to become change agents in their life and work, and to deepen their understanding of equity and the racist foundation that the educational system in this country was built upon.  If we do not  actively fight against white supremacy and racialized capitalism, we run the risk of perpetuating it so that institutional policies, practices, procedures, and pedagogies de-center justice and equity and, therefore, actually contribute to injustice and inequity. Our approach to equity work is rooted in radical love and inclusivity; we believe that IMPACT practitioners will develop an antiracist growth mindset and experience shifts in heart, no matter where their starting point is.

To participant find a couple of teammates and use the IMPACT equity scorecard and other tools to assess policies, practices and pedagogies at El Camino College. El Camino College’s Institutional Research and Planning office has created several relevant data dashboards that can provide primary data for your research. After identifying a problem that is disproportionately affecting marginalized groups of people, teams will research and collect evidence to thoroughly understand, define, and analyze the problem.  The project culminates in a visual presentation that is 5-7 minutes long presented to Cabinet, and an executive summary of the IMPACT work completed. 



In the Fall of 2022, El Camino College partnered with Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims and Rachel Sims (Rooted in Love) to begin a journey to institutionalize the IMPACT framework as an evaluation tool to advance equity through reformed policy, processes, and practices. Several teams of faculty and classified staff volunteered their time to investigate specific issues, gather data and ultimately presented their findings and recommendations for next steps at a President's meeting. Those IMPACT projects added to or initiated critical conversations on campus and with leadership. Along the way, we came to understand the deep need at ECC for spaces where people can come together and heal, encourage, and support one another. Enduring equity work is a journey of individual and collective self-reflection and growth. This spring, we will continue IMPACT work, along with a renewed focus on building a "beloved community" where every member feels valued, heard, and connected. We invite you to join us on this journey to a personal, antiracist growth mindset. We recognize that doing the necessary work to develop this mindset is a personal commitment, however, we also believe that we are interdependent as a community. It is our hope that your individual reflective work, to be increasingly justice-centered and equity-advancing, will fuel a collective shift in ECC's institutional culture. We believe that this shift will produce a more equitable and supportive community. Information for all of our sessions is available through the Office of Professional Development.


IMPACT Resources

IMPACT Toolkit

IMPACT Training Sessions Overview

Equity Glossary of Terms