The Center's Event Calendar

The Professional Development Committee's Calendar

Supporting Men of Color

in Community College

Drs. Frank Harris III & J. Luke Wood 

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Kickoff events start Thursday 1/23/2020

In support of our ongoing institutional equity planning efforts, Santa Monica College’s Classified Professional Development Committee, Senior Staff,  Redesigning the Student Experience (Guided Pathways) Steering Committee, and the Student Equity Steering Committee have partnered with the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) and have made the Supporting Men of Color Certificate Program available to all SMC Classified Staff, Administrators and Managers.

The Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) has gained widespread attention for its Teaching Men of Color Certificate Program. They now offer an online training program designed to enhance the capacity of classified professionals, counselors and administrators to support the success of Men of Color.

Weekly assignments include participating in 1 hour-long online modules, reading 1 book chapter, 2-4 articles per module, & online posts. Additionally, you'll will be required to attend at least 1 live online session date within 30 days of beginning the course (dates will be provided upon being accepted to the course).


Upcoming Events At-a-Glance

Winter/Spring 2020 - More Events Coming Soon!

​Friday, 1/24/20Closed 6th Annual Equity SummitWaitlist Only -

*All events take place in The Center (Room M104) unless otherwise specified.

The Center is located in M104, near Reprographics. Drop by M-F 9am to 4pm. Room Reservations Available. Email

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What's New in The Center?

The 2019 SMC Classified & Faculty Summer Institute

We had 34 classified and faculty participants from 16 different departments over the 8 days of the new CFSI! In past years, the summer institute was a faculty-only event; this year, we were able to open it up to classified staff, who play such a crucial role in how SMC functions, and, we believe, impact the students just as much. Thank you to everyone that participated!

The Inaugural Classified & Faculty Summer Institute took place from July 29 through August 8, 2019

What is the Classified & Faculty Summer Institute?

CFSI is a place for classified educators and faculty to connect, collaborate, and create.

It is a series of workshops and speakers over the course of two weeks, designed to enrich our abilities as teachers and classified staff in higher education, and as a part of the Santa Monica College community.

Attendees will learn about ways to revitalize their roles at the College, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged and supported. During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education and equity share research-based strategies that increase student success.

Want to attend FSI in 2020?

Keep an eye out for FSI announcements from The Center in the Spring. In the meantime, attend one of the many Center-sponsored campus workshops and get to know us!

Data Coaching

The Center for Teaching Excellence, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and the Office of Workforce and Economic Development, is offering this exciting professional development opportunity called “Data Coach”!

The Data Coach Program aims to build the research and data capacity of the College by providing faculty intensive training to become certified Data Coaches. As a Data Coach, faculty receive a minimum of 12 hours of training on how to access, analyze, and utilize data for program review, departmental planning, grants, and other college processes. They then “coach” their fellow faculty to get the most of the data available.

Group and Individual Data Coaching Sessions are available now!

In the meantime, check out our website to see who’s coaching this year.

Visit the Data Coach Homepage