Equity Perspectives: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and OpenCI Textbook Affordability Initiative

Wednesday, October 13 at 12:30pm to 1:45pm

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Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Anti-Racist Curriculum Work
with Elizabeth Imhof

As Santa Barbara City College developed new systems in response to Covid-19, the College realized that hidden within the chaos of pandemic was an opportunity to embed equity and anti-racist practices at the foundation of the new structures.  With acute knowledge that students of color were the most harmed by the virus and the transition to online learning, SBCC took steps to provide extensive professional development for equity-based online teaching to ensure the continuity of quality instruction with a focus on the experience of our students of color and other disproportionately impacted students.  

With the foundation set by this professional development, and given the impact that curriculum has in improving student outcomes, SBCC used this opportunity for deep equity-based structural change.  This included optional participation in the three-day Affective Learning Institute, an experiential workshop explains major approaches to affective learning and presents evidence for how it works to support student success and persistence through the cultivation of a sense of academic and cultural belonging among students. Dr. Elizabeth Imhof, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and leader of the ALI, will describe the institute during this presentation, then discuss ways in which the institute contributes to pedagogical work at SBCC and other HSIs.

OpenCI Textbook Affordability Initiative
with Jacob Jenkins

The soaring cost of college textbooks has been well documented (e.g., USGAO, 2018), resulting in decreased time-to-graduation rates and increased student loan debt, among other things (Crutchfield, 2018). The repercussions of rising course material costs have also shown to disproportionately impact historically underserved students, thus, confirming textbook affordability as a social justice issue (Jenkins et al., 2020). In response to this reality, CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) has emerged as a national leader in textbook affordability through its “OpenCI” initiative. Since launching in 2016, OpenCI has benefited more than 44,000 enrollments, saved students over $5 million dollars, and introduced the first 3 zero-textbook-cost undergraduate majors (aka, “Z-Majors”) in the entire CSU – and perhaps the entire nation. During this presentation, Dr. J. Jacob Jenkins will discuss the various benefits of using no/low-cost course materials, as well as the specific strategies taken by CSUCI’s OpenCI initiative in order to help realize a more socially just college experience.

Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning
CITRAL, UC Santa Barbara Library, Room 1576

Event Type

Classes & Workshops

Target Audience

Graduate Students, Faculty & Staff

Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning


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