PACEI 2020-2022 Subcommittees
The President’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Inclusion (PACEI) was established in November 2017 for a two year term to help create an inclusive, civil, and respectful community that achieves equity for all Montgomery College students, employees, and business partners. The committee, which meets monthly, consists of a diverse, multi-generational, and multicultural group of faculty, staff, and administrators who represent all facets of the college community. Over the course of the last academic year, PACEI members participated in a variety of trainings on topics such as Speak Up, Speak Out, Unconscious Bias, Racial Equity, Intersectionality, Cultural Communications, and Interrupting Micro-Aggressions.
PACEI members served on one of the following eight (8) sub-committees: Student Experience and Campus Culture; Business Practices and Procurement; Faculty, Teaching and Curriculum; Human Resources/Recruiting, Hiring, Retention, Succession Planning; Nationwide Peer Institution Best Practices/Assessment and Evaluation/Resources; Reports and Communication; Training, Dialogue, Events, Celebrations; and Workforce Development and Community Engagement. PACEI 2020 commenced April 2020, and it operates through 6 sub-committees tied to OEI’s 6 goals outlined in the Equity and Inclusion Roadmap for Student Success and Addendum 1. See the 2021 Annual Report (PDF, ) . Those 6 goals are:
Goal One: Improve persistence, retention, and completion/graduation/transfer of all students, particularly African-American male and Latinx students.
Dr. Carmen Poston Travis
Chair: Dr. Milton Nash
Dr. Lucinda Grinnell
Brandon C.S. Wallace
Dr. Eric Benjamin
Dr. David Bergtold (Antiracism Lead)
Dr. Katya Salmi (Antiracism Lead)
Dr. James Sniezek
Jeanette Rojas (Antiracism Lead)
Goal Two: Improve employee recruitment, hiring, on- boarding, development, and training procedures and practices to attract and retain a diverse workforce that includes leaders, managers, faculty, and staff reﬂective of the diversity of the College's students.
Cultivating a culture of equity and inclusion, continuous learning, civility, and mutual respect is key to institutional success. MC’s goal is to create opportunities for all employees to grow professionally and to retain the intellectual capital necessary to achieve our commitment to student success.
Karen Penn de Martinez
Dr. Shayla Atkins (Antiracism Lead)
Dr. Xianghui Xing
Goal Three: Foster college culture of equity, inclusion, civility, accessibility, kindness, trust, and respect for human dignity through targeted programs, activities, and educational opportunities
Building a positive, welcoming, and compassionate culture helps improve morale, increases productivity, creates a sense of belonging, and facilitates success for all. MC’s goal is to create an environment free of bullying, retaliation, and negative biases that impede student success, overall morale, productivity, and community building.
Rose Garvin Aquilino
Chair: Christopher Moy
Co-Chair: Dr. Angela Lanier (Antiracism Lead)
Rowena D’Souza *
Teri Hurst *
Karla Nabors *
*Disability Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee member
Goal Four: Integrate relevant and equitable multicultural teaching practices that infuse international/multicultural awareness into the educational experience, classrooms, and curriculum.
Faculty interactions with students are crucial to student success. MC’s goal is to expand successful, culturally relevant teaching pedagogies to provide students with the strongest foundation of knowledge and global awareness. The purpose of this goal is to keep students engaged and prepare them for completion, transfer, and careers.
Andrea Foster (Antiracism Lead)
Dr. Akhter (Shoaib) Chowdhury
Dr. Bo Chan
Goal Five: Support diversity and inclusion in our staff, students, community, and business populations. Provide increased opportunities for the College's communities to foster equity and economic empowerment.
Education and market-relevant skills are key to individual and county economic success. MC’s goal is to mobilize local and regional partnerships that effectively respond to labor market needs and to expand economic opportunity for our students and to all county residents.
Building and sustaining academic, industry, and broad-based community partnerships are key to advancing educational opportunities for chronically underserved and under-engaged populations. MC’s goal is to deepen connections with the broader diverse communities through organized, strategic, and culturally responsive efforts.
Dr. Carmen Poston Travis
Dr. Nancy Newton
Dr. Maurice Shihadi
Goal Six: Promote social justice, radical inclusion, and racial equity within the College and the broader community and continue the Board’s focus on the journey to being an antiracist institution.
- Ensure stakeholders have the resources and educational opportunities to execute, uphold and measure the implementation of antiracist objectives.
- Be accountable for hiring and retention of diverse candidates and employees' equitable treatment.
- Be instrumental in the academic enhancement and excellence for Black males and Latinx students.
- Ensure policies/procedures and opportunities reflect an antiracist approach and perspective.