Committee on Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity (CEID)



The meeting will be to discuss the book, Becoming Hispanic Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities by Dr. Gina Garcia (the keynote speaker at in-service). We will meet both in person and online. If you would like to participate, please contact Barbara Bush or Yolanda Ibarra.

The room is TBD, but the Zoom link is:

three people standing on equal sized boxes to show equality and next to it three people with different size boxes to show equity
Interaction Institute for Social Change

The Big Bend Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (CEID) is composed of representatives from stakeholder groups across the college.  The team exists to promote equity and inclusion through education, leadership, collaboration, and advocating social justice.  Within the areas they represent and  the college community, members of the Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity will fulfill the following roles:


The CEID takes a lead role and serves as an advisory group to BBCC senior leadership to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice for the BBCC campus community. The CEID works collaboratively with BBCC leadership and stakeholders including, but not limited to, in the following capacities:

  • Serve as a resource for the BBCC community on matters relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Encourage and support programs, pedagogy, and activities to develop a campus climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Identify barriers and support the development of policies and practices to attract, recruit, retain, advance, and promote a diverse student body and college workforce;
  • Recommend strategies to encourage interaction among the college’s diverse populations;
  • Recommend how to enrich the educational experience to prepare members of BBCC to live and work in diverse workplaces and communities.
Statement on Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity (EID)

Big Bend Community College believes that every person’s background, which includes identifiers such as ethnicity, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and ability, helps enrich our campus community when an environment is conducive to the expression of that identity. We commit to providing a campus climate where equity, inclusion, and diversity thrives and leads to individuals pursuing their educational, personal, and professional goals.

These definitions reflect Big Bend’s understanding that in order to intentionally apply our commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity, we must challenge social, political, and cultural norms and policies that perpetuate inequality and exclusion or underrepresented groups.

  • Equity: full and fair access to resources, opportunities, and services.
  • Inclusion: the creation and maintenance of an accepting environment where all have equitable opportunities and support.
  • Diversity: individual, group, and social differences in cultures, exceptions, backgrounds, opinions, and values, all of which enrich our shared community.
Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Members
  • Yolanda Ibarra (Co-Chair and Director of Workforce Education Services)
  • Dr. Barbara Ann Bush (Co-Chair and Communications Studies faculty)
  • Salah Abed (Faculty)
  • Anne Ghinazzi (STEM Advising Specialist)
  • Octaviano Gutierrez (Faculty)
  • André Guzman (Dean of Student Services)
  • Beth Laszlo (Director of Center for Business and Industry Services)
  • Tammy Napiontek (Director of Title V Grants)
  • Allison Palumbo (Faculty)
  • MariAnne Zavala-Lopez (Faculty)
Committee on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Presentation

Further Learning

Recommended Reading

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  • Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom by Asao B. Inoue

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire 

  • Reaffirming Racism: The faulty logic of Colorblindness, Remedy and DiversitySeeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines by Kimberlé Crenshaw

  • Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

  • Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School by Jessica McCrory Calarco

Professional Development Opportunities

Coming Soon!

Additional Links
Covid-19 InformationRead More On Covid