Office of Equity & Engagement


Welcome to the Office of Equity and Engagement

The Office of Equity and Engagement strives to create a district climate that advances equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, leadership, and organizational wellness.  We cultivate excellence through professional learning experiences, engagement opportunities, and helpful resources that provide our colleagues across the district with training, collaboration, connection and support to assist in building their capacity to meet the needs of our students, colleagues, and community.  

Thank you for visiting our webpage.  Here you will find access to information about our office, our various programs, professional learning repositories, upcoming events and important dates, video tutorials, and much more.  If there is something you are looking for that you are unable to find, please feel free to contact us at

Events - 2023 Spring Semester

Event Date Time Modality Details
Cultivating Success for Males of Color at SWC Thursday, November 30, 2023 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. In-person
Cultivating Courageous Conversations Speaker Series | Dr. Andrew Jolivette

In-Person: Room 64-238 North/South

More details coming soon....
SWC Parade Contingent at 42nd Dr. Marting Luther King Jr. Parade Sunday, January 14, 2024 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.   SWC Parade Contingent Registration at

Flex Day 1/25/2024   In-person, Virtual, or Hybrid Descriptions, locations/links, and registration will be available in Cornerstone on 1/19/2024.
Opening Day 1/26/2024   In-person Descriptions, locations/links, and registration will be available in Cornerstone on 1/19/2024.
Training Services Worhsops
Andre Ortiz, Training Services Coordinator

- Microsoft Applications
- Business Objects
- Other
Various Dates Various Times In-person, Virtual, or Hybrid Descriptions, locations/links, and registration available in Cornerstone.

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About Us

Our aim is to provide excellent professional development opportunities that enhance our abilities to effectively engage with our students and cultivate an environment in which students and employees alike can thrive.

Advancing Equity Programs

A professional learning program that builds foundational understanding and skills to operationalize equity  and inclusion in everyday practices.

Professional Development Program

The Professional Development Program provides learning opportunities and resources to assist with the growth and development of SWC professionals.

Art of Leadership

A cohort-based leadership program that helps participants identify purpose and strengthen leadership skills to enhance personal and institutional effectiveness.

Training Services

Training Services provides high quality institutional technology training and support.

"Beyond Safe Zone" Program

Learn fundamental skills and vocabulary, as well as how to challenge and disrupt inequity in order to  better support inclusion and safety for SWC students and professionals from LGBTQ+ communities.

Wellness Program

Prioritizing our health and well-being allows us to bring our best selves and produce our best work.  Learn about resources and activities that promote self-care and organizational wellness.

Caring Campus Program

Caring Campus is a program that engages classified professionals to ensure their deep involvement in student success.


Over the years, the Office of Equity and Engagement and the Professional Development Program have been proud to host a great number of thought leaders, academicians, activists, and community events.

Cultivating Courageous Conversations

This program introduces the district to speakers and thought-leaders who are helping to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Professional Development/Flex

Resources for Self-Learning/Lifelong Learning

Inclusion Calendar

This monthly calendar highlights heritage and history months as well as provides small actions to take that will move us toward inclusion and solidarity at SWC.

Janelle Williams Melendrez

Executive Officer of Equity and Engagement

Patricia Hinck

Programs Coordinator 

Ana Unibe

Program Technician


Jonathan Henderson

Professional Development Faculty Coordinator

Eliana Santana

Advancing Equity Teaching Academy Faculty Coordinator

Andre Ortiz

Training Services Coordinator