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Equity at Coastline

Meeting each student where they are and providing him/her/them with the context and tools needed to be successful.

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Equity at Coastline

Student Equity is defined as fair access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, while working to address systemic barriers especially those of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, language, and family background that prohibit student success. Student Equity is committed to allowing each student to have individualized instruction, opportunity, and the support needed for success.


The 2022-25 Student Equity Plan goals:

  1. Increase equity practices across all modalities in which we serve students.
    • Focus on practices and pedagogies for online instruction.
  2. Advance the equity mindset and practice at Coastline College.
    • Provide culturally relevant student services and instruction.
    • Provide professional learning opportunities for campus community.
  3. Work with Coastline Pathways to streamline and scale equity initiatives that support student access, retention, and completion.

How is Coastline working toward equity?

Coastline college aims to work providing an equitable experience for faculty, staff and students. Coastline is committed to ensuring that although each student who enters our campus has a goal, we realize that they each start their college or professional journey at a different place.

Because of that, Coastline aims to serve each student based on where they are when they enter, providing services, resources, etc. that support individual student needs.

Equality is providing each student the same.

Equity is meeting each student where they are and providing them with the context and tools they need to be successful.

Diversity and Inclusion

Taking a cue from Southern California itself, Coastline thrives when students of all types are given the opportunity to succeed. That means that Coastline's campuses are welcoming atmospheres no matter one's race, gender, religion, background, orientation, physical abilities, etc. As an institution of higher learning, we know that good ideas can come from anywhere. Diversity doesn't just make as more open, it makes us better.

Special Programs & Services

The mission of Coastline's Special Programs and Services is to facilitate academic proficiency and independence for students with disabilities by providing accessible, effective, creative support services in a caring and respectful environment. Our program promotes shared responsibility with students, programs, professors and college partners to achieve student success. Students with disabilities are an integral part of the Coastline College community.

Student Equity Office

Coastline's Student Equity Office provides guidance to the Student Equity and Achievement Plan as well as provides resources to students. Through our lending computer program, basic need support, book vouchers, and support of the food pantry- students can provide direct support that will assist them persist at Coastline. The Student Equity Office is committed to allowing each student to have individualized instruction, opportunity, and the support needed for success.


Coastline College has an expressed commitment to equity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA). We support all students, however they choose to identify, and our campuses have gender neutral restrooms. We strive to provide resources to inform and support.

Dolphin Assistance Program

As a student at Coastline we want to ensure that your basic needs are met to assist you in reaching our goals of student success. The Office of Student Equity in collaboration with other departments of campus have resources available to assist Coastline Students regarding the food pantry, housing, technology, and textbooks.

Umoja Community

Coastline's Umoja Community is a learning community dedicated to transforming, enriching and advancing the lives of Black students through infusing culturally relevant pedagogy and practices. Umoja provides a space for students to be seen and heard.

Latinx/Hispanic Resources

Providing a space for Latinx/Hispanic students to feel included and create a community, building support programs with families and parents, and expanding educational opportunities.


"Title III AANAPISI" is our shorthand name for a five-year grant awarded to Coastline College by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the grant is to help Coastline serve our students more effectively by becoming a stronger, more responsive institution.

Diversity Brown Bag Lunches

The brown bag series is discussions are being hosted by the Diversity Workgroup to help facilitate discussion around diverse topics that are important to our college and work. Topics include: White Guilt, Unearned Privilege and Discomfort with hearing or speaking other languages.

Faculty Equity Curators

Faculty will be supported with a stipend to create and share an online Canvas module/activity that is equity minded. Workshops will be held to educate faculty on specific ideas for development of the activity, and faculty will be compensated with the stipend after the activity/module is completed and shared.

Book Borrowing & Book Vouchers

In order to increase access and retention, Coastline has started a book lending program, to remove the barrier of students not enrolling in classes due to economic hardships regarding purchasing books.

Student Equity Funds Request Form

The Office of Student Equity has dedicated funds to support proposals from faculty, classified, students, and management that intend to close equity gaps and address the disproportionate impacted student populations at Coastline College.

To be considered, complete the Student Equity Request Form for a project or idea that supports the transformation of the college to develop clear pathways for success and the closure of student equity gaps.

Note: funds cannot be used for gifts, student stipends, political contributions, course delivery, professional learning, hiring, or supplanting funding that already exists.

Each request must be:

Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) Work Group

SEA Meetings

Committee Mandate

The Student Equity and Achievement Work Group provides direction for the efforts, implementation, and evaluation of the ongoing Student Equity and Achievement Plan, which is intended to encourage student engagement and guide teaching practices, as well as foster an inclusive and equitable campus environment. The Work Group members act as area representatives, providing recommendations and direction regarding mandates, applicable legislation, and needs.

Workgroup Members

Faculty (6)

  • Academic Senate Rep. (Matt Quinlan)
  • Academic Senate Rep. (Erin Johnson)
  • DSPS Coordinator (VACANT)
  • Faculty Equity Champion (Claudia Mojica)
  • FC Coordinator (Stephanie Bridges)
  • Student Success Coordinator (Danny Pittaway)

Classified (2)

  • Classified Senate Rep. (Yesenia Gonzalez)
  • Classified Senate Rep. (Alison Carlock)

Managers (6)

  • Director, Title IX (Leigha Fleming)
  • Director, Student Leadership, Engagement and Global Citizenship (Carlos Amescua)
  • Dean, Counseling (VACANT)
  • Dean, Institutional Effectiveness & Planning (Aeron Zentner)
  • Dean, Instruction (Dana Emerson)
  • Dean, Students (VACANT)

Student (1)

ASG Equity Rep (Suong Nguyen)

Books & Articles

Equity Books

Equity Articles

(D.E.I.A. - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access)

The Coast Community College District (Orange Coast College, Golden West College, and Coastline) continue to strengthen our efforts around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Coastline College is focused on creating a culture of inclusive excellence by uplifting employees and students through an environment that is equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible. We have a strong focus and importance on D.E.I.A. (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access).

DEISAA Committee

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism Committee (or DEISAA, pronounced "day-suh") coordinates the planning and implementation of activities and initiatives for advancing the College's work in these areas.

Equity Documents

StoryLine Submissions


Deadline to submit: July 1, 2024.

Supply Chain Management Info Session

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Paralegal Studies Program Orientation

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM