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Division of Inclusive Excellence Communities of Practice

About Communities of Practice

What is it?

An Inclusive Excellence Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common interest in addressing predictable and historic inequities and applied practice on a specific topic or diversity, equity, and inclusion dilemma.

Community of Practice Info Sheet

Focus of CoPs

  • Sharing best practices through networking, mentoring, and sponsorship;

  • Building social, navigational, and political capital

  • Advancing professional practice, and building pipelines to close equity gaps in leadership, opportunities, and access

Benefits of Communities of Practice

  • Executive sponsorship through the Division of Inclusive Excellence

  • Opportunities to connect to national and local networks and conferences

  • Visibility and webpage presence on the Division of Inclusive Excellence website

  • University provided email address

  • Relationship building in a collaborative environment, connectivity, and participation in a host of community-based activities

  • Ability to reserve space and access university resources and participate in university sponsored events

  • Alignment with signature initiatives such as antiracism and inclusive, anchor, student success, and strategic planning

Currently Sponsored CoPs

Latina Mentoring Network

The Latina Mentoring Network’s (LMN) mission is to promote mentoring, community building, and provide a gathering space for Latinas faculty, staff, and students on campus. The LMN serves as a resource to help provide career growth and leadership opportunities for Latinas. The LMN provides a place for members to have access to mentors, networks, and professional resources.

Problem of Practice

There are approximately 37% of the Sacramento State student body who identifies as Latinx. Yet, when examining the presence and representation of Latinx staff, faculty, and administrators in leadership, there is a gap. Through mentorship, femtorship, sponsorship, and guidance, the Latina Mentoring Network will intentionally provide growth opportunities, both personally and professionally, enhance career pathways, offer retention strategies, and build a pipeline of next generation Latina leaders.