Community College Research Initiatives

Equity-Minded Coaching

Briefs, tools, and resources related to advancing equitable outcomes for all students using a racial equity lens are located on this page.


Equity-Minded Change Leadership
There are many ways to think about change leadership and many theories to describe how it should work. Many promote the notion that leaders who readily adapt to new circumstances are most successful in changing their organizations, but this is only part of the necessary skill set. This brief discusses equity-minded change leadership that identifies institutional and systemic causes of inequities in student outcomes to bring about real change.

Coaching for More Equitable Student Outcomes
This brief focuses on coaching for more equitable student outcomes as the overarching purpose of organizational change to bring about student success. We emphasize the importance of equity in comprehensive college reform, including the guided pathways model, to ensure that improved outcomes extend to student groups who have not consistently benefited from past efforts at college improvement.

Integrating Racial Equity into Guided Pathways
This brief argues for the need to focus on racial equity in guided pathways work, to close racial equity gaps and increase the impact of the reform effort. It also discusses the unique position of community colleges to take on racial equity as it relates to their diverse composition and overall mission. The brief concludes with guiding questions for coaches or colleges around the four pillars of guided pathways as a tool for their equity work.


Equity Tool Guide
This is a guide for CCRI’s tools and resources that support integrating equity into guided pathways. Use this guide as a table of contents for the following set of tools to advance equity in your institutions.

Rubric of Equity-Minded Coaching Domains and Practices
This tool is designed to assist coaches and Student Success Center (SSC) leadership by drawing awareness to coaching domains and coaching practices that can advance equity-driven inquiry, dialogue, and decision making within campus-wide reform efforts.

Equity-Minded Coaching DOs and DON’Ts 
Distilled from the Rubric of Equity-Minded Coaching Domains and Practices, this is a great one-pager checklist to post on your bulletin board! Page one of this self-guided tool is intended to support higher education organizational coaches in thinking meaningfully about how to incorporate key equity-minded coaching practices into their coaching roles. Page two of this tool is intended to support Student Success Center leadership in thinking meaningfully about how to support equity-minded coaching practices within statewide reform efforts. Definitions of bolded terms are listed in the CCRI Glossary of Terms for Equity-Minded Coaching Practices.

Glossary of Terms for Equity-Minded Coaching
This glossary features terms used in the CCRI Rubric for Equity-Minded Coaching Domains and Practices as well as the CCRI Equity-Minded Coaching “DOs and “DON’Ts” document.

Discussion Protocol, Practices, and Resources
This tool has been developed for new coaches preparing to structure coaching discussions with individual college leaders or leadership teams as well as SSCN executive directors working with coaches to prepare for and reflect on best ways to support college equity initiatives through dialogue and verbal feedback. The tool includes information on discussion protocols; an exercise to explore the Validate, Clarify, Stretch, and Sustain protocol; select protocol resources; and recommended readings to explore protocols further.

Enacting Equity in Guided Pathways
This tool is designed to be used by Student Success Center executive directors to gather input and prepare coaches to integrate and enact an equity frame in guided pathways implementation. The tool utilizes the Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) Coaching for Change framework (Bragg et al. 2018) to apply equity and equity-mindedness (Center for Urban Education 2019) to guided pathways.

Assessing Your College’s Commitment To Equity
Coaches should use this tool to assess a college’s commitment to equity by evaluating the college’s own current public-facing statements and materials as a starting point for reflection. Using the information gathered with this tool, a college’s future commitment to equity can be clarified and improved through setting priorities for collective action to advance an equity agenda.