Our community is better with you in it!
Here at SOCCCD, we understand that diversity makes us stronger. We value and respect faculty, staff, and students who embody different cultures, ages, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, and life experiences.
It is our belief that the breadth of human experience provides the foundation for rich educational experiences, as well as vibrant campus communities where each person feels a sense of belonging. A commitment to continuing to learn, grow, and improve is at the heart of SOCCCD's equity and inclusion values.
We seek the advice of experts, relevant research, as well as community members’ lived experiences in our efforts to move our campuses toward even more safe and inclusive spaces. As new equity issues are identified, we challenge ourselves to respond with education, support, and institutional change for the betterment of all students.
The District supports LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff and the community, and we continue to look at how we can adapt institutionally to better serve our diverse population. Click above to learn how SOCCCD is an ally, find LGBTQIA+ campus liaisons for culturally competent support and resources, learn about our affinity group, Pride Scholars program, and the Gender and Sexuality clubs on our campuses.
The District is committed to a workforce that is continually responsive to the needs of a diverse student population and ensures that all persons receive an equal opportunity to compete for employment and promotion within the district and, as such, has created an EEO plan. The Plan reflects our commitment to equal employment opportunity (EEO) and promotes practices that are inclusive and nondiscriminatory.
Title IX refers to the 1972 federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs or activities that receive federal assistance. The District is committed to ensuring a respectful and inclusive academic and work environment, free from gender and sex discrimination in all programs and activities we operate-- consistent with Title IX, federal and state laws, and District policy.
The District's First Name Campaign allows students to go by the first and middle name of their choosing across our campuses. While this program is a benefit to any student, the program was enacted in response to AB 620, and to actively support gender diversity and privacy protections for transgender and non-binary students.
Affinity Groups are made up of employees and students who work in an advisory role on district decisions in an effort to educate, provide safe spaces, and promote consideration for under-represented groups of students and employees. They advise the District on ways to help address diversity, equity, and inclusion in both recruitment of students and hiring of staff.
As a district, we believe in honoring and observing important dates throughout the year, and as such, we support more than 100 dates commemorating topics such as Black History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Cesar Chavez Day, and more.
Irvine Valley College Support programs
The Office of Student Equity offers support to adversely impacted students in order to help promote success for every student. IVC helps students who face barriers to success, including support for LGBTQ+ students, Dreamers and undocumented students, current and former foster youth, students aged 25 years and older, students of color, and those facing food and housing insecurity.
The Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) department provides support services, auxiliary aids, and academic accommodations to students with a disability, allowing them to fully participate and benefit from an equitable college experience. Our services include, but are not limited to: Alternate Media for Educational Materials; Counseling and Advising; Tutoring; Note Taking Assistance; Priority Registration; Sign Language Interpreting.
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program for students who are financially and educationally disadvantaged. At Irvine Valley College, EOPS works to help students succeed by providing educational opportunities, encouragement, and support services. Reaching educational goals may seem difficult sometimes. The IVC EOPS staff are committed to assisting our students in realizing their potential.
ELEVATE AAPI is one of the IVC's premier culturally infused academic supportive programs on campus. Irvine Valley College is federally recognized as an award winning Minority Serving Institution. IVC is classified as an AANAPISI, Asian American & Pacific Islander Serving Institution. ELEVATE has robust offerings open to all students such as mentoring, leadership development, participation in community events, scholarships, and attendance at conferences.
Saddleback College Support Programs
Saddleback College's student equity resources are quite extensive. Check out the list of services available for students in need, including free tuition, no cost text books, food pantry, free child care, tutoring, help for DACA students, veterans assistance, and accommodations for disabled students.
DSPS provides support services, specialized instruction, and authorizes educational accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully and benefit equitably in their college experience. The staff works with each student to link their goals, curriculum, and academic accommodations. Help can also include accommodated testing, assessment of learning disabilities, specialized counseling, and interpreter services for deaf students.
EOPS was created to meet the educational needs of students underserved due to language, social, or economic barriers. The program encourages student growth and successful participation in collegiate life. EOPS provides services such as priority registration, personalized counseling, book vouchers, tutoring, scholarships, and more. The goal is to provide EOPS students with the support needed to succeed in their academic or vocational goals.
Saddleback College provides a wide variety of support services to students. They range from access to free child care, health care, dental care, tutoring, and more. Saddleback College's Bridges to Foster Student Success (BRIDGES) program is a student support program designed to assist current or former foster youth students with accessing postsecondary education while connecting them with resources both on and off campus.
ATEP (Advanced Technology & Education Park)
Student support services such as counseling, financial aid and admissions and records are available at ATEP's IDEA Building during specified limited hours. For more information, please call 949-367-8301.
ATEP's LGBTQIA+ Campus Liaison: Debbie Vanschoelandt email at dvanschoelandt@ ivc.edu
The South Orange County Community College District strives to create and promote an equitable and diverse workforce and learning environment by ensuring that reasonable accommodations are implemented to support disabled students, employees, and applicants. The District understands and recognizes that reasonable accommodations provide a lifeline to those with disability, allowing them to contribute their talents and abilities more fully in the world.
It is the policy of the SOCCCD to fully comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (BP3425). Consistent with that policy, disability accommodations will be provided as needed for program access, upon request. Please contact Cindy Barron, ADA Compliance Manager at cbarron@ socccd.edu or (949) 582-4984, for needed accommodations or alternate formats.