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Collaborative Work Team

Who We Are

Salt Lake Community College has a long history of serving students from underrepresented communities. Although SLCC is the most diverse higher education institution in Utah, its student population is less diverse than Salt Lake County. For the past five years, our equity and completion strategies have sought to represent all racialized populations in enrollment and graduation at a 1:1 ratio, mirroring County demographics. As the largest minoritized population at SLCC, Latinx/a/o students face unique systemic barriers in college. Consequently, in 2020-2021, college leadership endorsed a recommendation from Strategy 10: Close the Completion Gap through Targeted Supports to establish the Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution Collaborative Work Team (CWT). The overarching goal of the Emerging HSI CWT is to address the needs of Latinx/a/o students and focus on developing and implementing a formalized plan for SLCC to become an HSI.

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2022-2023 Goals

  • Build organizational infrastructure throughout the college to support SLCC becoming an HSI which includes, 
    • Participating in national organization conference to learn about emerging practices that could benefit students, employees and the larger SLC community. 
    • Creating Spanish language inclusion in person and across the SLCC website. 
    • Engaging of Latinx communities through employment and soliciting input in areas impacting the community. 
    • Academic Affairs inclusion in areas like General Education and creating an Ethnic Studies program 


Executive Sponsor Dr. Juone Kadiri
Vice President for Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Transformation

Tranquilino "Kino" Hurtado
Director, HSI Initiatives

Administrative Support Ale Gonzalez
Director of Admissions Kate Gildea Broderick (or designee)
Faculty Representatives

Dr. Carolina Bloem

Allen Tanner

Dr. Tashelle Wright
Data Science and Analytics Representative

Mike Nguyen

Diego Pliego Nava

Dean and Associate Dean Representatives

Maria Ammar

Dr. Craig Caldwell

Dr. Jennifer Saunders

Assistant Director of Financial Aid Fernando Alzerreca
Jordan Campus
Institutional Marketing Representative Tonia Day
Director of Library Services Jon Glenn
Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Nicole Omer (or designee)
SLCCSA VP for Equity and Diversity Representative Jesus Ruelas
Staff Representatives

Veronica Medina
Academic Advisor

Brenda Santoyo
Dream Center

Idolina Quijada
West Valley Center Coordinator

Student Representatives

Joan López Figueroa (Alumni)

People and Workplace Culture Representative Dr. Liz Rogers
AVP for Planning and Budget Planning Office Dr. Darren Marshall (or designee)