Saddleback Equity Resources

Resources for Students

Disabled Students Programs and Services Provide equity to disabled students through training, accommodations, and advocy for access.
Extended Opportunity Programs & Services, including CARE EOPS makes sure that students who are disadvantaged by social, economic, educational, or linquistic barriers get the resources they need to enroll and succeed at Saddleback. EOPS offers comprehensive academic and support counseling, financial aid, and a bevy of other services, all aimed at keeping students from dropping out and helping them reach their educational goals
Child Development Center The Saddleback College Child Development Center offers quality childcare services for children of Saddleback College students, staff and faculty, and community members who are a minimum of 18 months of age.  Children may remain in the program until their entrance into kindergarten.  Saddleback College students are given priority registration for childcare services; all remaining open spaces are then available for staff, faculty and community members.
International and Diversity Student Council (part of ASG)  
Veterans Student Council (part of ASG)  
Honors Program Through outreach, we seek to connect students - especially underrepresented, firs-generation, and non-traditional students - with a variety of educational opportunities including access to Honors conferences and transfer support.
Promise Program Saddleback College's Promise Program covers college expenses for eligible first-time students for two years and includes registration fees, support for book costs, health fee, and ASB stamp.
Zero Textbook Cost ZTC (Zero-Textbook-Cost) classes have no textbook-related costs, including access fees for online materials.
Saddleback College Art Gallery  The College's Art Gallery hosts an annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in the courtyard open to the entire campus as well as other art exhibits and programs that engage with our Hispanic and Latinx population, as well as other disciplines and topics to address issues around equity
Student Health Center The Student Health Center offers quality, confidential medical health care and psychological therapy for all currently enrolled students who have paid their health fee. 
Student Development: Clubs Clubs at Saddleback provide students with a community outside the classroom to discuss similar ideas and interests. 
Student Support Hub  
LRC Tutoring Center The mission of tutoring at the LRC Tutoring Center is to empower students to become more independent thinkers, writers, readers, and learners through Socratic tutoring principles. The purpose of the tutoring session is to improve the learner’s repertoire of skills and knowledge by offering strategies and tips, modeling effective skills and habits, and providing resources and support. This mission fosters student learning, retention, success, and persistence in the attainment of academic degrees, certificates, transfers, and life-long learning.
Veterans Education & Transition Services (VETS) Program The VETS Program directly provides support services and acts as a bridge to external support services for student Veterans, active military personnel, and their loved ones. VETS Program services include but are not limited to: new student guidance, Veterans counseling, scholarship and financial aid assistance, access to emergency grants, a link to the Veterans Student Council, outreach to the military affiliated community, a venue for community-building, and more. The VETS Program hosts events aimed at reintegration into civilian and college life.

Resources for Faculty and Staff

Committee for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Academic Senate Committee that uses a faculty-teaching-faculty model centered around teaching practices and a commitment to learning how to support a diverse community of students.  We have hosted sessions on working with LGBTQIA+ students, working to understand poverty,  equity and teaching, and Latinx family events. 
Equity and Diversity Committee Academic Senate Committee that focuses on issues including providing gender-neutral bathrooms, eliminating the Gauch mascot and logo, developing a Country-of-Origin Contact list and other resources for International Students,  creating an inter-religious reflection room, LGBTQ awareness, and ally training for faculty.  
Saddleback Mental Health Services for students (a guide for faculty and staff) This resource offers concrete advice and guidance on how to aid emotionally distressed students and how to refer them for on-campus help. Because of your daily interaction with students, you are in a unique position to recognize those who may be emotionally troubled. A student’s behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, might be a “cry for help.” Your ability to recognize the signs of emotional distress, coupled with your courage to acknowledge your concerns directly to the student, are often noted by students as the most significant factor in their successful problem resolution. Intervention and referrals from caring individuals may be the first steps in helping students regain their emotional health.
CARE Report and Title IX Report  
Zero Textbook Cost ZTC (Zero-Textbook-Cost) classes have no textbook-related costs, including access fees for online materials.
Strengthening CTE Programs

Expand opportunities for every student, especially students in special populations to explore, choose, and follow career pathways to earn certificates & degrees leading to lucrative careers.  Project funds are available that improve program equipment & technology, increased alignment with industry standards, and support student access and achievement. 

For more information, contact the Assistant Dean of CTE, Kari Irwin (