Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Council (EODAC)

Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Council committee photo

About the Committee


The primary purpose of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advisory Committee (EODAC) is to actively assist the college in shaping the college’s cultural and institutional policies and practices that demonstrate a commitment to diversity for all students, employees, and the community at large. The EODAC is responsible for educating and orienting the college about the issues and concerns related to diversity while helping to create an inclusive, engaging, and conscious college culture through:

  • Providing recommendations to Bakersfield College and the Kern Community College District for creating and/or amending policy and procedures that impacts, supports, and promotes the EODAC’s Committee charge
  • Creating, editing, and reviewing Bakersfield College’s Diversity Statement and diversity policies, plans, or reports from the Kern Community College District
  • Reviewing collected data regarding equity in achievement for all student groups, while conscious of traditionally underrepresented student groups, and work alongside other committees, taskforces, projects, and other entities and offices on campus to develop effective strategies to promote student retention, progression, and completion of courses
  • Promoting attitudinal and institutional changes regarding diversity and diversity issues
  • Delivering diversity trainings for students and employees, both new and returning employees, to promote awareness, action, and in some cases change in the way the college addresses diversity
  • Being an active voice for students and employees at both Bakersfield College and the Kern Community College District regarding diversity


In relationship to Equal Employment Opportunity, the EODAC will impact this process by:

  • Assisting the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer to achieve and maintain an open recruitment process that encourages and promotes a diverse workforce
  • Ensuring the delivery of diversity workshops to screening committees to inform committee members about issues dealing with diversity both at the college and district level
  • Assisting the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer to provide inclusiveness in trainings to employee screening committees that promotes the District’s values of having a diverse workforce
  • Helping edit job announcements for new positions at Bakersfield College to ensure Equal Employment Opportunity language that is inviting and inclusive
  • Recommending recruitment and retention strategies that contribute to a diverse workforce


The Equal Opportunity and Diversity Advisory Committee Charge document was reviewed and approved on November 13, 2013.


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Scope of Authority

Overall, the EODAC will focus on creating, developing, revising, and putting into action effective practices, policies, procedures, requirements, and protocols for issues related to diversity at Bakersfield College.


Reports To

Academic Senate and the College President


Communicates With

A representative of the Equal Opportunity Diversity Advisory Committee (EODAC) will communicate with Administration, Faculty, and Classified employees as well as Students through governance bodies on campus and at the District Office which include but aren’t limited to Academic Senate, College Council, Faculty Chairs and Deans Council, Human Resources (Both on the Bakersfield Main Campus/Delano Campus and the District Office), the KCCD District Committees addressing issues of diversity such as Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee, and Bakersfield College’s Student Government Association (SGA).



Administrative Co-Chair
Faculty Co-Chair
Classified Co-Chair
2 Administrator Representatives
3 Classified Representatives
22 Academic Senate Representatives
1 Adjunct Faculty Representative
1 Student Government Association (SGA) Representative
1 District Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Officer or Designee
2 Community Members (ad hoc)




Role Name
Administrative Co-Chair Cornelio Rodriguez
Faculty Co-Chair Bryan Hirayama
Classified Co-Chair Victoria Coffee


Role Name
Administrative Representative VACANT
Administrative Representative VACANT


Role Name
Classified Representative Beth Harrison
Classified Representative Joshua Shackelford
Classified Representative Luz Maria Mendoza


Role Name
Counselor, International Students Shohreh Rahman
Faculty, Child Development Lillian Pimentel
Counselor, Disabled Students Programs & Services Elvira Martinez
Adjunct Faculty, English Sara Wallace
Faculty, English Paula Parks


Role Name
Student Government Association Representative VACANT


Role Name
District Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Officer Dena Rhoades

Meeting Times

This committee meets the 3rd Friday of each month, 10:30-11:30a.

Last Meeting

Equal Opportunity & Diversity Advisory Council (EODAC) Meeting - October 19th, 2018