Diverse-CCCSE Podcast Series:

Community College Leadership

The podcast interviews below—part of Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s "In The Margins" series—are with higher education leaders and focus on themes that are essential for community college student success: the importance of setting high expectations, the necessity of race-centered equity initiatives, and the power of strong community ties.

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership

Community colleges have long been at the margins of the larger discourse, seeking to do the most with the least for those in society that are often most marginalized.

Phil Neal

Dr. Phillip W. Neal

President and CEO, Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College

When you believe in people and you set high expectations, they will rise to the occasion. And every student has some different challenges or strengths in life, and we've got to be there to help them along, but if you don't set the bar high for people, achievable but high, they don't think you believe in them.

Robert Garza

Dr. Robert Garza

President, Palo Alto College

As a community college, you have to be nimble and really swim through the river, I guess you could say, and every now and then, you're gonna get hit by a wave and just be able to pivot.

Pam Eddinger

Dr. Pam Eddinger

President, Bunker Hill Community College

What else do we have to do for student engagement in order to level the playing field, to restore the privilege of our students of color, of our immigrant students, of the students outside the system in order to pull them into the system and give them what they need to succeed in the world.