In a 2014 special report focused on improving outcomes for men of color in community colleges, CCCSE encouraged readers to acknowledge that systematic disparities in opportunity and privilege characterize the lives—and educational experiences—of people of color in American society.
So many are doing courageous work right now to battle racial injustices, and we commend them. We know we have more work to do as well.
For years, CCCSE has shared insights that matter around topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We remain committed to sharing insights around the student voice, including the voices of students who have been historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education. We are also committed to supporting community colleges across the country as they continue the vital work of providing opportunity for every student who walks through their doors.
For this reason, we developed the Race/Ethnicity Survey, which helps colleges understand their students’ experiences with racism, inclusion, and belonging. It is our hope that college leaders will use the resulting data to have conversations with their faculty and staff about how racial barriers and experiences impact community college students and the campus experience.