We Stand Committed
In a 2014 special report focused on improving outcomes for men of color in community colleges, the Center encouraged readers to acknowledge that systematic disparities in opportunity and privilege characterize the lives—and educational experiences—of people of color in American society. The displays of horrific injustice that we have witnessed for the last several weeks have illuminated these systematic disparities in ways that cannot and should not be ignored. So many are doing courageous work right now to battle these injustices, and we commend them.
We know we have work to do as well.
For years, the Center 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.
Race/Ethnicity Pilot Survey
The Center formed a special advisory committee (members listed below) to guide the development of a stand-alone race/ethnicity online survey, which will be offered free as a pilot to CCSSE 2021 colleges between April 15 and June 15, 2021. The purpose of this pilot survey is to help 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.
- Dr. Michael A. Baston, President, Rockland Community College (NY)
- Dr. Carlton J. Fong, Assistant Professor, Texas State University
- Dr. Stephanie Hawley, Chief Equity Officer, Austin Independent School District
- Dr. Richard J. Reddick, UT College of Education Associate Dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach
- Dr. Victor B. Sáenz, UT College of Education Department Chair & Project MALES Executive Director
- Dr. Adelina S. Silva, Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Alamo Colleges District (TX)