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CCC BOG Recognized Nationally for Equity Leadership

August 30, 2022

Association of Community College Trustees regional awards trophies lined up on a tableRecent moves by the California Community Colleges toward diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility have won national recognition by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), which bestowed its 2022 Equity Award for the Pacific Region on the CCC Board of Governors.

The annual award recognizes exemplary commitment by a two-year postsecondary institution to achieve equity in education programs and services, and in the administration and delivery of those programs and services. Nominees had to show leadership in setting policies that promote and enhance opportunities for institutional diversity, inclusion and equity for women, persons of color, LGBTQs or members of any other underrepresented or underserved population.

“Community colleges are unique institutions dedicated to making high-quality higher education accessible for all Americans," said Jee Hang Lee, ACCT President and CEO. "This year's regional ACCT awardees represent the most outstanding people and programs from throughout the country, and we are excited to be able to bring attention to them."

Pamela Haynes, president of the CCC Board of Governors, said the award “recognizes the hard work throughout our system to put equity at the core of everything that we do.

“We have dismantled a remedial education system that harmed students, particularly students of color, by preventing them from entering directly into transfer level courses,” she said. “And we have embraced a culture of universal belonging by embedding diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) into hiring and retention practices and policies designed to improve campus climate and student success.”

Systemwide equity-driven changes include a new funding system that targets funds to districts serving low-income students based on student outcomes, a regulatory framework for colleges to incorporate DEIA competencies and criteria into performance evaluations and tenure review, and changes to campus policing policies and practices.

Read the announcement at the CCC Chancellor’s Office website.