As the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the country, we have a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of millions by breaking down existing barriers to equity. By building a faculty and staff that look like the students and communities we serve and committing fully to putting   diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism at the heart of our work, we can — and will — take a giant leap toward being a system that truly works for all our students. 

Every person within the California Community College’s system has a crucial role to play in creating a
more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.  From the Vision for Success to Guided Pathways, we are continuing to build a better, more inclusive learning environment for students from all backgrounds through actions both big and small.

Use this page to learn more about how the California Community Colleges system is coming together to advance faculty and staff diversification and access system-wide resources, including a glossary of terms, presentation materials and more. 

DEI Stories and Quotes

Impactful leadership stories that can be used when speaking and presenting on the importance of California Community College's system-wide diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and anti-racism work.

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What drove California Community Colleges to start its diversity, equity and inclusion journey? 

  • For the last three years, as part of the system-wide Vision for Success, we’ve come together around bold goals to improve student outcomes. Our efforts are guided by the core belief that colleges should simplify paths to educational goals and help students stay on those paths until completion. 
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion is a foundational principle underpinning the Vision and informs all our efforts.
  • In 2020, there was a silver lining to the challenges we faced. In the wake of a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic and a national uprising for racial justice, we took action commensurate with the urgency of the moment. Our faculty and staff helped lead the COVID-19 recovery and responded to the needs of our surrounding communities during an unimaginable crisis by doubling our commitment to DEI and anti-racism in all we do.

Why is diversity, equity and inclusion important to California Community Colleges and its students?

  • As the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the country, we have a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of millions by breaking down existing barriers to equity.
  • If we commit fully to putting diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of our work, the California Community Colleges can take a giant leap toward being a system that truly works for all our students.

Why is the system focusing on staff diversification? What impact will diversifying faculty and staff have?

  • The fact remains that the makeup of our faculty and staff are not keeping pace with the diversity of the students we serve. The biggest disparity between faculty and staff and students is among self-identifying Black and African American Students and Hispanic demographics. And this disparity is growing.
  • Research shows that students who benefit from a diverse faculty are better educated, better prepared for leadership and professional competitiveness.
    • By committing to building a diverse staff, we can leverage this fact to remove barriers our students of color face, foster a more culturally responsive environment and improve overall student outcomes.
  • Diversification also improves retention rates for faculty and staff by making our system more inclusive for faculty of all backgrounds.
  • By lifting up diverse, unique perspectives in our curriculum and learning, we contribute to DEI and anti-racism efforts and pave the way for allies and other peers to be a part of the work.

What are California Community Colleges diversity, equity and inclusion priorities?

  • We measure progress on our DEI journey in three core outcomes: cultural diversity, promoting equity and fostering inclusion.
    • Cultural diversity: Commitment to culture and policies that support people in all the ways their lives differ.
    • Promoting equity: Removing advantages and barriers to provide everyone the same access to opportunities.
    • Fostering inclusion: Students and employees feel supported and valued and are able to be their authentic selves.

Beyond staff diversification, how else are California Community Colleges and the Chancellor’s Office advancing the DEI journey?

  • Everything from the Vision for Success core commitments to guided pathways, is based on a central commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • We’ve developed and adopted a comprehensive DEI integration Plan that lays out concrete changes to structures, policies and practices that will remove barriers to equitable student success.
    • The Board accepted the 68 recommendations outlined in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Integration Plan. These recommendations focused on issues from transforming campus culture to hiring advertisement and recruitment. 
    • The Board adopted the proposed California Community Colleges Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement.
  • The “Call to Action” articulates outlines ways that the Chancellor’s Office, college leadership and stakeholders across the state can rise to the more urgent need for advancing DEI that we felt in the past year and includes system-wide review, open dialogue and actions district boards can take.
  • The DEI Task Force has created a robust, ready to use series of more than fifty strategies to support staff diversification through recruitment, retention and support. The work of the task force in the past hear has centered on three priorities from the integration plan:
    • Developing a guidance memo on minimum qualifications and hiring process for faculty
    • Generating new EEO plan regulations
    • Creating a template and allocation formula and an EEO best practices handbook

Who is involved in California Community Colleges diversity, equity and inclusion efforts?

  • Every person within the California Community Colleges system has a crucial role to play in creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce — from unions to the Academic Senates, Board of Governors and the Chancellor’s Office. As part of the DEI Integration Plan, we have all come together to advance faculty and staff diversification, and respond to this urgent call to action.

How will California Community Colleges know these efforts are helping students? 

  • We measure progress on our DEI journey in three core outcomes: cultural diversity, promoting equity and fostering inclusion.
    • Cultural diversity: Commitment to culture and policies that support people in all the ways their lives differ.
    • Promoting equity: Removing advantages and barriers to provide everyone the same access to opportunities.
    • Fostering inclusion: Students and employees feel supported and valued and are able to be their authentic selves.

Why will DEI and anti-racism work help everyone succeed?

  • We are all in this together. Faculty and staff that are diverse are more likely to integrate a variety of cultural learnings into a curriculum, and are more likely to exhibit cultural competency with students of different backgrounds, ultimately benefiting all students. 
  • Faculty are the heart and the face of our system. The California Community Colleges can only truly reflect and represent the communities and students we serve with our faculty’s leadership in our DEI journey.
  • By lifting up diverse, unique perspectives in our curriculum and learning, we contribute to DEI and anti-racism efforts and pave the way for allies and other peers to be a part of the work.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Implementation Workgroup Roster

2020 Report At A Glance

The California Community Colleges serves 2.2 million students among its 115 colleges, and is a key driver in ensuring educational opportunity and success for all Californians. About 29% of University of California graduates and 51% of California State University graduates start their higher education at a community college.

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