The Office of Community College Research and Leadership utilized U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS) data and National Center for Educational Statistics Integrated Post secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data to identify 100 post secondary institutions that enrolled and supported associate degree completion for one or more minoritized racial subgroup of students at the highest national rates in 2015. The purpose of this identification was to invite a subgroup of these institutions to nominate up to two individuals to be Engaging Excellence Equity Fellows. These fellows will participate in a series of three convenings designed to identify culturally responsive practices and further support building evidence and capacity for this work.



Engaging Excellence in Equity Fellows

Blogs by Equity Fellows

One component of OCCRL’s Equity Conscious Community College Pathways project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is the Engaging Excellence in Equity Fellowship. The inaugural cohort of fellows is comprised of 18 community college administrators, faculty, and staff from across the country who were identified by their campus leaders as integral to their institutions’ success in serving and supporting underserved racially minoritized students. To highlight and share the robust knowledge, experience, expertise, and ideas of this group of equity exemplars, OCCRL is featuring a special Voices and Viewpoints series highlighting posts written by these fellows. Their biweekly blog posts cover a range of topics and ideas selected by the fellows that reflect challenges they face in their roles and their experiences as fellows, as well as projects and programs they have developed and implemented to support underserved racially minoritized students, among other topic. Ultimately, while these blog posts represent a variety of perspectives on issues important to the Engaging Excellence in Equity Fellows and the work they do, they are connected by their particular focus on supporting racially minoritized students on community college campuses in an equity-conscious manner.

Joseph Alonzo


 One College's Support of African American Students

 by Joseph Alonzo, Director of the Office of Student Equity & Success - Santiago Canyon College

Lisa Bergin


 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

 by Lisa Bergin, Philosophy Teacher and Consultant - Minneapolis Community & Technical College


Richard Diaz


 Moving on from Diversity Work

 by Richard Diaz


Maati Ka'awa


 Making Equity Work Personal

 by Maati "Ati" Ka'awa, Director of Branch Campuses - Green River College


Kirk Kirkland


 Overcoming Barriers Through Community Colleges

 by Kirk Kirkland - Dean of Student Affairs at Essex County Community College


Julius Lloyd


 Importance of Support Groups for Men of Color in Higher Ed

 by Julius Lloyd - BFET Coordinator at South Seattle College


Dr. Aubria Nance


 Minority-Serving Mentorship at MSIs

 by  Dr. Aubria Nance, Associate Professor and Counselor - Community College of Philadelphia


Alvina Thomas


 Fostering Equitable Outcomes for Black Male Community College Students

 by Alvina Thomas, Dean of Student Success and Title IX Coordinator - Louisiana Delta Community College


Gabrielle Thompson


 Supporting Sophomores, Preventing the Slump

 by Gabrielle Thompson, Director of Access and Opportunity Programs - The State University of New York


Gabrielle Thompson


 Two-Year College Degree Becoming the New Normal

 by DeSandra Washington, Associate Vice President at Fayetteville Technical Community College


Sarah Wolfe


 Equalizing College Readiness, Access, and Success

 by Sarah Wolfe, Director of Student Engagement - University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College