Racial Justice Institutes Happening in the Midwest and East and West Coasts!

OCCRL is pleased to offer three nationwide institutes designed to provide regional professional development opportunities for community college faculty, student affairs professionals, and academic affairs administrators. The Community College Equity Assessment Lab at San Diego State University is a collaborating partner and funding for the institutes is made possible by the Lumina Foundation.   

Those attending the Advancing Racial Justice and Equitable Outcomes Community Colleges Institutes will learn about how to define issues of race on two-year campuses, develop a clear understanding of educational equity, and receive guidance on action plans to improve learning environments and achieve equitable student outcomes.

Designed with the current environment of intensifying racial backlash and escalating resistance to racial justice in mind, the institutes will foster clear pathways to educational attainment and assist with the Lumina Foundation’s goal of 60% of U.S. citizens attaining postsecondary credentials by 2025.

After registering for the institutes, attendees will receive a toolkit and guide that focus on culturally responsive practices surrounding implicit bias, intergroup dialogue, and racial battle fatigue. Opportunities for engagement and professional development pertaining to racial justice will be available at the conclusion of all three institutes. Register for one of the institutes below and meet the speakers who will present at each event.

In addition to the three institutes, the Equity Eye Opener virtual brown-bag series will provide a professional development tool with dialogues on equitable practices to promote courageous conversations and activist leadership around pervasive tensions in race relations within community college settings. Launching this fall, the series will feature educational leaders, scholars, and practitioners who are experts in advancing inclusive campus climates and racial equity. 

View the schedule of each institute.

Chicago, IL

Date: July 25, 2019

Location: Prairie State College

Hotel: Holiday Inn Matteson




Bronx, NY

Date: August 8, 2019

Location: Bronx Community College

Hotel: Hyatt Place New York/Yonkers




San Diego, CA

Date: September 12, 2019

Location: San Diego Mesa College

Hotel: Four Points by Sheraton




Lumina Foundation