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 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity 

AACC promotes increased access and success for the diverse community college population by securing federal and private support to colleges and providing opportunities, resources, and information related to persistence, retention, program completion, and transfer.

AACC is committed to diversity in its policies, programs, and relationships, as well as in its efforts to build, maintain, and promote a culture of equity and inclusion.


AACC Celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month

In response to an effort by many to gain a day of recognition for the great influence American Indians have had upon the U.S., Congress designated a week of October to celebrate Native American Awareness Week in 1976. Yearly legislation was enacted to continue the tradition until August of 1990, when President Bush approved the designation of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Each year a similar proclamation is issued. President Clinton noted in 1996, "Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Against all odds, America’s first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence." November is an appropriate month for the celebration because it is traditionally a time when many American Indians hold fall harvest and world-renewal ceremonies, powwows, dances, and various feasts. The holiday recognizes hundreds of different tribes and approximately 250 languages, and celebrates the history, tradition, and values of American Indians. National American Indian Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the positive effect native peoples have had on the cultural development and growth of the U.S., as well as the struggles and challenges they have faced.

Webinar: "Institutional Self-Assessment to Improve Outcomes for Men of Color: Using the Community College Student Success Inventory"

The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) will host this free webinar on December 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PST. A description for the webinar:

The Community College Student Success Inventory (CCSSI) for men of color was designed to be used by community college educators to assess their institution’s efforts and readiness to facilitate student success for men of color. The development of the inventory was based on an extensive review of published literature and research on student success for men of color in community colleges. Our conceptualization and design of this tool was heavily influenced by the Center for Urban Education’s (2010) campus inventories for Latina/o student success in STEM. The instrument assesses six overarching categories of institutional action and support needed for the success of men of color who are enrolled in community colleges: 1) financial aid, 2) student support services, 3) teaching and learning, 4) institutional research, 5) minority male initiatives and programs, and 6) early alert systems. Register here.

Call for Proposals - NCBAA NE Regional Conference

The theme is Redesigning Pathways for Institutional Success held in New Haven, CT, March 19–20, 2015.

Deadline for Proposals is December 5. For more information, click here.

 Upcoming Events

7th Annual National Immigrant Integration Conference
December 14–16, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

9th Annual Black, Brown and College Bound Summit
“Turning the Page: Transforming the African American and Latino Male Experiences in Higher Education”
February 18–21, 2015
Tampa, FL


 Leadership Programs

ACCT Governance Leadership Institute on Diversity
February 26–28, 2015
Miami, FL

2015 NADOHE Annual Conference
March 16–18, 2015
Washington, DC

 Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Christian
Senior Program Associate, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
Ph: 202.728.0200 x262

 PowerPoint Presentation


Learn more about our Minority Male Student Success Database.

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