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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.


Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
Community college students are invited to apply for a free 6-week academic summer enrichment program through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is for college freshman and sophomore students who are interested in the field of medicine or dentistry. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016.  Please visit for additional information.

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Conference (NADOHE)
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education invites community colleges representatives to attend its 2016 Annual Conference. The conference theme: Charting a Roadmap for Diversity in a Changing Landscape, will bring together diversity and education professionals, March 14-16, in San Francisco, CA. For more information and to registers, please visit:

AAC&U’S Diversity, Learning and Student Success Conference
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) invites community colleges to attend its 2016 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success Conference, March 17–19, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Participants will explore critical questions and formulate action-oriented strategies to make excellence inclusive for all students through sustainable and measurable campus practices. For more information, please visit

Attend NCBAA- NE Regional
The National Council on Black American Affairs–NE Region (NCBAA-NE) will host its 2016 conference March 17–18, at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. This year’s conference theme, Changing Faces of the American Community College, aims to bring light to diversity and inclusion efforts at community colleges with respect to changing modes of delivery, technology, and learning styles. For additional information, please visit

AACC Member Institutions recognized by Insight into Diversity for Excellent in Diversity  (2015 HEED Award Recipients)  
For more information on the community colleges who received this honor please click here.

New Online Faculty Training to Improve Teaching and Support for Young Men of Color
A new large-scale online professional development training program in California aims to better prepare faculty at community colleges to teach young men of color. Lead by the Co-Directors of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) J. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III, the one-week intensive training is designed to equip faculty with the tools needed to facilitate relationship-building to support men of color in the classroom. For additional information, please visit  

 Upcoming Events

Black, Brown, and College Bound Summit
Join Gen. Colin Powell at the 10th Annual Black, Brown and College Bound Summit, February 18–21, 2016, hosted by Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Early registration ends December 12. 


 Leadership Programs

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Invites Community College Leaders
to attend the 2016 Diversity, Learning and Student Success Conference, March 17-19 in Philadelphia, PA.

 Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

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


Learn more about our Minority Male Student Success Database.

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