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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 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.

Native American Heritage Month
AACC celebrates Native American Heritage Month. If your college is celebrating the contributions of Native American Heritage on your campus, we would like to hear about programs and initiatives. Please email Kevin Christian at For more information an Native American Heritage Month, please visit  

Veterans Day
AACC honors and celebrates our Veterans on Veterans Day (Nov. 11th). If your college is offering or program or celebrating the veterans at your campus, please share your stories. Please email Kevin Christian at For more information on Veterans Day, please visit

Invitation to National Convening of Minority Serving Community Colleges
Your college is invited to participate in a national convening of minority serving community colleges at the U.S. Department of Education. The event will take place on November 16 and 17, 2015 in Washington, DC. The purpose of the event is to providing an interactive forum for institutions from across the country to exchange promising practices on student success and learn about federal programs for minority serving institutions. There is no conference fee. For information on registration, agenda, and other details, please click on the following link:

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  

The Association of American Geographers offers the Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship
Two $1,000 scholarships awarded to students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions who will be transferring as geography majors to four year colleges and universities. Deadline: Dec. 31th

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with significant financial need an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, the opportunity to reach their full potential. Nominations close on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.  For information please visit

APIASF Scholarships for Community College Students
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is offering scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander community college students. To review the requirements and deadlines, please visit,  For more details on the scholarship programs and their respective deadlines, please email APIASF at  


 Upcoming Events

2015 National Immigrant Integration Conference
New American Dreams: Advancing Opportunity, Equality and Justice
December 13-15th – Brooklyn, NY

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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