February 18, 2022 | Issue # 206
Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions of Black people throughout history. But it should also be a time for us to look at how we can ensure Black people have the space and support they need to succeed today and in the future. I look back on my own leadership journey and remember the times when, despite my education and experience, I wasn’t necessarily given a warm welcome. My perseverance kept me going, but the journey was made easier with the support of allies and mentors. Our students need allies and mentors, too, so they have the best opportunity for success.
A Tuesday hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee focused on workforce development opportunities and ways to overcome barriers to employment. At the hearing, Sen. Tim Kaine took the opportunity to promote short-term Pell grants. Read about the hearing in CC Daily.
We’ll be celebrating three outstanding community college alumni at AACC Annual. You can read about Dr. Karla Ivankovich (Lincoln Land Community College), Alfredo Salas (Miami Dade College), and Dr. Indigo Triplett (Waubonsee Community College) here. We’ll be honoring them at a brunch on May 3, which also will feature keynote speaker Stephanie Land. author of New York Times bestseller Maid. Make sure you get your ticket when you register for AACC Annual!
Vote by February 28 for the 2022 AACC Board of Directors and Constitutional updates. If you experience problems with your ballot, which were emailed from email@example.com, please contact Dr. Angel M. Royal.
There will be hundreds of sessions to choose from during AACC Annual. You can read about all the sessions and start planning your conference experience.
The next Peer-to-Peer session will take place March 9 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The topic is “Equity at Your Institution: Serving ALL Students.” This one-hour Zoom session is your chance to talk with other presidents about the challenges you’re facing and share solutions. Register now.