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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 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Asian/Asian Pacific Americans to American history. In 1978, Congress passed a Congressional Resolution for APA Heritage to be celebrated during the first week in May. In 1992, the celebration was extended through the entire month of May. Please share any programming that you campus is doing by sending it to For more information on the month please visit

KickStarter Program for Community College Hispanic Serving Institutions
The KickStarter Program is a unique initiative targeted at Community College Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Arizona, California, Florida, New Mexico, and Texas and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This comprehensive technical assistance program is designed to prepare and position Community College panic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to compete successfully for federal funds focused on student recruitment and retention in STEM fields. The complete Call for Applications and details can be downloaded The deadline for applications is June 30th. 

M2C3 National Consortium on College Men of Color 
The National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) working group meeting will take place July 29 and 30 in San Diego, California at San Diego State University. The consortium is hosted by the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) in partnership with the Community College League of California (CCLC), National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), and African American Male Education Network and Development (A2MEND). The consortium provides capacity building support to community colleges engaged in efforts to improve student success outcomes for men of color in community colleges. To learn more about the consortium, click here. For questions on the working group meeting, contact Meredith Ross  

NCCHC Call for Proposals
The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) is the premier organization for Hispanic leadership development in community colleges. NCCHC asks that you share your knowledge and expertise with your colleagues by submitting a proposal for a presentation at the 2015 Leadership Symposium. The Symposium will be held September 17-19th in Ft. Worth, TX. The deadline for proposals is June 15th.  For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

The 2015 HEED Award Application Is Now Available
Community Colleges are being invited to submit applications for the 2015 INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. HEED is the only national award that recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus. Honorees will be announced in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Learn more about the application process. If you have any additional questions, please contact Lenore Pearlstein at

 Upcoming Events

The National Council of Instructional Administrators (NCIA) serves as the national voice for the involvement of community college instructional administrators in policy planning and decision making. "The Insight You Need to Navigate Upward" innovative workshop will further your understanding of the relationship between presidents and their chief academic officers. The NCIA Workshop for Aspiring Chief Academic Officers will be held at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska, July 17-18, 2015.

Combating Campus Violence through Title IX & VAWA
Going from the Basics to the “Best Practices”: Combating Campus Violence through Title IX & VAWA. On July 31, 2015, Orange Coast College is hosting the Campus SaVEty Forum sponsored by the National Campus Violence Reduction Initiative ( Register Now.

NCWE Conference in Partnership with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education
October 14-16, 2015
Portland, OR


 Leadership Programs

LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education: Shaping Our Futures Conference

Hosted by Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, this first-of-its-kind conference is for LGBTQ administrators in higher education, as well was early professionals considering or desiring to be college administrators. The conference will be held June 26-28 in Chicago, IL, and will be presented by the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. For more information and to register, please visit

NCCHC Leadership Symposium for Hispanic Leaders in Community Colleges
September 17-19th – Ft. Worth, TX

NCBAA Leadership Development Institute for African American Community College Administrators
October 25-31st – Atlanta, GA
Deadline: October 2nd

The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership
October 25-31st – Atlanta, GA
For an application please email Dr. Charlene Newkirk @

 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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