Thai Viet Phan
Santa Ana City Councilperson
"The creation of RSCCD's Leadership, Equity, Advocacy & Diversity Advisory Board demonstrates the District's commitment to not only attracting and educating a diverse student body, it also values the development, hiring, and promotion of a diverse faculty that reflects the student community. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic Advisory Board and to take part in promoting equity and inclusion in higher education in Orange County."|
Fred Calhoun, Ed.D.
NAACP, Orange County Chapter President
|"It is most appropriate that educators take a serious look at various methodologies that will provide effective diversity among students, faculty, and administrators. Lay people, from the community, may want to be involved in this historic undertaking. Perhaps the appropriate staff at the state level will realize the importance of the mission and provide needed support to this historic endeavor.|
This effort is designed to be evaluated constantly to determine the effectiveness, which is standard procedure. I have observed that the mission is off to a great start. The Rancho Santiago Community College District has displayed outstanding will, skill, and determination in embarking on an effort that will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people and generations yet unborn.
My congratulations are extended to all the people involved in this endeavor. The outstanding planning and hard work will change the life chances of so many people. Thank you for letting me play a small role in this large and well thought out mission. Rewards will come through seeing the opportunities made possible for students and personnel."
Richard M. Ramirez, Ed.D.
Los Amigos of Orange County
"It is very rare for the administrative leadership of public post-secondary education institutions to advocate change. The primary reason for such rarity is structural design, which prohibits such activity, as administrative leaders are held responsible to a Board of Trustees, who are elected officials. However, I want to believe that both internal and external circumstances, which were caused by the lack of diversity, the lack of equitable and inclusive processes in all structural aspects of a post-secondary institution, ultimately obligated public officials and administrators to take the lead in affecting constructive change relative to diversity, equity and inclusion. Upon learning about the RSCCD DEI Plan and being invited to be a member of the DEI Advisory Committee, I was very excited about the cited DEI goals, as I viewed the planned activities as very much on-target."
of the Office of the Ombudsman at
UCI and UCI Health
Manager at Southern California Edison for Community Engagement
VIET Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking
Douglas Haynes, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Charles H.F. Davis, PhD
Director for the Center
for Higher and Postsecondary Education at the
University of Michigan
Strategy Officer and Director of Research for the
USC Race and Equity Center