News Release

Dr. Gina Garcia Named Keynote Speaker for Upcoming SCC Inauguration


May 1, 2023 

Santiago Canyon College to Host Author and Activist Dr. Gina Garcia as Keynote Speaker for Upcoming Presidential Inauguration. 

(Orange, CA) Santiago Canyon College is pleased to announce Dr. Gina Ann Garcia as the keynote speaker at the upcoming presidential inauguration of Dr. Jeannie G. Kim, SCC's 7thpresident and first Asian-American to serve in that post, taking place at the college on May 11, 2023.  

Dr. Garcia, a renowned scholar-activist, author, and speaker, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburg. 

Her research centers on issues of equity and justice in higher education with an emphasis on understanding how Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) embrace and enact an organizational identity for serving minoritized populations.  

In addition to her research and activism, Dr. Garcia is the author of Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges & Universities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), for which she won the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Book of the Year Award in 2020 and the editor of the book Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Practice: Defining “Servingness" at HSIs (Information Age Publishing, 2020). Her newly released book, Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023), further examines how college and university leaders, faculty, and staff can transform their institutions into spaces that promote racial equity, social justice, and collective liberation. 

Being a Hispanic Serving Institution itself, students, staff, faculty, and managers at Santiago Canyon College will have the opportunity to attend smaller interactive workshops and discussions with Dr. Garcia before attending the inauguration.  

“I am thrilled to have Dr. Gina Ann Garcia joining us for such a momentous event," said SCC President Dr. Jeannie G. Kim. “As president of a Hispanic Serving Institution, I can think of no better way to reaffirm SCC's commitment to our diverse community of students than to have Dr. Garcia here to share her experience, knowledge, and passion for creating an environment of 'Servingness' for Latinx students everywhere." 
The inauguration is open to the public. Please register to attend at  
About Santiago Canyon College  
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution that serves over 17,000 students annually and is one of two colleges in the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Accredited in 2000, this dynamic and award-winning institution is located in Southern California, in the city of Orange, and provides an array of educational opportunities to the over 195,000 residents comprising the community. Santiago Canyon College offers 221 degree and certificate programs, which includes 28 associate degrees for transfer. Santiago Canyon College also ranks 13th among the “50 Best Community Colleges" in the U.S. by College Choice.  Moreover, SCC has been recognized multiple times by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of “The Great Colleges to Work For" and has received Gold-level status as a Military Friendly School®. Santiago Canyon College boasts award-winning, dedicated faculty, high-quality and student-centered education, and excellent university transfer rates supported by transfer-guarantee programs. 

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