Sharing Hope in California Higher Education


It has been a heartbreaking and frustrating time as our country continues its battle with COVID-19 and its reckoning with long-standing structures of racial oppression. But what has given me hope over the summer is watching so many joyous students and their families cross the virtual graduation stage to start or culminate their college journeys. To all of you I say, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

One of those virtual high school graduates was my daughter Alexandra. It certainly was not the ending to her senior year that she or the entire Class of 2020 deserved. Still, I hosted a socially distanced car parade, where our friends and family drove by our house with balloons and celebratory signs to congratulate her. And after agonizing over whether she would head across the country and what college might look like in the midst of a global health pandemic, I am proud she chose to enroll in one of California’s best community colleges this fall.
There has been more good news that gives me hope, including the University of California welcoming its first Black president, Michael V. Drake. Drake has a remarkable record of being unabashed in supporting college access, completion, and racial equity, and we look forward to working with him.

Like many of you, we were also pleased to learn that the UC admitted the most diverse class for fall 2020, with Latinx students as the largest group of prospective freshmen. While the UC still has a way to go to reach equitable representation of Latinx and Black students and leadership across UC campuses, this is the right type of trend! Read more