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Kicking off our 20th Year with Vision & Action for Equity

The Campaign for College Opportunity kicked off our 20th year with our first-ever summit, celebrating the Campaign’s advocacy, coalition building and voice in creating greater college opportunity for underrepresented, minoritized students. The 2023 Vision and Action For Equity Summit was a free convening featuring 20+ of California’s and the nation’s top higher education leaders, policymakers, legal experts, academics, philanthropic partners, students, and advocates discussing how the state can lead the nation in advancing racial equity in higher education.

Welcome

We started the day off with remarks from President Michele Siqueiros and our philanthropic partners, the College Futures Foundation, on how we can set a vision and create an action plan for advancing racial and ethnic equity in California and nationwide in a post-affirmative action world.

Opening Plenary

Several of our country’s legal experts convened for a discussion on the impacts of the Supreme Court’s decision on race-conscious college and university admissions and how higher education institutions can continue to ensure a racially/ethnically diverse student body.

RELATED: Overview of the Supreme Court Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions

Morning Plenary

Moderated by Ballmer Group Executive Director Nina Reyvor, education leaders discussed how we can create strong pathways to college by addressing barriers in affordability and the role of math curriculum and the professional development of teachers in college preparation.

RELATED: Greater Equity in Higher Education Through Math Opportunity

Lunch Plenary

We held a discussion on how college and university leaders can rethink college admissions for equity by implementing holistic review and reevaluating their practices in recruitment, including demonstrated interest, legacy admissions, and early decision practices.

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Afternoon Plenary I

Moderated by Cosumnes College President Edward Bush, we heard from top community college equity leaders in California about how to redesign placement and transfer pathways for greater student success across racial/ethnic groups.

Afternoon Plenary II

We were joined by the board chairs of the California Community Colleges, University of California, and California State University governing bodies to discuss the highly-anticipated update to our 2018 watershed publication, “Left Out: How Exclusion in California’s Colleges and Universities Hurts Our Values, Our Students and Our Economy,” highlighting the racial/ethnic and gender disparities between California’s students and state higher education leadership and how that hurts student success.

5:30 PM Reception & Awards

We offered an opportunity for guests to network with other professionals and advocates as we recognized trailblazers that are championing college access and success with an equity-first mindset.

REMARKS

Jacob Fraire

President, ECMC Foundation

Max Espinoza

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

HONORING

Estela Mara Bensimon, Ph.D.

University Professor Emerita & Founder, Center for Urban Education

Marc Berman

Assemblymember, D-23

The Education Trust-West

Excelencia in Education

Thank you to our sponsors