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

Join the Campaign for College Opportunity as we kick 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 is 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.

Friday, December 8th, 2023
9:30 am – 7:00 pm
South Park Center City View Penthouse
1149 South Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015


Enjoy breakfast while we start 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.

Elizabeth Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Chief Program & Strategy Officer, College Futures Foundation

Opening Plenary

Join the country’s legal experts 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.

Bonnie Kwon, J.D.

Policy Officer, Kellogg Foundation

Thomas Saenz, J.D.

President & Senior Counsel, MALDEF

David Hinojosa, J.D.

Director of the Education Opportunities Project, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Vincent Pan

Co-Executive Director
Chinese for Affirmative Action

Lisa Holder

Equal Justice Society

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

Morning Plenary

Moderated by Ballmer Group Executive Director Nina Reyvor, education leaders will discuss 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.

Nina Revoyr

Executive Director, Ballmer Group

Marlene Garcia

Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission

Sameer Gadkaree

President & CEO, The Institute for College Access & Success

Pamela Burdman

Executive Director, Just Equations

Tommy Chang, Ed.D.

CEO, New Teacher Center

RELATED: Greater Equity in Higher Education Through Math Opportunity

Lunch Plenary

Learn 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.

Max Espinoza

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mamie Voight

President & CEO, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Youlonda Copeland-Morgan

Former Vice Provost, UCLA

Michael Bastedo, Ph.D.

Professor & Associate Dean of Research, University of Michigan Marsal Family School of Education

Gary Orfield, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor & Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA


Afternoon Plenary I

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

Jessie Ryan

Executive Vice President

Edward Bush, Ph.D.

President, Cosumnes College

Sonya Christian, Ph.D.

Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Mike Muñoz, Ed.D.

Superintendent-President, Long Beach City College

Kerry Franco

President and Chief Deputy of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation

Afternoon Plenary II

Join 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.

Shaun Harper, Ph.D.

Provost Professor and Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center

Autumn Alaniz-Wiggins

Student Body President, California State University, Chico

Casey Chang

Student Member, California Community College Board of Governors

Carlos Rodriguez

Student, University of California, Los Angeles

Richard Leib, J.D.

Chair, University of California Board of Regents

Wenda Fong

Chair, California State University Board of Trustees

Amy Costa

President, California Community Colleges Board of Governors

Reception & Awards

Network with other professionals and advocates as we recognize trailblazers that are championing college access and success with an equity-first mindset.


Jacob Fraire

President, ECMC Foundation

Max Espinoza

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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