Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series

The Campaign for College Opportunity is proud to announce our five-part Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series.

Join us in conversation with California’s higher education change makers and equity champions to discuss the most pressing issues in California higher education today against the backdrop of a global health pandemic, economic recession, and urgent calls to address racial inequity.

Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series

Women in Higher Education Leadership

October 14, 2020
10:30 am – 12 pm PST

Women leaders serving on California public higher education governing boards discuss their critical role in advancing policies that eliminate racial inequity at the UC, CSU and California Community Colleges, and why racial/ethnic and gender diverse appointments are key to change. Read the panelists’ bios here.

Maria AnguianoPanel Moderator
Maria Anguiano
University of California
Board of Regents

Featured panelists:

Lande Ajose
Higher Education Advisor
Office of Governor
Gavin Newsom
Cecilia Estolano Cecilia Estolano
Vice Chair
University of California
Board of Regents
Pamela Haynes Pamela Haynes
Vice President
California Community Colleges
Board of Governors
Lillian Kimbell
California State University
Board of Trustees
Lark Park Lark Park
University of California
Board of Regents
Lateefah Simon
California State University
Board of Trustees


Exact Dates for Future Events To Be Announced

Racial Equity on the Ballot

This November, Californians have the opportunity to vote on ballot initiatives that reinvest in our schools and end a legacy of legal discrimination in contracting, hiring and university admissions that has left too many talented Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Californians behind. Join us for a discussion on how a Yes vote on Proposition 15 and Proposition 16 can transform higher education in California for the better.

Committing to Transfer as a Key Racial Equity Strategy

In the last ten years, the California Community Colleges have awarded students over 200,000 Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) – a degree that provides a streamlined pathway between the state’s community colleges and the CSU system. With a focus on transfer as a racial equity strategy for degree completion, even more students can earn an ADT, reducing time and cost to reach their college goals. Join us in conversation with policymakers ready to prioritize transfer via the ADT and to honor campuses excelling in awarding ADTs.

Celebrating Sixteen Years of Advancing Racial Equity in College Opportunity and Setting the Stage for What’s Next

For our 16th anniversary, we are inviting California’s higher education system leaders to sit down with us and discuss the challenges and opportunities before our state to close racial equity gaps in college access and success. As we commit to joining together to advance college opportunity, we will celebrate the Campaign for College Opportunity’s Sweet Sixteen with a festive virtual reception.

Want to sponsor one or more of the events in our Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series?

Please contact Stacey Holderbach for more details.


Past Events in the Series

A Conversation with California’s Lieutenant Governor

Earlier this month, we had the honor of partnering with the California State Student Association to host California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis to kick-off our Advancing Higher Education Equity Speaker Series. Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis discussed highlights of her work on the University of California (UC) Board of Regents and California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, as well as her vision for protecting and expanding college opportunity during this critical time when a college degree is the most powerful guard against unemployment. The Lieutenant Governor was also honored for being an ardent higher education champion committed to racial equity and to protecting and expanding access at the CSU and UC. You can watch the recording here or below.

Cal State Student Association
Thank you to the Cal State Student Association for partnering with us for this event!