Sixty-nine percent of California college students come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and more than 54% of students are women – yet the leadership in our community colleges and universities does not reflect this diversity.
Left Out: How Exclusion in California’s Colleges and Universities Hurts Our Values, Our Students and Our Economy critically examines the racial and gender composition of system and campus leadership and faculty in California’s public colleges and universities and the extent to which they are representative of the diverse student populations they serve.
Left Out was developed from The Campaign for College Opportunity’s concern for California’s students and its economy. Our state’s economy depends on a highly educated workforce, and the responsibility to prepare this workforce rests in the hands of our college leaders. They set the tone, values, and direction of their institutions, and when that leadership is not reflective of the diversity of the student population, student success suffers. When campuses are inclusive, the culture, practices and policies align with the needs of the students. Students experience a greater sense of belonging and have more role models who understand and validate their experiences. More importantly, leaders who can relate to the unique experiences of their students are better positioned to serve them. Inclusive college environments improve success for all students.
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This website accompanies the Left Out report as a tool for users to examine campus-level and system-level data on the racial and gender diversity, or lack thereof, at the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges. Users can search and filter data by ethnicity, gender, student enrollment, tenured and non-tenured faculty, senior leadership, and other variables.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a California non-profit research and advocacy organization focused on a single mission: to ensure all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college to build a vibrant workforce, economy, and democracy. For more information, visit www.CollegeCampaign.org, Facebook or follow @CollegeOpp on Twitter and Instagram.