Report Highlights Higher Education Disparities Within Asian America
This speech was originally given by Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF on August 16, 2014 at our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.
Thank you Carlos and thank you all for being here tonight on behalf of the Campaign for College Opportunity. I think you’ve heard from the students, graduates, our founders, from the current leadership of the campaign how critically important the work is that we do. But I get to have the last word.
Even though I never spent a single day in a community college classroom my California education dream began at Pasadena City College. That is because both of my parents, working parents, attended Pasadena Community College when I was a child. They went to school after work in the evening and conveyed to my brother and me how critically important higher education was to achieve in this state and in this nation.
March 28, 2014 | Written by: Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, Campaign for College Opportunity
For several years, the Campaign for College Opportunity has urged state policy leaders to be bold in proposing and adopting a statewide plan for higher education. California is in urgent need of a plan that sets out a vision for producing more college graduates who can fill the state’s workforce needs and for closing college-going and attainment gaps across regions and ethnic groups, by establishing targets and metrics linked to funding and policy priorities to help us achieve this vision.
March 12, 2014 | Written by: Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, Campaign for College Opportunity
Thank you for inviting me before you today.
I serve as the Executive Director of a California statewide non-profit organization, The Campaign for College Opportunity. But my favorite title is college graduate, especially because it was an improbable title for me to get. My opportunity to go to college and succeed was directly a result of good policy and investments by my state to provide me with the opportunity and financial aid.