EVENT ADVISORY: How Community Colleges Can Center Equity During Health, Economic, and Racial Crises

Washington, D.C. — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recent killings of Black people that have sparked protests nationwide highlight the numerous challenges faced by communities of color. The economic fallout from the pandemic will have grave consequences for public institutions of higher education, including community colleges that serve primarily Black, Latinx, and Native American students. Community colleges are planning for the fall semester amid these crises, but they may be disproportionately underfunded in the next federal stimulus bill.

On Thursday, the Center for American Progress will be hosting an online event to hear from leaders of community colleges who are working to uphold equity in a crisis outside of the higher education spotlight on residential universities. They will discuss their approaches to planning for the fall semester, their needs for public funding to meet this moment, and how they are wrestling with the national conversation on racism and police brutality.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #CommunityCollegesLead or via email to .


Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges (Sacramento, CA)
Dr. Avis Proctor, President, Harper College (Palatine, IL)
Dr. Charles M. Roessel, President, Diné College (Navajo Nation, AZ)

Marcella Bombardieri, Associate Director, Postsecondary Education, Center for American Progress


Thursday, August 6, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. ET

Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.

Media must RSVP by signing up at this link.

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Colin Seeberger at or 202.741.6292.