Fremont, Calif., February 13, 2021—The Ohlone Community College District’s Board of Trustees has affirmed the College’s strong commitment to being an equity-based, anti-racist institution through the passing of Resolution No. 20/20-21 Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at its February 10, 2021 meeting.
“This resolution solidifies our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by putting our continued and new actions into words and setting clear expectations and direction for the College,” says Board Chair Richard Watters.
The College has made an even stronger commitment to equity and, inspired by the California Community College Chancellor’s Call to Action is implementing strategic steps to meet Vision to Success goals to improving student success. These goals include but are not limited to increasing degree and certificate completers by 20%; increasing CSU/UC transfers by 35%; decreasing average number of units by 10%; increasing Career Technical Education students’ employment by 15%; decreasing achievement gaps for underrepresented groups by 40%, and reducing regional achievement gaps for all measures through faculty and staff diversity as a driver for the educational achievement and the social mobility of students.
“Ohlone College has made tremendous strides over the past five years to address equity gaps in student achievement as well as creating an inclusive, welcoming environment,” adds Watters. “However, we intend to continue building on those efforts and to ensure we take all steps in creating a systemic change that truly impacts the students we serve.”