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Affirming Access: The Pathway to Success for Community College Students

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles at California Community Foundation
281 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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In California, 2.3 million students are enrolled in a community college. That’s 70% of all college undergraduates in the state.

This population's ability to advance toward and complete a bachelor’s degree is a crucial component of financial stability and success for families across California.

Join the Education Funders Group and SCG for an overview of the higher education landscape, effective initiatives around community college retention and transfer, and our progress in Southern California to support community college students toward degree completion.

This session will feature two key leaders in this effort:


We are also excited to welcome two of Umoja Community's founders, Dr. Donna Colondres and Elaine Moore, and the Executive Director, D'Karla Assagai  of Umoja Community to this session. Umoja is a nonprofit organization that supports at-risk, educationally and economically disadvantaged students develop self-efficacy and a foundation for academic success by partnering with over 40 community colleges to help educators and counselors get students prepared with transfer readiness, degree attainment, and career preparation.

Our conversation will address the continuum of learning and how community colleges can increase retention and performance achievement. Together we'll identify opportunities for action and further investment in this pivotal area of California’s post-secondary system.


Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Superintendent-President, Long Beach City College and Regent, University of California

Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed as the Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) in 2007. He has provided statewide and national leadership on the issue of improving the education outcomes of historically underrepresented students, and for his efforts, the James Irvine Foundation recognized him with their 2014 Leadership Award. Also in 2014, Governor Brown appointed Oakley to the University of California - Board of Regents. Partnering with the Long Beach Unified School District and Cal State, Long Beach, he helped form the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise to create pathways for students to move from one education institution to another. Oakley serves on the California Community College Commission on the Future and the American Association of Community Colleges 21st Century - Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. He has also held roles at Oxnard College and Golden West College.  He serves on the boards and committees of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Forward Leadership Council, the College Futures Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, and the Long Beach Rotary Club. Oakley himself is a community college success story and ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from UC Irvine. 

Michele Siqueiros
President, The Campaign for College Opportunity

Michele Siqueiros oversees strategy and policy priorities, and serves as the leading spokesperson for The Campaign for College Opportunity. She has been with the Campaign since 2004, serving first as the Associate Director and the past seven years as Executive Director and was named President in 2014. With her leadership in 2010, the Campaign led the effort for transfer reform to make it easier for students to transfer from any California Community College to the California State University system, and most recently led support for the passage of the Student Success Act of 2012. She was instrumental in assembling a statewide network of coalition supporters through the “Save Me a Spot in College” and “I’m One in A Million” scholarship contests, guiding research and releasing reports on the impact to the California economy and educated workforce needs, and securing passage of Campaign sponsored legislation to increase access to Pell Grants and promote college awareness for middle school students. She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), The EdSource Advisory Council, Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) and from 2011-2014, Siqueiros served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission. In 2015, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation named her their Woman of the Year. Siqueiros received her bachelor’s degree Bachelor from Pitzer College and her Master of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA.

SCG and EFG members: free
Eligible Grantmakers Non-members: $100

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members, current EFG members, and other grantmakers eligible for membership in SCG and/or EFG. For SCG eligibility, click here. For EFG eligibility, click here.

SCG and EFG members: register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register). If you're an EFG member but not an SCG member, email [email protected] to register.

Eligible non-members: register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact [email protected].

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