Equity for Men of Color in Community Colleges

On Aril 14th, the Center for Urban Education and the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) hosted the Equity Institute for Men of Color in Community Colleges. The institute was the culmination of a project funded by the College Futures Foundation. Research conducted by CCEAL and CUE, with lead researchers Frank Harris III (CCEAL), J. Luke Wood (CCEAL), Eric Felix (CUE) and Estela Mara Bensimon (CUE) is detailed in the report “Supporting Men of Color in Community Colleges: An Examination of Promising Practices and California Student Equity Plan.”  The report provides an overview of efforts by the California community colleges to redress structural and systemic challenges facing boys and men of color.

With insight into the many factors that are working to hinder the success of student men of color, this report extends recommendations to improve outcomes for these young men. The report is divided into three primary sections: (a) an overview of trends and challenges facing 18- to 24-year-old men of color in community colleges; (b) an analysis of 42 community college equity plans from colleges in the Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and Central Valley areas; and (c) a review of innovative and promising high-impact equity-minded practices.