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Improving Outcomes for African American and Latinx Students

The Time for Measurable Change is Now

The time is now to improve outcomes for our African American and Latinx students. Combined, these students make up at least 37.4% of our student population, yet are less likely to complete a degree than others at our colleges.

The entire Los Rios organization – including our Board of Trustees, Chancellor and College Presidents, and faculty and classified leadership – is committed to making real and measurable change on behalf of our students.


Though the equity work and the conversation about closing historic opportunity gaps is not new, the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others have ignited a renewed urgency to accelerate this work.

The following is a timeline of some of the recent Los Rios activities in support of this effort.










Past Events

Past College-Level Events

American River College

  • Summer Social Justice Series Part 1: What is Activism on July 9, 2020
  • Summer Social Justice Series Part 2: How to be Anti-Racist on July 16, 2020
  • Summer Social Justice Series Part 3: Cultivating Critical Hope on July 23, 2020
  • Weekly Communi-Tea Tuesdays, September through November 2020
  • Labels and Identity Workshop on September 16, 2020
  • History of Redlining, Fair Housing Act, and Post-FHA Consequences on September 29
  • Breonna Taylor #SAYHERNAME on October 2, 2020
  • Gender Identity and Pronouns Workshop on October 15
  • Undocumented Student Events in October and November 2020
  • Intersex 101 on October 26
  • Black Student and Student of Color Support Groups in December 2020

Cosumnes River College

  • Urgent Campus Conversation Part I on June 1, 2020
  • Urgent Campus Conversation Part II: Addressing Systemic Racism on June 15, 2020
  • Disruption is Our Strength: Beyond "Inclusion" and "Diversity" in Our Canons of Knowledge by Jose Alfaro on August 20, 2020
  • Breonna Taylor #SayHerName on October 2, 2020
  • We Won’t Fall Campaign – Urgent and Immediate Plan to Address Structural Racism in a Time of Pandemic on November 4, 2020

Folsom Lake College

  • Safe Space Healing Circle for Students and Employees of Color on June 3, 2020
  • Safe Space Healing Circle for Black/African-American Students and Employees on June 4, 2020
  • Campus-Wide Dialogue on Anti-Racism and Allyship on June 4, 2020
  • Safe Space Healing Circle for Black/African-American Students on June 11, 2020
  • Flex Workshop: Addressing Racial Equity and Justice: FLC's Commitment to Close Equity Gaps and Cultivate a Culture of Anti-racism on August 19, 2020
  • Flex Workshop: Double Pandemic: Racism in a Time of COVID in the Classroom on August 21, 2020
  • FLC Convocation: Transforming the College: Improving the Success of our Students of Color on August 21, 2020
  • Equity Center 3-Tier Equity Welcome Events on September 24, 2020
  • College-Wide Book Read Discussion: "How to Be an Antiracist", starting September 16, 2020
  • Virtual Visit with Dr. Frank Harris III (continuation of Spring 2020 Convocation visit) on October 1 and October 2, 2020
  • Implicit Bias Training and Discussion on October 15, 2020
  • Instructional Equity in Action Dialogue for Instructional Faculty, October 8 through October 29, 2020
  • "We Are All Educators" Mandatory Equity Training for Classified, October 8 through October 29, 2020
  • Mid-Semester Update – Addressing Racial Equity and Justice on November 9, 2020

Sacramento City College

  • Student Healing Circle on June 3, 2020
  • Black Student Discussion on June 8, 2020
  • Black Student Conversation: Our Community Resources on June 15, 2020
  • Your Voice, Your Power, How to be an Ally for Change on June 16, 2020
  • A Call to Action to the ASHE Community, Healing Through Action on June 22, 2020
  • Breonna Taylor #SAYHERNAME on October 2, 2020
  • Queendom on October 29, 2020

College Data Dashboards

Note: To view some of these dashboards, you must access the dashboard via the Los Rios internal network – whether by a direct connection on a work station or via VPN and remote desktop. You must also sign in with your Los Rios ID and password.

Background and Framework Resources

Board Leadership (available at Critical Higher Education Governance Collaborative: Publications)
Dr. Raquel Rall

Nine Themes in Racial Campus Climates
Dr. Shaun Harper and Dr. Sylvia Hurtado

Creating a Culture of Inquiry Around Equity and Student Success
Dr. Keith Witham and Dr. Estela Bensimon

Equity redirects resources to the pathways with the greatest need to fix barriers and intentionally provide support. This includes the following steps: 1) inquiry to understand how practices impede equity; 2) Faculty and staff training to be equity facilitators; 3) Goal setting and action planning; 4) Regular data disaggregation and analysis.

Image provided by Dr. Estela Bensimon, Center for Urban Education.


Lasana Hotep Biography

Lasana O. Hotep is an antiracist and antisexist educator, strategic thought partner, and equity-advancing executive coach with a commitment to dismantling institutional inequities and creating transformative solutions for people and organizations. As the founder and Lead Consultant of Hotep Consultants, he leverages his culturally sustaining historical analysis with practices rooted in racial justice to address issues of equity within the workplace.

Lasana currently serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to these roles, he is a writer, highly sought after lecturer, and established education professional.

Dr. Cynthia Olivo Biography

Dr. Cynthia Olivo has been a professional in higher education since 1995. For 23 years she has served in capacities including Dean, Associate Vice President and Vice President. This is her 16th year as an administrator including seven years at the university level and nine years in community college.

Dr. Olivo serves as the Vice President of Student Services at Pasadena City College (PCC), serving 30,000 diverse students including 51% Latino, 27% Asian and Pacific Islander, 6% African American, 17% White, and 43% first generation college students, with 65% meeting low income guidelines.

Her leadership qualities include leading innovation to improve student success, consensus building among stakeholder groups to advance student equity and creating an engaging, inclusive environment to foster change in our practices while emphasizing cultural competence.