CCA Podcast features CVHEC Equity, Race and Social Justice Taskforce June 22


A new podcast series by Complete College America, “CCA On the Air,” will feature Virginia Madrid-Salazar, strategies lead for the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium, discussing “Committing to Systemic Equitable Change” June 22.

Streaming on all platforms since February, the podcast’s short episodes feature candid conversations with higher education leaders on a variety   of topics related to student success, college completion and advancing CCA’s mission, said Brandon Protas, Ed. D., who is the  strategy director for Complete College America.

For the June 22 edition, Virginia will be joined by Lais Martinez, assistant  commissioner for EDI, Utah System of Higher Education as she talks about CVHEC’s Equity, Race, and Social Justice Taskforce and its regional approach to the equity work.

“The work of the Equity, Race and Social Justice Taskforce is very unique in that it not only represents intersegmental collaboration, but it’s a regional approach,” said Madrid-Salazar. “Our approach is definitely of interest to our national partners. Our region continues to lead the way and this attention only serves to elevate the importance of the work.”

Launched in November 2020, CVHEC’s 17-member, intersegmental taskforce is examining practices, barriers and policies that impede education with equity in the nine-county region of California’s Central Valley. This effort includes a three-pronged workgroup strategy to assess and recommend action for its member institutions – 29 colleges and universities from Stockton to Bakersfield. The first phase of the taskforce’s work will be shared with the CVHEC Board in August and to all CVHEC partners at the CVHEC Higher Education Legislative and Policy Summit planned for December 2021.

Established in 2009, Complete College America advocates nationally for dramatically increasing college completion rates and closing equity gaps by working with states, systems, institutions and partners to scale highly effective structural reforms and promote policies that improve student success.

As a CCA Alliance Team member, CVHEC has access to technical assistance on its strategy efforts including 15 to Finish and Corequisite Support.

See the podcast June 22 here