THE COALITION was birthed pre-COVID in Los Angeles in 2019 out of the hearts of warriors when three higher educational organizations decided to stand in solidarity in addressing conditions of inequity within the California Community College system.

These organizations include the African American Male Education Network and Development (A2MEND), Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and California Community College Organización de Latinx Empowerment Guidance & Advocacy for Success (COLEGAS).

Structural racism permeates and informs all aspects of the community college system, is the root cause of the persistent and pervasive gaps of achievement of students of color, accounts for the underrepresentation of faculty of color, and creates the lack of adequate representation of people of color in all areas of prominence across stakeholder groups that influence policies and practices.