Addressing conditions of inequity within the California Community College system.

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.

  • Nurture radical educators who promote issues of equity and race, to deconstruct and dismantle structural racism.

  • Create alternative spaces where leaders are loved, supported, affirmed, and rewarded for leading with authenticity.


  • Not be passive in addressing racism, but instead demand our collective action to fight Anti-Indigeneity, Anti-Blackness, Anti-Latinx, and Anti-Asian attacks.

  • Interrogate the cannon, language, meaning, and our actions in dismantling structures that perpetuate injustice and inequity.

Founding Members

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Professor Trevor Brackett

Dr. Edward Bush

Dr. Abdimalik Buul

Mr. Herbert English, Jr.

Dr. Dyrell Foster

Dr. Amanuel Gebru

Professor Eric Handy

Dr. Scott Thayer

Dr. Erin Vines

Professor Chris Williams

Mr. Abe Ali

Dr. Frank Chong

Mr. Wyman Fong

Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson

Dr. Newin Orante

Dr. Rowena Tomaneng

Ms. Michelle Batista

Dr. Angélica Garcia

Dr. Cynthia Olivo