Thai Viet Phan
Santa Ana City Councilperson
"The creation of RSCCD's Leadership, Equity, Advocacy & Diversity Advisory Board demonstrates the District's commitment to not only attracting and educating a diverse student body, it also values the development, hiring, and promotion of a diverse faculty that reflects the student community. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic Advisory Board and to take part in promoting equity and inclusion in higher education in Orange County."|
Richard M. Ramirez, Ed.D.
Los Amigos of Orange County
"It is very rare for the administrative leadership of public post-secondary education institutions to advocate change. The primary reason for such rarity is structural design, which prohibits such activity, as administrative leaders are held responsible to a Board of Trustees, who are elected officials. However, I want to believe that both internal and external circumstances, which were caused by the lack of diversity, the lack of equitable and inclusive processes in all structural aspects of a post-secondary institution, ultimately obligated public officials and administrators to take the lead in affecting constructive change relative to diversity, equity and inclusion. Upon learning about the RSCCD DEI Plan and being invited to be a member of the DEI Advisory Committee, I was very excited about the cited DEI goals, as I viewed the planned activities as very much on-target."