News Release

Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustees Join Latino Policymakers in Chicago for NALEO National Policy Institute on Higher Education Governance

Two-day convening brought Trustee Alvarez, Trustee Hernandez and
Trustee Mendoza together with other Latino leaders to acquire governance
strategies around higher education policy

Santa Ana, CA – Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) Trustee Claudia C. Alvarez, vice president; Trustee Zeke Hernandez, clerk; and Trustee Nelida Mendoza joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, leading experts and governing board members from colleges and universities from throughout the country for the NALEO National Policy Institute on Higher Education Governance in Chicago from September 27-28, 2019.

The convening provided Trustees Alvarez, Hernandez and Mendoza, as well as Latino policymakers from across the nation with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around higher education and preparing 21st Century students for society and the workforce. Over two days, the RSCCD Trustees addressed ways to ensure students and graduates become full stakeholders in America’s economic vitality.

"As we strive to be more effective and efficient in ensuring that our students succeed, the information and guidance provided at NALEO's Higher Education Policy Institute is extremely valuable," stated Trustee Alvarez.

During the Institute, Trustees Alvarez, Hernandez and Mendoza networked with other Latino leaders, strengthened skills in higher education governance and exchanged ideas around effective ways to ensure the best interests of students remain a priority. Topics discussed during the convening included:

    • The State of Our Students;
    • Fiduciary Responsibility and Budgeting;
    • Data-Driven Policymaking; and
    • K-14 Partnerships, Post-Secondary Education and the Workforce.

A full agenda with more information about the convening is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website at

About Rancho Santiago Community College District
Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College are public community colleges of the Rancho Santiago Community College District, which serves the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, and Tustin. Both colleges provide education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.

Contact: Karen Kalil

Phone: (714) 371-6783