Retention, Persistence & Completion and Increasing Equity in the Community Colleges
Keynote Address in the New Theater from 10 -- 11 a.m. with Break-out Sessions from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (room TBD) followed by lunch with the speaker.
Dr. Darrick Smith, Sociologist and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco will be on campus to delve into the issues impacting retention, persistence and completion among underrepresented students in the California Community Colleges. Dr. Smith has worked in education since 1998. He was the recipient of the California Wellness Foundation and the Eureka Communities Fellowship for his dedication to violence prevention and community empowerment. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award presented by the UC Berkeley African American Studies Department for his dedication to social change and the fight against injustice in the United States. Dr. Smith is known for his work as a project advisor for Student Support Services Redefined for California Community Colleges, as lead researcher on the Bridge to Success Project, as a participant in the California Community College Chancellor's Office committee on Re-envisioning Statewide Professional Development, as a consultant on equity and civil rights, and as a Board Member and design team member for the Roses in Concrete lab school project in Oakland, California.
Offices have been approved for closure and release time is available for attendees. Lunch will be provided following the breakout sessions. Please RSVP by clicking the "More Links" tab below.