Woodland Community College Launches Hispanic Settlement Community Advisory Board Serving

Woodland Community College has announced the launch of the Hispanic Settlement Community Advisory Board.

The creation of the HSI Advisory Board aligns with the college’s efforts to support the academic development and professional success of under-represented groups by creating awareness and engagement among different constituencies in broader conversations related to HSI.

Currently, 49% of the college population identifies as Latino. The WCC has received federal designation as an Institution Serving Hispanics, which allows it to apply for federally funded grants to support student success.

The Interim Director of Retention and Student Life, Isabel Duenas, will co-chair this advisory board alongside the President of the College, Dr Art Pimentel.

Together, Duenas and Pimentel will bring together students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and community leaders to offer innovative advice and dynamic perspectives, all essential to the work that takes place at the college and in our region.

“It is important to tap into the vast knowledge and resources of the community to help increase access to higher education, support the institution and our Latino students and our diverse community,” said Pimentel.

This council will be advisory to the college and operate in harmony with the Yuba Community College District, campus structures, and college advisory committees. Specifically, the advisory board will examine many areas of interest and make recommendations to the college, including promoting an understanding that accepts, celebrates, and values ​​Hispanic culture and history within the WCC.

In addition, it will serve as a resource for the college providing information and educational forums that will facilitate a better understanding and acceptance of cultural differences, recommend grant or partnership opportunities that would be beneficial to students, faculty and staff as well. by improving our college. .

Other tasks include:

  • working with the Professional Development Committee to provide leadership for training initiatives that build institutional capacity and enhance campus diversity;
  • collaborate in capacity building efforts and leadership development opportunities for faculty, staff and students;
  • help strengthen transfer channels and consolidate strategies for highly effective transfer partnerships.

The first meeting of this advisory board will take place in early 2022.

Those interested in knowing more about this advisory board can contact Isabel Duenas at 530.668.3691 or iduenas@yccd.edu.

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