San Diego State University is the new home for a program addressing a national shortage of Latinx leaders in community college leadership.
The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program, hosted in the College of Education, seeks to close a community college diversity gap. Data shows that while about half of Latinx college students nationwide are enrolled in two-year institutions, only 60 of 1,108 community college presidents, or 5.5%, are Latinx.
“Our belief is that there is a need to have leaders in institutions who look like the students that they’re working with,” said Ted Martinez, Jr., executive director of the NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program, which he founded in 2003. “It’s a critical need and we’re doing everything we can to respond to it.”