Austin Community College Prioritizing Hiring Equity Officer Despite Ongoing Hiring Freeze

In discussing protests and demonstrations that have taken place across the country and in Austin over the past weekend, Richard Rhodes, the president and CEO of Austin Community College, said at a board meeting June 1 that the district is prioritizing the hiring of a new chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer.

“There’s a lot of pain, hurt and anger due to racial injustice, especially among our African-American community,” he said. “What happens in one community affects all of us. As a community college, ACC must look deeper at what we can do to affect change.”

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