Racial Equity Leadership Academy is Partnership Between USC and Achieving the Dream

To support colleges and universities in their efforts to address inequities on campus, Achieving the Dream (ATD) and the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center have collaborated to establish the Racial Equity Leadership Academy (RELA).

Scheduled to begin last year, COVID-19 delayed the application process. However, the program is now moving forward as 10 institutions were recently selected: Anne Arundel Community College, Austin Community College District, Broward College, Chattanooga State Community College, Columbus State Community College, Kingsborough Community, Lee College, Montgomery County Community College, Mott Community College and Pierce College.

Dr. Monica Parrish Trent, vice president of network engagement at ATD, emphasized that community colleges “play a vital role in advancing racial equity and social justice in the communities they serve.”

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