Community college district faculty ranked among most diverse in the nation

Community college district faculty ranked among most diverse in the nation

Faculty diversity

A recent study ranks faculty at the two campuses in the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District is among the most diverse in the nation.

According to a Diversity Index compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education, San Jose City College ranks No. 3 and Evergreen Valley College No. 5 nationally among all two-year public institutions.

The index was published recently and ranks colleges with the greatest racial and ethnic diversity among faculty members by measuring “the probability that any two full-time instructional faculty members at an institution are from different racial or ethnic groups.”

Interim chancellor Dr. Beatriz Chaidez said the index reflects the district’s hiring practices.

“While we certainly benefit from being located in one of the most diverse regions in the country, we have also been very intentional with our faculty recruitment,” Chavez said. “Representation matters. It’s important that our students have educational role models with whom they can identify and an opportunity to learn from faculty from a variety of backgrounds.”

Neighborhood Notes

ROSE GARDEN>>The Silicon Valley African American Cultural Center recently received $3 million in state funding for a mixed-use complex to be located at 2001 The Alameda. The complex will include affordable homes, a health clinic, a performing arts theater, a museum, athletic facilities and retail spaces.

The center is Silicon Valley’s first Black-owned nonprofit community development entity, and this project is designed to act as a central gathering place for African Americans engaged in business, wellness, shopping or cultural events.

Roots Clinic and Ujima Adult and Family Services, both organizations dedicated to offering African American-centered health and behavioral health services, will also establish their facilities on the site.