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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 3, 2005
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SMC RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR ADMINISTRATION DIVERSITY

The California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office has given Santa Monica College an award for significantly increasing diversity in its administrative staff.

Santa Monica College was one of seven community college districts statewide to be named for increasing administrative diversity over the last 10 years. The college has nearly doubled its representation of minority groups in its administrative ranks in the past decade.

Ten years ago, 27.3 percent of SMC’s administrators were members of under-represented groups. That has increased to 47.3 percent today.

“I think it is very important to have diversity at the highest levels of the administrative ranks of our colleges so that students of color will have role models and mentors at their colleges,” said California Community Colleges’ Chancellor Mark Drummond.

“The California community colleges represent and serve one of the most diverse populations in the world in terms of race, ethnicity, language, culture, national origin and socio-economic class,” Drummond said. “The vitality and stability of California will thrive in direct proportion to our ability to foster productive citizenship in this diverse, multi-cultural environment. Community colleges have increased access to and success in higher education for many under-represented groups.”




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