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Race-Centric Equity Initiatives with Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership

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This episode is brought to you by CCCSE. For 20 years, CCCSE has delivered “aha” moments about the community college student experience based on insights that matter. As part of our CCCSE series on community college leadership, the director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, joins your host Ralph Newell for a discussion exploring how higher education can foster equitable experiences and outcomes for students from marginalized communities.

Tune in as Eboni speaks to the necessity of race-centered equity initiatives that ask how we can advance, situate, and center race consciousness to enhance results for diverse youth and adults who want to go to, through, and out of post-secondary education.


  • What does it look like in action to be equity-minded?
  • White fragility and critical race theory
  • Understanding the intersectionality of race, equity, and diversity issues
  • Focusing on race-conscious rather than race-avoidant solutions  
  • What is the mission of the OCCRL?
  • Eboni Zamani-Gallaher’s journey to equity work


“Equity in many regards as a term has mirrored diversity to me in many ways. I feel as if both have commonly been whittled down to nothingness in some regard, where it's about everything and all things.”

“Community colleges have long been at the margins of the larger discourse, seeking to do the most with the least for those in society that are often most marginalized.”

“You don't remedy racial inequities with raceless solutions.”


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