California community colleges provide open access to higher education for all students irrespective of ethnicity, gender, age, disability, or economic circumstances. This objective is enshrined in law. A directive issued by the California Legislature in 1991 charged all levels of public education, including California community colleges, to provide educational equity "[n]ot only through a diverse and representative student body and faculty but also through educational environments in which each person.has a reasonable chance to fully develop his or her potential (Education Code 66010.2c)."
Equity and Diversity
Equity and Diversity Action Committee