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The John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award


Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award Ceremony Program

8-8:30 a.m.



8:30-9:30 a.m.

Breakfast at the Crocker Art Museum

Music by Franklin Court Quartet

9:45 a.m.

Dr. John W. Rice Award Program

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Board of Governors President Cecilia V. Estolano
Special Guest: Mrs. Clara Rice

10:00 a.m.

Presentation of the 2017 Dr. John W. Rice Awards

Veterans Resource Center — American River College

The Veterans Resource Center is one of the most developed, well-staffed and fully institutionalized service programs for veterans in the state. Since its inception in 2013, the central mission of the Veterans Resource Center is to bridge the civilian and military cultural divide through inclusion, full integration of student veterans in campus life, while offering consistent training and engagement opportunities for staff, faculty and administration. Over the years, the Veterans Resource Center has also evolved to focus more broadly on encouraging diversity of this marginalized student population on campus, as well as supporting the statewide movement to integrate student veterans on campus and enhance overall support and services for our prior military, active duty personnel and military families. The Veterans Resource Center strive to focus on the life issues affecting veterans, to help them become successful students.

Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition Program (F.I.S.T.) — Compton College

The Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition program at Compton College provides academic, social and economic support for students reentering the community after incarceration. The program provides advising and counseling, peer mentoring, book loans and transportation assistance, while also offering strategies to successfully navigate in an academic setting. After less than a year in existence, the program has grown into one of the most active clubs on campus, with 54 active student members, 16 of whom have GPAs of over 3.0. Members participate in Associated Student Body meetings, volunteer at campus events and regularly participate in campus field trips.


The Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Awards are proudly sponsored by The Foundation for California Community Colleges.
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