Program of Events

Long Beach, CA September 16‐18, 2021

NCCHC is the premier organization for Hispanic leadership development in community colleges. Our mission is to increase the number of successful Hispanic leaders in America’s community colleges through leadership development.

NCCHC 2021 – Always Forward: Beyond the Pandemic Symposium Schedule (Subject to change)

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. NCCHC 2021 Symposium Welcome Reception – Sponsored by Long Beach City College, CA
Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA

Friday, September 17, 2021

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (Bixby Ballroom) Breakfast and Exhibitors – Sponsored by: ACUE

9:00 to 10:30 a.m. (Bixby Ballroom) Opening Welcome, General Session & Keynote Presentation Featuring NCCHC President, Dr. Robert Vela

Advancing Latinx Student Success Through Intentional Student-Centered and Equity-Rooted High Impact Practices
Keynote Presentation: Dr. Mike Munoz & Sonia De La Torre

Concurrent Session (4 to choose from):

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

(Nieto) Minding the Gap Between Racial and Gender Representation in Community College Leadership
Dr. CharMaine Hines

(Wilmore) Santa Rosa Junior College’s Title V HSI “Lanzamiento” Initiative: An Overview and Invitation
Dr. Robert Holcomb & Laura Larque

(Broadlind 2) Student Conduct and Compliance is Not Scary Like the Queen Mary!
Cecilia Quiroz & Dr. Felicia Ramirez-Perez

(Broadlind 1) COLEGAS Track: Every Moment is an Organizing Opportunity…An Opportunity to Change the World: How to Create a Statewide Latina/o/x Organization
Dr. Cynthia Olivo, Dr. Angelica Garcia, Dr. Mark Sanchez, Dr. Mike Munoz, Michelle Batista

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (Bixby Ballroom) Luncheon & General Session Sponsored by: College of DuPage, IL

From First Generation College Student to First Generation President/Chancellor: Navigating Success as an Administrator in Higher Ed
Dr. Natalie Villarreal & Dr. Steven Gonzales

Concurrent Session (4 to choose from):

2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

(Nieto) Its’ SESI Time: As a Collective, Anything is Possible
Martin Ramirez & Karla Rojas

(Wilmore) Closing the Baccalaureate Degree Gap with First-generation Latinos in Community College
Carmen M. Dones

(Broadlind 2) Ed Tech in Action: How to Best Leverage Grant Funding to Improve DEI & Collaborative Support Structures
Dr. Paul De La Cerda & Dr. Jeffrey Mrizek

(Broadlind 1) COLEGAS Track: La Escalera: The Stairway to our Dreams, the COLEGAS Approach to Supporting Latina/o/x In the Hiring Process
Dr. Ilder Betancourt, Ulises Velasco

Concurrent Session (4 to choose from):

3:45 to 5:00 p.m.

(Nieto) Where Are We Post Pandemic? Latin@s Today and Tomorrow in Community College Enrollment
Dr. Laura Lara-Brady, Dr. Catherine Olivarez & Dr. Stella Perez

(Wilmore) Completion and Success Through an Equity Focus
Dr. Nohel Corral, Javier Villasenor & Phillip Huerta

(Broadlind 2) Equity in the Classroom: Faculty Matter
Patricia Guillen, Director of Instructional Services, Maricopa Center for Learning and Innovation (Maricopa Community College District); Ruthanne Orihuela, Provost and VPAA, Community College of Denver; Laura Ortiz, Dean for Faculty Development and Engagement, Waubonsee Community College; Kimberly Middleton, Academic Strategy Consultant, ACUE

(Broadlind 1) COLEGAS Track: We are Not Outnumbered, We are Outorganized: The Coalition in California Uniting Black, Brown & API Communities
Dr. Cynthia Olivo, COLEGAS, Dr. Abe Ali, APAHE, Dr. Scott Thayer, A2MEND, Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, APAHE, Dr. Angelica Garcia, COLEGAS, Dr. Ed Bush, A2MEND

6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Pike Ballroom) Annual Banquet and Fellows Graduation Sponsored by: San Antonio College, TX

Saturday, September 18, 2021

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (Bixby Ballroom) Breakfast and Exhibits Sponsored by: Highpoint Technology Solutions Corp

9:00 to 10:15 a.m. (Bixby Ballroom) General Session Utilizing Netflix and Amazon Strategies to Improve Student Success
Presenter: Michael Chavez

Concurrent Session (4 to choose from):

10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

(Nieto) Abriendo las Puertas – From Hiring to Onboarding Diverse Faculty
Jeanie Tyler, Matilda Chavez & Marciano Perez, Jr

(Wilmore) Transforming the Future by Providing Access and Equity
Dr. Stephanie Fernandez & Georgette Perez

(Broadlind 2) Nuestra Historia: Going Beyond the Title V Experience
Kenneth Santiago & Susana Mares

(Broadlind 1) COLEGAS TRACK – Bendita Entre Las Mujeres: The Latina Leadership Network in Califas

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by: EnGen

Closing General Session Celebrating Difference: Best Practices Using Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies
Presenters: Dr. Lorelei Carvajal & Dr. Sonia Watson


Access to learning opportunities for all has been a cornerstone of the community college mission since the colleges were created more than a century ago. For Latino students, access to higher education creates the opportunity to participate fully in the American dream. Access to professional development opportunities, like the NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program and Leadership Symposium, are bridges to administrative leadership positions.

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