Women in Higher Education

Brij –

As I prepare for my new position as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, I’ve been reflecting on my time as Chancellor of the Kern Community College District. I wanted to share this video from a speech I made last summer for Women’s Equality Day.

In it, I talk about the importance of Early College, as well as some of the issues facing women in higher education. While there has been progress since I made these remarks last August, there is still work to be done in ensuring equality and equity for our students and our leaders in education.

– sonya

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  1. Women’s Equality Day


    Wow! I don’t know where to begin. Please accept my heartiest congratulations on being the first woman Chancellor of Community Colleges of California. The title suggests that the job will be highly demanding, but I can’t think of a worthier candidate.
    I found your talk eloquent, enlightening, and enjoyable. As you ably document the representation and reimbursement gaps women still endure despite meeting or exceeding merit equivalency with men, I can’t help but squirm with embarrassment. However, it’s encouraging to see that you bring a data-driven, “measure and manage” approach that is helping correct the disparities.
    It’s heartening to know that KCCD, under your leadership has been head and shoulders above the State statistics in student enrollment, graduation rates, and STEM adoption.
    Education is the lifeblood of nations. Education is an all-purpose framework of success that helps unleash human potential, enhances health, and elevates socioeconomic status. I have always held my teachers in divine reverence.
    Your inspirational journey as a woman who excelled in mathematics exceeded expectations in leadership, and now ascent to the top in California shall surely be aspirational to all young students, especially young women.
    I wish you the best in your new role and look forward to hearing many success stories.


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