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Student Equity Summit

The Student Equity Committee invites you to the spring Student Equity Summit! The summit is an opportunity for staff, faculty, and administrators to better understand and assist with the needs of our diverse population of students, specifically men of color. This professional development opportunity is based on research insights and pratice relevant to community colleges.


When and Where

Friday, March 15 from 8:30 - 3 pm

Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center
Grand Valley Ballroom
14075 Frederick St.,
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

RSVP is required. RSVP online »



The spring summit will be lead by presenters Frank Harris, Ph.D. and Luke Wood, Ph.D.

Workshop topics include:

  • The Influence of Masculinities on Student Success for Men of Color
  • Creating Conditions that Foster Engagement Among College Men of Color
  • Supporting Students who Experience Food and Housing Insecurities



Frank Harris, III, Ph.D. is Professor of Postsecondary Education in San Diego State University’s College of Education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) – Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3). His research is broadly focused on student development and success in postsecondary education.

With more than 50 scholarly publications to his credit, Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice. He has delivered more than 300 academic and professional presentations throughout his career. His commentary has been sought by several high-profile media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. He also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge, and a doctorate in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. For a list of selected works by Harries, visit:


J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University (SDSU). Wood is also co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) – Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), chair for the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and co-editor of the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College.

Wood's research focuses on factors affecting the success of men of color in the community college. His research examines contributors to student persistence, achievement, attainment, and transfer for these men. He has delivered over a 120 scholarly professional and conference presentation. His research has been featured by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, C-SPAN, and National Press Club.

Wood has authored over 100 publications, including six co-authored books, six edited books, and more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. To learn more about Wood, visit:


More Information

Summit space is limited to: 50 seats each from Norco and Moreno Valley colleges, and 100 seats from Riverside City College.

Flex credit is available.


Contact Us

Send your inquiries to Andrew Sanchez, Ph.D., Dean of Student Equity at Moreno Valley College.