The Clatsop Community College Foundation has been awarded a three-year $183,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) to support establishing the Alliance for Equity in Education (A4EE), a culturally- responsive strategy to improve transitions to college for priority high school youth in Clatsop County. The populations considered priority by this grant are high school English language learners, high school lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or other sexual/gender identities, and students of color.
CCC Vice President of Academics, Margaret Frimoth, was a leading force behind securing the grant and believes by focusing on existing networks between college and high school programs, the Alliance for Equity in Education will compound individual strategies to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion for high school students transitioning to college. She stated, “The more we create inclusive environments for diverse students, the more welcoming we become for all students. We want students to experience CCC as a welcoming and supportive environment.”
Over the next three years, Clatsop Community College will utilize MMT grant funds to enhance existing networks that CCC has with high school youth, align with existing expectations for public education and create a network of trained educators to address specific disparities through a Train-the-Trainer strategy to build a Network of Equity Educators.
“A personal approach to leadership and change is important in rural communities because we often experience stigmas and stereotypes around our ethnocentric history,” said Frimoth. “By using a Train-the-Trainer approach, the A4EE Coordinator will be able to connect with and engage educators already working at local high schools. The personal connection capitalizes on existing systems and prominent community values about caring for youth. This approach generates trust and commitment to more holistically address the scope of disparities experienced by some students and their families.”
Meyer Memorial Trust is a tax-exempt private foundation and was created by the late Fred G. Meyer, founder of the chain of retail stores bearing his name throughout the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1982, Meyer has awarded roughly $700 million in grants and program-related investments to more than 3,200 organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 2016, the organization has focused their grantmaking to better align with the MMT mission: to work with and invest in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.
Through this grant, CCC hopes to make a positive impact specific to diversity, equity and inclusion through the implementation of a comprehensive system across all high schools that increase student enrollment of priority students into college programs.
MMT sees their role as working to dismantle barriers to equity in education, housing and the environment and to improve community conditions so that all Oregonians can reach their full potential. More information can be found at www.mmt.org
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