JCCC’s Hispanic community was well represented at the May meeting of the Board of Trustees by two of the campus’ student leaders, Will Suarez and Ignacio Carvajal.
Suarez works as a Student Activities Ambassador for the Campus Activities Board (CAB). He addressed the trustees during the Petitions and Communications section of the meeting. Suarez relayed his experiences from his first year as a JCCC student.
“I will remain forever grateful to this institution for giving me the opportunity to serve the student body and to work as an employee and serve as a student.”
Suarez helped co-found the college’s first Hispanic student group, Latinos United Now and Always (LUNA),
“Thanks to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, I felt welcomed at this institution,” he said. “They have fostered my growth, my knowledge and that of my peers. It is through this office that JCCC is becoming a more harmonious place.”
Suarez also noted contributions of JCCC Hispanics:
- John Hanysz, Student Activities, named Supervisor of the Year
- Raul Gabarra, student athlete, led the baseball team to the regionals
- Morgan Honnold, student, named Outstanding Student, Fall 2009.
- Ignacio Carbajal, student, who earned the Jack Kemp Cook scholarship
Suarez commended the college on fostering these students and employees but said the institution must do more for Hispanic population and other populations as well. He said the college needs to:
- recruit diverse faculty
- invest more in recruiting minority students
- create a Multicultural Center
- invest more in the understaffed ODEI
The trustees also recognized Carvajal in the Awards and Recognitions section of the meeting. More than 400 students applied for the Jack Kemp Cook scholarship. Only 30 were selected. Carvajal is the first JCCC student to earn the award.