Greetings Colleagues and Friends of CVHEC,
We are delighted to invite you to this issue of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) e-newsletter.
As we hopefully begin to emerge from the year-long pandemic and welcome the spring flowers to the valley, we share some of CVHEC’s highlights since our last issue including a glimpse at how our academic leaders and community collaborate to lead our students forward.
First, we want to re-welcome our newest member, the University of the Pacific (UOP) located in Stockton. We are happy to invite our north valley colleagues back into the Consortium after some time away. Founded in 1851 in Santa Clara, UOP is our most senior institution and has been serving the northern valley since 1923 when the campus was moved to Stockton.
Another of our independent members, Brandman University is also featured in this issue. We take pleasure in sharing with you a heartwarming story of the university assisting students impacted by the pandemic. The innovative use of CVHEC Mini-Grant funds by Brandman leadership to bring some relief to students suffering financially during the COVID19 shutdown is highlighted. We think you will agree that these sorts of uplifting stories are what we need in times like these.
You will also read about the work that Central Valley colleges are doing around the equity, race and social justice agendas our institutions are pursuing. In particular, we extend our gratitude to the professionals who make up our CVHEC Equity, Race and Social Justice Taskforce announced in this issue. The expertise, talent and experience these dedicated scholars from our member institutions contribute to this valley-wide undertaking is a tribute in itself to our higher education community here in Central California.
Again, thank you for joining us in enjoying this issue.
Benjamin T. Duran, Ed.D.
Executive Director – Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC)