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Chancellor Gerhard joins Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for roundtable discussion

CLPCCD Chancellor Ronald Gerhard (left) meeting Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas's (right).

(Dublin, Calif, February 24, 2023) – Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) Chancellor Ronald Gerhard joined officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a roundtable hosted by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) on February 23, 2023, at the HACU Washington, D.C. office. The roundtable brought together higher education leaders to discuss DHS priorities as they relate to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI).

The discussion, led by the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, included HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and HSI presidents/chancellors from across the country. Presidents and CEOs in attendance discussed topics critical to the department as well as the strategies to create a pipeline for students interested in a variety of careers including cybersecurity.


“As the proud chancellor of a college district with two Hispanic-Serving Institutions, I appreciated the opportunity to elevate the voices of our students in this important discussion and underscore how deserving they are of our full support throughout their education journey,” said Gerhard.


HSIs are colleges or universities where Hispanic students comprise at least 25% of the full-time equivalent student body, and they must be certified as such by the Department of Education.


“We are grateful to Secretary Mayorkas for meeting with our HSI presidents and chancellors to discuss issues of importance to their institutions,” said Flores. “We hope the meeting today is one of many that will allow Hispanic-Serving Institutions to share their voices and have a seat at the table on policy issues that impact their institutions.”


Participants at the roundtable represented institutions from Arizona, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.


Participating Institutions:

  • California State University, Monterey Bay, Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., President
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Ronald P. Gerhard, Chancellor
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Greg Peterson, Ed.D., President
  • Harold Washington College, Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D., President
  • Houston Community College, Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • Hudson County Community College, Christopher M. Reber, Ph.D. President
  • Kean University, Lamont Repollet, Ed.D. President
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Stephen G. Wells, Ph.D., President
  • Phoenix College, Kimberly Britt, Ph.D., President
  • Pima Community College, Lee D. Lambert, J.D. Chancellor
  • Saint Peter's University, Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., President
  • San Diego State University, Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., President
  • St. Augustine College, Reyes González, Ph.D., President
  • *University at Albany, SUNY, Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.D., President
  • University of California, Irvine, Howard Gillman, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • University of California, Merced, Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D., Chancellor 


About Chabot-Las Positas Community College District 

CLPCCD serves the San Francisco East Bay Area, particularly southern Alameda County, through its two colleges: Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore. CLPCCD is governed by a seven-member board of trustees, which is responsible for all policy decisions. Board members are elected from trustee areas by the registered voters of nine communities: Castro Valley, Dublin, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol and Union City.

About Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C and Sacramento, California.


The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer