Cal Matters | A call for a California higher education compact for Black people

African-American college graduate. Photo via iStock

In Summary

A new California compact has to mobilize the entire postsecondary education system to advance racial justice in the teaching mission.

California demands a new compact for higher education – one that is based on Black people thriving.

The recent failure of Proposition 16 underscores the urgency of racial justice in our state’s postsecondary system of education, spanning from community colleges to four-year comprehensive and research universities. This plan must be grounded in confronting anti-Blackness wherever teaching and learning, discovery and creativity, and healing and service take place.