In the fall of 1989, a group of concerned African American faculty, administrators, and staff came together to discuss a number of issues including, but not limited to, employment practices of the College; the Campus; minority student recruitment; retention, and transfer; and the results of the “Building Communities” survey affecting the Black community.
After a meeting with the College administration on November 20, 1989 to discuss the concerns of the African American community, a consensus emerged that a broad-based representation of the College’s Black community was necessary. Therefore, on January 26, 1990 the original group invited all Black CCAC employees to meet at the Homewood-Brushton Branch to seek broad input on the issues being raised across the College. At the meeting the Community College African American Caucus (CCAAC) was born.
The Caucus developed an organizational structure consisting of officers, a Core Committee (executive) with two representatives from each Campus, and three standing committees. The standing committees are: Finance/Membership, Fund Raising/Public Relations, and Scholarship. The Core Committee meets regularly. The general membership meets a minimum of once quarterly or as needed.
The Caucus envisions a comprehensive Community College that employs a workforce that is ethnically, racially, culturally, and gender diverse in numbers that are proportional to the service areas demographic mix and that serves a student and customer base similarly representative.
MISSION STATEMENT AND GOALS
The mission of the Community College African American Caucus is to support African Americans at CCAC, to work toward the elimination of racism, to influence the Colleges’ policies, procedures and practices as they affect the African American community and to work toward positive change in order to impact CCAC’s internal and external environments.