Art Fierro, Board Chair for El Paso Community College, was recently elected to be the Diversity Committee Representative for the Western Region for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
The Diversity Committee ensures leadership for the involvement of historically underrepresented diverse populations within the governance activities of ACCT.
“The EPCC Board of Trustees has been focused on finding innovative strategies to bridge achievement gaps, promote student achievement and help ensure access for a greater number of students,” Dr. William Serrata, EPCC President, said. “We are honored to have Board Chair, Mr. Art Fierro advocating for diversity in community colleges at the national level and representing our unique perspective from the border region.”
The purpose of the committee is to promote respect for and acceptance of diverse individuals and promotes awareness and educational opportunity for underrepresented populations. Fierro will play a key role advising the ACCT Board by strengthening the links with minority membership, identifying issues that require member input, and recommending strategies to improve diversity at community colleges.
Fierro, who has served on the EPCC Board of Trustees since 2006 and has been Board Chair since 2012, says that improving diversity has been a critical priority for him. He has provided the strategic leadership on the Board of Trustees that has resulted in numerous accolades for the college and created successful student outcomes.
“As a Latino and the father of a college-aged son in the Marine Corp and a young daughter who will be part of the community college graduating class of 2027, I see firsthand the need to create a college-going culture along with ensuring access and improving diversity,” Fierro said.
Community colleges, like EPCC, provide students access to high quality and affordable education. The EPCC perspective is necessary on the national level. The college’s location on the U.S./Mexico border where the majority of students are low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented youth and adult learners provides a valuable perspective. Fierro says he believes that community colleges are the best way for our nation to achieve its economic and educational goals.
He describes the impact of higher education and wants to share the successful results achieved at EPCC with other institutions. “Serving as the Western Region Diversity Representative, I want to share my perspective and lead with a vision that is inclusive of all students and communities,” Fierro said.
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.
The mission of El Paso Community College is to provide accessible, quality and affordable education that prepares students for academic, professional and personal growth and advance our regional workforce.