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Southwestern College receives recognition for associate degree transfer program

Southwestern College's $25 million Fieldhouse Classroom and football field, Aug. 7, 2014.
Matthew Bowler
Southwestern College's $25 million Fieldhouse Classroom and football field, Aug. 7, 2014.

Southwestern College has been named the 2021 Equity Champion of Higher Education by the nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity.

The recognition is for its work in awarding associate degrees for transfer to Black and Latinx students, which guarantees admission into a four-year program within the California State University system.

Janelle Williams-Melendrez, Southwestern College's executive officer of equity and engagement, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about the program, the recognition and how it fits into their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Williams-Melendrez also discussed how Southwestern College is working to fix its issues with racial tension and improve the educational experience on campus.