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In The Margins

Apr 28, 2022

Meet Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher — a self-proclaimed cheerleader and critical friend of community colleges, dedicated to evolving and leveling up the impact of higher education for traditionally marginalized students. And on May 1st your host David Pluviose will present Dr. Zamani-Gallaher with the 2022 Diverse Champions Award during the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in New York City. 


Tune in as Dr. Zamani-Gallaher, who grew up on the Southside of Chicago, joins us to talk about her scholarship, her approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and her reaction to receiving this prestigious national award which recognizes trailblazers and leaders having a substantial impact on the community college movement. Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher is a testament to what can be accomplished when leaders do their best not to pull up the ladder as they climb, but lift others up as they do.


And in case you missed it, In The Margins also spoke with Dr. Zamani-Gallaher in January of this year about race-centric equity initiatives, a conversation you can find here



- Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher’s educational journey and road to higher education 

- “If you want to know the end, look at the beginning”

- Why open door doesn’t always mean open access

- Demarginalizing community colleges seeking to do the most with the least 

- How institutions can better fulfill the community college promise

- Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher’s advice for community college leaders post-pandemic



“We have so many students, racially minoritized students, that are in institutions that are more open door. But open door doesn't always mean open access, and I’m very much wanting to think about how do we broaden participation? How do we make the trajectories of students of color, particularly Black and brown students, one that has more educational and economic mobility?”



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