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The Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and a project of the Center for the Study of Community Colleges. Council members include university-based researchers and community college practitioners who further scholarship on the community college enterprise. CSCC objectives include:
- Contributing to the development of preservice and in-service education for community college professionals.
- Conducting and disseminate research pertaining to community colleges.
- Serving as a forum for dialogue between university professors, graduate students, and community college practitioners who study community colleges.
- Disseminating information about related conferences and events.
- Providing research and other services to the American Association of Community Colleges and its affiliate councils.
- Recognizing outstanding service, research, and publications happening within community colleges.
- Providing a unified and formal base of participation for CSCC members in AACC affairs.

The Office of Community College Research and Leadership proudly serves as the headquarters of The Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

A Call to Action on Racial Violence

Dear CSCC Members:

racismRecent events have highlighted endemic persistence of systemic and structural racism in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic showed how structural elements contributed to the Black community being disproportionately impacted by the virus both in terms of illness and death. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade are the latest examples of how white supremacy, ingrained in our social structures, denies the humanity of Black people in the United States. We must acknowledge the pain of our Black brothers and sisters and leverage our resources as an organization to lead sustainable change.

We have all chosen to attend, work at, and/or research community colleges because we believe in their open door mission and the diverse students they serve. As such, we must recommit ourselves to exposing the contextual conditions in higher education that contribute to forms of racial inequality. Now more than ever, our work as scholars, practitioners, and researchers of community colleges is limited if we do not work towards reducing racialized oppression and expanding justice – environmental, material, and social.

We at CSCC stand in solidarity and must work together to not only call out structural and systemic racism but to actively change those structures that contribute to discrimination and hate.

Regina L. Garza Mitchell, President
Lorenzo D. Baber, President-Elect
Mark D'Amico, Past President
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Executive Director
Carrie B. Kisker, Director, Center for the Study of Community Colleges

CSCC Leadership Team

Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Executive Director; Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(217) 244-3580;
Regina Garza Mitchell, President; Associate Professor at Western Michigan University
(269) 387-3540;
Lorenzo Baber, President-Elect; Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago
Mark D'Amico, Past-President; ASSOCIATE Professor at North Carolina at Charlotte
(704) 687-8539;
Mark Fincher, Vice President for Research and Publications (2021); Associate Professor at
Mississippi State University
(972) 793-2076;
Casey Ozaki, Secretary (2023); Associate Professor at
University of North Dakota
(701) 777-4256;
Carol Cutler White (2022), Treasurer; Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University
(919) 592-6886;
Erin Doran (2022), Historian; Assistant Professor at Iowa State University
(210) 317-4364; 
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CSCC Membership

From individuals to students to emeritus faculty, CSCC membership is open to all professionals who are involved in community college education. Members have access to an annual conference that offers sessions on community college research findings and leadership programs. Other benefits include award, voting, and networking opportunities. Learn more and join

CSCC Sponsorship

CSCC would like to recognize and thank the sponsors of our 2020 Annual Conference. We appreciate their continued support despite the cancellation of this year’s conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pledged continued sponsorship of these institutions and organizations during an unprecedented event has been tremendous and greatly valued by CSCC. View our sponsors.