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Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges and Beyond

Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity


Jeremiah J. Sims, Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Lasana O. Hotep, Jeramy Wallace and Tabitha Conaway

It is difficult to find justice-centered books geared specifically for community college practitioners interested in achieving campus wide educational equity. It is even more difficult to find a book in this vein written, exclusively, by community college practitioners. Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges and Beyond is just that: a concerted effort by a cross-representational group of community college practitioners working to catalyze conversations and eventually practices that attend to the most pressing equity gaps in and on our campuses. By illuminating the constitutive parts of the ever-increasing obligation gap, this book offers both theory and practice in reforming community colleges so that they function as disruptive technologies. It is our position that equity-centered community colleges hold the potential to call out, impede, and even disrupt institutionalized polices, pedagogies, and practices that negatively impact poor, ethno-racially minoritized students of color. If you and your college is interested in striving for educational equity campus-wide please join us in this ongoing conversation on how to work for equity for all of the students that we serve.

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Jeremiah J. Sims

First and foremost, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The life that I am blessed to live with my amazing wife, Rachel, and our five boys, Judah, 9; Malachi, 7; Zion, 5; Freedom, 2.5; and, baby Jehu (10 days old at the time of this writing) is a living testament to His love, forgiveness, and mercy. Rachel, you are my rock. Words cannot express how grateful I am that our Heavenly Father gifted me with you. Judah, my bff, buddy, you inspire me. Your heart is pure. You are an amazing little guy. Malachi, like Judah, you are guileless. You do a lot of KaiKai stuff, that sometimes gets you in trouble; but you, little buddy, spice up our lives. Zion, your humor is a breath of fresh air. You are such a sweet boy. Freedom, daddy’s baby—well prior to 10 days ago—you are the sweetest of the sweet. You are a joy and peace-bringer. Like all of your brothers, you are clearly a gift from God. And, last, but certainly not least—baby Jehu; I thank God for you. You are an amazing little 8-pound human being. Your smile is heaven-sent. I love you, little guy. I also have to shout out my mom, Denise—I wouldn’t be here without you, and my cousin Big Body Blu as well as my brother, Joseph, and my nephews, JoJo and Elijah.

I also want to acknowledge...

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