In February, my family and my people welcomed the Chinese/Lunar New Year. In March, a larger number, at least in California, celebrates Women's History Month. For me, these two events represent deeply felt influences in my leadership style and my life.
Thoughts inspired by Black History Month: a time to learn about African-American history and achievements
I grew up on the lower East side of New York City next to public housing, also known as “the Projects.” In my elementary school, it was African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Jews and Chinese immigrants. I felt an affinity for all of these groups and, honestly, didn’t notice our differences. I felt our similarities. When we studied civil rights in school, I saw African-Americans leading the way.
Prior to joining Santa Rosa Junior College as superintendent/president in January 2012, Dr. Frank Chong served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C.