Friday, April 26, 2024

San Jose Education Forum

Thank you w sponsors

This page was last updated on May 2, 2024

Thank you to nearly 200 people who joined us at SJCC!

This all-day in-person event at San José City College offered education leaders and practitioners with a convening dedicated to advancing education equity and access in the city of San José.

The objective of the Education Forum was to spotlight education equity opportunities that impact San José and explore collaborative solutions.

There were plenaries during the Welcome and Lunch, and 1f Breakout Sessions organized in three (3) tracks:

  • Development of pathways (including dual enrollment), 
  • Effective student and family engagement, and
  • Improving college affordability and financial aid access.

Did you attend the event?

Please complete our Exit Ticket by Friday, May 10!

The Forum is brought to you by:

  • San José City College 
  • San José State University 
  • the San José Public Library
  • Santa Clara University 
  • San José Cal-SOAP Consortium
  • the Bay Area K-16 Collaborative
  • Northern California College Promise Coalition 

Did you attend the event?

Relive the good times by exploring the Digital Event Guide!

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thank you to our sponsors

Visionary Sponsors ($5,000+)
San Jose City College
San Jose State University
Champion Sponsors ($3,000-$4,999)
San Jose Public Library Foundation
Advocate Sponsors ($1,000-$2,999)
Sobrato Philanthropies
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Other Sponsors (Session Breakouts)
In-Kind Sponsors
Sobrato Philanthropies
San Jose Cal-SOAP

Forum Speakers


We look forward to Welcome Remarks from education equity champions in the morning:*

  • Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, President, San José City College
  • Dr. Beatriz Chaidez, Chancellor, San Jose Evergreen Community College District
  • Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, San José State University
  • Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer
  • Dr. Heather Lattimer, Dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education
  • Mary Ann Dewan, Ph.D., County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Vito Chiala, Principal, Overfelt High School (ESUHSD)
  • Maria Fusaro, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Child & Adolescent Development, Co-Founder, Early Childhood Institute, San José State University

We look forward to the Panel Operationalizing Equity through Meaning-Based Interventions during Lunch:*

  • Arnold Chandler, President and CEO, Forward Change
  • Alicia Cortez, Board Member of Gavilan College
  • José Magaña, Founding Executive Director of Latinos for Education, Bay Area and Elected Board Member, San José Unified School District
  • Matt Mahan, Mayor of the City of San José

We look forward to Closing Remarks from education equity champions in the late afternoon:*

  • Dr. Agustín Cervantes, Executive Director, Bay Area K-16 Collaborative
  • Julie Sullivan, President, Santa Clara University
  • Cynthia Larive, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Dev Davis, City of San Jose Councilmember District 6
  • Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor District 2


Dr. Rene Alvarez, Dean of Academic Success and Student Equity, San José City College


We look forward to presentations from 15 K-16 partners and community organizations (including several NCCPC members!):

  • 10,000 Degrees**
  • Braven Bay Area**
  • Breakthrough Silicon Valley**
  • Career Ladders Project
  • Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
  • EdVisorly
  • Foundation for a College Education**
  • Higher Education for All
  • Junior Achievement Northern California**
  • Latino Education Advancement Foundation**
  • Mary Le, Global Educational Health & Safety, LLC**
  • Milpitas Unified School District
  • Northern California College Promise Coalition
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education
  • San José City College**
  • San José State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • uAspire**

** NCCPC Member

Forum Tracks & Sessions


  • Dual Enrollment Pathways: Student Success via Effective Collaboration
  • Dual Enrollment as a Vital Bridge in Guided Pathways
  • Tech, Trends & Transfer Students
  • Empowering Transfer Students for Success
  • “Getting Ahead of the Curve: Advantages and Necessity of High School Dual Enrollment”


  • Assessing our Family Engagement Practices and Redefining What We Do
  • Breakthrough’s Human First Framework: Engaging first-gen middle schoolers and their families in college access
  • Strategies to Support First-Gen College Students
  • LEAF’s Approach to Educational Equity: Empowering Students and Families
  • Cradle to Career: Promise Communities and School Transformation


  • Financial Starting Mindsets & Real-World Tools to Build Wealth
  • FA4ALL: Learning About California’s First Year of Universal FAFSA/CADAA Implementation
  • The Case for Student Aid Offer Standardization in California
  • Enhancing the Financial Aid Experience through Partnerships