Mesa College President, Dr. Pamela T. Luster, Appointed to National Diversity Panel

Dr. Pamela T. Luster, president of San Diego Mesa College, has been appointed as a commissioner of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) on the Commission of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.

The commission, one of six presidentially- based associations authorized by the AACC Board, works within the higher education community to encourage collaboration among community college entities and organizations. The commission meets twice a year to provide advice and promote cooperation among community colleges on issues ranging from access and retention, to campus climate, cultural competency, equity and civil rights. Luster’s three-year term on the commission becomes effective July 1, 2012.

“This is a perfect assignment for President Luster, who is well known in California for her deep commitment to student equity and all forms of diversity,” noted Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District. “Now she will be able to share her expertise at the national level.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a commissioner of such a vital and influential association,” said Dr. Luster. “Diversity, inclusion and equity are central to the mission not only of San Diego Mesa College, but in the greater community of higher education. I look forward to advocating for the needs of students of diverse backgrounds and helping to create an inclusive and rich learning environment.”

Luster joined San Diego Mesa College as its sixth president in 2011. She came to Mesa from Las Positas College in Livermore, where she had most recently served as interim vice president of academic services. A veteran community college administrator, Luster was educated at San Jose State University and Fielding Graduate University.

San Diego Mesa College gained status as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) earlier this year. In 2011, it was named by Community College Week magazine as the fastest-growing community college in California and one of the fastest-growing in the country. Mesa College is the largest of three colleges in the San Diego Community College District, which also includes City and Miramar colleges, and six Continuing Education centers.