From the Executive Director

We are LEAD California, a statewide nonprofit organization supporting half a million university and college students, administrators, faculty, staff, and community members who, with our resources, expertise, training, and connections are creating innovative ways to ensure a healthy, just, and democratic society. We are committed to ensuring that all California institutions of higher education fulfill their public purpose and prepare students to be ethical leaders and compassionate citizens who make this world better for all.

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Elaine K. Ikeda

LEAD California has selected Dr. Kathleen (Kat) Cruz Gutierrez as the recipient of the LEAD California 2024 Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement. The Richard E. Cone Award recognizes an exemplary early-career individual who is an emerging leader in the field of community engagement, whose work has had a positive impact on campus and in the community, and who is guided by the best practices of community-campus partnerships.

Edited By Elena Klaw, Andrea Tully, Elaine K. Ikeda  This timely book addresses assumptions and challenges inherent within community engagement as a catalyst for developing students’ sense of civic responsibility at a time of rampant social polarization.  Promoting academic development and life skills through the high-impact practice of service-learning, the book explores a new ecological framework for reflecting...

LEAD California announced today that University of California San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and California State University Channel Islands President Richard Yao are joining the 2023-2024 Executive Board of Directors. These two presidents are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education and join a distinguished board of college presidents from across California.

The disparate impacts of COVID-19, as well as the effects of institutional racism that continue to profoundly impact our nation’s marginalized communities, have laid bare again, the staggering social and economic inequalities and injustices that continue to plague our country and the world.

LEAD California (formerly California Campus Compact) announced today that its Executive Board has selected Dominican University of California President Nicola Pitchford and California State University, Fresno President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval to join the 2022-2023 Executive Board. These two presidents are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education and join a distinguished group of leaders from across California representing all sectors of higher education.

LEAD California is committed to educating students for democracy and positive change. We commit to leading with generosity, integrity, empathy, kindness, and compassion. We commit to being a more clear and consistent voice for racial justice.

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