The National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) announced that Glendale Community College’s Lorelei A. Carvajal, Ed.D, is participating in the NCCHC Leadership Development Program as a 2021 Fellow.
Dr. Carvajal is the senior associate vice president on GCC’s north campus at 5727 W. Happy Valley Road. She is one of 24 members of the 2021 Fellows Class selected from community college candidates from around the country.
The program is hosted by the San Diego State University College of Education, and is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latin(as)os whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions, with the ultimate goal of becoming a community college president.
“All of us at GCC are proud of Dr. Carvajal and her accomplishments,” GCC president Teresa Leyba-Ruiz, Ed.D., stated in a news release. “Dr. Carvajal embodies everything that GCC stands for; serving our students and our community by providing opportunities to everyone. We are excited that she has the opportunity to participate in such important leadership programming.”
During the past two years, more than 105 NCCHC Leadership Fellows have moved to positions of increased responsibility as executive level administrators, including chancellors, vice-chancellors, and presidents. Since the program’s inception, more than 250 community college administrators have participated as Leadership Fellows.
“Preparing strong leaders for the future is the primary purpose of the National Community College Hispanic Councils Leadership Fellows Program,” NCCHC president, Robert Vela stated. “A demographic shift is occurring in the United States and we are preparing new leaders who can model the way for the growing Hispanic population our community colleges serve. Through this program, Fellows gain the necessary knowledge and skills they need to lead higher education into the future and positively impact the economic and civic success of their respective communities.”
Dr. Carvajal has more than 15 years of progressive higher education leadership experience. Prior to coming to GCC, she served as department chair of Behavioral Sciences for seven years, and was granted faculty tenure at Triton Community College in Illinois.