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President Susan Sperling


   Equity and Inclusion   

President's Message

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, we face a time of uncertainty for many in our educational community and beyond. We are emerging from a political season in which students from immigrant backgrounds, communities of color, LBGT students, and women have too often been the targets of hate speech and threats which should be unacceptable in a nation committed to freedom and justice.

Chabot College has a proud tradition of education and organization for social justice and human rights. We serve many students from immigrant families who are experiencing deep anxieties about their family's future. We have organized this webpage for Chabot students to assist you in gaining the information and support that will help you to move forward during this time.

One thing is certain: Chabot will continue to serve and support all of our community members to achieve their dreams, to honor their diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and to organize together for our deeply held commitments to equity and social justice.


Susan Sperling, Ph.D.
President, Chabot College


Chabot College in the News

"Write future's history books by resisting travel ban"
Guest Commentary by Susan Sperling: East Bay Times - January 31, 2017

"This Middle School Is Helping Students Earn College Credits"
By Susan Frey, EdSource: The Huffington Post - February 5, 2016

"I Owe It All to Community College - Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College"
By Tom Hanks, Op-Ed Contributor: The New York Times - January 14, 2015

"Community colleges are offering the best deal" Guest Commentary by Susan Sperling: Bay Area News Group - July 28, 2014

"Will online learning save us?" Guest Commentary by Susan Sperling: Bay Area News Group - March 2, 2013

Chabot College President - Susan Sperling, Ph.D.

At its Feb. 21, 2012 meeting, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) Board of Trustees appointed Susan Sperling, Ph.D., President of Chabot College. Sperling, dean of social sciences and 25-year veteran administrator and educator at the college, becomes the ninth president in the college’s 50-year history and was selected after a national search. Sperling’s appointment was effective Feb. 22.

“Dr. Sperling has devoted her career to supporting student success and access,” said CLPCCD Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. “She is deeply committed to our community, our students and our college.”

During her 25-year career at Chabot College, Sperling has served in a variety of capacities including faculty member, faculty leader, administrator and community liaison. Her many positions with the college and district include district-wide Faculty Association President and Chabot College’s first grants developer under the College’s Title III grant.

Sperling has negotiated college funding partnerships with both the private and public sector and has developed projects involving the range of diversity in the college’s service area. Working with stakeholders, Sperling has developed programs focusing on cultural diversity, social justice, civic engagement and environmental justice.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Reed L. Buffington Award for Excellence in Teaching and major research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sperling is an anthropologist, as well, who has researched, published widely and presented nationally on topics including animal rights, the history of evolutionary science, and gender and race issues.
Sperling earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She succeeds Celia Barberena, Ph.D., who retired in December after serving as the college president for nearly four years.


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