The scheduled closure of City College of San Francisco has raised much concern among the Chinese and Asian American community, reports KGO-TV.
Over 40 percent of Asian Americans who have gone to college went through the community college system. Seventy-five percent of students at City College of San Francisco are Asian American, black or Latino.
“We are facing a civil rights crisis,” Vincent Pan, Director of the non-profit Chinese for Affirmative Action said.
City College is scheduled to lose its accreditation at the end of the next school year. A special trustee appointed to run the school has vowed to save it.
Chinese for Affirmative Action which long advocated for the satellite City College campus now in Chinatown has joined the “save City College” efforts.
It’s hoped the growing pressure will keep the campus open.
“I don’t know if pressure is the right word. They don’t see themselves as being pressured, but I think people can be influenced by what the community thinks,” said John Rizzo, President of the Board of Trustees.