Tuesday, October 15, 2019
In anticipation of America’s Promise Alliance’s fifth annual Promise Night, we’re introducing you to each of the night’s honorees, who are all outstanding individuals helping young people across the country access their versions of the American dream.
In the hot seat this week: Juan Salgado, who as the Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago now oversees Chicago’s community college system, which serves more than 80,000 students across seven colleges. Chancellor Salgado has focused his 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities.
From his own experiences as a community college graduate to the daily experiences that keep him going and provide inspiration, Chancellor Salgado reflects on what’s shaped his life of service for young people.
1. As the Chancellor for City Colleges of Chicago, what is your overarching vision for the community college system and the more than 77,000 students you serve?
2. From your 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities, what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
3. How do you incorporate youth and student voices into your decision-making as Chancellor?
4. You are a community college graduate yourself. What advice would you have for young people who are just starting at a community college?
5. Reflecting on your own experience as a young person, was there one personal milestone for you that you achieved that you are particularly proud of? How did achieving that goal make you feel?
6. What keeps you doing this work? Are there any success stories or moments from your work in Chicago that come to mind that inspire and encourage you to keep giving back?
7. How did you end up where you are? Were there any pivotal moments in your education, life, or career journey that set you on your path to serving young people?
8. Complete this sentence: People who really know me, know that……
9. Describe yourself in three words.