Public Invited to Candid Community Engagement Sessions

College offers platform to contribute to thriving campus culture

Laura Hope, Interim President/Superintendent at College of the Desert, embarks on a listening tour this month to amplify our community's diverse voices on College accessibility, environment and programming. All are welcome to help foster inclusivity and a positive learning environment.

Hope has prioritized these sessions as part of a new era of transparency and collaboration at College of the Desert. Attendees can voice their opinions in a comfortable setting and help ensure community needs are met — whether those are related to academics, industry workforce needs, career advancement programs, or barriers to educational success.

The school is fueled by its interaction with the surrounding region, and these gatherings allow for more options and opportunities. “This is your community and your college,” Hope says. “We want to give space to hear all our students, faculty, staff and others discuss their challenges and triumphs here at College of the Desert. You are entitled to your dreams, and we are here to work together toward making them a reality.”

Every corner of the College’s service area will host a session for a total of at least six events through the rest of the year. Find the schedule below — dates, locations and times are subject to change. More dates and locations may be added to continue this important dialogue.

  • Monday, August 28, 2023 - 5:00pm-6:00pm
    • COD Mecca/Thermal Campus, Room C8
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 - 4:30pm-5:30pm
    • COD Desert Hot Springs, Wenzlaff Campus, Building 41
  • Monday, September 25, 2023 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
    • Coachella Library, Room A1/2
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
    • Palm Springs Temp. Campus, Room 11
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
    • Indio Campus, Room 105
  • Monday, October 23, 2023 - 5:30-6:30pm
    • Cathedral City, City Hall, Study Session Room
  • Monday, December 18, 2023 - 9:30am-10:30am & 5:30pm-6:30pm
    • Virtual Sessions - Zoom links TBD
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2023 - 5:30pm-6:30pm
    • Palm Desert Campus, Craven's MPR

Each meeting will be an open-forum discussion with an update provided by Hope. Attendees are encouraged to come armed with their most pressing questions and comments. Expect the conversation to be open, respectful and full of candor.

For any additional questions, please reach out to