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Laney College

Laney Participatory Governance

Participatory Governance

Statement of Purpose

Participatory governance at Laney College is designed to maximize inclusive decision-making by fostering more open and effective communication. Through the mechanism of participatory governance, Laney College strives to achieve the highest level of collaboration and consensus possible in planning and implementation processes.

Laney College values participatory governance because it:

  • Draws on the knowledge and expertise of all constituencies;
  • Fosters collegial collaboration among members of the college community and provides everyone an opportunity to participate in decision making;
  • Promotes shared learning opportunities pertaining to priorities, processes, and procedures of the college.

 View Laney’s Participatory Governance and Organization Manual


Laney College, located in downtown Oakland, California, is a diverse, urban community college committed to student learning. Our learner-centered college provides quality transfer and career-technical education, foundation skills, and support services. These educational opportunities respond to the cultural, economic, social, and workforce needs of the greater Bay Area and increase community partnerships and global awareness.


Laney College is a dynamic diverse environment where all are encouraged to become responsible community members, leaders and world citizens.



We demonstrate a commitment to the value of each individual through trust, cooperation, and teamwork. We recognize the worth of each individual and his or her ideas and treat each other and those we serve fairly, with compassion and with esteem.


We are a multicultural and diversity organization, an enriching blend of people and ideas. This college is a place for all people, an environment devoted to fostering and embracing the diversity of our staff, faculty, and student body.


We demonstrate recognition in the value of the work efforts put forth by all of our faculty, staff, administrators, and students. We will foster employee growth and performance levels through professional and personal development opportunities.


We are committed to nurturing campus trust by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.


We share a commitment to performing our work assignments with excellence and continuous improvement. We emphasize doing our best in teaching, learning, student achievement, administrative practices, and the delivery of support service.


We are individually and collectively responsible for achieving the highest levels of performance in fulfilling our mission. We continually evaluate ourselves in an effort to improve our effectiveness and efficiency in meeting the educational needs of our community.


We encourage and support creativity, collaboration, and risk-taking. We foster and promote innovation in the design, development, support, delivery, and management of all programs and services.


We work cooperatively in a shared governance environment and value individual ability and diversity in thinking as essential to promote open communication, active participation, exchange of ideas, and collaborative decision-making.