OCC’s Andrea Rangno recognized for contributions to Hispanic community

“I definitely have the most fun job on campus,” OCC Public Relations Specialist Andrea Rango says. 

Orange Coast College’s Public Relations Specialist Andrea Rangno was recognized by the city of Costa Mesa on Oct. 6 for her contributions to the Hispanic and Latino community.

Her recognition was part of an event for Hispanic Heritage Month that took place at Cafe Sevilla and was hosted by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and City Council.

Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Andrea Marr chose Rangno as an example of strong leadership from the local Latino community. According to Rangno, the city council has shown continuous support for OCC, and Marr was inspired to look for a leader within the college. As Marr asked around, several OCC faculty and staff members praised Rangno for her work.  

“I’m really thankful that my colleagues think so much of me,” Rangno said.

Within the last few semesters, OCC has developed a task force for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, supporting a mission in which Rangno is particularly invested.

“I feel like I’ve had an opportunity to help shape the direction that the college has been going in, and I’m really grateful for that opportunity. I’m really passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion,” Rangno said. “That’s really what I see as the future of our college.”

Rangno works to promote visibility and representation for the Hispanic community through her work in participatory governance such as hiring committees.

“Our fastest growing student population is young Latinas –people who look like me,” Rangno said. “I’m always on the lookout to make sure that our college leadership is representative of the students that we serve.”

In addition to working for OCC Marketing and Public Relations, Rangno maintains a close connection to the school in her personal life. She was an OCC student after getting her bachelor’s degree at UCI and becoming a mother. In recent years, she even took prerequisites for her master’s degree. Rangno’s husband also teaches for the English department on campus. She has grown with the school as a student, mother, spouse, and employee.

“This college is truly my second home,” she said. “We’re a total OCC family.”

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