Jose J. Soto has worked in the areas of mental health and education for the past 40 years and has served as a consultant, educator, practitioner, and an administrator at local and state levels in the public education and mental health sectors.
Jose’s work in the Access/Equity/Diversity Office includes planning, developing and implementing a comprehensive EEO/Diversity program for the College. He has successfully coordinated and implemented efforts in the area of policy development, training, recruitment/retention of employees, investigating complaints of discrimination and unfair treatment, and ongoing management training and organizational development activities. He is a Certified Affirmative Action Professional (American Association for Affirmative Action), a trained mediator, and an administrative hearing officer.
He has served SCC as vice president for Access/Equity/Diversity since February 1992. Since 1994 he also has served as a management and children’s services consultant for the Center for Mental Health Services (Washington, D.C.). In this capacity, he has conducted monitoring visits to review and assess the children’s mental health service system and programs in selected states that receive federal block grant funding for mental health programming and system development.
Jose is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, a master’s degree from Emporia State University (Kansas) and Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law in 1984. He has been an active leader in Lincoln and the state of Nebraska, which includes serving as chairman of the MLK Freedom Breakfast Planning Committee from 2007-2020.