Note: If March 5 is a regular work day for you, then you are expected to attend Professional Development Day. The Keynote and all workshops sessions will be recorded. The Fishbowl and inter-session activities will not be recorded. For more info: PDACPDDay@sfcc.edu


Conference Expectations:

Zoom help and user info.

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Schedule:

List of presenters.

8 – 8:30 a.m. Social Activity [Bring your pet] 
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Rebecca Rowley 
8:45 – 8:50 a.m. Land acknowledgement, Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D.
8:50 – 9 a.m. Self-Care time
9 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Exploring the Consciousness and Unconsciousness in Racism. George Lee, HR Training Specialist Learning & Development 
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Campus Resources Zoom breakout sessions:
Michelle Rosen – Kid’s Campus
Edward Worden – STEM and Campus Cupboard
Ute Jannsen-Kerr – Fitness Facilities
Janelle Johnson – Counseling Services
Gerard J. Martinez Y Valencia – Career Services
Sarah Hood – Library
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Keynote Workshop: Reflect on Anti-racism on Campus.  
George Lee, HR Training Specialist Learning & Development 
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch break
noon – 1 p.m. Fishbowl, Shalimar Krebs 
1 – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions A
2:30 – 3 p.m. Self-Care through Prayers/ Meditation, Hans Schenk
2:30 – 3 p.m. Self-Care in World Languages, May Alkazaz
2:30– 3 p.m. Self-Care Tips and Recipe Exchange, 
Aamna Nayyar 
3 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions B

Afternoon  Workshops Descriptions

Concurrent Sessions A
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Collective Action through an Equity-Minded Lens: A Practical, Hands-on Workshop for HSI Faculty and Staff at SFCC
Speaker: Melissa Salazar, Ph.D. 
During this 90- minute highly interactive workshop, participants will develop their understanding of equity, asset-based thinking, and cultural responsiveness in a Hispanic Serving Institution. First participants will listen to the aspirational, navigational, and persistence assets that Latin and Hispanic students bring from their families and communities to their pursuit of higher education. Next, we will introduce a cultural framework quiz that will help participants to compare and contrast their own cultural attitudes about education with those of marginalized and underserved students in northern New Mexico. Participants will collectively rate the importance and level of adoption of a set of Equity-Minded Practices in HSIs that ESCALA has developed through their work with more than 30 HSIs, and use several practical examples featured in the workshop to plan small but collective and intentional shifts in policies and procedures in and out of the classroom to help develop marginalized and underserved students engage and succeed at SFCC.
Demystifying Data to Promote Equity and Access
Speakers: Barb Griego, Sabrina Calija, David Sandoval, Anthony Ulibarri, and Julia Gallegos 
This workshop will serve as your guide to break through the mystery of data, analysis, and reporting and into a world of clear and accessible information that you can use to effect change.  We will show you how we use data to show success with our Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant, what Birth to Career looks like through an equity lens in 2021, how to use SFCC business intelligence resources that allow you to break down student data into groups that are relevant to you, how faculty use data to support student success, and we will wrap up with a peek at our new Data Governance platform and how we’re using it to foster collaboration on our data glossary and methodology and to make data more accessible.  This workshop will provide you with the data tools you need to become a true agent of change.
FIGHT: Personalize the Protest with Antiracism and Universal Design
Speaker: Andratesha Fritzgerald 
Controversy is born the moment dreamers begin taking actions to invite the marginalized ones into the secret society of success. It takes bravery to dream beyond the locked gates of educational access for all. When we say “all” we need to be brave enough to identify the students who the system has not traditionally served. It’s more important than ever that we recognize that our systems are not socially just or equitable for our BIPOC learners.
Participants in this session will:
1. Evaluate the fighting skills of educators to enact antiracist strategy.
2. Respond to key data points.
3. Begin building techniques to fight against racism and oppression with instructional and professional decision making.
4. Personalize the protest to stand for marginalized and oppressed learners with antiracist universal design learning implementation one fight at a time.
Non-Violent Communication Training
Speaker: Karen Starz 
To be able to understand and communicate the differentiations between the following and why that is important: Observations vs. Evaluations, Feelings vs. Thoughts, Needs vs. Strategies, Requests vs. Demands.  Participants will learn to use non-violent communication as a language of self-responsibility, learn the differentiation between Empathy and Non-Empathy, Understand Equity as a Need and not a strategy.  The course will be on Zoom with breakout rooms and exercises for participants.
Supports for First-Generation and Low-Income Students (Spanish)/Apoyos para estudiantes de primera generación y de bajos ingresos (español)
Speaker: Jocelyn Hernandez  
Esta sesión se impartirá en español. En este taller, los participantes aprenderán cómo el Coordinador de Recursos Estudiantiles apoya a los estudiantes de SFCC. Los participantes también aprenderán los procedimientos para derivar a los estudiantes al Coordinador de Recursos Estudiantiles y cómo este puesto colabora con los servicios de terapia. Los participantes también aprenderán sobre los recursos comunitarios disponibles en Santa Fe y los condados circundantes.

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Concurrent Sessions B
3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Assessing Students with Equity in Mind: A Practical Tool to Implement Antiracist Assessment Practices in Hispanic Serving Institutions
Speaker: Dr. Paloma Vargas and Melissa Salazar, Ph.D.  
This session will lead participants through the latest research on equity-minded assessment practices in order to better understand the impact traditional assessment policies and practices have on reinforcing inequities in minoritized student outcomes. The goal of the workshop is for faculty to become familiar with ESCALA’s Equitable Assessment Inventory so that they can assess their own assessment practices for major assignments, and make shifts that not only improve student performance in assessments but also increase student trust and engagement in the course as part of their antiracist practice in their HSI. Faculty will be asked to bring a sample assessment to this workshop so that they can use an actual assessment when we use the Equitable Assessment Inventory.
Eliminating Barriers through Culturally Responsive Teaching
Speaker: Martina L. Sharp-Grier, MA, LSW
This workshop helps educators develop mindsets to meet the needs of their students and to implement curriculum that utilizes students’ cultural perspectives and home or community knowledge.  Culturally responsive teaching is when educators relate content and instructional strategies to the cultural backgrounds of their students. Through a process of examination, reflection, and action, educators investigate their own experiences with Culturally Responsive Pedagogy (CRP) and develop a unique CRP reflection tool customized to their specific context for use in evaluating practices.
Exploring the Intersection of Ethnicity and Gender Identity
Speakers: Shalimar Krebs and sj Miller, Ph.D.  
This session explores how presumptions about intersections of ethnicity and gender identity impact an individual’s socio-emotional well-being. Participants will unearth unrecognized interactions, develop germane language and expand their awareness for threading shifts into their relationships with others. Session participants will be offered myriad resources for immediate application to their personal and professional lives.
Non-Violent Communication Training
Speaker: Karen Starz 
To be able to understand and communicate the differentiations between the following and why that is important: Observations vs. Evaluations, Feelings vs. Thoughts, Needs vs. Strategies, Requests vs. Demands.  Participants will learn to use non-violent communication as a language of self-responsibility, learn the differentiation between Empathy and Non-Empathy, Understand Equity as a Need and not a strategy.  The course will be on Zoom with breakout rooms and exercises for participants. 
Racial Justice Ethics
Speaker: Patrick Simpson
This session will start with a process of finding an everyday, pragmatic definition of what ethics should be in our lives. Then we will work on finding a consensus definition of justice. Once we all agree on what it is we are talking about, we will explore some of the established ethical standards out there regarding equity in education and public service. Finally, with all that information in hand, we will take a hard look at ourselves and decide whether we are indeed anti-racist, non-racist or even an occasional racist apologist.  
Student Support Resources and Overcoming Cultural Stigmas Around Mental Health
Speakers: Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, MSW and Rosalie Lipfert, LMSW
Part A (45 mins): Overcoming cultural stigmas around mental health. Both mental health and anti-racism initiatives make national headlines every day. But what does it mean for SFCC to provide anti-racist, culturally-competent counseling to students when we face the significant cultural barrier of mental health stigma? In this workshop, staff will learn about some of the cultural barriers counselors face in reaching traditionally-underserved students, and will be invited to contribute to a group discussion on their own experiences with cultural barriers in the workplace. Staff will also be asked for suggestions regarding ways to increase student access to – and use of – mental health services on our campus
Part B (45 mins): Student Support Services for first-generation and low-income students. College students often struggle acclimating to college culture, whether it is finding the right classes, setting the right schedule, and finding time to study and finish all their assignments. However, students are also struggling with non-academic barriers every day, whether they have food insecurities, housing problems, or not enough money to pay their bills on top of their college tuition and fees. During this workshop, attendees will discuss how students who have basic need insecurities that often impact their academic performance, how to “identify” the students who are struggling in non-academic areas, and jointly develop ideas or solutions on how to best help their students. Attendees will also learn about community resources within Santa Fe and surrounding areas that students can access for extra support.

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Self-Care and Social Activity Descriptions

8 – 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Pets
Be the star of the show. Bring coffee/ tea and your pet and show to your colleagues. Have Fun!
8:50 – 9 a.m. Self-Care Time
You have a 10 minutes break for Self-care. Relax!
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Campus Resources
The Resource Room Zoom will be split into different breakout rooms for you to visit. You will enjoy stopping by each breakout room and learn about all the valuable services that SFCC has for you. Enjoy!

The following departments will be represented:
Career Services, Gerard J. Martinez Y Valencia
Counseling Services, Janelle Johnson
Fitness Center, Ute Jannsen-Kerr
Kid’s Campus, Michelle Rosen
Library, Sarah Hood
STEM and Campus Cupboard, Edward Worden
2:30 – 3 p.m. Physical and Spiritual Self-Care
The Zoom room will be split into different breakout rooms for you to visit. You will enjoy stopping by each breakout room and learn and interact. Bring a prayer to share. Bring your favorite recipe to share. Bring your tested self-Care/ health tip to share. Explore!

The following topics will be available:
Self-Care through Prayers/ Meditation [Interfaith], Hans Schenk
Self-Care in World Languages [interlanguage], May Alkazaz
Self-Care Tips and Recipes [intercultural], Aamna Nayyar

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Optimize your Zoom Experience 

You do not need to have an active Zoom account to participate in sessions.  Just click on the links in the program to join. However, you may wish to activate a free Zoom account and download the Zoom app for your computer and your mobile device.  If you already have the Zoom desktop app, you might wish to update it to the latest version.  Please see the updating instructions attached.

Naming Procedure for Zoom

To assist with attendance documentation purposes, we are asking everyone to follow a simple “proper naming OR renaming” procedure for each session you attend. Here are written instructions, for your reference [More: https://teaching.nmc.edu/knowledgebase/changing-your-name-in-a-zoom-meeting/]:

Please “Rename” your display name. Click the Participant icon at the bottom of your screen in your Zoom control bar. From the participant list, hover over your name and click on the blue “More” button. Select “Rename” and enter your information in this format exactly: 

Name (rank)—example: Jane Smith (Faculty) or Jane Smith (Staff)

Proper naming OR Renaming allows for the collection of complete and accurate data, and we appreciate your cooperation with this procedure. Thank you so much!

Live Technology Support

Tech Support: If you require any tech support with Zoom or your device, call 505-428-1222 or click here.

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Presenters:

Sabrina Calija is the Title V Institutional Research Analyst. She came to Santa Fe Community College in Fall 2019, and she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Highlands University. Sabrina currently serves as the Staff Senate Communications Officer.


Andratesha Fitzgerald has worked in education for nearly 20 years. As a teacher, curriculum specialist, and district-level administrator, she has embraced the hard work and heart work of leading and learning. She is an international keynote speaker, author, and inclusive practices implementation consultant. Her life’s work is to awaken, celebrate and activate brilliance by breaking barriers and stereotypes of teachers, leaders a­­­­nd and to actualize achievement wherever it seems impossible. A self-proclaimed book nerd, Jeopardy enthusiast, and imagination expert, she loves writing and dreaming out loud with her husband, two children, and committed educators who believe in academic success for all.  Her new book Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success (CAST, 2020) is equipping teachers and leaders with the tools they need to make learning personal and possible for every child.


Julie Gallegos has been serving SFCC as a Strategic Planner since 2014.  Currently, she is the Director of Planning and Quality, as well as the Project Director for the Title V, Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions grant.  She holds a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Leadership.


Barbara Griego is the Director of Institutional Research and has been serving in that role since 2015.  She is an SFCC alum, having earned an AS in Computer Science in 2012, and is currently working on a Bachelor degree in Data Management and Analytics.  Barbara also serves as adjunct faculty for the ISCS department in the School of SHEM and is active in shared governance.


Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo, MSW recently joined the SFCC Student Services team as the Student Resource Coordinator. In December 2017, Jocelyn graduated from SFCC with an AA in Criminal Justice, then moved on to New Mexico Highlands, where she earned a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and then a Master of Social Work. His experience includes working in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Solace Crisis Treatment Center and the Shelter for Youth and Family Services in their Transitional Housing Program. / Jocelyn Hernandez Monsalvo se unió recientemente al equipo de Servicios Estudiantiles como Coordinadora de Recursos Estudiantiles. En diciembre de 2017, Jocelyn se graduó de SFCC con un AA en Justicia Penal, luego pasó a New Mexico Highlands, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en Justicia Penal y luego una Maestría en Trabajo Social. Su experiencia incluye trabajar en la División de Rehabilitación Vocacional, el Centro de Tratamiento de Crisis Solace y el Refugio para Jóvenes y Servicios Familiares en su Programa de Vivienda Transicional.


Maribel Jimenez, M.S. is a Faculty Counselor as well as instructor of student success courses at Yakima Valley College in Yakima, WA.  She is now Title V director at Yakima Valley College and has designed and implemented campus-wide implicit bias training and other anti-racist professional development programs at both YVC and other WA state institutions of higher education. She is past President of the Multicultural Student Services Directors Council which represents 34 schools in WA state. She is currently pursuing her doctorate studying HSI institutional culture change.


As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in New Mexico and designated clinical supervisor, Janelle C. Johnson, MA, LPCC, Senior Counselor, directs student counseling services, provides clinical supervision, and manages the counseling intern program. She is a past co-chair of Staff Senate and one of the founding members of the campus BIT. She teaches as an adjunct faculty in social sciences and is a certified fitness educator. Nationally, Janelle is a Past President of the American College Counseling Association.


Ute Jannsen-Kerr, MS Exercise Science Academic Director, School of Fitness Education, is excited for the Q + A session regarding the gradual opening of our William Witter Fitness Education Center and the PHED classes we are currently offering via Zoom.


Shalimar Krebs taught Media Arts at SFCC for five years and has worked closely with the English faculty while serving as the Tutoring Center Coordinator. With a passion for education, he has demonstrated success in creating and maintaining positive relationships while serving our students and faculty. He holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University and a bachelor’s degree in Documentary Studies as well as three associate degrees from SFCC: Physical Sciences, General Engineering and Biological Sciences –all from SFCC.


Martina L. Sharp-Grier, MA, LSW is a Certified Equity Instructor for National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as well as an Assistant Professor and Department Coordinator of Sociology at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio. Her research is varied and interdisciplinary. Her methodology includes indigenous cultural research methods and critical performance pedagogy; and her areas of interest are racial and gender identity formation; inequalities in the social structure as related to race, sex, and sexuality; micro-aggressions in higher education; feminist pedagogy; sexual harassment; and bullying in the workplace as correlated with minority status. Her research on racial and gender identity formation among African American women, feminist identity and pedagogy, and the impact of microaggressions on collegiate faculty of color have been presented to international audiences. Sharp-Grier is a co-editor of the text, Feminist Pedagogy, Practice, and Activism: Improving Lives for Women and Girls, released by Routledge Press in 2017.

In addition to her work with NAPE, Martina has provided multicultural and diversity training to community corrections organizations, led seminars regarding the stigmatizing effects of HIV/AIDS, provided education and training to organizations on Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM), and delivered workshops exploring culturally responsive pedagogy. She has also addressed medical and legal professionals on the indicators and effects of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence (DV/IPV), and has facilitated national conversations regarding curriculum design and management, student success, and student engagement. Martina is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at the University of Akron. She is the proud mother of two adult children and an Honorably Discharged member of the United States Army Reserve.


Having grown up in the small town of Bryan, Texas, George Lee’s personal experience with adversity still informs him to this day. Seeing the educational power of discomfort caused George to adopt a strategy which he calls “purposefully provocative” whereby people are placed into unfamiliar positions and situations which fosters critical engagement with different perspectives. People are primed to return to their routines and daily scripts, so being placed in an uncomfortable or new position forces people to think of new strategies and tactics outside of their own familiar experiences. George is a self-described “Edutainer” who seamlessly mixes education and entertainment to be purposefully provocative.

George holds a Bachelors in African & African American Studies, Master’s degrees in both Human Relations and Adult Higher Education as well as Graduate Certificates in Women and Gendered Studies along with Human Resource and Diversity Development from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently leading the nationally renowned University of Oklahoma debate team as the Coordinator of Policy Debate while also being a Language Arts Public High School Teacher in Oklahoma City Public School District. In addition to his other positions he holds a professorship in the Social Work Department at the University of Oklahoma. George was celebrated as one of the best “debate-minds” in collegiate debate and was named in the top 20 College Policy Debaters of the past decade. He been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, along with The New York Times and he co-hosts his own original podcast called, “The Chop Up”.

At the heart of George’s drive is the belief that Education is Elevation. Knowing and understanding other perspectives can create more informed decision making which leads to better outcomes for both you and others. Being purposefully provocative lets George educate his audiences through engaging experiences they would never otherwise have. The lynchpin of education is experience so George offers the necessary experiences to cause a shift in both mindset and action.

George strives to empower leaders, youth, and social entrepreneurs in both workspaces and classrooms to grow professionally and personally. Cultivating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for improving human relations and organizational development is important work that George seeks to empower others to achieve. For George, you cannot change that which you do not know needs to be changed so the starting point is “consciousness”. By observing the dynamic ability of individuals and organizations to provoke action in his own life, George has gleaned from the wisdom of effective leaders and translated that learned experience into teachable exercises. George now seeks to share that wisdom with others through his Professional Development and Diversity Inclusion efforts as an experienced public speaker and social media influencer.

George has spent over 10 years being invited to engage in public speaking events for community groups, academic institutions, and corporate organizational leadership seminars. In addition to his time spent leading seminars he also has over 5 years of experience teaching in educational institutions. His audiences and clients for his Professional Development and Diversity Inclusion programs include: Gonzaga University, Morgan State University, the University of Oklahoma, Augsburg College, the University of Texas at Austin, Oklahoma Natural Gas Company and The Heritage Hall College Prep, as well as many small businesses and High Schools nationwide.

George’s social media presence offers him the opportunity to engage hundreds of thousands of people at once with short educational messages that often inspire others to perform more research on their own. George is known to provoke dialogue and conflict that has caused others to rethink their own positions. These social media platforms have been particularly effective for George as his reach grows daily and his work is being shared by large public figures and media enterprises like This Is News, Cardi B, Democracy Now, BET, and Vice. George Lee has been at the forefront of cultivating collaborative attitudes, encouraging meaningful and positive engagement, and challenging individuals to maximize opportunities. Personally, socially, and professionally he has enjoyed inspiring people to become the best versions of themselves, and he is now available to motivate and challenge your students, employees, and board members to be inspired people who inspire people for change. Education is Elevation and George offers a unique opportunity for dynamic education.


Rosalie Lipfert, LMSW is a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) and has been working at SFCC since January 2020. In 2019, she graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in Massachusetts and received her undergraduate education from Dartmouth College in 2013. Her clinical interests include working with college students from a biopsychosocial strengths-based approach as well as pursuing academic research on Attachment Theory. She has additional experience working with Arab refugee populations in educational and mental health settings.


Dr. sj Miller, a trans* + disciplinary award-winning teacher, writer, activist, and scholar, is a professor in the Teacher Academy. sj is a literacy specialist whose emphasis is on social justice and gender identity in pre-K through university-level teaching. sj taught Secondary English Language Arts in both middle and high school in Santa Fe Public schools before completing a Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Socio-cultural Studies at the University of New Mexico in 2005. sj has a New Mexico Level 3-A Instructional Leader K-8 Elementary License and Level 3-A Instructional Leader Pre-K-12 Specialty Area License with endorsements in Social Studies, Language Arts, and Mathematics.


Rebecca K. “Becky” Rowley, Ph.D., is the ninth president of the college and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education to the Santa Fe community.


Led by Dr. Melissa L. Salazar, the ESCALA team has accumulated 70+ years of experience as college instructors, instructional coaches, administrators, student advisors, curriculum developers, and K-12 educators. All the consultants at ESCALA have significant experience in teaching and coaching science, engineering and mathematics, and therefore specialize in working with STEM faculty.


As the Birth-to-Career (B2C) Data Analyst, David Sandoval has a focus on cross-institutional and community data analysis and visualization, particularly early childhood, k-12, post-secondary, and community socioeconomic and health indicators. He came to SFCC from the State of New Mexico. A former IT support specialist, David began working with data reporting on a regular basis about 15 years ago and has done reporting on healthcare, Medicaid, and medical service data, as well as student and institution data within the realm of higher education.


Patrick Simpson has worked for public entities for over 30 years. He had a whole career as a lawyer and judicial administrator before coming to SFCC where he worked for a short while in its HR office. In that time, he advocated for victims of discrimination, counseled the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, enforced open and clean government laws, and got on the nerves of many powerful people. He teaches as an adjunct in the developmental English field, and joyfully retired his lawyer license just this year.


Karen Starz, MA, CNVC is a CNVC certified trainer (cnvc.org) and President of Houston Nonviolent Communication. Karen’s skills include, Master Facilitator in person and via Zoom or other online technologies, Transformative Listener, Certified through the Center for Nonviolent Communication, Interactive Educator.


Belin Tsinnajinnie, Ph.D (he/him) is Diné and Filipinx from Na’ Neelzhiin, New Mexico. Belin received his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Arizona with a doctoral thesis focused on notions of mathematical identity in the context of Indigenous and Latinx students. He is a Full-time Faculty in the Mathematics Department here at SFCC. Belin is interested in identifying and articulating issues pertaining social justice and equity in mathematics education through Indigenous perspectives.


Anthony Ulibarri is a Data Analyst in the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. He graduated from SFCC in 2007 with an AS in Pre-Engineering. Anthony has been with SFCC since 2012.


Hello my name is May Alkazaz, I’m a graduate of the university of Mosul, Iraq. I have been teaching Arabic at SFCC for the past 18 years. I have a teaching certificate from the American foreign language institute.


Aamna Nayyar holds dental practice license in good standing with Dental Board of California and Pakistan Medical & Dental Council. She has been serving as the Director of Department of Dental Health at SFCC since 2003. Previous to that she worked as the adjunct faculty and ran a private solo dental practice. She is a reviewer and an author of dental publications including, contribution to the dental textbooks, and CE courses. She is a presenter at various regional, state, national and international seminars and conferences. See her full bio here.


Hans Schenk is the Area Director in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a college campus ministry. For the last 25 years, he has served students and faculty at multiple universities in Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico. When he is not ministering to university students, he can be found spending time with his wife and 3 children, hiking in the mountains, or playing the guitar.


A native of El Paso, TX, Dr. Paloma Vargas is an Assistant Professor in Biology and Director of Hispanic-Serving Institute Initiatives at California Lutheran University.  Dr. Vargas is an anti-racist in training and centers culturally relevant pedagogy in her STEM teaching. She is an active member of both the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and as a member of AHSIE Executive Council, manages the Annual Conference of the Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institute Educators (AHSIE).


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This professional development is supported by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).
For more info: PDACPDDay@sfcc.edu