Meet the Candidate
My experience consists of a 35-year career in higher education at a variety of colleges and universities. I started at the University of California, Davis, in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, where I worked directly with potential and incoming students. My passion for helping people, which was discovered early in life, was reinvigorated in this role. Back in the day, there was something called affirmative action. Students who would not otherwise be eligible for admission to a university had access to a quality education through this program. I believe in the mission of the affirmative action program, and have continued to advocate for student equity throughout my career. I have always chosen to help those who need it the most, and recognize not everyone has the same access and opportunities.
When I worked at Solano Community College, I helped many students. I worked at Solano for a cumulative total of 18 years. Solano is my home and where I returned to college to continue my education as a re-entry student.
I am student-centered, and view everything through an equity lens. Whether it be veterans, athletes, students of color, low income students, international students, LBGTQ students, or students with disabilities, I understand their needs and have direct experience working with these populations. I am committed to listening to all, and addressing the most pressing concerns.
I understand the struggles and barriers faced by first-generation college students and students of color. As a student discipline officer, I witnessed microaggressions in almost every case. I prevented the inappropriate discipline many students of color would typically receive because they were frequently misunderstood or unfairly labeled. Instead of an automatic suspension, I worked with students to uncover the underlying issues influencing their behavior. I've used my position to educate faculty and staff to see beyond the behavior and realize there are often reasons behind the behavior. Deep seeded problems like poverty, food and housing insecurity, work obligations, taking care of siblings, and other stressors are often factors that affected their studies. They need our compassion, not punishment. They need positivity, not negativity.
I’ve made it a point in my 30-year career to continually attend workshops and conferences to remain culturally relevant and informed. Working closely with students has allowed me to see the challenges they face through their eyes. I make policy decisions using an equity lens and give students who need more resources the help they need to be successful.
My entire career has focused on students. I am not afraid to speak up and will always consider how policies and procedures affect students of color, LBGTQ students, international students, students with disabilities, student veterans, and all students affected by systemic and structural inequality. This position is perfect for me, and I am the perfect person for this job.
I challenge you to seek change by voting for me on November 3rd. I know what students need and the programs and strategies that improve student success. I am an operational expert in instruction and curriculum procedures, student services, attendance accounting, and educational law (Title 5, California Code of Regulations and the California Education Code).
I am the best candidate for this job and will pour my heart and soul into making sure the students of Solano Community College have a fair chance at success. You can count on me to do what is right and just for all students.