J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Wood’s research and practice agenda focuses on advancing diversification and equity initiatives at schools, colleges, and universities. He has delivered over 750-scholarly and conference presentations and has authored over 140 publications, including 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books. His most recent books include Black Minds Matter: Realizing the Brilliance, Dignity, and Morality of Black Males in Education, Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color (with Frank Harris III) and Advancing Black Male Success from Preschool to Ph.D. (with Shaun Harper). Dr. Wood has been regularly sought out for his expertise by media outlets such as the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and C-SPAN. During the Obama administration, his research was featured through the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Wood received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University (ASU). He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership in Student Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).
Jennifer Imazeki is a Senate Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics. Her research focuses on the economics of K-12 education, including work on school finance reform, adequacy and teacher labor markets. In addition to academic publications, her work on education policy has included analysis for multiple court cases related to educational adequacy and, most recently, contributing to the Getting Down to Facts II project, an in-depth look at California’s PreK-12 education landscape. Since joining the SDSU faculty in 2000, Dr. Imazeki has taught a range of economics courses, from a 500-seat section of Principles of Microeconomics to a writing-intensive course for economics majors. She designed a data analysis course with a particular focus on quantitative literacy, and created an Economics for Teachers course for SDSU undergrads working toward their single-subject teaching credential in social science. She has long been an advocate for active and inclusive pedagogies, and writes one of the few blogs focused on teaching economics. In her previous role as CTL Director, Dr. Imazeki initiated multiple programs to promote inclusive teaching practices and to engage faculty in scholarly evaluation of their teaching. She is Past-President of the Faculty Development Council, representing faculty developers in the California State University system, and is a passionate advocate for the faculty role in student success.
Jessica Nare (she/her/hers) promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts to support student success by providing strategic leadership to the campus’s dynamic identity-based centers and responding to critical student concerns. For the last decade, Jessica has worked as an educator, advocate, and organizer dedicated to advancing gender justice. A proud SDSU alumna, Jessica was responsible for opening and managing the Women's Resource Center and has taught in the Department of Women's Studies since 2009. Previously, Jessica worked at Jewish Family Service as the Director of Leadership Programs, where she developed and managed nationally-recognized youth leadership and service learning initiatives. In 2014, Jessica was appointed to, and served two terms on, the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission. She currently serves on the board of the Bread and Roses Center for Feminist Research and Activism, is a member of Run Women Run, and a former fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance.
Mohamed Ahmed is the Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Community Engagement at San Diego State University and an Adjunct Professor of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the San Diego State Universities Homeland Security Graduate Program. He received his bachelor's in International Security and Conflict Resolution and Master's in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Education at Old Dominion University.
As the Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Identity Centers, Agustin "Augie" Garibay (pronouns: he, him, his) is committed to creating inclusive and equity-minded spaces which support students' identity development, degree attainment, and overall experience navigating higher education. Augie oversees the four current centers at San Diego State University (SDSU): Black Resource Center, Center for Intercultural Relations, The Pride Center, and Women's Resource Center) and the three forthcoming centers: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Resource Center, Latinx Resource Center, and Native Resource Center). Prior to joining the SDSU community, Augie was the Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives at Cal State Northridge (CSUN), overseeing the Pride Center and Veterans Resource Center. Augie also served as the Coordinator for Clubs & Organizations while at CSUN, the Associate Director for Multicultural Programs at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM), Assistant Director of the United Front Multicultural Center and Resident Fellow at the University of San Diego (USD), and the Interim Director of Multicultural Affairs, Director of the Multicultural Center, and Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Redlands. Augie has over 20 years of experience working in higher education and is highly skilled in the areas of enrollment management, multicultural affairs, student affairs, student development, training, supervision, leadership development, public speaking, advising, college counseling, conflict resolution, program development, event management (especially regarding risk management and liability), strategic planning, residential life, marketing, communication, and public relations.
Nicole has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz. After taking some time to work with elementary youth in the Bay Area, she went on to pursue her Masters from Teachers College, Columbia University in Sociology and Education with an emphasis in Education Policy. Nicole identifies as Multiracial and Multiethnic and has dedicated much of her higher education studies to supporting Multiracial identity development and promoting diversity through multicultural education. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint program at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Higher Education.
Quincey Penn is the Community Engagement Officer for the Division of Diversity and Innovation. Serving as a bridge from SDSU to the greater San Diego community, Quincey focuses on developing partnerships to enhance campus diversity initiatives to further support marginalized students. He previously served as the Inaugural Assistant Director of San Diego State's Black Resource Center and Coordinator of the Aztec Scholars Initiative designated to support the retention and graduation efforts for underrepresented student populations. Quincey is passionate about developing student leaders and serves as an Advisor for several on-campus student organizations. Currently, Quincey is working on his Ph.D. in Education focused on Policy, Evaluation, and Reform as he strives to impact higher education through ensuring all students receive adequate support..
A school teacher by trade, Yvonne has a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a Focus on Math from SDSU (2014). As an educator, her passion has been to celebrate the individuality of each person and she continues to do this in the DDI, where she loves connecting with and encouraging others. She spends her free time walking her dog (terrier/lab mix), and volunteering for her church and her daughter’s music program (Marching Band-woot!!). Also, she is a Whaler, a volunteer for the Natural History Museum and acts as a guide on Hornblower whale watching cruises. She loves meeting people from all over the world and connecting them with the natural world around them here in San Diego. She and her husband have two daughters, ages 22 and 16.
Dr. Coker currently serves as the inaugural Director of Inclusive Faculty Recruitment and Retention in the Division of Diversity and Innovation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies. She has held academic appointments at Johns Hopkins University, The University of Missouri – St. Louis, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. For over twenty years her professional career has been in the area of Counselor Education with a focus on the intersections of race, gender and social class. Her publication record includes a critical analysis of African American women’s personal, career, and academic development. Dr. Coker has extensive international experience as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar (Brazil), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Botswana and The University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She held the title of Fellow in the Office of International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, resulting in global outreach in Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, and India. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Group Work Practice Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the Women’s Trailblazer Award from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dr. Emilio C. Ulloa is a Professor of Psychology, and Director of Advising for the College of Sciences at San Diego State University. His research focuses on understanding the etiology and effects of physical, sexual, and emotional violence among adolescents, young adults, and college students.
Dr. Ulloa is committed to issues of diversity in higher education. He is a long-time member of the advisory board for the Minority Access to Research Careers Program (MARC) and he was the Director and PI of the SDSU NIH/NIGMS funded Minority Biomedical Research Support program. Dr. Ulloa has served as a member of the University Diversity Equity and Outreach Committee, and as a member of the committee for the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty and Staff. He currently holds the title of Chair of Campus Climate in the Division of Diversity and Innovation.
Dr. Lewison has been a participant and leader in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at SDSU for the past 5 years. She serves on the PI team on the NSF ADVANCE project CREDITS: Strengthening Capacity for Diverse Scientific Teams in California and currently chairs the Inclusion and Equity Councils at SDSU. She has worked closely with the Office of Faculty Advancement and Office of Graduate Affairs and Research on collecting and analyzing campus climate data to develop initiatives on diversity and inclusion.
Roberto D. Hernández (Xicano) is an associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Chair of HSI Affairs at San Diego State University. He earned a Masters and PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies (Black, Native and Chicana/o Studies) and a Chicana/o Studies Honors BA (Political Theory emphasis) from UC Berkeley, where he was a Researcher with the Center for Latino Policy Research and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change. He has also been a Visiting Researcher in the Center for Black Studies Research and the Chicana/o Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara and is an actively engaged, community-based researcher, scholar, teacher and writer. Dr. Hernández’ research, publications and teaching focus on the intersections of colonial and border violence, the geopolitics of knowledge and cultural production, decolonial political theory, indigeneity, social movements, and comparative border studies. He co-edited the anthology Decolonizing the Westernized University: Interventions in Philosophy of Education from Within and Without (Lexington, 2016) and is the author of Coloniality of the U-S///Mexico Border: Power, Violence, and the Decolonial Imperative (Univ. of AZ Press, 2018). He is serving a second stint on the board of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), having recently been elected as its next Chair.
Ramona Pérez is Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, and Chair of the Aztec Identity Initiative at San Diego State University. She also is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (2012 to present) and is graduate faculty in Global Health and Women’s Studies. Dr. Pérez has worked for more than 25 years on issues of migration, the formation of community among Oaxacan migrants in the US and Baja California, gender and empowerment, structural violence and health, and identity among indigenous Mexicans and Latinxs on both sides of the US/Mexico border. Dr. Pérez received her B.A. from SDSU in 1992, her M.A. (1995) and her Ph.D. (1997) from the University of California, Riverside. Her current work focuses on binational youth identity, migration and the transmission of identity between mothers and children, and shifts in culinary food practices and nutrition among Mexican indigenous and mestizo families and has recently begun this work with East African refugee populations. Her publications are in English and Spanish and can be found in journals and manuscripts in the fields of anthropology, geography, public health, social work, criminal justice, and medicine. Dr. Pérez has held fellowships and research grants from the US Department of Agriculture, Tinker Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Department of Education. As the Chair of the Aztec Identity Initiative at SDSU, Dr. Pérez works alongside her colleagues to produce educational and curricular programming, enhancements to the university campus, and public events that extend our knowledge, respect and honor of the indigenous people of Mesoamerica and local Native people in the San Diego region. She also is the president-elect of the American Anthropological Association (2019-2021), the largest association of anthropologists in the world.
Jacob Alvarado Waipuk (tribal member from San Pasqual Kumeyaay) is part of the Kumeyaay Nation that resides in San Diego, California. His village is called San Pasqual or Amulkulkul in the Kumeyaay language Ipai Aa, “Language of the People." The name of his clan is called Waipuk, which means “kingsnake.” The village was located originally in the San Pasqual Valley. On his father’s side, he is Lipan Apache, and Sun Clan. He graduated from San Diego State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies and studied abroad at The University of British Columbia where he focused on First Nations studies. During his time at SDSU, he was the president of the Native American Student Alliance. Jacob also teaches the Kumeyaay language, songs, and traditions of the Kumeyaay Nation. He is currently in the JDP Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership at the University of California, San Diego and Cal State University, San Marcos where he focuses his research on schooling environments for indigenous youth, and the importance of indigenous teachings. He believes it's important to have a foundation of culture and traditions to help indigenous students succeed. He wants to create a school on San Pasqual Reservation that combines Kumeyaay teachings along with California state standards, so that we can keep our traditions alive. He has worked eleven years with the youth of the San Pasqual Education Department teaching them the Kumeyaay songs, language, stories, traditions, and way of life. Everything he does is for the youth of San Pasqual, and being in higher education pursuing a Doctor of Education is all for his people so that he can bring back what he learned and create educational pathways. He is here to help guide his people on and off campus to be successful and to never forget who they are and where they come from.