it's about changing the system for students like me.
I grew up in the lettuce fields of the Salinas Valley. My mother emigrated to California from Mexico and cleaned houses for a living. To teach me a lesson of the importance of pursuing my education, I cleaned the local bars with my mother at 4 AM. The lesson worked - I now pride myself on being the first in my family to obtain bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. Through a lens of equity, I aim to re-shape systems of learning to better serve students like me.
I am a lecturer at San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco. Previously, I've held the following positions:
- Dean of Counseling and Student Support Services @ City College of San Francisco
- Associate Dean of Outreach & Recruitment Services @ City College of San Francisco
- Director, California Community College Linked Learning Initiative @ Career Ladders Project
- Associate Director, Educational Partnerships Center @ University of California, Santa Cruz
- Director, Our Children Our Families Council @ San Francisco Unified School District
I am also a cancer survivor and was featured in Modern Latina magazine for my blog on creating cancer-fighting Mexican meals - meals that my mom and I created together while I fought off my battle with cancer. My husband, Sirron Norris, is a local artist and muralist. Together, we work towards promoting educational opportunities as a means of social justice for communities of color.