Diversity Toolkit Advisors
Activating, Encouraging, and Inspiring Teachers for Equity and Inclusion (AEITEI) Advisors
Most of these advisors were recommended by their College of Education Deans. All were selected because of their extraordinary contributions in activating, encouraging, and inspiring teachers who promote and advance equity and inclusion. These advisors will:
- Provide ongoing feedback on the design, content, and functionality of the website
- Review and advise on resources submitted to the website
- Recommend potential bloggers and assist with reviews of blog submissions
- Contribute content to the website
- Encourage colleagues and students to use and contribute to the website
Director of the Center for Careers in Teaching
Aimee Nelson has proudly supported prospective and current teachers in various capacities in higher education for the last ten years. She is currently the Director of the Center for Careers in Teaching at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). In this role, Aimee oversees outreach, recruitment, advising and student support services for
Amy Hanreddy is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She teaches about inclusive and collaborative practices that benefit all students, as well as specific approaches to serve students with significant support needs. Dr.
Associate Professor of Multicultural Education
A tenured Associate Professor at San Diego State University, André José Branch earned the Ph.D. at the University of Washington (Seattle), the M.Ed. at North Carolina State University (Raleigh), and the B.A. at The King’s College (Briarcliff, New York).
Dr. Bre Evans-Santiago is an Assistant Professor at CSU Bakersfield. She received her Ed.D. with a focus on culturally sustaining pedagogy at Illinois State University in 2015. Dr. Evans-Santiago grew up in both California and Illinois. She taught for 15 years in PK-8 in San Bernardino and La Cañada, CA, Washington D.C., and Bloomington, IL.
Dr. Calli Lewis Chiu was introduced to issues of power and privilege in the American educational system and in American society during her undergraduate program.
Grants Senior Recruitment Coordinator & Advisor
Cheryl Ordorica is a proud Mexican-Lithuanian mixed, Higher Education Empathetic Leader. She earned her master's degree in Higher Education Leadership and Public Policy at CSU, Sacramento. Cheryl currently works as the Grants Senior Recruitment Coordinator and Advisor on innovative teacher residency programs for Chico State Enterprises.
Professor of Multicultural Education
Colette Rabin teaches in the joint credential/Masters's teacher preparation program at San José State University. She teaches educational foundations, research methods, classroom management, health, special education, and student teaching practicum courses.
Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies
Dr. Daniel Soodjinda is currently an Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies and teaches in the areas of educational foundations, educational equity/social justice, instructional methods, assessment, and instructional technology.
Associate Professor of Linguistically Responsive Education
Dr. Fernando Rodríguez-Valls is an Associate Professor at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Rodríguez-Valls has created partnerships with school districts and local educational agencies to develop and implement community-based [bi/-multi]literacy programs.
Educational Equity Coordinator
Before college, Karina Figueroa-Ramirez had never been in a class led by a Latinx teacher. When she became a teacher years later, many people assumed she either taught Spanish or kindergarten.
Pia Lindquist Wong, Ph.D. joined the College of Education at Sacramento State University in 1995. During her tenure as a faculty member, she taught courses in multicultural education, critical pedagogy and educational research.
Shadi Roshandel is an Assistant Professor at CSU East Bay in the Teacher Education Program. Prior to her arrival at this campus, she was the Program Director of the Single Subject Program and Assessment Coordinator in the Department of Education at Dominican University of California. Over the last seven years, she has worked with pre-service t
Valerie Ooka Pang, former elementary teacher, is a professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Recently, Pang published " Diversity and Equity in the Classroom" (Cengage, 2018) and was series editor with E. Wayne Ross of Race, Ethnicity, and Education.