Kristy Michaud (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007) is the Director of the Office of Student Success Innovations (OSSI) and a Professor of Political Science at CSUN. Prior to joining OSSI, Kristy served as the Associate Director of Faculty Development, where she led a faculty learning community on culturally responsive teaching and coordinated the first annual Academic Innovation Showcase, bringing together faculty from across campus to showcase the significant work they are doing to close opportunity gaps at CSUN. Kristy’s work in OSSI aligns meaningfully with her enduring personal dedication to inclusion and equity in higher education.
Mónica G. García (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, 2011) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary Education. Mónica grew up in the communities of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, where she worked for several years as a middle and high school teacher. At CSUN she teaches courses in the areas of multicultural and multilingual education. Monica’s scholarly interests include Latinx secondary schooling, issues of equity and access for historically marginalized students, gender as curriculum, and women of color feminisms. As an educator and scholar she is committed to creating educational spaces that are transformative and diverse.
Yarma Velazquez (Ph.D., Florida State University, 2008) is Associate Professor of Communication in the Chicanx Studies Department. Yarma’s areas of research interest include Media Studies, Performance Studies, and Cultural Studies. Her work is dedicated to cultivating social justice and diversity through her research, teaching and service.
Kyung (Esther) Hwang (M.A., General Experimental Psychology, California State University, Northridge, expected 2018) graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. and a B.S. in Psychology and Child Adolescent Development respectively.
Ryan McManus (M.A., General Experimental Psychology, California State University, Northridge, expected May 2018) graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in psychology. His primary research interests are in moral judgments and decision-making to understand what causes and facilitates moral disagreement.
Mikhael Wijaya (B.A. Graphic Design, California State University, Northridge, expected 2018) was born in Indonesia and moved to the U.S. in 2009.
Alvaro Castillo (M.A., English, California State University, Northridge, expected 2018) served as a Student Assistant in 2016-17.
Angelina Finau (B.A., Political Science, California State University, Northridge, 2017) served as a Student Assistant in 2016-17.
Claus Offersen (B.S., Marketing, California State University, Northridge, 2017) served as a Student Assistant in 2016-17.