Monica G. Garcia (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, 2011) is an assistant professor in the department of Secondary Education. Monica grew up in the communities of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, were 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.
Virginia Huynh received her Ph.D. and Master’s degree from the Department of Psychology at UCLA. She is originally from Beaverton, Oregon and attended college at Loyola Marymount University. Her research focuses on understanding social and cultural factors–such as discrimination and ethnic socialization–that influence the academic, psychological, and physical well-being of ethnic minority and immigrant children and adolescents.
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 at 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.
Mary-Pat Stein (Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2000) is a Professor in the department of Biology. Mary-Pat grew up outside of Philadelphia and went to the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate studying the Biological Basis of Behavior. While working for the Army at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Stein earned a M.S. in Biomedical Science from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. At CSUN, Stein is the current Director of the Queer Studies Program, plays an active role in the First Year Experiences for students through participation on the U100 Steering Committee, and has a passion for helping student succeed.
Yarma Velázquez Vargas (Ph.D., Florida State University, 2008) is an 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.
Courtney Brubaker (B.S. Kinesiology, California State University Northridge, 2017) is the Administrative Support Assistant for the Office of Student Success Innovations (OSSI). Prior to joining OSSI, she worked as a student assistant for the University Student Union Events Department and the Associated Students Accounting Department.
Sophia Chang (M.A., General Experimental Psychology, California State University, Northridge, expected May 2019) is a data analyst for OSSI. Sophia graduated from CSUN with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests involve understanding racial microaggression and its impact on self-identity.
Kyung (Esther) Hwang (M.A., General Experimental Psychology, California State University, Northridge, expected 2018) is a data analyst for OSSI. Esther 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) is a data analyst for OSSI. Ryan 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) is a visual designer for OSSI. Mike is creative and driven by his passion for design.
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.