2016-17 Fellows

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Jasmine Bailey

Project Manager Oakland University Biography

Jasmine Bailey has worked in the School of Education and Human Services Outreach and Program Services since November 2009. Jasmine holds a BS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Training and Development with a concentration in Organization Development and Leadership from Oakland University. Growth and development both personally and professionally are areas of interest and passion for Bailey. Connecting with students, faculty, and staff within the university has been insightful and enlightening. Jasmine is an active participant in the Women’s Employee Resource Group at OU, past member of the Administrative Professionals, Personal and Professional Development subcommittee, and is currently on the advisory board of the newly formed OU Women’s Leadership Institute (OUWLI).

Darcie Bishop

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies Jackson State University Biography

Darcie Bishop currently serves as Associate Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies at Jackson State University. Before assuming the role of Associate Dean, she served as Interim Chair of the Department of Music and is a tenured Associate Professor. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Bishop holds both the BA and MA of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance from The Juilliard School in New York, along with the PhD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from The University of Mississippi. At the core of her research agenda is the work she does as a professional musician and the significance this has on the arts and humanities on campus and within the community at large. Her work in the graduate school, while young, lends itself well to implementing creative solutions to the inner workings of the higher education enterprise. Additionally, she enjoys relaxing with good books or running.

Rosa Isela Cervantes

Director of El Centro de la Raza University of New Mexico Biography

Rosa Isela Cervantes received her Master’s Degree in Family Studies and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. She is a strong advocate for students and has worked in education for 18+ years. Currently, she serves as Director for El Centro de la Raza, the premier institution devoted to the empowerment, transformation and development of underrepresented, migrant and Latino students at the University of New Mexico. Over the years Rosa has served in various leadership positions in state and national associations and served as the Program Operations Director of the Outreach Initiatives for UNM’s College Enrichment and Outreach Programs (CEOP) where she was very involved in TRiO and OME programs. The focus of CEOP is to serve first generation, low income and underrepresented students. She is the Special Advisor to the President on Latino Affairs and serves as Principle Investigator for the High School Equivalency Program and the College Assistance Migrant Program programs serving students from migrant and seasonal farm-working backgrounds.

Kendall Deas

Adjunct Professor of Education and Faculty Advising Fellow College of Charleston Biography

Kendall Deas is a native of Sumter, S.C. He holds a BSFS degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, a MA in Globalization Studies from Dartmouth College, a MA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, a MSPP degree in Public Policy from The Georgia Institute of Technology and he earned his PhD in Educational Administration and Policy from The University of Georgia’s College of Education. He holds certificates in policy studies from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Deas was a Fulbright Scholar to Finland where he earned a Diploma in International Trade Law from Turku International University’s School of Law. Deas’s research interests are grounded in areas of law, policy, finance, and politics as they relate to PK-12 education reform and the role of federal, state, and local government in this process. Deas serves on the Faculty Senate and President Glenn McConnell’s Faculty Advisory Committee at the College of Charleston.

Walter Diaz

Dean of Students Eastern Connecticut State University Biography

Walter Diaz is the dean of students at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT, Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of housing and residential life and director of career services at Eastern. Diaz is currently serving on the board of NASPA Region I as Member-at-Large and on the Region I Latino/a Knowledge Community (LKC) Leadership team. He recently joined the Development and Fundraising Committee for NASPA’s National LKC and is serving as a faculty and committee member for NASPA’s inaugural leadership institute designed for Latin@ student affairs professionals who aspire to attain senior student affairs officers or vice president for student affairs roles. Diaz is also a social entrepreneur. In 2006, he launched Hispanic Recruitment Services which operates a very successful internet site www.LatinosinHigherEd.com. Diaz received a BA in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University, an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD from Johnson & Wales University in Higher Education Administration.

Harvey Dorrah

Associate Professor, MES University Center Wayne County Community College District Biography

Harvey Dorrah, Jr. was a member of the graduate faculty at Central Michigan University (CMU) in the Department of Educational Leadership from January 1994 – December 2012. Before serving on the faculty at CMU, he served as Assistant to the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. In this capacity he directed four academic support programs supported with external grants. Between 1994 and 2000, Dorrah served as Principal Investigator for the Michigan Schools in the Middle: Urban Middle School Restructuring Project, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. He served on the evaluation team for the W. K. Kellogg Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Fellows’ Leadership Program between 2000 and 2004. His research and scholarship has focused on leadership, cultural diversity and urban education. Currently, he serves as Associate Provost at Wayne County Community College District Detroit, MI.

Danielle Garcia

Assistant to University Counsel California State University, Fullerton Biography

Danielle García earned her BA in Liberal Studies and her Masters in Education, with a concentration in Higher Education, from California State University, Fullerton. In her current role, García assists the University Counsel and Director for Strategic Initiatives and University Projects. Her responsibilities include assisting with issues of alleged discrimination, requests for records access, litigation, student and employee complaints, and in her second role with issues related to student success, assessment, and the coordination of the university’s Strategic Plan and special projects in the Office of the President at California State University, Fullerton.

Mary Jo Garcia Biggs

Interim Chair of Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies Texas State University Biography

Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, LCSW is Associate Professor of Social Work and Interim Chair of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) at Texas State University. She holds the MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University and the PhD from Texas A&M University. Biggs, who has been at Texas State for over a decade, is an expert in online education. She was recognized by AAHHE as advancing distance learning in higher education when she was awarded the Distance Learning in Higher Education Award. Her research interests have a broad focus of advocacy for vulnerable and marginalized populations. Her most recent research areas stem from two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants. Her principal teaching area is policy- social justice and advocacy. She serves as the President of the Texas Association of College Teachers, an elected position, where she advocates for and serves, faculty, staff, and students, of all Texas universities and community colleges, both public and private.

Mark Kamimura-Jimenez

Director of Graduate Student Success University of Michigan Biography

Mark Kamimura-Jimenez is the Director of GSS for the Rackham Graduate School. In this role he is responsible for the development of programs to support academic and professional success, and enhance the quality of student life, of a highly diverse population of Master’s and PhD students. He received his BA in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine; MA from Columbia University in Organization and Leadership; and PhD from the University of Michigan in Higher Education and Public Policy.

Loida I. Matell-Otero

Professor, Constructive Theology Palmer Theology Seminary of Eastern University Biography

Loida I. Martell-Otero is Professor of Constructive Theology at Palmer Theological Seminary/ Eastern University, in Pennsylvania. She is a licensed doctor in veterinary medicine as well as an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches/ USA. She is a bi-coastal Puerto Rican who has taught at the University of Puerto Rico’s College of Allied Health Professionals, Boston’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education, and New York Theological Seminary. She pastored in New York City for 15 years. She co-edited Teología en Conjunto: A Collaborative Hispanic Protestant Theology. She has published articles on evangélica soteriology, Christology, doctrine of God, use of Scripture for theology, vocation, and pedagogy. The American Baptist Home Missions Societies recently awarded her the 2015 Richard Hoiland Christian Education Award, its highest recognition for “faithful and effective leadership in Christian education,” for her long-standing work in nurturing culturally and racially diverse classrooms and for exceptional leadership. Additionally, Martell is an avid amateur photographer.

Nicholas Natividad

Assistant Professor New Mexico State University Biography

Nicholas D. Natividad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. He received his Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University with concentration on issues of social justice in crime and law. He currently serves as a Dean’s Fellow in the College of Education at NMSU for the 2016-17 school year. Nicholas also serves as Institutional Lead for the New Mexico Leadership Institute at NMSU. The New Mexico Leadership Institute is a collaborative program with the University of New Mexico that prepares students through curriculum and mentoring to become leaders and agents of change. Prior to his employment at NMSU he was Assistant Professor at Nevada State College where he co-wrote and started the Bachelors of Criminal Justice. While at Nevada State College, Nicholas also co-founded and is former Director of the Nepantla Program. The Nepantla Program at NSC provides comprehensive support services and scholarships for underrepresented, underserved, first generation college students.

Linh M. Nguyen

Associate Director, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairsq University of Michigan Biography

Linh strongly believes in the transformative work that happens on college campuses within the various departments, colleges, and student organizations, etc., particularly around issues of diversity, inclusion, identity development and social justice. She trusts in the interconnectedness of the human experience that is realized through relationship building and compassion for one another, as the means to social change and breaking down of injustices. Serving in the Associate Director role, she continues to use her passion and commitment to intercultural leadership and identity development to support the learning and growth of others, while continuously challenging herself to be a better person each and every day.

Isela Ocegueda

Assistant Dean, Graduate School The University of Texas at El Paso Biography

Isela Ocegueda serves as Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. Her primary responsibility is to develop and manage the various professional development programs and resources to enhance the academic and professional skills of its graduates. Previously, Ocegueda served as Program Director of the PUENTES Program, an innovative graduate-level academic support, mentoring, and professional development model for doctoral students at UTEP that assisted underrepresented students. Ocegueda also teaches in the English department at UTEP. An El Paso native, Ocegueda earned her BA in English from Princeton University. As a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow, she then attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she earned a master of education, specializing in Language and Literacy. In 2010, Ocegueda received her PhD in Literature, specializing in Latin American and Latino Studies, from the University of California-Santa Cruz. She currently serves on the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board as well as the Public Arts Committee and is a member of the Latin American Studies Association.

Tonantzin Oseguera

Dean of Students California State University, Fullerton Biography

Tonantzin Oseguera currently serves as the Dean of Students at Cal State Fullerton, with oversight for, Student Conduct, Behavioral Intervention team, Title IX implementation team, and university president representative in advising Associated Students Incorporated of CSUF. Before coming to Cal State Fullerton, Oseguera worked at UC Riverside and was responsible for managing student organizations, guiding the Associated Student Program Board, the Fraternity Sorority Involvement Center, campus orientation and first-year programs. Prior to her post at UC Riverside, Oseguera was director of student activities and leadership programs at Portland State University and associate director of leadership education and activities at Chapman University. Oseguera earned her PhD in higher education at USC. She has a MA in higher education and student affairs from the University of Vermont and a BA in human development and family studies with an emphasis in gerontology from Colorado State University. Oseguera is a first-generation college student born and raised in Mexico and her research focuses on underrepresented students and undeserved populations in higher education.

Minita Ramirez

Vice President for Student Success Texas A&M International University Biography

Minita Ramírez is Vice President of Student Success at Laredo’s Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), and responsible for TAMIU’s recruitment, enrollment and graduation programs. Ramírez holds a BS in Secondary Education from TAMIU, an MS in School Administration from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Capella University. She became part of the TAMIU family in 2001. Prior to joining TAMIU, she was an academic consultant and sales representative for Silver Burdett Ginn, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishing. She enjoyed teaching History and Government at Laredo middle and high schools and directed United Independent School District’s Technology Innovation Challenge Grant — better known as Project Millennium.

Jayne S. Reuben

Clinical Associate Professor University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Biography

Jayne Stewart Reuben is a Clinical Associate Professor and founding faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOMG) in Greenville, SC. Prior to joining the USCSOMG faculty in September 2011, Reuben was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry—a component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a specialization in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in the Department of Pathology, Reuben was a founding member of the University of Michigan Postdoctoral Association. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for her undergraduate institution, Converse College, since 2012. Reuben is the current Chair-Elect for the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Division for Pharmacology Education.

Deborah Rivas-Drake

Associate Professor University of Michigan Biography

Deborah Rivas-Drake is associate professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Contexts of Academic and Social Adjustment (CASA) Lab. Together with the CASA Lab, Dr. Rivas-Drake is exploring how schools, families, peers, and communities influence the development of ethnic and racial identity, and how such identities shape youths’ academic and psychological outcomes. Her most recent research examines the role of friendships in school and parent-adolescent relationships in shaping ethnic-racial identity and academic outcomes over time. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Rivas-Drake was an assistant professor at Brown University and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at New York University.

Emarely Rosa-Davila

Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social-Community Psycholoy Universidad del Este Biography

Emarely Rosa-Dávila is a higher education instructor and administrator in the field of clinical social work for undergraduate and graduate programs. As a subject matter expert and practitioner in the field of social work and social-community psychology, she’s committed to research in the field of mental health public policy and sports psychology. Currently, she is the Community Engagement Office Coordinator in Universidad del Este (UNE). She is the chair of UNE’s service-learning program and is developing a community service and a voluntarism program. Additionally, she coordinated the Psychology and Public Policy Committee for the Puerto Rico Psychology Association (APPR). As a social worker, she has experience working on clinical–community setting with children, adolescents with severe mental health disorders and their families through the Wraparound best practice in a System of Care project in Puerto Rico, sponsored by Children Mental Health Services (CMHS). Currently, she is the Chair of the Ethics Commission of the Colegio de Profesionales de Trabajo Social de Puerto Rico.

Beth Talbert

Special Instructor Oakland University Biography

Beth Talbert (M.A., Bowling Green State University) is a special instructor at Oakland University. She teaches Group Dynamics, Gender Communication, Leadership, Women in Leadership, Persuasion, Professional Communication and Interpersonal Conflict. She is especially interested in the ways women both inhabit and experience leadership. Beth also serves as the Chief Academic Adviser for the Communication Program. As a Trustee of the Rochester Community School’s Board of Education, she has twice served as board president. She also serves as a director on the Women Officials Network, an organization that serves elected women within the Oakland County area, and was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Greater Rochester Community Foundation. In 2013 Beth was invited to join a delegation of county leaders who traveled to Istanbul, Turkey. Beth is an adjunct faculty member for the Michigan Association of School Boards and is also a frequent presenter and trainer on campus and in the community.

Michael Soto

Associate Professor of English Trinity University Biography

Michael Soto is associate professor of English at Trinity University, where he teaches courses on American literature and cultural history. He is the author of five books on American literature (including _Measuring the Harlem Renaissance: The U.S. Census, African American Identity, and Literary Form_, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press). Soto also serves as chair of the San Antonio Education Partnership board of directors and as president of the Gemini Ink board of directors. He represented fourteen South Texas counties as a member of the State Board of Education.