Equity Coordinators

The Equity Coordinators (ECs) were appointed in collaboration with their deans based on their leadership and dedication to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in their field and to the University. The role of the EC is to support the hiring, onboarding, and retention of faculty and faculty of color at their specific college. In addition, the EC serves as an advisor to the development of the college's equity, diversity, and inclusion taskforce.

Meet the 2021-22 EC team!


Daniel Galvan

Daniel Galvan
Director of Acceleration Initiatives and Student Engagement
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

The role of Equity Coordinator means being able to be an advocate for students, staff, and faculty not only for ECST, but the campus as a whole when it comes to matters related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This also means engaging in sometimes difficult conversations and work with peers across the University, to learn from each othr, and do what is best intentionally serve our students at Cal State LA. In my free time I enjoy surfing and going outdoors for long distance runs.


Daniel Galvan

Anthony Hernandez
Faculty
Charter College of Education


 
Enrique Ochoa

Enrique Ochoa
Professor of Latin Amrican Studies and History

For the past 26 years at Cal State LA, I have sought to foster critical and inclusive spaces for working-class, BIPOC, immigrant, and LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff through my teaching, service, and campus organizing. I see my role of Equity Coordinator in NSS as a continuation of this activism and look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, and students as we work to reverse decades of growing inequity. 


Mario H, Ramirez

Mario Ramirez
Head of Special Collections and Archives
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library

As Equity Coordinator for the University Library, my intent is to continue advocating for the implementation of EDI throughout the library's policies, structures, and strategic plans, and to support the formation of an internal committee of faculty and staff dedicated to this work. Due to a ClimateQual Survey conducted in 2018, the subsequent evaluation of the results, and drafting of recommendations that address specific areas of concern, the administration, faculty, and staff of the University Library have already begun to plan the integration of EDI into the organization, and to lay the groundwork for an EDI Committee and its priorities. I see my role in the coming year as helping establish and support the work of this EDI Committee, and in putting its priorities into conversations with those of other colleges, departments, and committees across campus.


Gabriela Simon-Cereiijdo

Gabriela Simon-Cereijido
Professor of Communication Disorders
Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services

I received my doctoral degree in Language and Communicative Disorders from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. I also worked as a bilingual Spanish-English speech-language pathologist in New York and California. As the Equity Coordinator for my college, I hope to help the college faculty, staff, and students build and sustain an inclusive environment where equity is supported and diverse voices are invited, heard and considered into practices and goals.

I am an immigrant from Buenos Aires Argentina and before becoming a speech-language pathologist, I was part of several contemporary dance groups in New York City. I still like to dance.


Cynthia Wang

Cynthia Wang
Assistant Professor in Communication Studies
College of Arts and Letters


Deborah Won

Deborah Won
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

I believe my role is to proactively seek and help implement ways to cultivate community and a sense of belonging for all members of our campus while celebrating the uniqueness of each individual, encompassing their race, gender, identity, sexual orientation, abilities, socioeconomic status, religion and faith, and documentation status. My hope specifically as a representative of ECST is to encourage healthy, empowering conversations especially with students in ECST who have felt marginalized, enabling and empowering them to develop themselves as the engineer, computer scientist, or technologist they strive to be. I am looking forward to hearing more of our students, staff, and faculty members' experiences of how inequitable structures and practices have affected them and their stories of empowerment.

One dream I have is to help coach a women's running team, either as a volunteer or as a part-time assistant coach in my retirement.