Dean of Graduate Studies

Karin Elliott BrownKarin Elliott Brown, PhD

Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Karin Elliott Brown currently serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for three years, Director of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA for five years, Director of the BA in Social Work program for six years, and as a faculty member in the School of Social Work for 15 years. She has over 25 years of experience within the field of social work as an educator and practitioner. Her practice experience has been in public child welfare and medical social work. 

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Professional Staff

Andrew ChavezAndrew Chavez, M.A.

Coordinator, Graduate Resource Center
Phone/Ext: 3-3822
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Andrew Chavez is the Coordinator of the Graduate Resource Center. Prior to this role, Andrew served as the WSCUC Support Assistant and helped to prepare Cal State LA for its 2019 Accreditation Review. Andrew holds an M.A. in psychology from Cal State LA and completed his master's thesis on minority students' intersecting social identities and their relationships to academic outcomes. He also served as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology for 3 years. In addition to current events in higher education, Andrew closely follows LGBTQ+ issues, the impact that climate change has on endangered species and their ecosystems, and pop culture.

Veronica Ramirez​Veronica Ramirez, B.S.

Office Manager
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Veronica Ramirez has worked at all levels of education since 2000, having worked at USC, USC Head Start, Long Beach Day Nursery, and California State Preschool Program before coming to Cal State LA. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Services and Management from the University of Pheonix and is currently researching potential master's degree programs. She is a parent advocate and enjoys spending time with her daughters.


Student Staff

Andrea Mach

Student Assistant
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Graduate Student in the Computer Information Systems

Joseph Estrella

Writing Consultant
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Graduate Student in the Department of Philosophy

Dipali Makadia

Thesis Reviewer
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Graduate Student in the Department of Computer Science

Rosamari Orduna

Thesis Reviewer
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Graduate Student in the Department of Biological Sciences