Meet Our Team



Alicia Cortez, MSW, MA

Dean of Equity and Engagement

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Tabia Lee, EdD

Faculty Director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education

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Dr. Tabia Lee (known simply as "Lee") enjoys collaborating on designing and implementing more equitable learning environments with a focus on curriculum and pedagogy. She uses a variety of theoretical frameworks in her equity work and enjoys trying new foods, traveling, singing, and dancing. Please visit Dr. Lee's website to learn more about her. You are also most welcome to visit her Drop-in Office Hours Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM on Zoom and/or to reserve an appointment to connect with Lee.

Chesa Caparas

Faculty Coordinator, Women, Gender and Sexuality Center

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Chesa also teaches classes in English and Intercultural Studies. In her classes and her community work, she uses an intersectional feminist framework to resist systems of inequality. Her research interests include hip-hop pedagogy, representations of women in pop culture, and post-humanism in the digital age. She loves art, music, and food, and tries to incorporate all of these things into the work she does.

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Tony Santa Ana (Ed.D. Student)

Program Coordinator

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Tony is a community organizer, artivist, educator and globetrotter who seeks to contribute to humanity. He is also an instructor in Intercultural Studies. Tony's research interests include education, critical pedagogy, youth studies, global citizenship, indigenous rights, spirituality, ethnic studies, transformational learning, Hip Hop, Pin@y scholarship and experiential learning.


Adriana Garcia

Administrative Assistant

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Adriana is the Xicana Administrative Assistant for the Office of Equity, Social and Multicultural Education. For over 20 years, she has helped developed or supported the collective efforts of organizations and committees dedicated to workers and immigrant rights campaigns and womyn wellness through a human rights and social justice lens. She also upholds international solidarity with local people’s movements such as police brutality, gender equity, indigenous rights, racial justice and environmental justice. She makes it a point to always involve art in the process inthe tradition of cultura cura. More continues to be humbled by her role as a working mother of color.

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