Jeremiah J. Sims, inaugural Director of Equity for the College of San Mateo (California),
is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a B.A. in rhetoric, with honors, as well as an M.A.
and Ph.D. in education. Jeremiah’s work, chronicled in his first book, Revolutionary STEM Education: Critical-Reality
Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males (Lang, 2018), details his experiences as an educator working toward
a revolutionary, paradigm shift in the STEM education of and for Black boys.
Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza is Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College (California), with over twenty
years of higher education experience. Dr. Taylor-Mendoza is continually inspired by the brilliance, power, and endless potential
of community college students. Her research focuses on the intrinsic resiliency of students of color and institutional approaches
to addressing systemic, structural inequities. She holds a B.A. in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles,
an M.S. in counseling from California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University.
Lasana O. Hotep, inaugural Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs and founding Executive Director
of the Equity Institute at Skyline College (California), earned his B.A. in speech communications and history at Texas State
University, San Marcos and his M.A. in history from Arizona State University. For over 15 years, he has worked at large research
universities, two-year colleges, and as a consultant to educational and corporate entities in addressing issues of race, gender,
and social justice and their impact on organizational success.
Jeramy Wallace, Associate Professor of English at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo,
California, received his M.A. in English from Notre Dame de Namur University and his postsecondary teaching credentials from
San Francisco State University. He has written and presented widely on race, educational equity, and social justice in community
Tabitha Conaway, Basic Skills Coordinator at the College of San Mateo, holds a B.A. in African American
studies from University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in education from National University, an M.A. in history from
California State University, Sacramento, and a doctorate in education from San Francisco State University. Her research interests
include juvenile hall-to-college pipelines for previously incarcerated youth, counter-narratives, and creating educational
equity concerns for historically underserved and underrepresented students in higher education.