Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims, inaugural Director of Equity for the College of San Mateo, was born in Oakland and
raised in Richmond, California. Because of his own life experiences, Jeremiah has devoted his career to the realization of
educational equity for hyper-marginalized students. Jeremiah 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 (Peter Lang,
2018), details his experiences as an educator working toward a revolutionary, paradigm shift in the STEM education of and
for Black boys. Sims, an educator, speaker, author, and consultant, resides in the East Bay Area with his wife, Rachel, and
their five boys: Judah, Malachi, Zion, Freedom, and Jehu. Sims is also the editor of a Peter Lang book series, Educational
Equity in Community Colleges.
Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza is the Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College. In her seventeen
years of experience as a community college educator—as a classified staff member, tenured faculty leader, director, dean,
and vice president—she has been continually inspired by the brilliance, power, and endless potential of community college
students. Systemic change and collective action is her passion; she is committed to redesigning institutional policies and
practices to transform lives, to increase access, and to promote upward mobility. Dr. Taylor-Mendoza is a proud alumna of
El Camino College, the institution she credits for her own early transformation. 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 is an educator and entrepreneur committed to developing strategic and practical solutions
to address systemic inequities in education and society at large. He 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. Lasana serves as the inaugural Dean
of Student Equity and Support Programs (SESP) and founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute at Skyline College in
San Bruno, California.
Jeramy Wallace is Associate Professor of English at College of San Mateo (CSM) in San Mateo, California. He has served
in a variety of leadership roles, including as president of the CSM Academic Senate, as president of the San Mateo County
Community Colleges District Academic Senate, and as the coordinator for the CSM Umoja Community. He has written and presented
widely on race, educational equity, and social justice in community colleges. Jeramy received his M.A. in English
from Notre Dame de Namur University and his postsecondary teaching credentials from San Francisco State University. He resides
in Redwood City, California, where he enjoys being outdoors, writing, brewing, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Tabitha Conaway currently works at the College of San Mateo as Basic Skills Coordinator. 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. Tabitha holds a B.A. in African
American studies from University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in education, with a specialization in teaching in a
global society from National University, an M.A. in history from California State University, Sacramento, and a doctorate
in education from San Francisco State University.