Dr. Annette Letcher is an Assistant Professor in the English/Reading department at Cypress College. She has been teaching English/Reading in the community college system for eight years. Dr. Letcher also serves as a mentor and teaching faculty for the Cypress College Legacy program. This learning community provides a strong academic program, instructional resources, and motivational support that prepares African American students for transfer to four-year institutions. In 2014 she received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fullerton. Her dissertation focused on African American faculty perceptions of organizational culture at community colleges. This research explored how organizational culture affects African American faculty perceptions and how these diverse perspectives may contribute to underrepresentation of African American faculty in higher education. Her research interests include issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and literacy.
Ranmalee Perera teaches ESL at North Orange Continuing Education, Anaheim Campus and at the ESL/Linguistics Department, Long Beach City College. Ms. Perera earned her Master's degree in Applied Linguistics and a TESL Certificate from California State University Long Beach. She has also done extensive post-graduate work with migrant farm workers at the University of Kentucky; where she received her Bachelor's degree and at Pennsylvania State University. For the past 20 years, she has specialized in the study of post-colonial language planning policy, multiculturalism, equity, and minority language valorization in the contexts of civil war in Sri Lanka. Her interest in language and educational policy in the post-colonial context began while teaching at the Refugee Assistance Program at Long Beach City College. This experience working with refugees from Cambodia, Vietnam and Eritrea and her work in Sri Lanka with IDP's and alternate economies informs her present work and research. Most recently, her research is centered on the polemics of language among marginalized populations and its effects on applied critical pedagogy and the systemic inequities in education. Moreover, she is currently engaged in applied research in immigration and refugee rights and DACA advocacy. Ms. Perera has taught English and conducted language research in Sri Lanka, Mexico, California and Nevada.
Ziza Delgado Noguera is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at Fullerton College and a community college alumna. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and conducts research on and teaches about race, racism, social movements, education theory and praxis, carceral studies, transformative justice, the history of ethnic studies, and U.S. history. In Fall 2020 she founded the Racial Justice and Equity Committee for the North Orange County Community College District union and serves as the chair. In 2016 she co-founded Small Axe Group LLC, an education consulting firm which works to enhance opportunities for historically marginalized communities through developing and improving educational and organizational practices. In 2020, Ziza became one of the inaugural board members of the California Community College Ethnic Studies Faculty Council (CCCESFC) and is working with the CCC Chancellors office to implement Ethnic Studies across the state. Ziza's research and campus leadership emphasizes the potential of education to empower historically marginalized populations through liberatory curricula and pedagogy in coordination with wrap-around student services and academic support.
Steven Estrada earned his B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from the California State University, Fullerton. In spring 2013 he completed the Comprehensive Exam in the areas of Race, Ethnicity and Class Formation; Work, Leisure and Consumption; and The National and the Global. He began his teaching career "freeway flying" for the CSUF Americans Studies, East Los Angeles College Chicana/o Studies and Cypress College Ethnic Studies departments as an Adjunct Instructor. Steven is now a Professor of Ethnic Studies at Cypress College and currently serves in a variety of campus, district and union roles including: Academic Senate Division Representative, Cypress College Title V Grant Lead Peer Coach, NOCCCD Office of Diversity and Compliance Faculty Fellow, United Faculty (UF) Division Representative and Negotiations Team member, UF Racial Justice and Equity Committee member. He also is a Board member for the Community College Association (CCA), a statewide union and serves as the Co-Chair for the CCA Governance and Faculty Diversity and Equity Committees. Current research and campus work includes comparative race/ethnicity history in the U.S., social justice movements, the history of ethnic studies, educational equity in theory and practice, and the intersections between union work and education.