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Susan Hua, M.A.
Learning Community Coordinator (pronouns: she/her/hers)
Susan identifies as Chinese American, a daughter of refugees and a first-generation college student. She was born and raised in West Springfield, MA. Susan earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from New York University before moving to San Francisco to pursue her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at University of San Francisco. Prior to starting her role as a Learning Community Coordinator here at CCA, Susan served as a Residence Director at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she is also in pursuit of her doctorate in Educational Administration with a focus in Higher Education. Her research will focus on how higher education has impacted language maintenance and family relationships for speakers of Teochew (the same dialect of Chinese that Susan speaks). As a first-generation student herself, Susan is passionate about creating access opportunities for students from historically marginalized and disenfranchised backgrounds so that they are able to succeed in higher education and beyond.
Alli Jackson MSW
Learning Community Coordinator (pronouns: she/her/hers)
Alli Jackson was born and raised in Aurora Colorado and has lived here her whole life. She appreciates the unique diversity that offered validation for Alli’s own diverse identities. Alli attended Aurora public schools for her k-12 education and then travelled to the University of Denver where she completed her B.A. (’17) in Creative Writing and Psychology and a Master of Social Work (’18). Her work looks at the storage of trauma in the biopsychosocial body and the release through anti-oppressive work and counternarratives. Alli has worked previously at mental health centers and as a restorative justice coordinator at a charter school. Often Alli can be found at any coffee shop in the Denver Metro area writing and is always looking for new spots.
Jasmine J. Yap, Ph.D.
Inclusive Pedagogy Instructional Coach – Science (pronouns: she/her/her)
Jasmine was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., by parents who immigrated from the Philippines. She is a lifelong learner, earning her B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychopharmacology from Tufts University, and most recently, her Master’s in Teaching in Diverse Contexts from University of Colorado Denver through their Urban Community Teacher Education Program. A postdoctoral research opportunity brought her to University of Colorado Boulder’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics in 2009, where she studied the effects of uncontrollable stress on methamphetamine self-administration behavior and neuroinflammation in the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system. For the past 5 years, she was a science teacher at Arvada High School and Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) High School Montview (formerly Stapleton). She is excited to be a part of the Community College of Aurora as the Inclusive Pedagogy Instructional Coach in Science, a position that allows her to work with students and instructors towards the common goal of improving retention, graduation, and transfer outcomes for all of our students.
Monica Paez, M.A.
Project Director (pronouns: she/her/hers)
Monica is the proud first generation, daughter of immigrants, and the youngest of four. She attended Colorado State University where she discovered her passion for education and decided to pursue her master's degree at the University of San Francisco. In her current role as project director if the Title V Grant she hopes to close equity gaps and also work side by students, so they too feel empowered. Monica is dedicated to putting students first and her work is focused on ensuring that students are completing their program and are receiving a high-quality education.
Brian C. Jackson, M.A.
Inclusive Pedagogy Instructional Coach – English (pronouns: he/him/his)
Brian was born in Denver, CO and raised in Parkhill in Denver. He attended both the public and private school system in Colorado. He uses these past experiences as a part of his framing for equity work. He has spent time serving in faith-based organizations leading youth, as well as serving youth who were transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. He has spent time tutoring students in both an independent and company format. He has served as a K-12 teacher & leader in both the Cherry Creek School District and Denver Public School district. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He has a Master of Arts from the University of Denver. Beyond his BA and MA, he earned his Principal License from the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program. During his time at the DU ELPS program, he was awarded the ELPS: Transformational Leadership Award. He has been awarded the IEP, Inc. Educator of the Month Award. He has been featured in Bringing the Margins to the Center of Teacher Education: A Framework for Equitable and Effective Teaching by Dr. Maria Salazar & Jessica Lerner. He has served as a facilitator in the Black Male Initiative Summit, as well as helped coordinate the Changing the Narrative Summit. He strives to improve the quality of life of those he serves by unpacking their narrative and activating their voice.
Sumner Karsh Lambert, M.A.
Data Specialist (pronouns: he/him, they/them)
Sumner was raised in Fresno, California, but made frequent visits to spend time with family in the Aurora and Denver areas over the years before making Colorado his home in 2019. He completed a B.A. in psychology at Boston University in 2011, and an M.A. from CSU Fresno in experimental psychology -writing his thesis on temporal perception in 2017. Sumner began working in the office of institutional research at Fresno City College in 2014 and proceeded to work in a variety of data-centric roles there; most recently he served as the adjunct faculty research coordinator responsible for the Basic Skills Student Outcomes Transformation Grant (BSSOT) from 2017-2019. Sumner believes in leveraging both quantitative and qualitative data to help give power to the student voice, experiences, and hardships encountered. As a data specialist he understands that educational data does not exist in a vacuum and that the many varied experiences and student backgrounds offer crucial context necessary for driving the progress towards eliminating historic inequities and hurdles faced by traditionally underserved student populations.
Contact us at: CCATitleV@ccaurora.edu
The Title V Steering Committee is a cross institutional committee created to help advise and guide the work of Title V at Community College of Aurora. It is comprised of individuals from various divisions and departments across the institution. Committee members are as follows:
Chris Tombari - Dean of Academic Affairs and Transfer Initiatives
Ray Keith - Associate Dean of Instructional Intervention and Support
Ana Martin-Mejia - Associate Dean of Assessment
LeeDel Cohenour - Director of Advising
Dr. Angela Marquez - Vice President of Student Affairs
Dr. Reyna Anaya - Dean of Students
Mike Pichay - Director of Student Engagement and Retention
Kenya Trejo - Administrative Assistant II
Janel Highfill - Associate Vice President of Workforce
Hyekyung Lee - Director of Institutional Research
Cynthia Koenck - Grant Development Director
Title V Grant Sponsored by department of Education.