The NOCCCD Student Equity Symposium guest speakers are dynamic and truly stand out in their fields. They have great understanding, appreciation and remarkable vision of what it takes to truly make equability continue on a path of progress.
Veronica A. K. Neal, Ed.D.
Veronica A. K. Neal, Ed.D. is a certified diversity professional, certified community and workplace mediator, integral coach, and an equity and social justice specialist. Dr. Neal has over two decades of experience in the field of diversity education, training and human development. Professionally, she has served as a nonprofit director, program manager, project manager and now manages a successful consulting practice.
Chris Crass' work is dedicated to building powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation. Throughout history everyday people have come together to take on the most pressing challenges of their time and through collective organizing and struggle they have envisioned a better world, made large scale changes, won important victories, and passed on lessons to the next generation.
Dr. Miguel Powers, a Fullerton College English Professor, has been awarded both Fullerton College Teacher of the Year and the Extended Opportunity Program and Services Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He earned his doctorate in Education from UCLA in 2015, earning the UCLA Alumni Dissertation Scholarship.
Dr. Sabrena Turner-Odom is a faculty member in the English Department at Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) and a guest lecturer in the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She has thrived in numerous leadership roles during her 18-year career in education, which began at King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in Watts, CA as an English Teacher.
Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and creator of the award winning site, My Fab Finance. In 2014 she was deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine and featured as their cover subject. Tonya’s mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love.
Dr. Frank Harris III is Professor of Postsecondary Education in the College of Education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development and success in postsecondary education and explores questions related to the social construction of gender and race on college campuses, college men and masculinities, and racial/ethnic disparities in college student outcomes.
The mission of the North Orange County Community College District is to serve and enrich our diverse communities by providing a comprehensive program of educational opportunities that are accessible, relevant and academically excellent. We are unequivocally committed to student success and lifelong learning.
OCCORD's Citizenship Program is focused on expanding the electorate through citizenship. The program encourages full participation in the democratic process and we do this by assisting Orange County residents the naturalization application, voter registration, and leadership development.
Megan Sirna Tagley currently serves as a Research Analyst at Fullerton College supporting Student Equity and Student Success and Support Program (SSSP). In this role, she provides assistance to programs, helping them most effectively gather, analyze and report on program outcomes and related data. Prior to joining Fullerton College, she led evaluations on several human services and education programs.