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Dr. Sabrena Turner-Odom

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. Her most rewarding roles have been those that allow her to work directly with underprepared and underrepresented students as well as programs and services that directly impact student success. Dr. Turner-Odom is a strong supporter of collaboration and has witnessed the benefits of teamwork as the Director of LASC’s Student Success Center and the faculty co-chair of the Basic Skills and Achieving the Dream Initiatives.   

She feels the success of the center is directly related to the consistent collection of qualitative data from students and faculty that simply asks them to describe the type of environment they need in order to achieve maximum success inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Turner-Odom currently teaches African-American Literature at LASC and Freshman Composition at CSULB. She completed her education in southern California and holds a B.A. in English from University of Southern California (USC), a M.A. in English Literature and Composition from University of California, Irvine (UCI), and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership in Community Colleges from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).  Sabrena has a daughter, Brittney, who operates her own business, a rescue Pit Bull Terrier named Chloe, who is also her jogging partner, and a passion for creating opportunities where they are limited or non-existent.