Keynote Speakers

 
 
Dr. Daisy Gonzales
 
 
 
 
 
 

Born into an immigrant family in Southern California, Acting Chancellor Daisy Gonzales spent much of her formative years in Los Angeles’ foster care system. Witnessing firsthand the numerous challenges and inequities students face, she quickly took on leadership roles in student government to advocate for student voices. After completing a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Mills College, Gonzales completed a master’s degree and PhD. in sociology from UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Gina Ann Garcia
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is an associate professor in the department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches master’s and doctoral students pursuing degrees in higher education and student affairs. Her research centers on issues of equity and justice in higher education with an emphasis on three core areas: Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs; postsecondary institutions that enroll at least 25% Latinx undergraduate students), Latinx college students, and race and racism in higher education.

Lasana O. Hotep
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lasana O. Hotep is an antiracist/antisexist educator, writer, and equity-advancing executive coach. He writes and speaks globally about educational equity, anti-Blackness, and racial justice within organizations and society at-large. He has delivered transformative, multi-media presentations throughout the United States and abroad in Beijing, China and Accra, Ghana. As a writer, he has contributed to seven books and is
the co-author of the recently published Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges and Beyond: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity. For over 20 years, Lasana has provided equity-advancing consultation to academic institutions, community-based organizations, and corporations. Some of his most note-worthy
accomplishments include developing the Equity Training series (ETS) and serving as the founding Executive Director of the Equity Institute (EI). Currently, Lasana serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Tawny Dotson
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Tawny Dotson has served as President of Yuba College since July of 2020. She began her career as an active duty Air Force Officer at Beale Air Force Base. After transitioning off active duty, Tawny worked at post-secondary education institutions in Oklahoma, Washington, and California. She has served as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty in Marketing, Photography, Communication Studies, and College Success.