Meet our Team

Community College Ambassadors 

Jessica LoeraJessica Loera

Jessica Loera grew up in Orange Cove, CA. Jessica attended Orange Cove High School and after graduation entered CSU Fresno. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Jessica worked with programs such as Reading and Beyond, Community Youth Ministries, and Scholars in Service, leading her to major in Liberal Studies. Due to her involvement within the education system, Jessica decided to enter the Student Affairs and College Counseling Master’s program at Fresno State. As a first-generation student herself and now a current counselor with Fresno City her overall goal is to inspire other young Latinx individuals to pursue higher education and provide knowledge, support, guidance and the resources necessary to help others succeed. "Sí se Puede!"

 

 

 

Gladys VillanuevaGladys Villanueva
Bilingual Teacher Preparation Ambassador

Gladys Villanueva is a graduate of the Multilingual Multicultural Education Master’s program at California State University, Fresno. She has a Bachelor’s in Child Development and over a decade of experience in the field of early childhood education. She is an AmeriCorps alumni, having served as a tutor and team leader for Jumpstart Fresno State early in her undergraduate career. It was as an AmeriCorps tutor where she first appreciated the importance of serving young children in low income neighborhoods and promoting early literacy. She has also worked in a dual immersion preschool in downtown Fresno and is a Central California Association for the Education of Young Children board member. Similar to Jumpstart’s mission of helping children enter school prepared to succeed, she believes in the need to help central valley teachers enter the classroom prepared to succeed. She is committed to building solid multilingual and multicultural community relations as well as mentoring and guiding credential teachers to reach their full potential serving culturally and linguistically diverse learners. 

Faculty Affiliates

Dr. Mario Banuelos

Dr. Mario Banuelos
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Dr. Patrick S. DeWalt

Dr. Patrick S. DeWalt
Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies

Dr. Cristina Herrera

Dr. Cristina Herrera
Professor, Chicano and Latin American Studies

Dr. Luz Herrera

Dr. Luz Herrera
Assistant Professor, Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education

Dr. Sergio Juárez

Dr. Sergio Juárez
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Dr. Larissa Mercado-López

Dr. Larissa Mercado-López
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies

Dr. Fred Nelson

Dr. Fred Nelson
Chair and Associate Professor, Liberal Studies 

Dr. Ana Soltero-López

Dr. Ana Soltero-López
Assistant Professor, Literacy, Early, Bilingual and Special Education 

Dr. Soua Xiong

Dr. Soua Xiong
Assistant Professor, Student Affairs and College Counseling

 

 

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