Virtual Learning Summit 2021 Presenter Biographies

Diana Arredondo

Professor, Architecture, Southwestern College

Christine Baker-Smith

Executive Director, The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, Temple University

Christine Baker-Smith is Executive Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Before joining the Hope Center, she was a lecturer in research methodology for the quantitative methods in the Social Sciences M.A. program at Columbia University and an Education Policy Analyst for the NYC Independent Budget Office. She also served as Project Manager for the NYC High School Admissions Study—a randomized controlled trial. A sociologist of education, Baker-Smith’s training is in mixed-methods research and causal inference with a focus on student social and academic engagement across schooling transitions. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University in sociology of education; an Ed.M. in leadership, policy, and politics from Teachers College, Columbia University; an M.A. in social sciences of education from Stanford University; and a B.A. in sociology from Whitman College. She has published on adolescence and school transitions in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Sociology of EducationPeabody Journal of Education, and Education Finance and Policy.

Devita Davison

Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit

Suzanne Desjardin

Acting Vice President, Student Affairs, Pima Community College

Jim Jacobs

President Emeritus, Macomb Community College, and Research Affiliate, Community College Research Center, Columbia University

Crispin Jeffrey-Franco

Director, Workforce Development, Pima Community College

Jennifer Latino

Senior Director, Strategy and Planning, EAB

Amanda Latz

Associate Professor, Higher Education and Community College Leadership, Ball State University

Dr. Amanda Latz is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Community College Leadership at Ball State University (Muncie, IN). She has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College and remains actively involved in the community college sector. Her research interests include the lived experiences of community college students and faculty and visual methods and methodologies in higher education. Community college faculty perceptions and experiences of their students' mental health was the focus of one of her recent inquiries and will inform this session.

Irene Lopez-Robles

Vice Chancellor, Student Experience, Pima Community College

Teresa Leyba Ruiz

President, Glendale Community College

Emily Peck

Vice President, Student Services, West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Carmen Shurtleff

Instructor, Sociology and Social Work, Northeast Texas Community College

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