Program Coordinator for the California Regional Collaborative

Shaquita Humphrey-Pressley, M.Ed.

NSF INCLUDES Aspire, California Regional Collaborative 

Program Representative, UCLA’s Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences

Welcome Message from our California Regional Collaborative Program Coordinator

Hello all!

I am happy to join the team as the new Program Coordinator for the California Regional Collaborative. My primary focus is on building communication channels that strengthen professional relationships among Southern California’s 2 and 4-year institutions. I will also be coordinating the launch of a regional internship program for graduate students and other working professionals interested in teaching at community colleges.

A little about me:

I received an Associate’s Degree with an emphasis in Philosophy from Highline College in Des Moines, WA. I then moved on to the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) and completed my Bachelor’s Degree double majoring in Ethnic, Gender, & Labor Studies and Psychology. As a student at UWT I took on numerous campus and club leadership roles and contributed to many diversity & inclusion initiatives. My passion for education and enhancing experiences for underrepresented college students led me to pursue my Master’s Degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California.

I am excited to continue doing good work with this dynamic team. 

I invite you all to reach out to me with any questions, announcements or updates. I will consistently share information through our social media channels and send out a monthly newsletter that will include job postings, events, news, and other information from our regional partners.

I look forward to connecting with you as we all work towards advancing diversity in STEM education.

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Co-Leads Representing University of California Institutions

Erin Sanders O'Leary

Erin Sanders O’Leary,  Ph.D.

NSF INCLUDES Aspire, Principal Investigator

Director of UCLA’s Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Academic Administrator, Life Sciences Core Education Department

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Jessica Gregg, Ed.M., M.A.

NSF INCLUDES Aspire, Co-Principal Investigator

Associate Director of UCLA’s Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences
Academic Coordinator, Life Sciences Core Education Department

Co-Lead Representing California Community Colleges

Jamey Anderson, Ph.D.

Santa Monica College

Department Chair for Physical Sciences

Professor of Chemistry

Co-Lead Representing California State University Institutions

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Nancy McQueen, Ph.D.

California State University, Los Angeles

Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences

Professor of Microbiology