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MemberLaura Sanders

…Portland Community College…
…Currently, I am preparing to co-teach our Community-Based Learning faculty cohort as well as our shorter “CBL 101” workshop.In my role as online English faculty mentor, I am creating a “sampler” of exemplar course components to encourage my colleagues to reconsider their older class shells and revise with updated best practices.  As …

In addition to teaching as an adjunct for community colleges in Oregon and California, I currently serve as teaching learning center coordinator, online English faculty mentor, and community-based learning coordinator. I have taught composition and rhetoric at private research institutions, small liberal arts colleges, state universities, and community colleges. In recent years, I have served as co-editor of an accreditation self-study, interim grants officer, and academic department assessment coach. Combining my passions for professional development and social justice, I continue to seek the sweet spot between digital humanities and online community-based learning.

MemberYasmine Beale-Rivaya

My research centers on language contact, change, and borrowing in borderland communities. My main area of focus is evidence of language contact between Romance and Semitic languages among communities, especially the Mozarabic (Arabized-Christians) communities, living between the Andalusí and Christian frontier from the ninth to the early fourteenth century in Medieval Iberia. I maintain a parallel line of research where I study contact between Spanish and English, and Spanish and Indigenous Languages along borderland areas of the United States and Mexico.

MemberSean Gerrity

…Hostos Community College, The City University of New York…
… Huts of America.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 43.3 (Fall 2018): 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1093/melus/mly024

Gerrity, Sean. “Advice for the Community College Scholar.” Inside Higher Ed, 21 February 2019. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2019/02/21/how-community-college-professors-can-best-pursue-active-res…

I research representations of maroons and marronage in US literatures prior to the Civil War. I’m interested in nineteenth-century American literature, African American literature, and hemispheric American literatures, specifically the intersections of race, slavery, resistance, freedom and textuality in the Atlantic world of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I am also interested in anti-racist and anti-colonial pedagogies and assessments at the community college, and in all things related to teaching and researching as a community college faculty member.

MemberGrisel Y. Acosta

…City University Of New York-Bronx Community College…

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is an associate professor at City University of New York – Bronx Community College. She is the editor of the recently published Routledge anthology, Latina Outsiders Remaking Latina Identity. Select works are also in the American Studies Journal, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, The Lauryn Hill Reader, and the forthcoming sci-fi anthology, The Latinx Archive. Dr. Acosta is a Macondo Fellow, a Geraldine Dodge Foundation poet, and a regional representative for the Modern Language Association. ELECTION STATEMENT REGARDING NOMINATION TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HEP COMMUNITY COLLEGES FORUM: It is an honor to have been nominated for this position. I have taught at the community college level for thirteen years, five as an adjunct and eight as a full-time professor. My focus at Bronx Community College has been to serve the student population that is over 60% Latinx and also includes large populations of Black, African American, and immigrant populations. In order to complete this goal, I teach BCC students a diverse range of texts that center people of color and women of color, just as a starting point. I support this goal with committee work that also addresses equity in other areas. My hope is to also provide opportunities for inclusion and equity for BCC’s faculty of color, who are in the minority, and its female faculty. I have served on committees that oversee faculty and staff professional development, student elections, and community events. I have also worked on updating class evaluation forms to reflect diversity issues students wanted on the surveys. Recently, I was the chair of a task force in charge of addressing diversity and inclusion on campus. Through this work, I was able to create a new diversity and inclusion committee, under the BCC Senate, at my campus. Most recently, I was asked by our college president to be part of the search committee in charge of hiring our new provost. Furthermore, I was able to connect adjunct faculty to folks in our institutional research department in order to create a satisfaction survey for adjunct faculty. In other words, I am thoroughly entrenched in a variety of aspects of the community college and I would love to use these skills in order to serve on the Executive Committee of the HEP Community Colleges Forum. Thank you so much for your consideration.