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Carter Doran Leadership Award 2019-2020

Dr. Stacy Thompson

Dr. Stacy Thompson was raised in the Bay Area and has over 25 years experience in
higher education. As an educator, she supports community college students
of color reach their educational goals and mentors faculty, staff and administrators who
wish to advance their careers in the community college setting.
Dr. Thompson started her career in higher education teaching Early Childhood
Development at Merritt College in Oakland, CA. After 10 years in the classroom, and
graduating, she became the permanent Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Merritt
College. Currently, Dr. Thompson currently serves as the Vice President of Academic
Services at Chabot College in Hayward, CA.
Dr. Thompson served on Western Region Council on Black American Affairs
(WRBCAA) board for 8 years and now serves as the President. On the national level, she
is VP of Programs on for the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) and
is a founding member of the Black Education Association at Chabot College.
As an active member of the higher education community at the state level, she serves on
the Chief Instructional Officer (CIO) Executive Committee representing Region 3 and on
the California Community Colleges Athletic Association (CCCAA).
Dr. Thompson holds a Doctorate of Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational
Leadership from Mills College, a Master’s Degree in Child Development from Mills
College and a Bachelor’s Degree Lewis and Clark College.

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza

Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, author of Minding the Obligation Gap in Community
Colleges: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity, holds a Ph.D. in
education from Claremont Graduate University. With over twenty years of higher
education experience, Dr. Taylor-Mendoza is continually inspired by the brilliance,
power, and endless potential of community college students. Her research focuses
on the intrinsic resiliency of students of color and institutional approaches to
addressing systemic, structural inequities. Dr. Taylor-Mendoza is the Vice
President of instruction at Skyline College and serves as the CIO representative to
the State Chancellor’s diversity, equity, and inclusion workgroup. She serves on
the Board of Directors of the Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing and is an
Aspen Presidential Fellow. Her work integrates Student Services and Instruction
dismantling structural inequities to create programs responsive to local economic
and social needs. Areas of expertise are leadership development, program
innovation, community partnerships, and institutional equity reform.

Dr. Tammy Robinson

Dr. Tammy Robinson serves as the Vice President of Instruction at Cañada College in Redwood City, California. Prior to this position, she served as the Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services and Dean for Social Science and Creative Arts at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.  Dr. Robinson has over twenty years of experience as a community college administrator and faculty member. She also served as interim Vice President of Academic Services Services/Athletic Director/CIO at Lassen Community College in Susanville, California. She was also the Department Chair of English/ESL/Linguistics Department at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles California. 

Dr. Tammy Robinson holds a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Community College Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from Cerritos College.

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