Message from Administration

Photo of President Ricky ShabazzThank you for choosing San Diego City College to pursue your college education. City College has a rich tradition of assisting ALL students in accomplishing their educational goals. 

Ricky Shabazz, Ed.D.

> Read more.


Photo of Denise WhisenhuntSan Diego City College is committed to social justice and strives to advance the academic needs of all students. Since 1914, the college has provided exceptional faculty and supportive student resources to help students navigate college and achieve their dreams.

Denise Whisenhunt, J.D.
Vice President, Student Services

> Read more.



Chicanx/Indigenous/Latinx Mentors and Support


Justin Akers

Professor & Chair,

Chicana and Chicano Studies Department

I am a Professor and Chair in the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department. I teach Chicana/o history and specialize in labor, border, and immigration studies. I have published three books in the field: No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border (2018), Radicals in the Barrio: Magonistas, Socialists, Wobblies, and Communists in the Mexican-American Working Class (2018), and The Border Crossed Us: The Case for Opening the US-Mexico Border (2021).


E. Cristina Carrillo, M.A. (she, her, ella)

Counselor/Assistant Professor 

Guided Pathways Co-Coordinator

I am a Counselor and Professor at San Diego City College. I grew up in Rosarito, Mexico and started my education in the U.S. in Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, CA. As a former Community College student, I am excited about working with City College students to empower and advocate for them. I am also passionate about languages and learning about other cultures. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing and traveling abroad.


Isabel Gutierrez, M.A. (she, her, ella)

Counselor/Associate Professor

EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program and Services)

I am a Counselor/Professor in the EOPS (Extended Opportunity Program and Services) department. I am most passionate about working with first generation college students to help them reach their educational goals by providing them with the tools and resources they need to navigate their way through college. I am also a credentialed teacher and prior to becoming counseling faculty at the community college, I taught middle school for several years. I identify as a  proud Spanish speaking Mexican-American. I love to travel to immerse myself into new cultures and learn new languages. For example, I had the opportuntiy to live, teach and learn Turkish in Istanbul, Turkey for two years.  


Photo of Lorenz

Lorenza Levy, Ph.D. (she, her, ella)

Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy

SACNAS Chapter

Welcome to San Diego City College! I am an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy and have been teaching here since 2007. I was born in Mexico City and was raised bicultural and biliterate between Mexico City and San Diego. This bicultural upbringing planted the seeds of what would blossom into my drive for social justice and equity in the STEM professions. I obtained obtained a BS in Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University, after having attended Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College. During my time there, was a NASA undergraduate student observer at Lowell Observatory where I studied comet evolution and discovered two asteroids: lorenzalevy (10938) and urquiza (11711)I continued my academic journey and obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, though my research interests shifted into galactic cluster evolution.  While I was a graduate student, I started a family, and learned how to juggle the demands of school and motherhood. After my Ph.D., I moved back to San Diego and began teaching at San Diego City College.  I have dedicated my years at San Diego City College to growing our SACNAS Chapter, and creating equitable paths for all our students, while modeling balance between work and family duties. 


Manuel Paul López 

Associate Professor, English
Welcome to San Diego City College!  My name is Manuel Paul López, and I was born and raised in El Centro, Califas. I am a Chicano writer, educator, and wannabe musician.  In addition to teaching in the City College English department, I co-coordinate our campus’ Puente program with Dr. Luis Perez.  My passions are music, art, literature, food, and travel.  My academic and writing interests include Chicanx/Latinx poetics and literature, BIPOC literature, hybrid literature, 20th-21st century world literature, translation, social movements, critical mentoring, sentipensante, project-based learning, and sound and pedagogy.  My books include Nerve Curriculum, These Days of Candy, The Yearning Feed, Death of a Mexican and Other Poems, and 1984.   My poetry, fiction, plays, and essays have been published in magazines and journals, both nationally and internationally.  I have also co-edited three volumes of the Reclaiming Our Stories anthology series, counternarratives published by City Works Press. In my classes, we read, write, watch, listen, and discuss content, and then synthesize and transform it into engaging projects.  Examples include photo essays, fotonovelas, plays, cartoneras, podcasts, visual art, broadsides, and others.  I am so excited that you are joining the San Diego City College familia!


Norell Martinez, Ph.D. (she, her, ella)

Assistant Professor, English

HUBU Program

I am a bilingual Chicana from the San Diego/Tijuana border region. I teach in the department of English and Chicano/a Studies and received my doctorate in Literature/Cultural Studies from UC San Diego. I do research on the witch-hunts in the Americas and the reclaiming of the witch/bruja today by Chicana, Indigenous and Black feminists as a form of resistance. I was recently published in the books, Latinas and the Politics of Urban Space and Voices of the Ancestors, and I am currently on the editorial board of Puntorojo Magazine
Rob Rubalcaba, Ph.D
Associate Professor, 
Welcome to City College. Everyone knows me as Dr. Rob and I am an Associate Math Professor. I was born in Lemon Grove and attended Morse High but had to stop going in the 10th grade because of gang violence. I earned a GED at Centre City Adult School and then attended City College majoring in Mathematics with only a 9th grade education in Math. Then, I transferred to SDSU earning a BA in Mathematics. After SDSU, I started graduate school at Auburn University earning a Masters and Ph.D. in Discrete Mathematics. Before joining the Math Department at City College, I worked with the Department of Defense working in secret facilities around the world. I co-teache in the UMOJA program and co-organize campus wide Math and Writing Jams where hundreds of students build confidence before midterms and final exams. I am a professional DJ and sushi chef and I teach mathematics through hip hop, art, sushi, and dance.


Maria-José Zeledón-Pérez, Ed. D. (she, her, ella)

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

World Cultures Program Co-coordinator

Puente Project

Welcome to City College! I have been teaching Oral (COMS 103), Interpersonal (COMS 135) and Intercultural Communication (COMS 180) courses for many years. I support the PUENTE and UMOJA porgrmas and I also coordinate the City's unique World Cultures ProgramI graduated from SDSU with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with concentration in community colleges (CCLEAD) and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. I love our field as I refer to communication skills as "life skills". I was born and raised in Costa Rica. My native language is Spanish and my second language is French. A fun fact about me is that besides living with my husband and two teenagers, we also live with a mini pig, a dog, two horses and two mini donkeys. My motto is "Life is an adventure. Be uncomfortable until you become comfortable".

Haga "click" en el logo para ir a las diferentes paginas de interent para aprender mas sobre nuestras comunidades. 

Click on the logo to go to the respective websites to learn more about our communities. 







NAISA - Native American And Indigenous Studies Association

American Indian/ Indigenous Education


Programs and Support Services


Follow us on Instagram.


The HUBU program was developed to address the achievement gap that exists among Black and Latino male students. HUBU was designed to help African-American and Latino male students succeed: by informing, motivating, and preparing them for success both academically and personally.

> Learn more

Logo of Mesa The MESA Program is the best academic support and transfer program for math, engineering and science majors. 

The secret is "culture"! MESA has an explicit culture of success with a language of success. More than a program or community, MESA is family, with shared beliefs, practices, and behaviors designed for student success. The students are the best part of the MESA family! MESA students are Creators, take responsibility for their learning, and achieve success. 

> Learn more


The mission of the Puente Project is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four year colleges and universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations. Puente is open to all interested students and is a learning community that includes the following courses: ENG 101x, ENG 205, PERG 120, PERG 130, COMS 103 (total of 17 units).

> Learn more


SACNAS advances Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.

> Learn more

Facebook Sacnas-SDCC Chapter

Instagram @sdsacnas

Logo of Subir Dreamer Center  

Other Programs and Support Services

Logo of CalWorksLogo of City ScholarsLogo of CompletionLogo of DSPS





logo of English CenterLogo of EOPSLogo of First Year ServicesLogo of Honors Program





Logo of Math CenterLogo of Student Health CenterLogo of SummerLogo of the Learning Center


Logo of Vets