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Chicanx/Indigenous/Latinx Resources

San Diego City College siente orgullo por ser reconocida por el Departamento de Educacion de Estados Unidos como una institucion que atiende a una gran cantidad de estudiantes identificados como parte de la comunidad Latinx/Chicanx*.

La mision de las instituciones designadas HSIs es de expander las oportunidades educativas y mejorar el rendimiento academico de los estudiantes Latinx/Chicanx y de bajos recursos por medio del mejoramiento de los recursos y de la calidad de los programas ofredidos para la comunidad.

Tambien HSIs trabajan en alcanzar una estabilidad institucional que appoye la educacion de su gran comunidad de estudiantes Latinx/Chicanx. San Diego City College is proud to be formally designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education.

The purpose of the HSI is to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Latinx/Chicanx and low-income students, and to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are  educating the majority of Hispanic college students. As an HSI, San Diego City College, is committed to student success, educational equity and social justice.

The "x" at the end of the words Latinx and Chicanx is used as a gender neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina, or Chicano or Chicana.

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Message from Administration

Photo of President Ricky Shabazz Thank 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.

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Chicanx/Indigenous/Latinx Mentors and Support


Justin Akers Chacon

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. 

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.  


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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 Lopez 

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



Sylvia Ramirez

Hola! My name is Sylvia Ramirez, I use she, her and ella pronouns. I am currently serving as the Acting Program Activity Manager for Title V at City CollegeI am a first generation college student who was born and raised in the Midwest, attended Purdue University where I earned a B.A in Communication and attended DePaul University where I earned my M.A in New Media Studies. I am passionate about creating intentional programming to support first generation college students, simplifying financial aid for students, and teaching students how to share their education journey to secure scholarship funding. 

I love to travel and create colorful quilts which represent time periods of my life or represent special moments in my family and friends lives. 

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.


Adan Sanchez, Ed.D.

(el, he, him)

Les doy la bienvenida a City College and I welcome you to the many programs and resources created to intentionally support you and your lived experience! I serve as the Activity Director for Title V, which means San Diego City College has the designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution to improve the retention and success of Latino/a/x and Chicana/o/x students and economically disadvantaged students by elevating key student success efforts aimed to validate and support the students’ multiple identities, roles, and experiences through equity-minded and culturally responsive course redesign, professional development, and student services initiatives.

I was born in Tijuana, right across the border, and my family moved to San Diego when I was 10 years old when I began my journey to learn the English language and navigate the educational system as a first-generation college student. With my family’s support, I received a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the joint program at UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos. I also completed Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of San Diego. I have worked in both academic affairs and student services where I use my experience to ensure we create institutional support that emphasize the intersection of our identities to validate our multiple identities and roles. For example, I have the honor to contribute to the development of the SUBIR Intercultural Centers which include the Dreamer Resource Center, Pride Hub, Womxn’s Hub, and three others that will focus on supporting First-Generation college students, students of color in STEM, and formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students.


Maria-Jose Zeledon-Perez, Ed. D. (she, her, ella)

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

World Cultures Program Co-coordinator

Puente Project

Bienvenidos, 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".

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American Indian/ Indigenous Education

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The Education Channel: Education Across the Lifespan


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NAISA - Native American And Indigenous Studies Association


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Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship --
Carlos Sanz was a first generation Mexican-American. With his work ethic and ingenuity he became a successful businessman. He passed on his love of reading and education to his sons. His son Andre is a Counselor here at City College. This opportunity is to pay forward Carlos’ spirit of providing opportunity by supporting undocumented students.
  • Must be an Undocumented student
  • GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Must have a declared major
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) units at City College in Fall and Spring of the current academic year.


Diana Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship -

This scholarship was created to honor Diana Gonzalez, a Chicana/LatinX who tragically lost her life on campus in 2010 at the age of nineteen. First priority candidates are women who have the greatest emotional and financial challenges as they gain the work skills necessary to support themselves and/or their families. While our funds target women who are single parents, who need financial assistance to achieve an education and to develop skills for their future, this does not preclude other genders from applying.
• Completed 6 or more units at San Diego City College
• Currently enrolled or having completed 1 Chicano Studies course at City College (add which semester and which class)
• Currently enrolled in 9 or more units
• GPA 2.5 above

Programs and Support Services

EOPS / CARE / NextUp / Summer Readiness Program


Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS)

EOPS is a state-funded student support services program. Its purpose is to provide special recruitment, retention, and transition services to eligible students. The services offered are "above and beyond" those offered by the college's Student Services division. The primary services include assistance in the following areas: priority enrollment, counseling/advisement, and preparation for transition to four-year colleges and universities. For detailed information on all services offered and application procedures, please contact the EOPS Office.


Counselor Isabel Gutierrez,

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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.


Coordinator Rasheed Aden,

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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. 


Director Rafael D. Alvarez,

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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).


Co-coordinator Paul Lopez,

Co-coordinator Luis Perez,

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Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (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.

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San Diego City College SACNAS Chapter, Dr. Lorenza Levy,

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Logo of Subir Dreamer Center Students Uplifted By Instructional Reform (iSUBIR!)

The purpose of the Title V SUBIR Grant is to increase the number and proportion of high-need students who persist in and complete college. SUBIR will improve retention and success of Latinx students and economically disadvantaged students through course redesign, professional development,  showcasing of diversity and inclusivity and student services initiatives. 

San Diego City College offers four SUBIR Intercultural Centers (AH 200a, L-207, M-205, and S-401). These centers are located across the City College Campus. Please see map below for reference. We are an Intercultural Center inclusive of all students designed to support student on-campus engagement.

The SUBIR Intercultural Centers serve four functions:

1. Resource Center

2. SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center - Follow us on Instagram or Facebook.  

3. Presentations & Discussion

4. Meeting Place




Charlene Franco,

Director Dr. Adan Sanchez, 

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Other Programs and Support Services

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