Meet the Staff

Our office is open

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Alicia Cortez, MSW, MA

Dean of Equity & Engagement
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Phone: 408-864-8365

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Dr. Veronica Keiffer-Lewis (Neal), Ed.D.

Faculty Advisor
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Phone: 408-864-5338

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Dr. Veronica Neal is an organizational equity and cultural humility specialist with over two decades of experience as diversity and social justice educator, trainer, coach and consultant. She is a certified diversity professional, integral coach and workplace conflict mediator.

Veronica’s consulting work guides and enlightens leaders in education, health care, business, and non-profit organizations as well as participants in community-based organizations.

She brings to her management, teaching and consulting practice the theories of justice-based leadership and multicultural education from her graduate studies as well as her practical experience managing projects and programs and directing a nonprofit organization. Her focus is on cultural humility across the lifespan and as a spiritual practice, equity change management, unconscious bias and oppression transformation, and attitudinal healing.

In addition to an active consulting schedule Veronica currently serves as the director of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education at De Anza College and teaches at both De Anza College and California State University at San Francisco.

Veronica continues her research and college teaching while also coaching educational leaders and community activists to bring out the best in themselves and their teams through equity and cultural humility initiatives.

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Tony Santa Ana (Ed.D. Student)

Program Coordinator
Pronouns: He/His/Himself/
Phone: 408-864-8887

Tony is the program coordinator of the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education. He is a community organizer, artivist, educator and globe trotter that seeks to contribute to humanity and also an instructor in Intercultural Studies. His research interests include education, critical pedagogy, youth studies, global citizenship, indigenous rights, spirituality, ethnic studies, transformational learning, hip-hop, Pin@y scholarship and experiential learning.

Chesa Caparas

Faculty Coordinator
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself
Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Gender and sexuality

Phone: 408-864-8284 

Chesa is the Faculty Coordinator of the Jean Miller Resource Room. She also teaches classes in English and Intercultural Studies. In her classes and her community work, she uses an intersectional feminist framework to resist systems of inequality. Her research interests include hip-hop pedagogy, representations of women in pop culture, and post-humanism in the digital age. She loves art, music, and food, and tries to incorporate all of these things into the work she does.

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Adriana Garcia

Administrative Assistant
Pronouns: She/Her/Herself

Adriana is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Equity, Social and Multicultural Education. For over 20 years, she has helped developed or supported the collective efforts of organizations and committees dedicated to workers and immigrant rights campaigns and womyn wellness through a human rights and social justice lens in the South Bay.

She also upholds international solidarity with local people’s movements such as police brutality, gender equity, racial justice and environmental justice, especially when it involves art for the people. More recently she has been humbled by her role as a conscious working mother of color to an amazing 6-year-old first-grader!

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