About Me

As a former De Anza student, I do my best to work with my students to help them to understand the materials covered in my classes and to show them their own capabilities. My educational background is in environmental science and ecology, evolution, and marine biology. As a student, I participated in study abroad programs focused around tropical ecology, studied restoration ecology, with an emphasis on pollution prevention. I have worked in the private, public and academic sectors, which allows me to bring a unique perspective to my classroom. The primary focus of my career prior to becoming an instructor was in integrated waste management in the private sector. Upon my hire for my tenure track teaching position, I began exploring the intersection of environmental science and equity. My interest led me to continue my studies at the University of San Francisco, School of Education. In the Spring of 2018, I successfully defended my dissertation (link provided below) and earned my doctoral degree in Education in Organization and Leadership. 

The focus of my work post-doctorate is around applications of equity in the classroom, in the field, and in organizations. Below I have provided links to examples of the projects I have collaborated on with my students in addition to my independent work. 

Ed.D, Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco, 2018

M.S., Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara, 2004

B.S., Environmental Studies (Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology emphasis), University of California Santa Barbara, 2001

Examples of student work:

In Memoriam:

  • Healing Through Loss- Dia de Los Muertos Altar, De Anza Kirsch Center, Fall, 2019 (Photo 1, Photo 2)

Classes I Teach

Fall 2024

25401ES 150ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
26061ES 250ZIntroduction to Sustainability
28230ESCI 10FYEEnvironmental Science
27793ESCI 101YEnvironmental Science

Summer 2024

12540ES 250ZIntroduction to Sustainability
12241ESCI 150ZEnvironmental Science

Faculty Info

Dr. De Toro

Alicia De Toro

Environmental Studies



KC 214


E.d.D. The University of San Francisco, Organization and Leadership

M.E.S.M., The University of California Santa Barbara, 2004


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