- EdD, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University
- MA, Latin American Studies, Stanford University
- BA, Sociology, Stanford University
- Education and Development in the Global South
- Peace and Human Rights Education
- Education for Immigrant and Refugee Youth
Melissa Ann Canlas is Assistant Professor in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her work focuses on Ethnic Studies, issues of educational equity, critical leadership, critical pedagogies, and human rights, particularly for immigrant and refugees and students of color. She has over fifteen years of work as an educator, and her work experience includes teaching a wide variety of Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies classes at the undergraduate...
- Ed.D. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
- M.A. Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University
- B.A. English, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Dr. Colette N. Cann is an associate dean and professor in the School of Education. Before coming to USF, she served for over ten years at Vassar College as an associate professor of Africana Studies and Education, as a class advisor, as a house fellow in a residence hall, and as the director of a community college transfer program. In addition, Dr. Cann worked with Vassar students to establish the RISE Center for Racial Justice.
Dr. Cann’s scholarship has allowed her to collaborate with...
- UC Berkeley, PhD, 2006
- UC Berkeley, MA, 1999
- Stanford University, BA, 1993
- Critical Race Theory
- Race and Education
- Intergroup Dialogue
David Donahue is a professor of education within the School of Education. Prior to USF, he was at Mills College for 23 years as a faculty member in the School of Education, working in teacher education and the doctoral program, and most recently was interim provost. He is the recipient of Mills College’s two highest teaching awards: The Sarlo Award and the Metz Chair. His research interests include teacher learning generally and learning from service-learning and the arts specifically, and he is...
- PhD, Education, Stanford University
- MA, History, Stanford University
- MAT, Social Studies, Brown University
- BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University
Dr. Rosa M. Jiménez is an Associate Professor in the International and Multicultural Education Department at the University of San Francisco. Her research examines K-12 classroom pedagogies and theoretical principles necessary for conceptualizing and enacting critical language education and culturally responsive learning environments, especially with Latina/o and immigrant student populations. Dr. Jiménez has conducted classroom-based research in several K-12 contexts including the California...
- PhD, Urban Schooling, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- MA, Latin American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Single Subject Teaching Credential (Social Studies...
Shabnam Koirala-Azad explores social and educational (in)equities through a transnational lens. Through ethnography and participatory research, her work critically examines the experiences of South Asian students and families in schools and society, as they experience shifting identities and navigate through structural inequities in various geographic, social and political spaces. By examining their realities in both home and host country contexts, she offers new ideas for transnational social...
- PhD, Education, Social and Cultural Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Sedique Popal, Assistant Professor and the coordinator of the MA TESOL program. He teaches cognitive and social theories of linguistics: Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Assessment and Testing, Curriculum Design, and TESOL Methods courses. He has taught and trained teachers in six different countries. He has been a featured presenter and keynote speaker in the following national and international organizations: TESOL, CATESOL, NABE, and CABE. He has been awarded the Outstanding Educator...
- University of San Francisco, Ed.D in Education with Concentration on Second language Acquisition, 1992
- San Francisco State University, MA in English with Concentration on TESOL, 1985
- Applied Linguistics
- Research in Second Language Acquisition
- Cross-Cultural Communication
- Community Engagement
Dr. Luz Navarrette García is a part-time professor in the Department of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. She has been a proud part of the IME familia since starting her doctoral studies in 2008. A full-time community college ESL professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, Dr. García is happy to share her expertise with students in the MA TESOL program.
- EdD, International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition, University of San Francisco
- MS, Dominican University
- BA, Sonoma State University
- AA, Santa Rosa...
- Teaching Multilingual Learners (TESOL/ESL)
- Community College Education
- K-12 Education
- Field Project / Thesis Guidance
Dr. Manuel Alejandro Pérez received his EdD in international and multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. He is one of the original founders and co-director for Grupo Folklórico Los Alteños, a traditional Mexican folklórico company in Sacramento.
With 25 years of experience in traditional danza, Manuel enjoys connecting his research on identity, artful resistance, and radical imagination to social justice spaces of performance. In recent years, he has traveled to various...
- University of San Francisco, EdD in International & Multicultural Education, 2017
- San Diego State University, MA in Communication Studies, 2006
- Santa Clara University, BA in Communication...
- Traditional Mexican Folklórico
- Queer People of Color
- Community Organizing
Professor Rowena M. Tomaneng has been a multicultural educator in the California Community Colleges for over 25 years. Her leadership, teaching, service, and research are guided by social justice and equity frameworks. She is currently the president of San José City College in the San José-Evergreen Community College District. Prior to SJCC, she served as the president of Berkeley City College where she launched the Berkeley Promise — a citywide partnership between civic, community-based...
- USF, EdD in Education, Human Rights Education Concentration, 2017
- UC Santa Barbara, MA in English, 1995
- UC Irvine, BA in English, 1992
- International and Multicultural Education
- Human Rights Education
- Feminist Theory
- Postcolonial Theory
- Multicultural Literary Studies
Alma Flor Ada has devoted her life to advocacy for peace by promoting a pedagogy oriented to personal realization and social justice. She is a former Radcliffe Scholar at Harvard University, a Fulbright Research Scholar, and an internationally known speaker. She authored numerous children’s books of poetry, narrative, folklore, and non-fiction that have received prestigious awards. In 2012 she received the Virginia Hamilton Award in recognition of her body of work for children. In 2014 the...