Monisha Bajaj

Professor, International and Multicultural Education
(415) 422-4211


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

Assistant Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education
(415) 422-2137

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

Colette Cann

Associate Dean and Associate Professor
(415) 422-4307

Dr. Colette N. Cann is an associate dean and associate 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...


Stanford University, BA, 1993, UC Berkeley, MA, 1999, UC Berkeley, PhD, 2006


Critical Race Theory, Race and Education, Intergroup Dialogue

David Donahue

Professor of Education
(415) 422-4293

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...


PhD, Education, Stanford University, MA, History, Stanford University, MAT, Social Studies, Brown University, BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University

Rosa Jiménez

Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education
(415) 422-4310

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/BCLAD), California State University, Dominguez Hills, BA, U.S. History and Spanish, University of California, Davis

Susan Katz

Professor, International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights Education
(415) 422-2209

Susan Roberta Katz is Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where in 2008 she co-founded the first graduate program in Human Rights Education in the U.S. She has received two Fulbright fellowships: 2003 at the University of Pécs, Hungary, and 2010 at the bilingual intercultural teacher training institute of the Shuar indigenous nationality in Ecuador.  Dr. Katz’s writings on the education of youth from diverse marginalized communities have...


PhD, Education in Language and Literacy, University of California, Berkeley

Shabnam Koirala-Azad

Dean, School of Education, Professor, International and Multicultural Education
(415) 422-2073

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

M. Sedique Popal

Professor and TESOL Program Coordinator

Dr. Popal has trained ESL/EFL teachers in English and Applied Linguistics across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Korea, China, and Germany since 1980. He has been an integral faculty member in the USF School of Education IME Department, particularly the MATESOL program, since 1993. His published research in bilingual education, linguistic code-switching and code-mixing has contributed significantly to scholarship in his field. He is regularly invited as a featured speaker at national and international...


EdD, Education (Linguistics emphasis), University of San Francisco


Luz García

Adjunct Professor

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 Junior College


Teaching Multilingual Learners (TESOL/ESL), Community College Education, K-12 Education, Field Project / Thesis Guidance

Manuel Pérez

Adjunct Professor

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 Studies/Ethnic Studies, 2004


Traditional Mexican Folklórico, Queer People of Color, Community Organizing

Rowena Tomaneng

Adjunct Professor

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 Ada

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...