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  • Doctoral student of psychology Kimberly Smith has served as regional diversity coordinator for the western region of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Graduate Student Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA). CEMA encourages the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority students in psychology by providing grants for student-organized multicultural training events, and engaging in advocacy activities to increase awareness of multicultural issues.
  • Dr. Reyna Garcia-Ramos, associate professor of education and officer of the GSEP chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education, has worked in bilingual classrooms throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District and designed culturally relevant curricula for Spanish-speaking immigrants living in California. She is the secretary of the Bilingual Education Research Committee of the American Educational Research Association, and has utilized her bilingual skills as an expert witness for the California Superior Court. The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) selected Pepperdine University as the Chapter of the Year for 2011. Pepperdine was recognized for exemplifying CABE’s vision of “Biliteracy and Educational Equity for All” and for exceling in chapter structure, membership growth, parental involvement, advocacy, leadership, and vision.
  • Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, associate professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab, provides trauma survivors, women, and minorities alternative coping strategies such as spirituality and the arts. Bryant-Davis aims to help future generations of psychologists expand the scope of the possibilities that exist for them as practitioners, researchers, policy shapers, social justice advocates, and global citizens.
  • Dr. Miguel Gallardo, associate professor of psychology and former president of the California Psychological Association (CPA) and the California Latino Psychological Association, is interested in furthering the progress of the Latino community. That passion is a driving force behind his initiative to boost the multicultural psychology perspectives of CPA and enhance the association’s response to the diverse populations in California.
  • Dr. Aaron Aviera, director of the GSEP West Los Angeles Community Counseling Center and the Pepperdine Counseling Clinic at the Jerry Butler Union Rescue Mission, has worked extensively with the Latino population. He often conducts therapy sessions in Spanish, as well as English and previously worked at Metropolitan State Hospital with persistently mentally ill Latino clients. In addition, he has established culturally-sensitive interventions such as using "dichos" (sayings) and "proverbios" (proverbs) as therapeutic tools for Spanish-speakers.
  • Dr. Daryl Rowe, professor of psychology and national chair of the African Psychology Institute, is exploring new territory by developing a curriculum for African Psychology. He is often called upon to consult with local, state, and national agencies and organizations regarding issues of diversity. When not teaching cross-culturalism and practicum, Rowe maintains a private practice in which he emphasizes the psychological needs of persons of African descent.
  • Dr. Farzin Madjidi, professor of leadership, received the California Diversity Council's 2009 DiversityFirst Award. He was chosen for his work guiding student groups on international trips through the doctor of education in organizational leadership program, which he co-directs. Madjidi stresses the role of social justice in achieving leadership success, and encourages students to incorporate ethnic, generational, and gender aspects into their research and consulting.
  • Dr. Martine Jago, associate professor of education, is fluent in English, French, and German; proficient in Spanish, Italian, and Dutch; and currently learning Korean. Jago states her goal as promoting intercultural understanding and communication in the field of education. Jago believes foreign language is an important skill to impart on children from an early age, and her dissertation explored how policy can improve the curriculum to help children learn foreign languages.