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California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)

The CABE of Pepperdine is a chapter composed of students, alumni, staff, faculty and community members that want to contribute to a discussion about multilingualism, multiculturalism and educational equity for the communities we serve across the Los Angeles County and beyond. We are Chapter 3 in Region 3 of CABE Statewide and anyone can join our chapter as long as they have paid their membership dues to the CABE headquarters. We strive to showcase events and activities that help augment topics of interest to the membership. The chapter elects officers to help build leadership of GSEP students and alumni, but to also direct events that the chapter members request. As a chapter based at GSEP we meet both the missions of GSEP and CABE.

GSEP Mission

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Pepperdine University Chapter Officers 2018-2019

President - James De Leo

James De Leo is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program with an emphasis in secondary mathematics. He was the Director of Excellence for the CABE Pepperdine chapter during the 2017-2018 academic year and has now been elected president of the chapter. He is a substitute teacher in the Orange and Santa Ana Unified School Districts and a mathematics tutor for students of San Juan Capistrano Unified School District. He speaks three languages, English, Spanish, and French, and has worked with multiple students from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds including Newcomers and English Learners. He holds a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in General Management from CSU, Fullerton. He was active in Pi Sigma Epsilon and the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL). He continues to volunteer for the Brea 8K, the Make a Wish Foundation, and raising money for March of Dimes. As the Director of Excellence, James developed assessments and surveys to collect participant feedback, from our ongoing CABE of Pepperdine programing. James developed scholarship criteria for Los Angeles county students and GSEP graduate students that will be put in place for the upcoming academic year.


Vice President - Open Position


Candidate for Director of Excellence - Christopher Hoang

Christopher Hoang is currently a Learning Center Coordinator of an alternative educational model of high school with independent study. He focuses on bringing all the necessary resources to ensure all students can be successful and thrive as high school students and beyond. He continually advocates for the rights of his students to have an equitable education, become culturally diverse, and be competent 21st century learners so that they can be successful beyond high school.

He is currently enrolled in the EdD program at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology with an emphasis on Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy. It is with this doctorate that he hopes to go into policy implementation to help transform the lives of students by providing them an equitable education regardless of where they live and where they attend school. It is also his hope that he can influence policy to increase a variety of bilingual education programs in schools to meet the goals and needs of the students and their families.


Secretary - Dulce Guerrero


Dulce Guerrero is a first generation Latina graduate student in the Education program at Pepperdine University. She graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Chicano Latino studies. Ms. Guerrero's parent are both Mexican immigrants from Oaxaca. Guerrero was taught Spanish as her first language. In primary school, Guerrero was enrolled in bilingual classes; and was able to improve and excel in school. Guerrero understands the value of being bilingual and the importance it has as a prospective employee. Guerrero is currently a full-time staff at Pepperdine University at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Guerrero's previous outreach and volunteer experiences include: interning at the State Capitol for a Senator, campaigning in Santa Ana, and interning in a non-profit in Washington District of Columbia.


Faculty Liaison - Reyna Garcia Ramos, Ph.D

Reyna Garcia Ramos, Ph.D is associate professor of education at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Dr. Garcia Ramos has been a phenomenal advocate for bilingual education in her role as advisor to the student group chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education. Previously, Garcia Ramos was director of legislative affairs for CABE from 2006 to 2008. CABE presented her with a special award in honor of her service, which has included raising funds for teachers and presenting at the Association of Mexican American Educators annual conference. Garcia Ramos has worked in bilingual classrooms throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, and designed culturally relevant curricula for Spanish-speaking immigrants now living in California. Garcia Ramos 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.

Contact Information:

Reyna G. García Ramos, PhD
Professor of Education
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-1590
Voicemail: 310.568.2306
Email: reyna.g.ramos@pepperdine.edu

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CABE Teachership Award

The CABE Teachership Program is an endowment fund established by CABE to award $2,000 scholarships to college or university students pursuing a bilingual teaching credential. Each CABE chapter, region representative, or individual nominator (must be a current CABE member) has the opportunity to nominate individuals for a teachership award. Nominee applications are reviewed by the regional representative(s) of the CABE Board. The region representatives form a committee to review all nominees from their region, and then they select up to two winners to be the region's teachership recipients. Teachership awards are presented during the annual CABE conference.

Pepperdine CABE sends nominations to CABE Headquarters at the end of November. Contact Dr. Garcia Ramos at reyna.g.ramos@pepperdine.edu or 310.568.2306 if you seek to be nominated or need additional information.