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.
Pepperdine University Chapter Officers 2016-2017
President - Sonya Sharififard
Sonya Sharififard is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the PhD program in Global Leadership and Change in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She graduated from Woodbury University with a master's degree in Organizational Leadership, where she was recognized for Academic Excellence in leadership and scholarship. As an active member of her community, she volunteers for the Los Angeles Diversity Council, a local chapter of the National Diversity Council. One of her passions is to continue to identify better outcomes and initiatives for Millennials to succeed in the workplace. She has served as a facilitator at the California Teachers Summit; Session Chair for the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research in New Orleans, Louisiana and San Antonio, Texas, and also for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. She is bilingual in Farsi and English and is conversational in Spanish.
Vice President - George A. Vigil
George A. Vigil is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the EdD program in Organizational Leadership in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. He has aspired to be an inspirational leader since he was young. Growing up in the southeast part of Los Angeles, he was caught in between the social web of categories and definitions, so he pushed himself to ground his life in God, family, and culture. Never fitting in "his neighborhood expectations", he saw his community from a different set of eyes that illustrated the constraints of educational limitations for families in the inner city. George is proud to be an American of Filipino, Hispanic, and Mexican descent. He offers particular expertise in account management/retention, crisis response, ethnographic research, journalism, project management, new business development, and marketing. In addition to his current position as a Market Development Manager at Coca-Cola, he has served as a Communication Chair Member for five Business Diversity Resource Groups (African-American, Asian-American, LA VIDA, LGBQT, Military), where he produced newsletters and email blasts pertaining to cultural events scheduled throughout the year. He has a Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Purdue University. He is glad to use his experiences to cultivate and develop effective relationships for CABE.
Treasurer - Daniela Solares
Daniela Solares is a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She aspires to become an effective elementary teacher in a community that reflects the same kind of learning experiences she had as a child. She is a recent graduate with honors from California State University, Dominguez Hills in Child Development. Currently, she is student teaching at Felton Elementary in the Lennox Unified School District where she is getting hands-on experience working with kindergartners, and in an intervention program. Ms. Solares is working towards a master's and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. Having a passion for mathematics, she is the Treasurer for the Pepperdine chapter of CABE. Her responsibilities include managing available funds for the chapter and examining ways to increase them.
Secretary - Joycelyn Hewitt
Joycelyn (Joy) Hewitt is a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently, she is student teaching at Dr. Julian Nava Learning Academy in LAUSD in South Los Angeles. Ms. Hewitt is working towards obtaining a master's and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. Joy is the Secretary for the Pepperdine of CABE and works with members to find resources for the chapter, as well as to build upon the presence and impact of CABE in the community.
Reyna G. García Ramos, PhD
Professor of Education
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-1590
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 email@example.com or 310.568.2306 if you seek to be nominated or need additional information.