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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

CABE Mission


Pepperdine University Chapter Officers 2017-2018

President - Sonya Sharififard

Sonya Sharififard is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the Ph. D. program in Global Leadership and Change in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and is the 4th President of the CABE of Pepperdine chapter. Ms. Sharififard 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, Sharififard volunteers for the Los Angeles Diversity Council, a local chapter of the National Diversity Council. One of Sharififard's passions is to continue to identify better outcomes and initiatives for generational cohorts to succeed in the workplace. Sharififard has served as a facilitator at the California Teachers Summit; Session Chair for the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Antonio; and Co-Chair of the student virtual session of the 27th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy. Sharififard is bilingual in Farsi and English, and is conversational in Spanish.


Vice President - Susana Beltran

Susana Beltran has been working in the field of education for the past 10 years developing and implementing innovative education initiatives. Ms. Beltran currently oversees PBS SoCal 's early learning initiative in technology and media for learning with a focus on parent engagement. Beltran has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian American Studies and a minor in Applied Psychology in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and holds a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the California State University, Long Beach. Beltran is currently a student in the Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies program at Pepperdine University. In addition to working on a doctorate program, Beltran conducts professional development trainings, parent workshops, and presentations in early learning media, technology, and STEM. Beltran is known for her practical presentations on educational learning technologies and media to help families engage with one another and to help empower families to unlock their potential for learning. Beltran has been asked by organizations such as the Fred Rogers Company , to review their mobile apps for parents in development and is considered an expert in the field when making digital technology accessible and appropriate for Spanish Language families. Beltran currently serves on the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) board advising the public media system on the effective use of public media within Education.


Director of Excellence - James De Leo

James De Leo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Pepperdine University in the hopes of becoming a mathematics teacher. Mr. De Leo speaks three languages, English, Spanish and French, and has worked with multiple students of different ethnic backgrounds as a private tutor. During his undergraduate studies, De Leo was involved in a business fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, and volunteered for the Brea 8K and the Make a Wish Foundation. De Leo has also been involved with the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda. As the 1st Director of Excellence for the CABE of Pepperdine chapter, De Leo strives to help students in accessing new educational resources about colleges and universities; and building key relationships with current students in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and prospective students who are looking to make a difference in other people's lives.


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.