#MakeRoom Housing Justice in Higher Ed Kick Off * August 28, 2020 * 9:30 AM - 2 PM (PST)



Or dial 669-900-6833; meeting ID 938 2573 8454

9:30-9:40 - Virtual Doors Open & Icebreaker

9:40-9:50 - Welcome

  • Edward Inch, Provost at Cal State East Bay and Principal Investigator of the Pioneers for Hope Learning Framework project
  • Jennifer Nguyen, Director of Post-Secondary Success, Stupski Foundation

9:50-10:35 - Keynote by Jamal Wilson, Program Manager, College Success Initiative & Eric Hubbard, Director of Development, Jovenes, Inc.

10:35-10:45 Break

10:45-11:30 Student Panel - Moderated by Ryan Gamba, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, Cal State East Bay

  • Roshelle Czar, Current Student at Sac State, Women’s Studies Major
  • Naja DeSilva, Current Student at Cal State East Bay, Sociology Major
  • Sophia O’Neal-Roberts, Current Student at Cal State East Bay, History Major

11:30-12:15 - Policy, Practice, & Research Panel

  • Darice Ingram, Program Coordinator, Pioneers for HOPE at Cal State East Bay
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council Member, Cal State East Bay Alum
  • Suzanna Martinez, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Jessica Wolin, Lecturer, Public Health, San Francisco State University

12:15-12:45 Lunch Break

12:45-1:30 - Breakout groups

Participating in the breakout group is optional, but encouraged. Breakout groups will continue to meet after the kick-off to take action to advance housing justice in higher education. Breakout groups are scheduled to meet from 10-12 on the following dates: 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, and 12/4.

  • Op-ed writing - Nikki Brueggeman, Independent Oral History Consultant, Negin Toosi, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Cal State East Bay, & Mary Katreeb, Social Media and Communications Student Assistant, Cal State East Bay
  • Legislative advocacy - Shubha Kashinath, Chair and Associate Professor, Speech, Hearing, and Communication Sciences, Cal State East Bay & Mworia, Lilian Katambi, Student Research Assistant, Cal State East Bay. This group will also have a special guest lecture on 10/2 with Alex Boskovich, Government Relations Manager, Alameda County Community Food Bank.
  • Social media campaign - Alina Engelman, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Cal State East Bay and Nicole Morales, Social Media and Communications Assistant, Cal State East Bay.
  • Tiny homes - Shelby Bergeron, Cal State East Bay Alum & Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council Member and Cal State East Bay Alum
  • Information and resources for direct support for students - Sheila Burks, Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Darice Ingram, Program Coordinator, Pioneers for Hope, Cal State East Bay, & Auzeen Mendoza, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Cal State East Bay

1:30-1:45 Breakout groups return to the main group for a brief report back & wrap up

There may be some last minutes changes to this program. Thank you for your understanding. If you haven't registered for this event, please do so using this link. It will only take a moment and allows us to plan for the small group breakout session.

Thank you to the Stupski Foundation for supporting this work.

Many thanks to our planning committee members for contributing their time, energy, and ideas to this event! (Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

  • Anna Alexander, Associate Professor, History, CSUEB
  • Kimberly Baker-Flowers, University Diversity Officer, CSUEB
  • Shelby Bergeron, Project Alum Advisor, CSUEB
  • Nikki Brueggeman, Independent Oral History Consultant
  • Sheila Burks, Manager of Equity & Inclusion, Alameda County Community Food Bank
  • Alina Engelman, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, CSUEB
  • Ryan Gamba, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, CSUEB
  • Mariana Guzzardo, Assistant Professor, Human Development, CSUEB
  • Lyn Harton, Administrative Support Coordinator, Title IV-E program, CSUEB
  • Darice Ingram, Program Coordinator, Pioneers for H.O.P.E., CSUEB
  • Abayomi Jones, Executive Director, Student Health and Counseling Services, CSUEB
  • Nidhi Khosla, Associate Professor, Health Sciences, CSUEB
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council Member
  • Jennifer Luna, Director, Recreation and Wellness Services, CSUEB
  • Jessika Murphy, Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion Student Center, CSUEB
  • Sarah Taylor, Professor and Chair, Social Work, CSUEB
  • Negin Toosi, Assistant Professor, Psychology, CSUEB
  • Jessica Weiss, Director of Faculty Development, CSUEB
  • Andrea Wilson, Associate Vice President, Student Support Services and Equity Programs, CSUEB
  • Jessica Wolin, Lecturer, Public Health, SFSU
  • Lana Mariko Wood, Health Sciences and Scholarly Communications Librarian, CSUEB

Presenter, Moderator, and Small Group Facilitator Bios

Names appear in alphabetical order by last name.

Shelby Bergeron is a recent (Summer, 2020) graduate from CSUEB. Her BA is in Sociology. They are currently attending San Jose State School of Information, to obtain their Masters of Library Information Science. They are currently employed at San Francisco Public Library as a Health and Safety Associate. As a HASA, they have the opportunity to experience first hand the diverse population of The San Francisco Bay Area. Shelby has been on The Hayward Public Library Commision for six plus years. Shelby hopes to continue to serve Hayward and all of its residents, to ensure a better future for everyone. Being a volunteer with The Hayward Friends of The Library is one of their most rewarding opportunities.

Nikki Brueggeman is a writer and oral historian based in San Diego, California. A former Fulbright grantee, Nikki found her calling in community engagement and education. As a writer, she focuses on Black history, issues of race, and op-ed writing. nikki-brueggeman.com

Sheila Burks joined Alameda County Community Food Bank in 2010 after a professional career that includes almost 20 years’ work in financial services and affordable housing. In her current role as Manager of Equity and Inclusion, Sheila collaborates with partners to develop and advocate for policies and practices that address the root causes of hunger, including racism. Her role has been deliberately linked to the Food Bank’s equity and inclusion work; building Community one conversation at a time because we cannot assume that “more diverse” necessarily translates into “more equitable”. She is currently focused on partnerships that address the ability of first-generation college students and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families to navigate to more stable and sustainable economic outcomes in which they can thrive. Sheila is a passionate advocate for racial and economic justice and expanding opportunities to ladders of success for low-income people.

Roshelle Czar is an undergraduate student at Sacramento State. She has worked with professors, educators and policymakers to create better, more equitable experiences and outcomes for students in institutions and regions. By focusing on those transferring from community colleges, she has advocated for simplifying the pathways to federal aid, making college costs transparent to students. Her work as a higher education policy fellow with non-profit organizations such as Campaign for College, and U-Aspire led to her being awarded as “Women of Influence”, for outstanding contribution to her campus and community. She continues to make student equity her highest priority. https://www.linkedin.com/in/roshelle-czar-30b706190/

Naja DeSilva is a full time undergraduate student at CSU East Bay. She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Human Development and will graduate from East Bay this spring. She has just begun working on applications for different graduate programs to go to next fall. She plans on getting a MSW and a LCSW. Previously she has worked in programs with people who have developmental disabilities. Eventually she is hoping to work with youth in different problematic situations specializing with youth who have disabilities.

Dr. Alina Engelman, DrPH, MPH is Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Cal State East Bay and a member of the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley. Dr. Engelman focuses on health initiatives and disparities for underserved populations, including the deaf and disabled, in her roles as a Research Affiliate at Health Research for Action at UC Berkeley, and as a subaward PI and collaborator on a NIH-funded project at Gallaudet University. She received her doctorate in public health at UC Berkeley, and her MPH in Global Health at Yale. Her interests include disability justice and emergency preparedness.

Dr. Ryan Gamba is an Assistant Professor Health Sciences at the California State University East Bay. Ryan has worked as a nutrition educator at both the Food Bank of Yolo County and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children. He obtained an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California Berkeley in 2013 and his PhD in Epidemiology from Berkeley in 2016. He studies the effects of food insecurity and hunger among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, children and students.

Eric Hubbard is the head of the Development Department for Jovenes, Inc. After graduating from Occidental College in 2007, Eric came to work at Jovenes, Inc. and has been focused on fundraising, communications, and building partnerships to grow the organization. Eric looks forward to continuing to create innovative solutions and tools to help young people thrive in a society that is undergoing rapid and fundamental changes.

Dr. Edward S. Inch has been at Cal State East Bay as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2016 and currently works toward leading the campus into the student success goals of the California State University Graduation Initiative 2025. Before coming to CSUEB, he served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento. Inch participated as an American Council on Education Fellow and accreditor for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He has a Doctorate in speech communication and a Master’s Degree in rhetoric and communication.

Mworia, Lilian K. is a Senior International Student at CSUEB majoring in Clinical Psychology and is on a pre-medicine journey. She has an AA in Psychology from Chabot College. Mworia has served in the Chabot College Senate (as the Communications Director) where she vicariously championed for International students, to which there was a policy set up to ease Employment, Economic Hardship Application Fees with the DHS and Early Class Registration strain for them. Housing was a big part of her fight, and Chabot is well on the way to have student housing, including largely International students in the years to come. She has a deep passion for Public Health reforms in her home country, Kenya. With regards to this, she plans to launch a social enterprise next year geared at economic and health empowerment in Rural Kenya, hopefully in the rest of Africa in the near future! She hopes to be a Neurosurgeon. Adieu!

Dr. Shubha Kashinath is an Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and the Department’s Continuing Education Administrator. She received a Ph.D. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University. Dr. Kashinath’s research is focused on efficacy of communication interventions for individuals with autism across the lifespan, caregiver focused interventions, and translation of research to practice. She is PI on a US Department of Ed grant focused on training special educators and speech pathologists to serve individual with autism across the lifespan. She has over 20 years of clinical experience serving families of young children with disabilities.

Mary Katreeb is a current Senior at Cal State East Bay majoring in Communication and Media Studies. She has an AA in Communication Studies from Los Medanos College. She is currently interning for Dr. Nolan Higdon of the CSUEB Communication Department and is a social media intern for the Along the Line Podcast. She also works full time as the Program Director for a small business in Brentwood, California. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Spring 2021, she plans to attend graduate school at Cal State Fullerton to earn a Master’s Degree in Human Communication.

Sara Lamnin graduated from CSUEB in 2006 with an MA in Healthcare administration and has worked in the medical field and multiple non-profits. She helped to establish the Task Force to End Hunger and Homelessness in Hayward.as well as the Hayward Community Action Network which was co-lead by people who were homeless or at risk. She was elected to the Hayward City Council in 2014 and 2018 and currently chairs the City’s Taskforce on Housing and Homelessness. She is currently continuing her education by participating in Local Progress’s national housing policy cohort.

Dr. Suzanna Martinez is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Suzanna spent four years (2014-2018) at the UC Nutrition Policy Institute, where she started her research on student food insecurity and basic needs. She is also the lead researcher for UC Systemwide Student Basic Needs efforts. Her most recent research is on student housing insecurity among students in the UC system.

Auzeen Mendoza is a current CSUEB graduate student in communications, coming from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English. Her academic interest focuses on disability and equality, and more particularly in understanding and combating sexism. She is currently penning a coming-of-age novel that will address gendered violence within the development of the land in urban cities. She enjoys researching (for fun!) and wishes to continue her education after CSUEB to obtain a PhD in communications.

Jennifer Nguyen is the Director of Postsecondary Success at the Stupski Foundation. Previously, she was the Director of the Student Center for Academic Achievement (SCAA) at CSUEB. She is a proud first-generation college student from Houston, Texas who currently calls Oakland, California home.

Dr. Negin Toosi is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department of CSUEB, where her research focuses on intergroup relations and diversity in terms of race, gender, and religion.

Jamal Wilson is a dedicated Public Servant and has been helping youth and students experiencing homelessness at Jovenes Inc. since 2016. He currently leads Jovenes Inc.’s College Success Department. In 2017, he participated in a highly sought after Public Policy Fellowship in the California Legislature, where he spent one year advising lawmakers on a number of policy issues including Education, and Human Services. Jamal obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Montana where he played on the Grizzly football team for 3 seasons. Jamal is excited about every day at Jovenes because he gets to make someone else’s life and our community better.

Jessica Wolin, MPH, MCP is faculty in Public Health at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where she has taught for the last 15 years. Prior to joining the faculty at SFSU she worked for over 20 years at several Bay Area local public health departments and as a consultant working with communities and local government to develop, implement and evaluate health strategies. Jessica’s work embraces the concept of “research justice” that challenges the barriers to communities’ ability to access and produce knowledge. Currently, her work focuses on place based strategies, the intersection of housing and health and student basic needs.


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