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About the CSU Student Success Network

The CSU Network is facilitated by the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State. The Network operates under a distributed leadership model comprised of EdInsights and CSU staff, and CSU faculty.

Breaunna Alexander

Breaunna Alexander

Research Associate, EdInsights

breaunna.alexander@csus.edu

Breaunna Alexander is a research associate with EdInsights focused on evaluating institutional effectiveness and initiatives to improve the community college experience. Breaunna is passionate about increasing access and success for underrepresented and underserved populations and understanding how institutions impact individuals and communities as a whole. Her previous research has utilized a variety of research methods to evaluate juvenile welfare cases and analyze the state of parole in multiple Oregon counties. Breaunna received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Oregon State University and a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University.

Ioakim Boutakidis

Ioakim Boutakidis

Grants Development Specialist

iboutakidis@fullerton.edu

Dr. Boutakidis is Chair and Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Success and Faculty Fellow of Student Success for the College of Health and Human Development, and currently serves as Chair of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness and Vice-Chair of the Institutional Review Board. His research has focused on cultural processes, such as ethnic identity and acculturation, and their associations to adolescent adjustment outcomes. More recently, his work has examined the role of engagement, motivation, and theory of mind in academic achievement outcomes for historically under-served students. His current work extends this line to college students, with a special focus on efforts to reduce equity gaps in college student populations.

Rock Braithwaite

Rock Braithwaite

Academy Co-Director

csunetwork-mla@csus.edu

Dr. Rock Braithwaite is Professor of Kinesiology at Humboldt State University and teaches a variety courses related to teaching, learning, and research. His scholarship focuses on creating and maintaining effective learning environments and improving health related outcomes in several different contexts and populations. He serves as Co-Director of the Middle Leadership Academy in the CSU Student Success Network. Rock is passionate and committed to improving both undergraduate and graduate student learning experiences by using equity and evidence informed practices.

 Jaquelyn Caro-Sena

Jaquelyn Caro-Sena

Research Associate, EdInsights

 j.caro-sena@csus.edu

Jackie Caro-Sena is a research associate at EdInsights focused on the large-scale evaluation of the California Community Colleges Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). She uses mixed methods to evaluate IEPI’s professional development resources and help provide equitable opportunities for underrepresented students. Jackie received her Master of Arts in Education from UC Davis in June 2017 and her BA in Ethnic Studies and American Studies with a concentration in Social Policy from UC Berkeley in May 2015.

LeAnn Fong-Batkin

LeAnn Fong-Batkin

Executive Director, EdInsights

Leann.fong-batkin@csus.edu

Dr. LeAnn Fong-Batkin has committed her career to social justice and equity for underrepresented students. She brings over two decades of K-12 and higher education policy experience from WestEd, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Sacramento State, the California Department of Education, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the California State Auditor. Dr. Fong-Batkin has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Davis, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Fong-Batkin is excited to return to where her career in education started—at Sacramento State.

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Shonda Goward

Shonda Goward

Convenings Director

shonda.goward@csueastbay.edu

As the Director for the Student Center for Academic Achievement at California State University, East Bay, Dr. Goward supports the university’s student success initiatives by leading peer supported learning. She is excited to work with the Network as the Convenings Director. Shonda has 15 years of professional experience in higher education administration particularly in the area of academic student support. Shonda’s current research, and passion, focuses on how universities can work to retain marginalized students and support their academic success and well-being.

Madeleine Kerrick

Madeleine Kerrick

Research and Evaluation Director, EdInsights

m.kerrick@csus.edu

Madeleine is the Network’s Research Director. In her role as Evaluation Director at EdInsights, which facilitates the Network, she focuses on evaluating initiatives aimed at promoting student success within community college and public university systems. Her research interests include: understanding how institutions can impact individuals’ development and vice versa; advancing institutional change in support of student success; and qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Prior to joining EdInsights, Madeleine was an adjunct lecturer at San Jose State University where she taught courses on research methods and identity development. Her previous research examined how we form identities, self-beliefs, and relationships—particularly in the contexts of talk about romance and sex, and the transition to parenthood. Madeleine received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and her B.A. in Child Development – Social and Community Settings from Sacramento State University..

Dylan Lohmeyer

Dylan Lohmeyer

Interim Operations Director

d.lohmeyer@csus.edu
(916) 278-7220

Dylan is the Finance and Operations Coordinator for the CSU Student Success Network. Prior to joining EdInsights, Dylan worked in human resources for Major League Baseball and in student finance advising for DeVry University. Dylan earned his BA in Performing Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals in higher education.

Kalifa Madden

Kalifa Madden

Communications Manager, EdInsights

k.madden@csus.edu

Kalifa Madden joined the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) team in January 2020 and currently manages the center’s communications needs. Kalifa earned her BA in Communications and Organizational Public Relations at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to joining EdInsights she worked as a digital media manager for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles.

Bianca Romina Mothé

Bianca Romina Mothé

Network Director, Academy Co-Director

bmothe@csusm.edu

Bianca Mothé is a professor of Biological Sciences at San Marcos (where she has been since 2003), and has also served as the associate dean for the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Faculty Director for Service Learning. Over the last year she served as interim executive director of CSUPERB, a systemwide affinity group that coordinates initiatives related to the biotechnology across the 23 campuses and supports a community that engages over 600 faculty and students annually. She has been an integral part of the Network, starting as an Advisory Board member in 2017, and shortly thereafter, becoming the director of the Middle Leadership Academy.

Larissa M. Mercado-López

Larissa M. Mercado-López

Conference Director

lmercadolopez@csufresno.edu
(559) 278-8599

Larissa M. Mercado-López, PhD, is an associate professor of Women’s Studies at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches courses on women of color feminisms and engages in proactive mentorship. Within the Student Success Network, Larissa serves as Conference Director for the CSU Student Success Conference. Her academic scholarship is in the fields of Chicana feminism and Literature, and her campus service focuses on researching and improving the student parent population and the Latina PhD pipeline. Larissa is committed to public scholarship and serves as a Senior Editor for the National Center for Institutional Diversity Public Scholarship Initiative at the University of Michigan.

Student Success
Network Calendar

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17

12:30pm
Virtual Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18

12:30pm
Virtual Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

12:30pm
Virtual Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

10:00am
Navigating Uncertainty Together, A Virtual Conversation Series

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

SATURDAY, APRIL 23

12:30pm
In-person Middle Leadership Academy

 

 

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