Office of Student Equity and Success

The Office of Student Equity is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students to ensure a sense of belonging through the support programs, workshops, speakers, trainings. The programs under the umbrella of the Office of Student Equity and Success provide on-going support and resources to support student academic goals. In fall 2018 the office launched the college’s first Faculty Fellow program and President’s Commission on Diversity and will be opening the Center for Identity, Exploration and Inclusion Fall 2019.

Our Office is located in the Student Services Center on the 2nd floor (SSC 212).

Student Needs

Provides support services for current and former youth, wards of the court, unaccompanied homeless youth, undocumented students and student facing food and housing insecurity.

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

The West Valley College Student Emergency Assistance Fund supports students in financial crisis through one-time funds issued to students demonstrating need regarding housing, food, transportation, textbooks or other school or living expenses. Students are referred to Health Services from across the college and then interviewed to determine need. All other sources of support are also considered to maximize support for each student. Student assistant funds have been used in the past for textbooks, food, rent, bus passes, and child care costs. This emergency fund is part of an overall financial support network including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, BOG fee waivers, Promise Scholarships, and other grants and loans available to students.

For more information, please contact the Director of Student Needs Samantha Hernandez.

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are responsible for implementing programs that address (but are not limited to): student professional development, identity exploration, trainings and navigating college. The fellows are responsible to engage students and foster their success at West Valley College.

Shamiran Badal

Middle Eastern Students, Faculty Fellow
DESP Program Assistant

Contact Shamiran Badal

Leigh Burrill

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students, Faculty Fellow
Women, Gender, Queer and Social Justice Studies Faculty
English Faculty

Contact Leigh Burrill

Rebecca Cisneros-Diaz

Latinx Students, Faculty Fellow
English Faculty

Contact Rebecca Cisneros-Diaz

Behin Noormanesh

Persian Students, Faculty Fellow
Director of TRiO

Contact Behin Noormanesh

Philip Severe

African American/Black Students, Faculty Fellow
Umoja Program Coordinator

Contact Philip Severe

Christina Shih

Asian-Pacific/Asian-Pacific Islander Students, Faculty Fellow
Psychology, Part-time Faculty

Contact Christina Shih

Erika Vargas

Native Students, Faculty Fellow
Men’s and Women's Water Polo/Swim Coach

Contact Erika Vargas

Center for Identity, Exploration and Inclusion

Opening Fall 2019

Student Equity Plan

2019 – 2020 Student Equity Goals

Last Updated 7/23/19