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​​​​​​​​​​​​Established in 2007 by the Office of College Compliance, the Pierce Diversity Committee (PDC) has a diverse membership of administrators, faculty, staff, and student members. PDC seeks to accomplish its mission by recommending, developing, planning, and implementing programs, services, and activities that expose our college community to diverse backgrounds. 



​​Michael Habata, Co-Chair, Associate Professor, Library

AFT Faculty Rep.

Meagan Truxal, Co-Chair,
International Students

AFT Staff Rep.

Mary Anne Gavarra 

Teamsters Rep.

Dean of Academic Affairs
Pauline Pham

Senate Rep.

Associate Professor, Math​​

Mita Desai 

Senate Rep.


​appointed in Spring 2015 as AFT Faculty Rep; appointed in Fall 2017 as Co-Chair
appointed in fall 2019appointed in Fall 2019  appointed in Fall 2018appointed in Fall 2014 
Claudia Velasco
​Manager, Cal Works

Abigail Sandico-Watson, ​
Team Leader, International Students
AFT Faculty Rep.

International Student Counselor
Geremy Mason
AFT Staff Rep. 

Sierra Bledsoe,

ASO Rep.

ASO Senator


Marcela Portillo     Team Leader: First Year-Experience/ Student Success 

Student Success Couseling Rep.

appointed in Fall 2020

appointed in Fall 2014

​appointed in spring 2019​appointed in spring 2020​​Student Success Counseling Rep; appointed in Fall 2016
[unassigned], Supervisory 721 Rep​


Lara-Conrady Wong, Team Leader: BRAVE

Student Engagement Rep

Maria Bates, 
Team Leader, Newsletter
AFT Faculty Rep.
Full Professor, English
Mary Kay Moran, 

Professor, Nursing​

Judy Bagg,         

Professor, English

Angelita Rovero, 

Professor, Chicano Studies

​Member since Spring 2017​appointed in October 2012 as AFT voting member; appointed co-chair from spring 2012-fall 2017​

​Voting member Fall 2016-Spring 2018Member since Fall 2014​​Member since Fall 2020
​ ​ ​ 
Moriah Van Norman,
Guest/Editing Team
Professor of English

Sally Kassamarian,
Professor of Communications

Candy Van,
Supervisor of Bookstore

Shaheen Vaz,
Theatre Arts Professor

Lisa Valdez,
Team Leader, One Book-One Campus Project

Visitor since Spring 2015

Member since Spring 2016Voting Member from 2015-Spring 2017; guest beginning in Fall 2017 (pending approved changes to charter in Fall 2017)​Member since Spring 2017Guest since Fall 2015
Casey Grigg,
Professor, Business Administration
Member since Fall 2018