COE Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee
As part of SDSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, the Division of Diversity and Innovation tasked every college to form a Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee. In the fall of 2020, the College of Education's committee completed the work to develop a general COE diversity and inclusion plan.
COE Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
On December 17, 2020, the SDSU Senate and the Office of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity approved the College of Education Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan that will guide DEI initiatives for the next five years and inform the development of school and department-level plans.
COE Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee
Below are the members of the College of Education Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee.
Associate Professor, School of Teacher Education
Associate Dean for Diversity and International Affairs, College of Education
Cristian R. Aquino-Sterling holds a BA in Philosophy (Fordham University); a MA in Hispanic Cultural Studies and Literatures (Columbia University), and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction (Arizona State University). He has taught at various public and private schools in New York City, at Fordham University (his Alma Mater), and at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Aquino-Sterling is currently pursuing two lines of research. The first examines 21st century innovations in (bilingual) teacher education theory, curriculum and pedagogies devised for preparing P-12 teachers capable of meeting the educational needs of minoritized linguistically diverse students attending mainstream or bilingual/dual language school contexts. The second employs contemporary social theory and discourse analytic methods to understand the logics of “ideology critique” in advocacy and critical discourses of education emerging as resistance to neoliberal, hyper-capitalist, and post-truth dynamics. This latter line of research is informed by his dissertation study, Systemic Anomies-Discursive Panaceas: A Critical Analysis of Critiques of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, written under the caring mentorship of Prof. Donald Blumenfeld-Jones, Emeritus, Arizona State University.
Dr. Aquino-Sterling is the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Reviewer Award of the Bilingual Research Journal (National Association of Bilingual Education) and currently serves as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Global Education and Research. His works have been published in Abriendo brecha: antología crítica sobre la educación bilingüe de doble inmersión (edited by Michael Guerrero et al.), Bilingual Research Journal; Boletín de la Federación Internacional Fe y Alegría; International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; International Journal of Language and Linguistics; International Multilingual Research Journal; Multicultural Perspectives; Reading in a Foreign Language; Revista Comunicación; Revista Internacional de Educación para la Justicia Social; Teachers College Record, and Voices from the Middle. Dr. Aquino-Sterling has served as Research Fellow in the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) of the Graduate Center, City University of New York and, during the academic year 2018-2019, he served as Visiting Professor in the MIRCo research group at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Río de Janeiro.
Professor, School of Teacher Education
Director, Joint Ph.D. Program
Marva Cappello, Ph.D. is a Professor of Teacher Education and the Director/Founder of the Center for Literacies at San Diego State University where her work focuses on visual-based methods as equitable and inclusive practice for literacy pedagogy and qualitative research. The Center is an international community for teachers and scholars and recently hosted the well-attended symposium Voices of Women of Color: Visual-Based Research Methods on campus. Recent publications of her visual-based research have been published in the International Journal of Education & the Arts, Literacy Research: Theory Methods and Practice, Issues in Teacher Education, and The Reading Teacher highlighting studies she has completed near the US/Mexico border, Samoa, and Belize. Dr. Cappello teaches courses in literacy methods and assessment as well as qualitative research methods at the credential, masters, and doctoral levels.
Dr. Cappello is also the Director of the SDSU/CGU Joint Doctoral Program in Education whose mission is “to develop scholars who are committed to research on democratic schooling, social justice, and equitable educational outcomes for all students, and the improvement of educational systems serving diverse communities.”
Assistant Professor, Child and Family Development
Professor, Child and Family Development
Lecturer, Child and Family Development
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Lecturer, Dual Language and English Learner Education
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership
Assistant Professor, Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education
Sonia Peterson, Ph.D. CRC LPCC is an assistant professor in the SDSU Department of Administration, Rehabilitation & Postsecondary Education and serves as the Program Director for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate and MS Rehabilitation Counseling specialization in Psychiatric Rehabilitation leading to the California LPCC license. She has conducted numerous educational seminars and presentations on various disability, social justice and advocacy related topics in her twenty-year career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, state vocational rehabilitation agency administrator, and counselor educator in California.
She has worked extensively in collaboration with high school, postsecondary school, and community partner agency staff throughout California to provide counseling, vocational training, and job placement services for individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities. She actively promotes the social justice principles of self-determination, advocacy, and inclusion in her coursework instruction which currently includes ARP 684: Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling, ARP 687: Job Development for Individuals with Disabilities, and ARP 708: Human Development and Disability.
Her research areas of interest include promoting social justice in disability policy, promoting social inclusion of individuals with intersectional identities including disabilities, recovery-oriented mental health services, and evidence-based vocational counseling interventions for individuals with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. She currently serves as Policy Chair on the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association division board of the American Counseling Association and is an active member of the LGBTQ+ recovery community in her home of San Diego.
Assistant Professor, Counseling and School Psychology
Director of Assessment and Accreditation, College of Education
Web & Multimedia Specialist, Dean's Office
Manny Uribe joined the College of Education in 2013 as IT Consultant and Web Designer. Before joining the Dean's Office, Manny served as the web developer for the SDSU Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement and the Pre-College Institute. He has presented on topics related to web usability, accessibility, and other best practices at national conferences including the annual Council for Opportunity in Education Conference in Washington D.C.
Manny is an SDSU alumnus having completed his bachelor's in Liberal Studies in 2004. He has a Professional Certificate in Digital Media from SDSU as well. In 2018, Manny earned an M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from CSU Fullerton.
Outside of SDSU, Manny volunteers as a web developer and graphic designer for Sharia's Closet, a non-profit that provides free, emergency clothing to individuals and families facing hardship or crisis. He also manages the social media for Voices of Our City Choir, a non-profit organization that helps San Diego's unsheltered neighbors reconnect with hope and possibility through the healing power of music.