CVC-OEI Humanizing Challenge Encore January 20-22, 2021

Your Guides

Portrait of Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Michelle Pacansky-Brock, @brocansky

[She/Her/Hers] Michelle is a first-generation equity practitioner engaged in self-inquiry to improve her racial literacy and decenter whiteness. She is a teacher, author, and online faculty developer. In her current role as Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, she coordinates professional development in support of quality, inclusive online teaching and learning and is leading an intersegmental grant that examines the impact of humanized online teaching in online STEM courses. In her spare time, you’ll find her snuggling with her miniature weiner dogs or dreaming about traveling again.


Portrait of Fabiola Torres

Fabiola Torres, @iLearnNow

[She/Her/Hers] Fabiola is an ethnic studies faculty at Glendale Community College and facilitates the @ONE courses, Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Environment and Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning. Fabiola found her purpose in education at Los Angeles Valley College from 1990-1994 (ok… It took me 4 years to transfer). She academically flourished with her fellow first-generation, college student activists. Currently, she attends Zoom parties with her LAVC, life-long friends.


Maritez Apigo, @MaritezApigo

[She/Her/Hers] Over the last two decades, Maritez has had the honor of teaching in community colleges, high schools, and middle schools in the Bay Area, California and in Hawaii. Currently, she is the Distance Education Coordinator, the Open Educational Resources (OER) Coordinator, and an online and hybrid English Professor at Contra Costa College. Maritez also facilitates the @ONE courses Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Environment, Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning, Online Teaching & Design, and Peer Online Course Review (POCR). When she’s not teaching, you might discover her behind the turntables DJing, in the dance studio working on her dance technique, or at the park playing with her two young children.


Jennifer Ortiz

Jennifer Ortiz, @ProfJenniferO

[She/Her/Hers] Jennifer is a homebred Angelena. No matter where she’s lived, she always comes back to Los Angeles because she believes this is the best city. She attended Mills College in Oakland, California. Attending a women’s college changed her life. There she honed her leadership skills and the deeply seated belief that education creates transformative growth, generational change and opportunity. After working in anti-proliferation and labor movements, she returned to academia. Currently, Jennifer teaches in the very neighborhood she grew up in. Her curriculum is informed by principles of equity, justice, and the power of the personal narrative. Jennifer has also worked with the Center for Urban Education as a facilitator and member of their curriculum design team.