Faculty of Color Coalition


The Faculty of Color Coalition (FOC) is dedicated to cultivating a welcoming community that elevates the voices of faculty and staff to build an empowering environment for sustained professional and personal growth.


The FOC strives to foster a sense of belonging, inspiration, empowerment, and to support TMCC faculty and staff of color, promote inclusivity, and ensure success and retention.


  • Provide a forum for exchanging ideas and discussing relevant topics amongst faculty and staff of color at TMCC.
  • Further professional development and educational opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • Serve as a recommending body for employee recruitment.
  • Through collaboration, serve as a resource to guide the campus community on topics related to, but not limited to, multicultural thriving, cultural competence, combating bias, and addressing racial discrimination through equity and cultural innovation activities.


All meetings will take place in person unless otherwise noted. For meeting dates and locations for 2024-2025 please contact Faculty of Color Coalition.


Skyler Cruz, Olga Mesina

Committee Members

  • Ayodeke Akinola, Director, Facilities Operations and Capital Planning
  • YeVonne Allen, Director, Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability
  • Nicole Barnes, Assistant Director, Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment
  • Gabriela Brochu, Chair/Professor, Humanities
  • Gabriel Chavez, Professor, Foreign Languages
  • Yuli Chavez Camarena, Program Director, Recruitment and Access Center (RAC)
  • Vanina Coudriet, Instructor and Coordinator, Hospitality and Tourism Program
  • Skyler Cruz, Counselor, Counseling Center
  • Melissa Deadmond, Associate Dean, Assessment and Planning
  • Felipe Gutierrez De Alba, Veterans Program Coordinator, Admissions and Records
  • John Galicia, Lieutenant, University Police Department
  • Blisin Hestiyas, Professor, Mathematics
  • Andy Hughes, Director, Admissions and Records
  • Maria Sandra Jimenez, Director, TRIO Student Support Services Program
  • James Kuzhippala, CHS Professor Biology and Community Health Science
  • Jonathan Lam, Professor, Mathematics
  • Sione Lavaka, Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services Program
  • Miguel Martinez, Coordinator, Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability
  • Melody Mehrabi, Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services Program
  • Olga Mesina, Specialist, Disability Resource Center
  • LaTara Misher, Financial Aid Coordinator, Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment
  • Elizabeth Ortiz, Specialist, Career Hub
  • Brendan Patin, Pre Admissions Associate, Admissions and Records
  • Cynthia Pierrott, Program Director, Adult Basic Education
  • Kofi Poku, Professor, Business, History, and Political Science
  • Lee Raubolt, Assistant Director, Admissions and Records
  • Micaela Rubalcava, Professor of Education, Social Sciences and Business
  • Jaime Sandoval, Professor, Psychology
  • Cecilia Vigil, Professor, Biology

FOC Email List

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