President's Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Advisory Council

The HSI Advisory Council is Chaired by the School of Education Dean Laura Alamillo, with Professor Robert Train assisting her, and includes individuals from across the campus, in the community, and Sonoma State alums.

The Council will create an HSI success construct based on “servingness”. Servingness is a concept that Gina Garcia, Anne-Marie Núñez, and Vanessa A. Sansone (2019) argue is “a multidimensional and conceptual way to understand what it means to move from simply enrolling Latinx students to actually serving them.” The Council’s work will also be aligned with our core values as articulated in our Strategic Plan and Graduation Initiative 2025. You can read more about “servingness” in this article.

Charge of the Advisory Council

The purpose of the Council is to serve as Sonoma State's advisory council for HSI initiatives and facilitate implementation of the following initiatives:

  1. Create HSI success framework based on Servingness

  2. Review SSU’s current campus climate data on Hispanic/Latinx students, staff, faculty, and administrators in order to create a summary report; and collect additional data on the SSU Hispanic/Latinx community

  3. Determine the requirements and advise on Sonoma State’s achievement of the Seal of Excelencia

  4. Track and discuss the progress of the HSI Task Force Recommendations

The Council will meet in December, February, March, and May and will be expected to submit a progress report to the President in December 2022.

Advisory Council Membership

  • Marie Ramirez Downing, Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts Performance 
  • David Crozier, Associate Vice President Financial Services 
  • Gerald L. Jones, Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Educational Equity
  • Heather Brown, Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Jason Lau, Interim Associate Dean & Senior International Officer.
  • Laura Alamillo, Dean School of Education        
  • Mario A. Perez, Vice President for University Advancement 
  • Robert Eyler, Interim AVP Government Relations 
  • Angelina Gutierrez, SSU Alumna 
  • Willy Linares, Rohnert Park City Council Vice Mayor
  • Natalia Villanueve-Nieves, Assistant Professor, Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Robert Train, Professor, Department Modern Languages      
  • Ronald Lopez, Professor, Department Chair Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Alma Sanchez-Carreno, DREAM Center Coordinator
  • Maricela Ibarra Aceves, Credential Office, School of Education 
  • Shelly Gomez, Senior HUB Program Executive
  • Nataly Hernandez, Associated Students Executive Vice President
  • Celine Rubalcava, Associated Students Senator for Diversity
  • Tramaine Austin-Dillon, Programs and Policy Specialist, Staff to the HSI Advisory Council and Ex-Officio Member
  • Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Chief of Staff/Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Diversity, Ex-Officio Member