Organizing Committee

‌‌Organizing Committee

Deena González, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dr. González served as the Director of Faculty Development at LMU, following her year away as an American Council on Education Fellow, a training program for senior academic leadership. Author of a monograph with Oxford University Press, plus two major Latino/a Studies encyclopedia projects with the same press, and over sixty articles appearing in journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings, she is known nationally and internationally for developing new scholarship in the fields of Chicana/o Studies, History, Women’s/Gender Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Her work in Faculty Affairs includes facilitating the university’s new Rank and Tenure processes, developing efficient methods of communication with faculty about internal grants, sabbaticals, leaves, and contractual obligations, and assisting the development of faculty in their roles as Chairs.  
Ricardo Machón, Special Assistant to the Provost for Undergraduate Education  
Ricardo Arturo Machón is Professor of Psychology, having earned his B.A. in French and Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California. Professor Machón currently serves in a leadership role for the Study Abroad, University Honors, and Undergraduate Research programs, and National and International Fellowships. He also collaborates with Student Affair colleagues and provides leadership and coordination to the Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion, and Success, a partnership with a few select universities in the greater LA area. He has primary responsibility for the nomination and selection process for Presidential Citations. He has published widely in the fields of psychopathology and neurodevelopment of schizophrenia and other major mental disorders, and has presented his research findings at numerous national and international conferences. His most recent publications (co-authored with LMU undergraduate students and recent grads) center on service-based community engagement and increased social awareness among students, in particular first-generation college students.  

Shane Martin, Dean and Professor, School of Education

Dr. Martin holds a B.A. in History, an M.A. in Theology, an M.A. in Divinity, and a Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Education. He is past Chair of the Green Dot Public Schools Board of Directors and past president of the Education Council of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, on the Board of Teach For America Los Angeles, on the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, on the Board of Institutional Reviewers of the California Committee on Accreditation, and as a State Commissioner to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He is currently Chair of the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group on Catholic Education.

Tim Chang, Associate Dean Business Services

Timothy Chang holds a B.A. from Bradley University in Psychology and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has served in lead administrative roles over the past two and a half decades at The College of New Jersey, the California Institute of Technology, and Occidental College. Tim’s LMU assignment includes responsibility for customer service, human resources, facilities planning, information technology, enrollment management, and financial management in support of the academic mission of the School of Education.


Candace Poindexter, Professor and Chair, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Candace C. Poindexter, Ed.D., Professor of Education at Loyola Marymount University, received her Master’s Degree from LMU and her Doctoral Degree from UCLA. She has taught at LMU for 32 years and is currently Chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Director of Literacy and the Educational Studies Master’s Degree programs.






Francisco Ramos, Professor and Colloquium Director

Francisco Ramos holds a B.A. in Education from the Escuela Universitaria de Formación del Profesorado de Soria, and an M.A. in Filología Inglesa from the Universidad de Zaragoza, both in Spain; he also holds an M.A. in TESOL from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Learning from the University of Southern California. He has published articles in the International Multilingual Research Journal, the Bilingual Research Journal, the Journal of Bilingual Education Research & Instruction, Estudios sobre Educación, Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, or Porta Linguarum. He has conducted professional development sessions in Mexico and Honduras, and presented at the annual conferences of the National and California Association for Bilingual Education, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and the Comparative and International Education Society. He is the current Director of the Bilingual Education Program at LMU.

Isabel Sanz, Coordinator

Isabel Sanz is a Spanish teacher at Hamilton High School Academy of Music Magnet. She holds an M.A. in Filología Inglesa from the Universidad de Zaragoza; an M.A. in Multicultural Education, Bilingual Education Specialist, from California State University at Dominguez Hills; a Certificate in Interpretation and Translation from the Escuela de Traductores e Intérpretes, Instituto Internacional Sampere, Madrid; and a Certificate in Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students Program from the University of Southern California. She has published in De Par en Par, a magazine of the Department of Education of the Embassy of Spain, Washington. She has presented at the Education Office of the Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles, at the CLTA Summer Seminar for Teachers of Spanish, University of Santa Barbara, California; at the annual conferences of the National and California Associations for Bilingual Education, and at the Jornadas Pedagógicas Internacionales para la Educación Bilingüe at LMU. She was awarded Who's Who Among America"s Teachers for the 8th, 9th, and 10th editions.

Event Staff

Mariajose Gomez, Event Staff Supervisor

Mariajose is a first generation college student, currently in her junior year as a Liberal Studies major at Loyola Marymount University, where she also intends to pursue bilingual certification. She would like to use her strengths as a first generation, and former homeless, student to be a positive model, to teach, and eventually be involved in education policies. She considers intercultural competence a key component in the promotion of relationships fostering equality and solidarity. For her, education is not just about memorization; rather, about transforming knowledge through specific curricula that validates the teacher-student connection.  

Adrián Marinero, Event Staff


Adrián is a 20-year-old, Valladolid-born, student of Translation and Interpreting at the Universidad de Valladolid in Soria. He is passionate about technology, languages, and videogames, and hopes to be able to combine these three fields in his future job.



Claudia Ioana Macrea, Event Staff


Claudia is a 21-year-old Translation and Interpreting student at the University of Valladolid in Soria. Originally from Romania, she is passionate about music and learning languages. ‌

Óscar Recacha, Event Staff


Óscar is also a Translation and Interpreting student at the Universidad de Valladolid in Soria. Born in Logroño, La Rioja, he loves English as well as anything language-related. He can't wait to meet you all and learn from new experiences.