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 
Professor of Psychology Ricardo Arturo Machón 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. He 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, 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, and has primary responsibility for the nomination and selection process for Presidential Citations. Professor Machón 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, and 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, Colloquium 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 graduating first generation college student in Liberal Studies at LMU. This is her third year serving as Staff Supervisor for the Colloquium and her first time presenting her research in Spain. For the past two years she participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. She has served as the Alternative Break Leader to Cuba, a trip focused on education and social justice. She has traveled to Northern Ireland to conduct comparative research on the role of education in the reconciliation peace-building process in the post-conflict societies. She continues to use her strengths as a former homeless and first gen student to excel personally and academically with the goal to teach and be involved in bilingual education policy. She hopes to instill the value of intercultural competence in the elementary school curriculum in order to promote an equitable education that values diversity. Starting in June, she will start her Masters degree in Urban Education with a focus on policy and an added bilingual authorization at LMU.

Adrián Marinero, Event Staff 

Born in Valladolid, Adrián is a 21-year-old student of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Valladolid in Soria. Winner of the Spanish amateur category of the LocJAM 2017, a videogame translation contest, he is an enthusiast of technology, videogames, and languages, and hopes to be able to benefit from these fields in his future job.

Claudia Ioana Macrea, Event Staff 

Claudia is a 22-year-old Translation and Interpreting student at the University of Valladolid in Soria. Originally from Romania, she is passionate about music and learning languages. She is also a member of the innovative group Crealante (Creative Language Teaching) and has recently gained experience as an intern in "Multicultural Schools", a European Union-sponsored project.

Óscar Recacha, Event Staff 

Óscar is 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 has spent time in Vilna, Lithuania, as an Erasmus student. He hopes to use the practical knowledge he has acquired in this experience in the future.

Inés López, Event Staff 

Inés is a 21-year-old Primary Education student at the University of Valladolid in Soria. She is passionate about photography and learning new languages.

Pilar Serrano Bellido, Event Staff 

Pilar is a 21-year-old Education student at the University of Valladolid in Soria, the city where she was born and raised. She is interested in learning about nature, as well as different cultures and languages, and hopes to be able to incorporate these interests in her future career.

Rodrigo Gallardo Gómez, Event Staff 

Rodrigo is a 16-year-old student born in Santander. He would like to study Mathematics and Physics once he reaches college-age. He loves sports, especially track and field.

Marta Gallardo Gómez, Event Staff 

Marta is an 18-year-old Education student at the University of Cantabria. Born in Santander, she practices track and field and enjoys traveling and music.

Sara Gallego Jiménez, Event Staff 

Sara is a 16-year-old 11th grade student at the IES Virgen del Espino in Soria. She's planning to study Medicine in college, and loves music, reading, and learning about other cultures.

Elena Blázquez, Event Staff 

Elena is a 17-year-old 11th grade student at the IES Virgen del Espino in Soria. She enjoys sports, especially basketball, and music.

Frankie Ramos, Event Staff 

Born in Pasadena, California, Frankie is an 18-year old graduate of Crescenta Valley High School. He would like to study Psychology and use his fluency in English and Spanish to provide services to members of the Hispanic community. He loves basketball and soccer.

Alexander Cantú, Event Staff 

Alex is fluent in English and Spanish. Born in Los Angeles, California, he will graduate from Culver City High School next year after completing 10th grade at Colegio Santa Teresa de Jesús in Soria, Spain. He plans to study International Relations in college, and is very passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures.