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College of Education Hosts Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute

Nov. 5, 2012

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Ding-Jo H. Currie, CSUF professor of educational leadership, is coordinator of the Kaleidoscope leadership Institute


Cal State Fullerton's College of Education hosts a Nov. 28 - Dec. 2 Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute to celebrate and enhance achievements of women of color in higher education. The five-day conference is open to the public.


5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, through noon Sunday, Dec. 2


DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim
100 The City Drive South, Orange, 92868


Women of color currently succeeding in roles as college and university presidents and CEOs will share their professional and personal experiences relating to leadership and achievement. The event features speakers and workshops for women in, and seeking, leadership positions in higher education.

Speakers Include:

5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28
Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García will give welcome remarks at the opening reception. García, the first Latina president in the CSU system, became CSUF's president in June after serving as president of Cal State Dominguez Hills from 2007-12. Prior to joining the CSU, she served as president of Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, as well as earlier administrative positions in higher education. She also serves on President Obama's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

Noon, Thursday, Nov. 29
Erlinda J. Martinez, president of Santa Ana College, will present "The Untold Story of Leadership Journey." As leader of the 97-year-old institution, her responsibilities include planning, organizing and implementing educational policy and procedures to develop curriculum and student support services, budget management and fund development efforts. She formerly served as vice president for student services/assistant superintendent for Cerritos College in Norwalk.

Noon, Saturday, Dec. 1
Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Cal State Fullerton vice president for student affairs, will present "Tools for Your Tool Chest; Leadership Is a Journey." Johnson Eanes, who has devoted her career to assisting adolescents and young adults in meeting and achieving their life goals, stepped into her new administrative role in July. Over the last 15 years, she has led student success initiatives for a wide range of institutions, including Hamilton College, Morehouse College, Columbia University and Georgia State University, as well as for John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


The conference will address issues facing leaders of educational institutions, including workplace challenges, and provide national networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as guidance and strategies for career planning. The institute also helps to prepare participants for leadership positions by exploring issues in higher education; analyzing barriers that prevent different cultural groups from connecting; and providing guidance on setting and achieving personal and professional goals. Additionally, current and retired community college and university presidents serve as institute faculty members and volunteer their time to coach the women participants.


"It is our commitment to pay forward," said Ding-Jo H. Currie, Cal State Fullerton professor of educational leadership and institute coordinator. "This institute prepares participants for leadership positions by exploring issues in higher education and analyzing barriers that prevent different cultural groups from connecting. It also provides guidance to women on setting and achieving personal and professional goals."

Currie is a native of Taiwan and previously served as chancellor of Coast Community College District and president of Coastline Community College. She was the first female chancellor in the history of Coast Colleges.


"Kaleidoscope was formed to give women of color an opportunity to examine themselves and discover their wondrous reflections," Currie explained. The late Carolyn Desjardins was the founder of the first Kaleidoscope, held in Minnesota in October 1991.


$950 fee includes workshops, guest speaker presentations, institute materials and three luncheons.


Deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 19. Reservations may be made by contacting Kimberly Naujokas, 657-278-4021, or online.

Media Contacts:

Ding-Jo H. Currie, Educational Leadership, 657-278-7484 
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027 

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