Please note this is a brown bag lunch event.
We must take a comprehensive look at the numerous barriers facing our profession and in the communities we serve. Dr. Damien Peña, Vice President for Student Affairs for Ventura College, will seek to create dialogue that enhances our knowledge so we can be better suited as fundraisers to address the barriers that prevent inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in our sector.
Dr. Damien A. Peña began his role as Ventura College Vice President for Student Affairs in July 2016. Dr. Peña served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU Channel Islands from 2007-2016. Prior to CI, he served as the Senior Director of Academic Programs at California Lutheran University from 1997-2007. Dr. Peña is a first generation college student who is actively involved in the community and is a proud graduate of Ventura College. He currently serves as the Dean of Student Services for the campus. He is involved on a statewide and national level as a member of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Western Regional Board of Directors.
On a personal level, his commitment to supporting the inclusion of Latina/o and other historically marginalized student groups is grounded in his desire to give back to his community. He was born and raised in Ventura County (Oxnard) and worked directly for 21 years with under-served student populations in higher education, including first-generation, low-income, and Latina/o students. He is a father to a son with non-verbal autism and an active member in the disability community of Ventura County. Together, these personal experiences have led him to support students of all backgrounds with compassion.