Equity Inclusion Advisory Council
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Equity Inclusion Advisory Council (E.I.A.C.) Membership

E.I.A.C. Membership

E.I.A.C. Advisory Members

  • Peter Cammish, Dean of Institutional Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Pei-Lin Van't Hul, Lead Research Analyst
  • Dr. Rischa Slade, Director of Student Life
Committee Biographies
Richard Cross, Local 39 Representative
(707) 864-7000 x4399, E-mail: Richard.Cross@solano.edu
Council Member Pic, Richard CrossI was born and raised in Vallejo, California. Growing up as a black youth in the 50's I saw a lot of racial changes. I saw Rosa Parks on TV and the trials of Martin Luther King. As a 12 year old I went to the South for the first time and on a Ferry Boat crossing the Mississippi River we were told we could not go on the other side of this gate. WHY?

Work History: I started as an Apprentice Electrician at Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY), which in the 1960's made me a student of Vallejo Junior College. Therefore before I finished my Apprenticeship I was a student of Solano Community College (SCC). When MINSY closed in 1996 I had enough service time to retire, so I did. However, I was too young for retirement, so I returned to work, first for PG&E, then Duke Energy, and finally I was hired as the SCC Campus Electrician December 2007.

By example: I would like to show the SCC campus family what a good Electrician can do. With such a large campus complex this is a complex, broad job, so I will strive to do what I can, as soon as I can. If you need help call Facilities, we are here to help you as well as we can and as soon as we are able.
An analogy: How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time.

That is how we have to work around here one, one job at a time until they are all complete.
Judy Nash, Disabilities Service Program (D.S.P.) Representative
Student Services Assistant, Disability Services Program
(707) 864-7000 x4745, E-mail: Judy.Nash@solano.edu
I was born into a military family in Kansas. Our family traveled to Virginia, Washington State, and Germany before being stationed at Travis Air Force Base, where I have remained a Solano County resident for 35 years. I have three children, two grown and one deceased. I am a grandmother to five wonderful children. One of my grandchildren attended the children's program at Solano Community College from infancy until entering kindergarten. When he was testing for entrance into the charter school that he attends, he said "I am so smart because I attended Solano College first."

At Solano College, I started my employment under the Federal Work Study program as an assistant to the Learning Disabilities Specialist. I also received my A.A. degree in Human Services at Solano College where I was later hired as a part time assistant for the Disability Services Program and where I now hold a full time position as a Student Services Assistant I.

I began advocating for our disabled students and addressing their transportation challenges before the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) of Solano County. I now serve on the STA's Solano Senior and People with Disabilities Transportation Advisory Committee and the Para Transit Coordinating Council.

I helped to establish the Para Transit Coordinating Council meetings at Solano Community College, which now meets annually with the direct purpose of providing a voice and platform for disabled students. I also work directly with Dial A Ride Transit (DART) to address student's Para Transit issues and concerns. My work with DART resulted in the development of a DART complaint log. Additionally, I worked with Fairfield and Suisun Transit to develop tips to assist disabled students with Para Transit trip planning.

My passions are volunteering at my church with the Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed (AWANA) children's program, and working with domestic violence and drug addiction survivors. My personal mission statement is to advocate for individuals to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
Dr. Tasha Smith, Minority Coalition Representative
Human Development Faculty
(707) 864-7000 x5163, E-mail: Tasha.Smith@solano.edu
Council Member Pic, Dr.Tasha_SmithI am a Bay Area native. My two great passions are teaching and mentoring students, and my fondness for both has informed and guided my educational and professional journeys. My quest for academic excellence for myself and others has resulted in my devoting over a decade of study and research to the areas of Psychology and Education, with a particular emphasis on Child and Adolescent Development. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I also hold a doctorate degree in Education from Stanford University, with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development. My doctoral research focused on the Academic Achievement of students of color and examined issues such as belongingness, mentoring, and peer and familial support.

I have over 20 years of experience in the field of education and have worked with students of all ages, from infants to adults. My work has focused on the experiences of underrepresented students, including students of color, low-income and first generation students, reentry students, and military veterans. I have been very fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to hold several positions that have allowed me to work directly with these student populations. For instance, I have worked with both high school and college students in Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound and the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

I am currently a full-time professor in the department of Human Development and Early Childhood Education. I am also a member of the Solano Community College Ethnic Minority Coalition. I look forward to bringing my experiences working with diverse student populations into my work with the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council (E.I.A.C.) as we work to promote and ensure equity for all members of the Solano Community College community.