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It is the privilege of the Leadership Team to motivate, inspire, and empower the members to advocate for the culturally and linguistically diverse students by curating resources and supporting higher education faculty from various bilingual teacher preparation programs throughout the state of CA.



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Eduardo Muñoz Muñoz

Sharon Merritt


Clara Amador-Lankster

Adam Sawyer

Reyna Garcia-Ramos

Eduardo R. Muñoz-Muñoz Biography:

Eduardo R. Muñoz-Muñoz, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Critical Bilingual Authorization program “Bilingüismo y Justicia”, and a core faculty member in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at the Lurie College of Education at San José State University. Dr. Muñoz-Muñoz earned his doctorate at Stanford University in 2018. He also holds a Masters Degree in Sociology (Stanford University, 2016), a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (UC Berkeley, 2010), and a Licenciatura in English Philology (Universidad de Córdoba, España, 2000). A former teacher and administrator, his research, teaching, and practice engage with issues of linguistic access, educational opportunities, and teacher preparation from a critical policy ethnography stance. Additionally, he regularly supports and advises districts and dual immersion programs on design and implementational issues pertaining to multilingualism.


Board Members

Jongyeon Joy Ee Biography:

Dr. Jongyeon Joy Ee is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and holds the position of Bilingual Education Program Director at Loyola Marymount University. Her research centers around dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs and equity issues with a particular focus on the educational rights of immigrant students. She is also a passionate advocate for less commonly taught DLBE programs and has worked with Korean dual language program (KDLP) educators and administrators to support the programs, students, and families of the students. Dr. Ee’s research has been published in several prestigious journals, including the American Education Research Journal, Teachers College Record, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Bilingual Research Journal, and Korean Language in America. Additionally, she co-edited a book with Dr. Patricia Gandara titled “Schools Under Siege: The Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Educational Equity,” published by Harvard Education Press in 2021. Dr. Ee earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the UCLA Civil Rights Project.



Alan Jones
Ex-Officio Board Member

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Cynthia Vasquez Petitt
Ex-Officio Board Member


Magaly Lavadenz
Ex-Officio Board Member

Alan Jones Biography: 

Alan H. Jones LMU Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) has served since 1998 as the Executive Secretary of the California Council on Teacher Education and is also the owner and publisher at Caddo Gap Press, a small educational publishing company specializing in scholarly journals in the fields of teacher education, multicultural education, and the social foundations of education. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Michigan in history, comparative education, and the social foundations of education.

Ex-officio Board Members
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