Melissa Moreno

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mmoreno@yccd.edu
530-661-6217
Ethnic Studies Faculty, Woodland CC
Woodland Community College, Bldg: 800, Room: 854D

My passion is teaching, researching, and developing curriculum in the areas of Ethnic Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Native American Studies, Education and Leadership. As a first generaiton college student, Ethnic Studies saved my life. Schooling became interesting and with the support of many inspiring professors and leaders I became a professor and leader too. 

For over a decade now I have lead Ethnic Studies at Woodland Community College and teach Chicana/o Studies, History of Race and Ethnicity, Mexican American History, and Native American Studies. I am a former community educator and faculty in Chicana/o Studies, Education, and Liberal Studies. I earned a bachelor in Sociology and Women Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then I earned a masters and a doctorate from the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture and Society. I have a certificate in Tribal Leadership and Governance from the California Tribal College, and working toward an Ethnic Studies Certificate at San Francisco State University. 

I am the Founder of the California Community College Ethnic Studies Faculty Council and member of the Ethnic Studies Advisory Community for my local district. My publications and research interests include issues surrounding racial identity formations, subjugated knowledge, cultural citizenship, foodways and food justice education, Chicana/o indigeneity, intergenerational truma and healing, and practices of community-based leadership. I am a member of the Indigenous Caucus for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), among other associations. 

I love the outdoors, gardening, Meso american food, art, and music (i.e. Las Cafeteras, Lila Downs, Ozomatli, etc.)

Distinctions include:

2020 Recognition for CA Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
2019 Concilo of Yolo County, Education Award Recognition by Senator Bill Dodd & Assembly Leader Cecilia Agular-Curry
2017 City Recognition for County Resolution “Safe Communities” Collaboration
2015 Excellence and Education Award by Senator Lois Wolk
2013 Commendation for Leadership and Service by Congress Leader John Garamendi
2012 John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Award Nominee, Woodland Community College
2010 Ally of the Youth Award by Woodland Coalition for Youth

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Class Schedule

ClassTime / Dates / DaysLocation
Title: Intr Chicano Std
Method: LEC02   Section: ETHN-1-W7018
10:30AM to 11:45AM
01-24-2022 to 05-27-2022
T TH
Bldg: W800
Room: W-839
Title: Mex Amer Hist
Method: LEC72   Section: ETHN-15-D9712
N/A
01-24-2022 to 05-27-2022
Bldg: WNET
Room: WNET
Title: Chicana/o Culture
Method: LEC51   Section: ETHN-5-K4200
1:00PM to 2:15PM
01-24-2022 to 05-27-2022
T TH
Bldg: KONL
Room: CANVAS
Title: Hist of Race
Method: LEC72   Section: ETHN-6-D9714
N/A
01-24-2022 to 05-27-2022
Bldg: WNET
Room: WNET
Title: Hist of Race
Method: LEC72   Section: ETHN-6-D9715
N/A
03-24-2022 to 05-27-2022
Bldg: WNET
Room: WNET
Title: Hist of Race
Method: LEC02   Section: ETHN-6-W4087
1:30PM to 2:45PM
01-24-2022 to 05-27-2022
M W
Bldg: W800
Room: W-839