October 25, 2018

San Diego Mesa College Welcomes Two Latina Leaders to Key Administrative Positions

By Office of Communications

Student Services Center

San Diego Mesa College proudly announces the appointment of two administrators in key positions for the College. Dr. Leticia P. López has been appointed as the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Program Manager and Leticia Abril Díaz has been appointed Director of Mesa’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and STAR TRIO Programs.

“We are excited to welcome both of these leaders to important roles on our campus, and look forward to seeing how their ideas, efforts and leadership shape inclusive and equity focused programming for our students,” stated Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster.

Leticia LopezDr. Leticia P. López, after serving as Acting Manager for both the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Title V grant and the Title III HSI STEM grant since 2017, has been selected to serve as the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Program Activity Manager at San Diego Mesa College. Previously, she was a Professor of Spanish for 15 years in the Mesa College Languages Department. 

Regardless of her position, Dr. López identifies as a community college advocate, a Latinx champion of student success, a lifelong learner, and a travel enthusiast. Dr. Lopez has recently been appointed to the AHSIE (Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators) Council for 2018-2020 and the National Science Foundation “Resiste” Grant Advisory Board at San Diego State University. She is of Cuban heritage and grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Spanish from Mount St Mary’s College.  She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from UC Santa Barbara. 

Leticia DiazLeticia Abril Díaz will be heading up Mesa’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and STAR TRIO programs.   Ms. Díaz has developed a passion and desire to increase awareness of the importance of higher education and student support programs and services. Leticia is strongly moved by the power of the community college system and is interested in the overall student access and achievement of higher educational degrees. Ms. Díaz has a vested interest in collaborating to cultivate our higher education, and has extensive experience working in various student services capacities, such as the UCLA Center for Community College Partnership and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  

Most recently, Ms. Díaz served as the EOPS Supervisor at Southwestern College. She earned her Associate degree from Southwestern College (SWC); Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, Leticia is pursuing a joint Doctor of Educational Leadership degree at California State University, San Marcos and at the University of California, San Diego.

Both Dr. López and Ms. Díaz share a passion for community college and the access it provides to all students in pursuit of higher education. Likewise, our goal at Mesa is always to facilitate students’ success and to appoint leaders who are committed to enriching this process through inclusivity and equity. These Latina leaders are exemplary of this mission, and Mesa is excited to join efforts with them to benefit our students.

Tags: HSI Grant, EOPS