PCC Staff Speak About Their International Lives
Narce Rodriquez Speaks at Rock Creek
In the first of a series, Narce Rodriquez will speak on Thursday November 4th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Rock Creek Event Center.
Narce Rodriguez is currently the Dean of Student Development at Portland Community College/Rock Creek Campus. Narce was born in Tempe, Arizona and was raised part of her life in Mexico. She comes from a Mexican American family who has worked in the agricultural fields throughout the United States. Passionate and dedicated to education, she is involved in many community activities that promote cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity. As well, she has taught Chicano Latino Studies, Women Studies and Counseling Guidance Courses. Narce has received a Bachelors in Sociology and Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Education & Race Class and Gender from OSU. She often finds herself as a Latina pioneer being the 1st Latina in leadership roles.
Roberto Suarez Speaks at Cascade
Second in the series, Robert Suarez will speak on Wednesday, November 13th from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at MAHB 104.
Having worked at Portland Community College since 1997, Roberto Suarez has held positions in workforce development, transition programs for GED recipients, and career technical program advising. Since 2005 he has worked as the Outreach and Orientation Coordinator for the PCC Cascade Campus and has been instrumental in the development of the new student orientation program throughout the PCC district. Roberto has presented at both local and regional conferences on the challenges undocumented students face in accessing higher education. Roberto has a strong interest in technology and in figuring out ways to best incorporate its use in helping students gain access to higher education. His commitment to prospective students is admired by peers and superiors, and he has been recognized by his PCC colleagues as a leader in student affairs.
SE Center Panel Discusses Their International Journeys
Jessica Howard is the campus president of the Southeast / Extended Learning Campus of Portland Community College. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Performance Studies and, from Rice University, degrees of Master of Music, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Arts in English. Her graduate work explored the fields of music theory and Cultural Studies. Dr. Howard grew up primarily in San Antonio, but was born in Bombay, India and lived as a child in Bangkok, Thailand. She also spent a year abroad during college at King’s College in London, where she sang in the King’s College Choir.
Before moving to the US, Esther Loanzon was a university counselor for 14 years and taught interdisciplinary research for five years. When she visited Portland in 1993, she tagged along with her sister who worked at PCC Sylvania and she told herself at that time, "one day I will work at PCC, too." When she moved to the US in 1995, Esther worked as a pre-school and after school teacher in Lake Oswego. Then, she found a job as a full-time Basic Skills Educator for Multnomah County and stayed at that job for ten years. Simultaneously, she was a part-time instructor at PCC until she attanined a full-time position in 2006. She enjoys working with her students at PCC SE Center.