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Jane Bleasdale

Professor at University of San Francisco

I am an assistant professor and department chair of Leadership studies, in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Born and raised in England  by parents who were both educators I knew at an early age that teaching was my vocation. I have lived  and taught in the UK, the Bahamas and now the US, My career has been primarily in K-12 education serving as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development. I started studying the higher education sector a decade ago and  joined the faculty at USF in 2016. My original  research focused on equity and inclusion in Catholic Jesuit high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. I have recently conducted research on equity and inclusion in public schools, social and emotional wellness of students and critical feminist leadership. My research focuses on the experience and impact of women leaders with intersectional identities. I am  the primary investigator on a participatory action research project at the University of San Francisco collaborating with 10 doctoral students on a  new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminist perspectives.

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Alison K. Nishiyama-Young

Originally from Hawaii, I moved to San Francisco to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of San Francisco. I fell in love with the City and I’ve spent the past 10 years in higher education. After earning my MBA in 2016, I started USF’s Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership program. I am currently the Director of Administrative Operations in the Strategic Enrollment Management at USF. My research focuses on Asian American women in leadership and leadership development, specifically in community based leadership programs.

Ingrid H. McVanner

A proud San Franciscan, I love thick fog, fresh sourdough, and Irish coffee.  I’ve spent the last decade working in higher education administration.  I have a BA in English from the University of Portland and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of San Francisco, and am currently also pursuing an EdD in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, researching feminist leadership during a crisis.  My research interests include critical feminism, global citizenship education, leadership, and crisis management.  My many, many influences include bell hooks, adrienne maree brown, Erin Gibson, Roxane Gay, and Sara Ahmed.

Michele Darchuck

I am a mother, a proud Feminist, and an unabashed philomath. I’ve spent the better part of the past decade teaching Early Elementary and have transitioned to the role of Education Specialist where I have the privilege of supporting students with Special Education needs. I have earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Science in Elementary Education from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. My career and passion is promoting education equity through the social justice practice of teaching. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education from the University of San Francisco where my research is centered around the support of Feminist Leaders at Jesuit Universities. My biggest influencers are my grandmother, Dolores Munt (who was a lifelong educator, and reading specialist), Kimberle Crenshaw, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Ladson-Billings.

Genevieve Charbonneau, MS, BA

I am an associate director in the School of Nursing and Health Professions Sim and Skills Centers at the University of San Francisco. Born the youngest of six children and raised in the San Francisco bay area I learned about inequities at a very young age.  I received my undergrad degree in Speech Communications, and went on to receive my master’s degree in Organization Development at the University of San Francisco.  My passion and research has been focused on examining the different disparities in student disciplines and on critical review of current literature on how microaggressions against transgender communities and more specifically against transgender patients that are deficient in many of the prelicensure nursing programs at the School of Nursing and Health Professions Simulation Center in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I am currently pursuing an EdD in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco.

Star Plaxton-Moore

Director of Community-Engaged Learning at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco. Star directs institutional support for community-engaged courses and oversees public service programs for undergraduates, including the Public Service and Community Engagement Minor. She designed and implements an annual Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching Fellowship program for USF faculty, a Community Partner Co-Educator Fellowship, and other professional development offerings that bring together faculty and community partners as co-learners. Her scholarship focuses on faculty development for community-engaged teaching and scholarship, student preparation for community engagement, assessment of civic learning outcomes, and community engagement in institutional culture and practice. She recently co-authored two books, The Student Companion to Community-Engaged Learning and The Craft of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning. Star also consults with independent K-8 schools on service-learning and community engagement. She was elected to the board of the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement in 2019. Prior to working in higher education, Star taught elementary school in Virginia and California. She holds a MEd from George Washington University and is beginning her dissertation work for an EdD in organizational leadership at USF. Star lives in San Francisco with her spouse, Andrew, and her two fantastic kids, Jackson (age 10) and Stella (age 8).

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