The Office of Student Equity

Meet Our Staff

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Meet Our Staff


The Office of Student Equity

Kofi Akinjide, Ed.D. — Director of Student Equity and Success

Kofi came to Cabrillo College from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) where he worked as an Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Counselor in the Jack Baskin School of Engineering and at Rachel Carson College. Prior to working at UCSC, Kofi worked as a Student Success Coach at University College at Azusa Pacific University. He obtained his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. His research centered on critical professional learning and building institutional capacity to take antiracist action. According to the CliftonStrengths assessment, his top ten talents are: (1) learner, (2) connectedness, (3) intellection, (4) input, (5) discipline, (6) analytical, (7) context, (8) relator, (9) harmony, and (10) focus. His top seven character strengths according to the Values in Action (VIA) survey are: (1) prudence, (2) leadership, (3) perseverance, (4) judgment, (5) fairness, (6) honesty, and (7) love of learning. In essence, Kofi considers himself to be a collaborative engineer of educational equity. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and watching 80s and animated movies. Kofi can be reached at kejohnso@cabrillo.edu or (831) 477-3548.

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DREAM Resource Program

Adela Naranjo-Bernabe, Ed.D. Candidate — Program Coordinator for the DREAM Resource Program and Summer Migrant Program

After immigrating from Michoacán, Mexico, at the age of 3, Adela resided in the City of Watsonville. Adela was raised in a house of six children. As a migrant child, her elementary years inspired her to make a difference. Adela attended several local schools, including Watsonville High & Cabrillo College. She rekindled her desire to continue making a difference through hard work, resiliency, and her father's encouraging words, "La educación es algo que nadie te puede quitar." Adela taught in the Pajaro Valley School District(PVUSD) K-12 grades. In her current role as DREAM Resource Program Coordinator, she is honored to walk along with students in navigating the multi-dimensional complexities within higher education. She is obtaining a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership(CCLEAD) at San Diego State University. According to the CliftonStrengths assessment, Adela's top ten talents are (1) achiever, (2) empathy, (3) developer, (4) restorative, (5) includer, (6) learner, (7) responsibility, (8) discipline, (9) harmony, and (10) positivity. Her top five character strengths according to the Values in Action (VIA) survey are: (1) perseverance, (2) fairness, (3) humility, (4) perspective, and (5) social intelligence. Adela is also a proud mommy of a beautiful boy, Carlitos. Adela can be reached at adnaranj@cabrillo.edu or (831) 477-3379.

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DREAM Resource Program

Jazmin Rocha-Hernandez, A.S. — Program Specialist - Student Equity, DREAM Resource Program

Jazmin first started at Cabrillo as a student. She was a student assistant for the Office of Student Equity for 2 years. Jazmin graduated from Cabrillo in 2019 with an AS in Accounting and an AS in Liberal Arts. Right after graduating she got a job working as a Program Specialist for the Student Employment office at Cabrillo. She now works as a Program Specialist for the Dream Resource Program and the Office of Equity. According to the Clifton Strengths Assessment, Jazmin’s top 5 strengths are: (1) deliberative, (2) restorative, (3) input, (4) consistency, (5) individualization. In her free time Jazmin enjoys walking her dog, going on bike rides and going to the beach. Jazmin can be reached at jarocha@cabrillo.edu.

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Guardian Scholars Program

Keyiona Ritchey — Program Coordinator for the Guardian Scholars Program

Keyiona Ritchey was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received her Bachelor's from California State University Dominguez Hills and her Master's from the University of Vermont. She is a proud first generation graduate. She is passionate about holistically supporting students from marginalized backgrounds to meet their educational goals. With her 8+ years working in higher education she sees vast potential in youth who have had experience in the foster care system and believes they can have the life they desire and deserve. She enjoys spending time with her two dogs Juno and Jules, coffee, Trader Joe's, and going on walks and hikes. According to CliftonStrengths Assessment, Keyiona's top 10 talents are: (1) Harmony, (2) Relator, (3) Learner, (4) Individualization), (5) Discipline, (6) Restorative, (7) Arranger, (8) Restorative, (9) Developer, (10) Input. Keyiona can be reached at keritche@cabrillo.edu or 831-479-6463.

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Guardian Scholars Program

Carrie Shevchenko, A.A.- Program Specialist - Student Equity, Guardian Scholars

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Veterans Information Center

Flor L. Chacon, M.A. — Program Coordinator for the Veterans Information Center

According to the CliftonStrengths assessment, Flor's top ten talents are: (1) empathy, (2) adaptability, (3) positivity, (4) harmony, (5) developer, (6) arranger, (7) maximizer, (8) relator, (9) self-assurance, and (10) activator. Her top five character strengths according to the Values in Action (VIA) survey are: (1) humor, (2) social intelligence, (3) gratitude, (4) love, and (5) perspective. Flor can be reached at flchacon@cabrillo.edu or (831) 477-3508. 

Contact Information

Location: 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos Building 100, Office 103C

Phone: (831) 477-3381

Email: equity@cabrillo.edu

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