Women And Leadership

Women And Leadership

When Women Lead & Demystifying Running for Office in CSU System virtual platform held on March 15, 2021 with guest panelist: Darlene Yee-Melicar, Ed.D., Professor, San Francisco State University; Kirti Celly, Ph.D., Professor, CSU Dominguez Hills; and Julia E. Curry, Ph.D., Professor, San José State University with panel moderator Dr. Laura Talamante, Academic Senate Chair & Gender Equity Task Force Co-Chair, CSUDH.

CSUDH Women’s Leadership Workshops

When Women Lead & Demystifying Running for Office in the CSU System

VIRTUAL PLATFORM

Panel Moderator

Dr. Laura Talamante
Academic Senate Chair & Gender Equity Task Force Co-Chair

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Event Description

With Women’s History Month, upcoming elections for representatives for the Academic Senate of the California State University, and selection of the next Faculty Trustee for the Board of Trustees, the Women’s Leadership Workshop turns its  attention to showcasing the opportunities for female leadership development at the statewide level and learning from the experiences of female leaders across the CSU. It also allows for demystifying the process of running for all offices (CSU Senates, Academic Senate California State University, and the Board of Trustees) and the importance of getting onto committees that make policy and select leaders.

Guest Panelists

Darlene Yee-Melicar, Ph.D.

Darlene Yee-Melicar, Ed.D.

Professor 
San Francisco State University

Kirti Celly, Ph.D.

Kirti Celly, Ph.D.

Professor
CSU Dominguez Hills

Julia E. Curry, Ph.D.

Julia E. Curry, Ph.D.

Professor
San José State University

Guest Biography

Darlene Yee-Melicar, Ed.D.

Professor
San Francisco State University

Darlene Yee-Melicar, Ph.D.

Dr. Darlene Yee-Melichar is Professor and Coordinator of the PACE-Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University (SF State) where she has worked for 30+ years. She is active as a faculty leader on both the SF State and CSU Academic Senates with extensive experience as an ASCSU Statewide Senator, chair of ASCSU Standing Committees, chair/member of CSU Systemwide Committees/Task Forces, Vice Chair of the ASCSU, Member-At-Large of the ASCSU Executive Committee, and as a nominee for CSU Faculty Trustee. She is the recipient of many awards and honors for her teaching excellence and service contributions to the campus, community and profession.

Professor Yee-Melichar’s research interests in healthy aging, long-term care administration, minority women’s health, and safety research and education are reflected in 5 books, 109 journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, technical reports, and numerous professional and scholarly presentations. She was active on the NIH Advisory Committee for Research on Women's Health, NIH Review Committee for Research Enhancement Awards Program, and AHRQ special emphasis panels on "Translating Research into Practice" and "Health Research Dissemination."

Dr. Yee-Melichar chaired the U.S. DHHS-OWH Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts; served on the U.S. DHHS-Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education, and the U.S. DHHS-OWH Region IX Women’s Health Advisory Council; she co-chaired the IAGG 2017 World Congress on Gerontology & Geriatrics Local Arrangements Committee, and the Region IX Health Equity Council (RHEC IX).

Professor Yee-Melichar is a Charter Fellow of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Fellow of the AAHPERD Research Consortium, and Full Member of Sigma Xi, the national research society. Dr. Yee-Melichar has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Journal of Health Education and other peer-reviewed journals; and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), and as an OMH Health Equity Mentor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/darlene-yee-melichar-66461714/

Kirti Celly, Ph.D.

Professor
CSU Dominguez Hills

Kirti Celly, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirti Sawhney Celly serves on the faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), having previously served as faculty in the graduate, undergraduate and executive programs of the colleges of business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of California, Irvine, California State University, Long Beach, and University of Southern California, including four years as contingent faculty. Active as an elected faculty leader since she first stepped on a university campus, her service includes university-wide roles in several areas including: community-based service learning liaison; student learning outcomes assessment; education policy; program review; WASC accreditation; AAC&U based design of high impact practices over a student’s academic life; leaves and honors; university Title IX Campus Coordinated Response Committee; Environment, Health & Safety Committee; Emergency Operations Committee; and faculty (including non-tenure track), deans, vice presidents, and presidential recruitment and retention.

She has a firm commitment to developing the whole university and each student through policies and practices that are respectful, inclusive, equitable, and compassionate. She establishes connection with, and between students with alumni through the American marketing Association club, Women and Philanthropy, her Where I are from, Where I am now, and Where I am going efforts, and more recently with colleagues, through the THRIVE Mentorship program and panels. She is engaged in ongoing professional development, completing several programs and certifications: positive psychology/strengths-based coaching, ethics compliance, listening, Reading Apprenticeship, writing across the curriculum, sexual assault prevention, anti-racial and social justice work, unconscious bias work, mental health first aid, and as a student in the CSU, a 12 unit higher education administration leadership graduate certification. She has created a strengths-based personal branding course, offers service-learning opportunities in her classes, mentors undergraduate researchers, and advises in the honors society, college scholars programs, and professional clubs. She has served to create the CSUDH Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity and American Council on Education Internationalization cohort, and led the President+Senate task force on assessing the state of non-tenure track faculty and making recommendations for best practices. These courses of study and work have facilitated a transition into working actively to understand the university as a community and as a segue into the scholarship of teaching and learning, thriving and resilience, and California State University (CSU) system-wide and CSU+California Community College faculty and staff/leader development and research projects funded by the National Science Foundation.

She has served first as Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, CSUDH, and then as an elected senator on the Academic Senate of the CSU. In this role, she has also served as faculty co-chair of the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, Committee for Academic Technologies and Online Education, and the Academic Affairs Standing Committee. Since 2015. Dr. Celly has served in various statewide and national leadership positions. As a delegate to the CFA and American Association of University Professors, she works on shared governance, academic freedom, and teaching and learning equity issues. As the chapter co-president of the California Faculty Association (CFA), she worked with other presidents and faculty leaders across the 23 university, 28000+ faculty system to lead the efforts to secure the first raises faculty received in a decade.

Dr. Celly has been recognized with a few awards and honors for her research and service: best paper award for 2014 Journal of Marketing Education; best presentation awards in 2015; national Delphi Award for work on non-tenure track faculty (2018); Exceptional Service to Students Award (2019) and President’s Challenge Award (2020). She serves on the Board of the Marketing Educators’ Association, and as a reviewer for several journals.

She is married to Sanjay Celly, J.D., CSP, a chemical and environmental engineer and recipient of the 2020 Rachel Carson Award of the American Industrial Hygiene Association for outstanding work in environmental and industrial health and safety in a career dedicated to helping employers create healthy and safe workspaces. They have two daughters and a happy go lucky Golden retriever. Together, they have cared for her parents and her grandmother until she passed away recently at 98.

Julia E. Curry Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Professor
San José University

Julia E. Curry, Ph.D.

Dr. Julia E. Curry Rodríguez is a unmitigated leader for social justice. Her experience as university professor spans over three decades. But her advocacy and leadership roles began while she was an undergraduate student at UCSB where she held many elected positions in student organizations seeking social justice. Prior to joining San José State University, she was an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in Chicano Studies of the Ethnic Studies Department, and prior to that she held a joint appointment in Sociology and the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University. She is a millennial professor at SJSU having arrived on the campus in fall of 2000.

Dr. Curry is most proud of her adherence to ethics and commitments to social justice in her positions in higher education and academic leadership. She is the founding leader of the Chicana Caucus of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies which sought to make systemic changes to the organization in terms of gender and sex equity. She co-founded the Section of Latino Sociology in the American Sociological Association with Dr. Homer Garcia while she was barely out of graduate school. Other leadership roles have put her at the forefront of the struggle for student women survivors of sexual harassment and predatory behavior in the Sociologists for Women in Society, in NACCS, and in the Chicana Feminist organization of the 1990s known as MALCS (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social). For over four decades she has fought for rights for immigrants with her research, expert testimony, and policy reform advocacy.

An immigrant from Mexico, Dr. Curry has committed her life to effectively addressing cultural and social changes that redress the deficiency outlook on racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants by arguing that to be monolingual is a curable disease, and to be multicultural is the most advanced form of civic engagement. She is a leader who is inclusive and dedicated to ensuring capacity building by encouraging others to engage in leadership activities as they develop their wings, voice, and courage to stand for justice. She has been an SJSU campus senator for 5 years with two of those serving in the statewide senate.

San José State University

Professor Curry worked tirelessly to strengthen the department of Chicana and Chicano Studies by developing curriculum, leading program reviews, and speaking before campus regulatory committees in the pursuit of an undergraduate major and a stronger graduate program. She revitalized the department practices urging for equity, transparency, and opportunity. In the larger sphere, Dr. Curry has been in a leader in developing freshman seminar courses that provide non-traditional students the opportunity to develop their inner sense of excellence. She took the lead in developing the services for undocumented students serving as the faculty mentor for the first student organization dedicated to undocumented student support in the CSU. In 2017, she successfully led the effort to establish the UndocuSpartan Center with the help of the former Provost, Dr. Andy Feinstein and the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association plus a network of colleagues called UndocuAllies.

Notable community partnership milestones are evidenced in the collaboration with the Mexican Consulate which has provided generous financial support for Mexican undocumented student scholarships. Dr. Curry’s innovative strategies of support financial seeking activities have been rewarded by external organizations such as the Dallas-based organization, Juntos Podemos, which graciously supported student scholarships for two years. With the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association, Dr. Curry has strengthened a community and campus support network for activist students in their academic endeavors, and for minority faculty experiencing difficult retention, tenure and review experiences.

Her dedication led to her recognition as the SJSU Distinguished Service Professor in 2014, and the prestigious CSU Wang Family Exceptional Faculty Service Award in 2019.

Academic interests and leadership

Julia Curry holds bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Curry is actively engaged in national and regional leadership, serving on the board of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), the Quinteto Latino, the SJSU King Library Africana-Asian-Chicano- and Native American Studies (AAACNA) Center, and the Northern California Chapter of NACCS. She has held elected positions in the American Sociological Association, the Sociologists for Women in Society, the Oral History Association and Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. She is part of the regional spokespeople on behalf of immigrant services in the Silicon Valley. Her publications focus on immigrant women, language and bilingual education, culture and pedagogy, and land and water rights.