Saturday, April 17, 2021
The RP Group

 Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Keynote and Plenary speakers for our RP Conferences are leaders in their fields and offer attendees the opportunity to learn new skills and information to help them in their own work.


Virtual RP Conference 2021 Opening Plenary

Frameworks and Tactics IRPE Professionals Can Leverage to Dismantle Racialization in California Community Colleges

Please join us for a panel discussion about some specific methods, practices, and frameworks that IRPE offices can utilize to inform and guide institutional priorities associated with diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Dr. Martín De Mucha Flores
Associate Dean of Educational Success, Student Equity, and Achievement Programs, Berkeley City College

Martín de Mucha Flores's photoDr. Martín De Mucha Flores is a Chicano Scholar Activist who weaves his personal experience, research, data, and community testimonials into his professional career. Martín is the Associate Dean of Educational Success and Student Equity and Achievement Programs at Berkeley City College. At the college Martín supports the Undocumented Community Resource Center, Society of Scholars, a collective of learning communities, the college's Title V HSI grant, outreach and retention programming, dual enrollment, and implementation and monitoring on the HEERF grants. In addition Martín works closely with the Senior Research at the college to implement equity advancing prompts in the college's Annual and Comprehensive Program Review.


Michelle Fowles
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Los Angeles Valley College

Michelle Fowles's photoMichelle Fowles serves as the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and adjunct faculty in Sociology at LA Valley College. She has breadth of experience supporting data-informed decision making, institutional planning, program review and evaluation, and accountability. In support of data-informed action, she works closely with participatory governance and other groups to improve institutional processes. Michelle also dedicates her time to promoting anti-racism and equity efforts, encouraging informed action, awareness, and dialogue. She is a former RP Group board member and currently serves on the RP Group Equity Taskforce.


Dr. Melissa Leal
Instructor / Tribal Liason and Wonoti Program Coordinator, Sierra College

Melissa Leal's photoDr. Melissa Leal is an enrolled member of the Ohlone/Costanoan Esselen Nation. She earned her Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis and currently teaches and serves as a Tribal Liaison and Wonoti Program Coordinator at Sierra College in Northern California. Her research and teaching focuses on contemporary film, music, dance and other performance arts in indigenous communities. She has worked with tribes and tribal youth for more than 15 years focusing on education, language revitalization, and empowerment. 


Dr. Mayra Padilla
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Equity, Contra Costa College

Mayra Padilla's photoDr. Mayra Padilla is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Equity at Contra Costa College (CCC). Under her leadership, CCC has been awarded two Department of Education HSI STEM grants and a Title V HSI Social Justice grant. Dr. Padilla has received numerous awards for her work at CCC including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, STEM Woman of the Year for Nancy Skinner's Office, Contra Costa County Women's Hall of Fame for "Building Community," and the San Francisco Foundation Koshland Civic Unity Fellowship. She has also been featured in the SF Business Times Notable People.