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Bonnie Gasior

Dr. Bonnie Gasior, Interim Director

Office: Library, Room 507

Phone: 562.985.4233
Email: bonnie.gasior@csulb.edu

Bonnie Gasior, Professor of Spanish, completed her MA and Ph.D. at Purdue University. In both research and teaching, Dr. Gasior’s interests include women writers of and gender representations in Early Modern Spain and Colonial Spanish-American literature. She is the co-editor of two books—Crosscurrents: Transatlantic Perspectives on Early Modern Hispanic Theater (2006) and Making Sense of the Senses in the Spanish Comedia (2017)—as well as the co-author of a third-year Spanish literature textbook, Redes Literarias: antología del texto hispánico en su contexto histórico-cultural (2018). Her most recent edited volume titled Reconsidering Early Modern Spanish Literature through Mass and Pop Culture: Contemporizing the Classics in the Classroom is currently under contract with Brill. Dr. Gasior has also authored numerous publications in journals such as Hispania, Chasqui, and Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, including two, peer-reviewed articles with former MA students. She received a President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in 2018.

Since her arrival at CSULB 2001, Dr. Gasior has remained committed to student success as undergraduate advisor, program director, and graduate advisor in her department and as the Faculty Athletics Representative and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is a proponent of high impact practices and has experience in organizing and leading study abroad tours; running service-learning (Alternative Spring Break) trips; working with the CLA Career Readiness team on internships; reimagining the first year experience as a Paideia Fellow; and teaching both Capstone and writing-intensive classes. Dr. Gasior has mentored students in both the UROP and Partners for Success Programs and looks forward sharing her passion for collaborative learning and research with UHP students.

Vincent Norga, Associate Director

Vincent Norga, Associate Director

Office: Library, Room 507

Phone: 562.985.1950
Email: vincent.norga@csulb.edu

Vincent earned a Masters in Educational psychology from CSULB.  His experience in higher education ranges from coordinating placement exams, first-year transition programs, study skill workshops, academic intervention programs, graduate school preparation courses, academic advising, and scholarships.   

Vincent completed his undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where he pursued a BA in Psychology. In undergrad he conducted and presented research under different faculty members with topics including anxiety, information re-call, and auditory perception.

Vincent strives to assist students in reaching their full potential and looks forward in working with you.

Kashima Samuels

Kashima Samuels, Associate Director

Office: Library, Room 507

Phone: 562.985.4706
Email: kashima.samuels@csulb.edu

Kashima attended UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) and pursued a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education. After graduating from UCSC, Kashima joined AmeriCorps and volunteered as an Outreach Coordinator for a California low-income housing community. Through this experience, she was able to engage with a diverse population and directly address social justice issues. During this time, she was reminded of why education was important and made the decision to pursue her graduate degree in Student Affairs.

Kashima graduated from the CSULB Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) Master’s program in 2013. In graduate school, she served as President for the Association for Professionals in Student Affairs; co-developed, implemented and coordinated an International Service Learning Program at CSULB; completed a thesis that examined how international service learning experiences influence graduate student identity development; and co-presented research at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

Jacqueline Toy

Jacqueline Toy, Acting Associate Director

Office: Library, Room 507

Phone: 562.985.4706
Email: jacqueline.toy@csulb.edu

Jacqueline Toy received a BS in Public Health Sciences and a minor in Education from University California, Irvine (UCI). Jacqueline’s Student Affairs experience ranges from working in Housing and Residential Life, Student Life & Leadership, and the Office of Student Conduct.

Jacqueline earned her MS in Counseling with the option in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) from CSULB. In graduate school, she served as a Graduate Assistant for Women’s Gender and Equity Center as well as an Assistant Residential College Coordinator in Housing and Residential Life. She completed her thesis entitled Mentors in Violence Prevention Training and Its Effectiveness with Resident Assistants, which explored gender violence and the effect of a leadership bystander training with student leaders on a college campus. Jacqueline is a student-centered Academic Affairs professional with interests in student leadership and advocates for student growth and development.

Brenda Pulido Villanueva

Brenda Pulido Villanueva, Academic Advisor

Office: Library, Room 507

Phone: 562.985.2426
Email: brenda.pulidovillanueva@csulb.edu

Born and raised in México, Brenda B. Pulido Villanueva immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 11. Brenda attended Cerritos Community College where she became an honors student and was introduced to the world of research. Brenda presented her research about the Mexican/Latinx immigrant community at state and national conferences, and ultimately transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Brenda graduated with honors with an International Developmental Studies degree and a minor in Political Science from UCLA. Two of the highlights of her undergraduate experience are studying abroad in Italy and conducting research in South Africa. Additionally, Brenda became a peer mentor for transfer students at UCLA and discovered her passion for supporting people attain a better quality of life through access to educational opportunities.

This passion led Brenda to obtain a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education (SCAE) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and to continue to do research through her master’s thesis. Brenda has published her research in book articles, reports, and encyclopedia entries (in press) and loves the opportunity to contribute to diversifying academia by including the experiences of Mexican immigrant communities and women through their own voice by utilizing culturally relevant empowering healing research methodologies. Brenda has advised diverse undocumented, first-generation, low-income, and transfer students throughout her career. She is excited to support CSULB Honors students in their academic, personal, and professional development in a holistic way.