Veronica EstradaFaculty, Pacific Oaks College
Dr. Veronica Estrada is a Core Faculty in the School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College where she has been a faculty member since 2015. Dr. Estrada is currently serving her second term as Faculty Council Chair at the College. Dr. Estrada is also an adjunct professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Citrus College where she has been teaching Foundations of Leadership since 2014. Dr. Estrada has had over fourteen years of experience teaching in Higher Education at the community college, bachelor and master degree level. Additionally, Dr. Estrada has over twenty years of experience as a Student Affairs Professional at various institutions in California (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Long Beach, Glendale Community College, Citrus College, UCLA, California Institute of Technology, and Pacific Oaks).
Dr. Estrada completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership at the University of Southern California, her M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from Cal State Long Beach, and her B.S. in Developmental Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her research interests lie in the area of Educational Leadership, effective teaching styles to increase student retention, progressive student learning frameworks, elevating student classroom engagement using innovative technology, implementation of restorative practices in the classroom, and addressing the College completion gap among low-income students, specifically the Latinx and DACA students.
Dr. Estrada dissertation, Evaluating the effects of diversity courses and student diversity experiences on undergraduate students’ democratic values at a private urban research institution, examines the findings from previous research on the benefits of diversity courses and diversity experiences on student democratic outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate to what extent diversity courses and student diversity experiences correlated with democratic values.
Dr. Estrada has had the opportunity to travel various parts of the world for pleasure, business and academic conferences as well as sits on the Board of Directors and advisory board for two nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Dr. Estrada has presented at several conferences and has published peered review articles.