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Dr. Stacy Thompson

s_thompson_200x133Dr. Stacy Thompson has served as the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Merritt College since 2008. Prior to this position she was a tenured faculty member in the Child Development Department and for many years was also the chair of the Human Development Department. With over 20 years of experience as an educator of young children, parents and teachers her focus was on child development, anti-bias, diversity and mixed race identity formation. Dr. Thompson earned her M.A. in Early Childhood Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership and Doctorate in Educational Leadership: Early Care and Education: How education matters, from Mills College.

She has been an Oakland resident for all her life and has a long history of community involvement around social justice issues. Dr. Thompson has provided leadership at Merritt College including chairing the Accreditation Steering Committee, Staff Development Committee, Health and Safety Committee, College Council and several Tenure Review Committees. She has been instrumental in the implementation of key grant-funded programs from county, state and federal sources to support student success including; Alameda County First 5, Every Child Counts; Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Grant (TAACCCT); Title III Grant: Learning Communities/Integrative Learning; Maximum Achievement Program (MAP).

Dr. Thompson is active in a variety of national, state and local organizations, including serving on an accreditation team for the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. She is a member of Association of California Community College Administrators and serves on several boards including Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women, Oakland Head Start, Peralta Association of African American Affairs and Western Region Council on Black American Affairs.