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Romeo Obrador Garcia

r_garcia_200x133Romeo Obrador Garcia has been the Dean of Special Programs and Grants at Merritt College since July 2013. He has more than 12 years of higher education experience, particularly in reaching out to underrepresented and underserved populations.  He joins Merritt after serving as the Director of Student Support & TRiO at Cañada College.

Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, he has worked for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UC Santa Barbara and the Federal TRiO Programs at UC San Diego.  In addition to working in education, he directed Liwanag Kultural Center (LKC), a nonprofit in Daly City, to advocate for international human rights and the wellness of youth and students.

He has served in various shared governance committees such as Student Services Planning Council, Planning and Budget Council, and Diversity Committee; and led efforts such as Social Justice Faculty and Student Committee, Student Learning Outcome Teams, Dreamers Task Force, and numerous selection committees to bring on new colleagues and administrators.

Mr. Garcia brings a demonstrated ability to build collective, transformative leadership among Student Services teams; to secure and sustain alternate revenue through grants and partnerships; and to facilitate and assess student learning outcomes and participatory action research methods to make timely improvements in the delivery of services and support.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Barbara in Asian American Studies and a minor in Black Studies with a focus on the liberation movement in the Pacific, Caribbean, and the African diaspora.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.  He is in the Doctor of Education Program in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University, with research interests in Third Space Theory and its application within the community college to create physical and symbolic sanctuary for low-income and first generation students.