Leaders for Equity and Democracy EdD (LEAD)

Samuel Santos Jr.

Samuel Santos Jr. [he/him/his], began his journey in UC Berkeley’s educational doctorate, Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD), in 2021.

He is a student affairs practitioner with nearly two decades of experience in post-secondary settings. Passionate about equity, access, and the joy of supporting adult learners, Samuel has held a wide array of leadership roles in student affairs and services spanning both two and four year colleges, including: the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Santa Barbara, City College of San Francisco, the...

Olufemi Ogundele

Olufemi “Femi” Ogundele (he/him/his) became a doctoral student in UC Berkeley's educational doctorate, Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) in 2021. In his capacity as Associate Vice Chancellor of Admissions & Enrollment at Berkeley, Femi provides vision, strategy and leadership in the recruitment and evaluation at the University of California's flagship campus. He is a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and oversees the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the Financial Aid Office, the Registrar, the Center for Educational Partnerships, and the Visitor's Center. His vision and...

Jabari Mahiri

Jabari Mahiri is a Professor in the Berkeley School of Education and the William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Education. He is Faculty Director of Leadership Programs, Chair of the Leadership Board for the 21st Century California State Leadership Academies, Faculty Advisor for the Bay Area Writing Project, and a Board Member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the National Writing Project.

Professor Mahiri's forthcoming book is entitled "Equity Conscious Leaders: Educating for an Anti-Racist World. He also is author of Deconstructing Race: Multicultural...

Tu Moua Carroz

Tu Moua Carroz is part of the inaugural cohort of the Leaders for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) program, here at the School of Education at UC Berkeley. She firmly believes all students must be provided the opportunities to reach their highest potential regardless of race, class, income or zip code. As such, she is excited to grow as a researcher and to apply research in her practice.

Tu was born in a refugee camp in Thailand during the Vietnam War and came to America in the late 1970's. She is number seven of ten children in her family and learned how to speak, read and...

Monica Thomas

Monica Thomas is a first-year doctoral student in Cohort 1 of the Leadership for Equity and Democracy (LEAD) program in the UC Berkeley School of Education. Her research interests include school improvement and central office reform and the role local politics and community engagement play in impacting effective policy implementation.

Monica has been a long time leader in the Oakland Unified School District, serving as the founding principal of Greenleaf TK-8 as well as a Network Superintendent, where she supervised seventeen schools primarily in East Oakland. Monica...

Francis Rojas

Francis Rojas has been an educational leader at the two largest and diverse high schools in the Bay Area over the last 20 year - James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., (2002-2017) and Milpitas High School in Milpitas, Calif., (2017-current). He has served in various roles from science teacher, student activities director, house principal, vice principal, and principal. He is highly skilled in Curriculum and Instruction Reform, Student Affairs and Activities, Leadership Coaching and Professional Development, Community Outreach and Organizing, Master Scheduling, Restorative...