2022 – Year in Review

2022 was a monumental year for the Equity Avengers.

It’s hard to believe that 2022 was only our third year as Equity Avengers. In the last year alone, we unveiled our new branding, launched our website, equityavengers.com, and kicked off a years-long dream in the making: the #EquityAvengersCommunity. We couldn’t be prouder of our collective effort in the name of raising awareness for equity in higher education.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the phenomenal guests we had over the year from both seasons 2 and 3! In 2022, we were proud to host the following guests:


  • Earl Buford, President of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Dean of the College of Education, University of Kentucky
  • Sarah Ancel, Founder & CEO of Student-Ready Strategies
  • Atif Qarni, Managing Director of External Affairs at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
  • Sara Weissman, Reporter at Inside HigherEd
  • Meacie Fairfax, President of Strategic Research at EAB
  • Dr. Erika Endrijones, Associate Director of the California Community College Women’s Caucus
  • Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Co-chair of California Community College Women’s Caucus
  • Dr. Carole Goldsmith, Chancellor of the State Center Community College District
  • Dr. Ashanti Hands, Vice President of Student Services at San Diego Mesa College
  • Dr. Felicia Darling, Author of Empathy Unchained and Teachin’ It!
  • Nicole Lynn Lewis, Author of Pregnant Girl, Founder & CEO of Generation Hope
  • Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, President of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
  • Dr. Abdimalik Buul, Visiting Executive of Educational Excellence & Equal Employment Opportunity Programs, Webinar Lead & Moderator at CCCCO and Black Student Success Week
  • Dr. Don Miller, President of the California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers and VP of Academic Affairs at Rio Hondo College 
  • David O’Brien, Vice Chancellor, Government Relations, CCCCO
  • David Baime, Sr. Vice President, Government Relations and Research, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, President, Evergreen Valley College
  • Rebekah Cearley, Legislative advocate, Murdoch Walrath & Holmes
  • Dr. John Hernandez, President, Irvine Valley College


  • Dr. Daisy Gonzales, Interim Chancellor of the California Community Colleges
  • Michael Tubbs, Special Advisor for Economic Mobility and Opportunity to the Governor of California; Founder of End Poverty in California (EPIC)
  • Dr. Charlie Eaton, Assoc. Professor of Sociology at UC Merced
  • Samantha Seng, Legislative Director & Policy Advisor at NextGen Policy
  • Jimmieka Mills, Co-Founder of Equitable Spaces
  • Leonardo D. Rodriguez, Undergraduate Student Representative of the Undocumented Community Council at UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity & Inclusion
  • Dr. G.T. Reyes, Associate Professor at CSU East Bay
  • Dr. Iliana Perez, Director of Research & Entrepreneurship at Immigrants Rising
  • Sam Polk, Co-Founder & CEO of Everytable
  • Freddy Shegog, Founder & CEO of The Message LLC
  • Dr. Carol Hedgspeth, Deputy Director of EdTrust West
  • Dr. Connie Gutierrez, Director of Disabled Programs & Services at Rio Hondo College and Region G Coordinator of DSPS Statewide Advisory Chair
  • Virginia “Ginni” May, President of the Academic Senate California Community Colleges

So while we were proud to give voice to changemakers, activists and scholars in higher education and beyond in 2022, we are committed to deepening and expanding our #EquityAvengersCommunity even further in 2023. We hope that you’ll join us and help raise awareness throughout your networks, with the goal that someday, all students who wish to access higher education will be able to do so, no matter where they come from.