Dr. Rhonda Rios Kravitz, Dean, Learning Resource Center, SCC
Rhonda Rios Kravitz was appointed the Dean of the Learning Resources Center at Sacramento City College in July 2007. From 1990 – July 2007 she served as the Head of Access Services at the Sacramento State University Library. At Sacramento State she was a recognized and celebrated leader in diversity and equity issues and the recruitment and retention of faculty of color. A community, professional, and dedicated leader at heart, Rios Kravitz has worked on behalf of work equity, unionization, student advocacy, diversity, and women’s equity issues. Her research focuses on higher education equity issues, education equity policy, and accountability efforts for social justice. In 2006 she was awarded a D.P. A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Sacramento Center School of Public Policy, Planning, and Development. Her dissertation is titled: Precepts for Success: Chicana/o and Latina/o Administrators Working in the California State University System. She holds an MSLS in Library Science from Simmons College, and a BA in Humanities with minors in Chemistry and Ethnic Studies from Sacramento State University. Her publications include: “Libraries, the FBI, and the USA Patriot Act: A Chilling History." (2003), The Power of Language/El Poder de la Palabra(2001),“Giving Birth to the Dream: Realizing a Multiethnic, Multiracial State." (2001), “Anti-Terrorism Legislation and its impact on Civil Rights and Immigration,” (2001), “Battling the Adobe Ceiling: Barriers to Professional Advancement for Academic Librarians of Color.” (2000). As Interim Director of the Joe Serna and Isabel Hernandez-Serna Center (2004) she identified strategies to promote education and professional solutions for Chicano/Latinos on campus and the metropolitan area. Her professional leadership is exemplified in her roles as President of REFORMA –National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish-Speaking, Chair of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2000-2001. In 1997 she was a delegate to the 41st Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations. Among her numerous awards, Rios Kravitz has been received the Dolores Huerta Activist Award from the Freedom Bound Center (2004), Students First Award from the Associated Students at Sacramento State (2004), Faculty Excellence Award from El Concilio de Estudiantes de Sacramento State (2003), Excellence Award, Northern California FOCO of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (2002).