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Michael Tubbs Hired by Pacific

Jul 9, 2012

The Division of Student Life is pleased to announce the one-year appointment of Michael Tubbs as Coordinator of the Community Involvement Program at University of the Pacific for the 2012-13 academic-year.  In collaboration with CIP Director Pov Doran, he will spearhead initiatives that advance the CIP program by providing guidance, mentorship, and advocacy to ensure improved retention and persistence of CIP Scholars.  We expect that this position will energize the program by embracing the opportunity to strengthen partnerships with community leaders and area agencies in order to create community service projects and mentoring opportunities for program participants.  Further, Michael has been charged with developing and executing specific goals and outcomes for the new CIP Cohort Program model and its multiyear Curricular Components.

As many of you already know, Michael Tubbs is a dynamic young man who is not only a native Stocktonian, but also already a member of the Pacific family through his role as co-Executive Director of the Summer Success and Leadership Academy (SSLA) with recent Pacific graduate, Ty-Licia Hooker.  Inspired to create an intervention after all of the daunting statistics that appeared in the news about Stockton's high crime and violence rates compared to its low literacy and college-attainment rates, Michael and Ty-Licia together founded SSLA in 2010 as a strategy  for mentoring local students and helping them realize their dreams to pursue higher education.  Michael is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix Scholars Program, which is a nonprofit organization that has aided over 300 low-income, first generation students matriculate into competitive colleges and universities throughout the nation. 

In addition to his experience and passion for creating educational access and opportunity for underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds, Michael graduated from Stanford University this past June with Honors, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity as well as a Master's Degree in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies.  When you have an opportunity, please talk with Michael about his research that is relevant to both to his new Coordinator role and Pacific's institutional goals related to enhancing student success.  His honors thesis entitled, Teaching Truth to (Em)Power: Creating Counter-Educational Institutions, highlighted the study he conducted regarding SSLA, utilizing Critical Hip Hop Pedagogy, Mentorship, and reinforcement of  the identities of the students' participants as a framework for ensuring their academic and personal success.  While completing his studies, Michael was a Truman Scholar, a Rhodes' finalist, and a Stanford Dinkelspiel Award Winner, the highest honor a student can receive at the University.

Additional experience that he has acquired prior to joining Pacific includes his roles as Leader for the Children's Defense Fund Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign; Summer Intervention Specialist for Aspire Charter Schools, White House Intergovernmental Affairs Intern and Google Edu-Intern responsible for coordinating and implementing a new hire orientation and Time Management classes for Googlers.

Dr. Lisa Cooper, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement in the Division of Student Life, notes, "Michael's enthusiasm and advocacy for underrepresented youth as well as his commitment to reinventing Stockton is impressive and I am looking forward to the contributions that he will make to enlivening the Community Involvement Program.  I know that he will be an inspiring role model for our students and an innovative and conscientious professional."  Adds Dr. Elizabeth Griego, Vice President of Student Life, "We sought Michael for this position because his proven leadership and care for Stockton youth will reinvigorate the CIP program and further strengthen our connections to the community."

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