Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Meet the Staff

Dr. Lorena Navarro is Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM Program and the Natural Sciences Coordinator and Community College Liaison for the Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC2) Program. Dr. Navarro discovered her passion for research while completing a BS in biological sciences at UC Davis. After graduation, she pursued a PhD in biology at UC San Diego. Upon completion of her postdoctoral studies at the UCSD School of Medicine, she accepted a faculty position at UC Davis in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her research focus was bacterial pathogenesis and host defense. After eight years as an assistant professor, she was interested in transitioning into a position where she could contribute to student advancement and success. She joined Chico State in January 2017. She is a strong proponent of STEM education as well as programs to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue a higher education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, cycling, hiking and working out.

Dr. Herrera is the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) curriculum advisor and instructor. Dr. Christine Herrera is an Assistant Professor in the Department Mathematics and Statistics at CSU, Chico. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Dr. Herrera was able to earn a B.S. and a M.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University, and then a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Texas State University. Upon graduation Dr. Herrera accepted a position at California State University, Chico. Dr. Herrera’s current research interests include areas of teaching and learning that foster productive struggle and teacher noticing of student thinking at pre-service and in-service levels, and investigating student’s understanding of proofs and proof comprehension. Dr. Herrera also collaborates with the Bilingual Education Program as the mathematics content specialist for the Community and Instruction for expanding English Learners’ Opportunities (CIELO) Project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, exercising, hiking, reading, and gardening.

Lorena Navarro

Christine Herrera