Choices FMLA Faculty of the Month
Cerritos Community College
An academician, activist, and mentor, DeFrance has worked to strengthen
women's equality through campus and community activism that includes
her role as advisor of the Cerritos FMLA, her work as President
of the American Association of University Women La Palma-Cerritos
Branch during the past two years, and her leadership in the
campus administration as Vice President of Faculty Senate, Chairman
of the program review committee, and Co-Chair of Accreditation 2002
of the College.
DeFrance's dedication has not gone unrecognized. She has twice
received a National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development
(NISOD) award for teaching excellence, and was awarded "Outstanding
Faculty" in 1999-2000 by the college.
Her work with young feminist activists began 4 years ago when a
group of feminists first chartered a Feminist Majority Leadership
Alliance at Cerritos Community College. DeFrance mentors the group,
shares scholarship, leadership and conference opportunities with
members, and offers guidance and insight for the group's actions
and events. During the spring of 2000, DeFrance was integral to
the FMLA's fundraising efforts helping the group raise 16,000 dollars
to send a delegation to FMF's Feminist Expo 2000 in Baltimore.
Francine DeFrance is dedicated to empowering young feminist activists
at Cerritos Community College. With a BA in English and an MED in
Teaching in English from Temple University, and an MA in English
from California State University of Long Beach, and DeFrance is
working to complete her EDD (Doctorate in Education in Higher Education)
from the University of Southern California. An English professor
for over 25 years at Cerritos Community College, DeFrance is currently
serving as the Interim Instructional Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences
and teaches a course for students who will eventually graduate and
become teachers themselves.
Congratulations to Francine DeFrance and all of our amazing Choices
Faculty and Staff members!
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I get to watch the evolution of these young women [as] I've worked
most closely with the leadership which tend to be the female members
of the club. So many of them haven't really thought of themselves
as leaders, but they're all leaders in a way because they're leading
the discussion on feminism on campus
young people realize
that they can get behind the issue and articulate that to others