Faculty of the Month for October - Brenda Reynoso
Please join the Faculty Senate Awards Committee in honoring Brenda Reynoso as October’s Faculty of the Month. Brenda has worked tirelessly to serve students at Ohlone for the past 20 years, and has had profound impact on the experiences of students of color on our campus. Her advocacy efforts have helped to result in new faculty positions, a multicultural center, and preservation of funding to promote student equity initiatives. As one colleague noted, “Brenda is the embodiment of equity. She is always thinking of how she can better serve students, especially students who lack resources and cultural capital.”
Brenda began working at Ohlone in 1999 in the Transfer Center where she coordinated the Transfer Incentive Program (TIP), which was aimed at helping students of color graduate and transfer to four-year universities. She personally lead hundreds of Ohlone students on several university campus tours across the state. Brenda then worked as a financial aid counselor before moving to general counseling where she started our Puente Program in 2005. Brenda built the Puente Program from the ground up and served as a coordinator and counselor to seven generations of Puente students, establishing the foundation that our Puente Program has thrived on for the past 15 years.
Since 2015, Brenda has served as an advisor to the M.E.Ch.A. club where she continues to support our Latinx student population. She provides critical information and academic advice to the club on a weekly basis and works closely with students one-on-one, helping extend the Puente model to a greater number of Latinx students on campus.
Brenda has also been an ongoing member of the Latinx Recruitment and Retention Committee (LRRC) since it's inception in 2009. During that time she helped write the charter to make LRRC an official committee, and she also took the lead in organizing one of the annual Raza Day events which brought hundreds of local high school students to Ohlone for a day-long conference. Some of her many contributions to the committee each year include, creating and updating information on how to enroll at Ohlone for undocumented students, assisting in a series of workshops to help Latinx students in writing their Personal Insight Questions for the UC application, and assisting in a series of Latinx Orientations during the summer for incoming Ohlone students.
In 2019, Brenda concluded three years of exceptional service on the GE Committee and became co-chair of Student Equity and Achievement(SEA). In this role, she has led the college in developing a Multicultural Student Center, a Summer Bridge Program, and a First Year Experience Program. These three critical equity programs would not be possible if it were not for Brenda’s leadership. Brenda’s tireless program and curriculum building passion has even led her to serve on the newly created taskforce to develop an Ethnic Studies Department! Brenda's career has been focused on supporting underserved students. It is without a doubt that all her work in developing equity programs, and serving students one-on-one, has had a life-changing impact on student of color at Ohlone.
Please join us in congratulating Brenda for being October’s Faculty of the Month!
The Faculty of the Month program seeks to honor faculty who have a history of making significant and continuing contributions to the College.
The selection is made by a subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The award is given monthly (of course!) during the academic year.
- 2020-2021 Faculty of the Month
- 2019-2020 Faculty of the Month
- 2018-2019 Faculty of the Month
- 2017-2018 Faculty of the Month
- 2016-2017 Faculty of the Month
- 2015-2016 Faculty of the Month
- 2014-2015 Faculty of the Month
- 2013-2014 Faculty of the Month
- 2012-2013 Faculty of the Month
- 2011-2012 Faculty of the Month
Learn more about the Faculty of the Month program.