Hello! My name is Pam Chao and I am the parent of Alec Sumner, a second year Civitas Student. Civitas is a special program, both in the people involved and in its perspective. Each teacher in this program goes above and beyond, and the program teaches so much by regarding students as citizens in the global and local communities. I have some experience volunteering in the program, and have had the pleasure of working with Civitas students on Youth Court /Restorative Justice Program.
I am a Sociology Professor at American River College, and have been teaching there for over twenty years. My focus is on race relations and other inequalities. I have experience with local and national advisory boards. I love working with learners and educational programs. In addition to my teaching, I am currently developing an semester-long Equity Institute for faculty, teach an eight-week Diversity in the Classroom: A Reaching and Learning Institute open to all Los Rios faculty every spring, was the founding Director of the ARC Community and Diversity Center, and was the past Director of the ARC Center for Teaching and Learning.