Veronica Estrada, Ed.D.
Pivot of Pedagogy: How the Pacific Oaks College Community adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Estrada is a core faculty at Pacific Oaks College for the school of human development overseeing the educational leadership and human services concentration. She is also an adjunct professor for the social and behavioral sciences department at Citrus College where she has been teaching foundations of leadership and psychology courses since 2014. Additionally, Dr. Estrada has over twenty years of
experience as a student affairs professional and community college counselor at various institutions such as California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, California State Long Beach, Glendale Community College, Citrus College, University of California at Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology, and Pacific Oaks College.
Dr. Estrada completed her Ed.D. in higher education administration and leadership at the University of Southern California, her M.S. in counseling with a specialization in student development in higher education from California State University at Long Beach, and her B.S. in developmental psychology from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Her research interests lie in the areas of
educational leadership, effective teaching styles to increase student retention, progressive student learning frameworks, elevating student classroom engagement using innovative technology, online education, implementation of restorative practices in the classroom, and addressing the college completion gap among low-income students, specifically focusing on Latinx and DACA students.
Dr. Estrada was recently awarded the Dr. Yasmin Davidds Courage in Leadership Award from the University of Southern California Executive Leadership Program for Multicultural Women, in which she earned a certificate in 2020. She is also an Ambassador for the USC Executive Leadership Program. Dr. Estrada will also be a keynote speaker at the International Congress for Educators (CIE) at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC University) at February 17, 2021 on ““Liderazgo
Educativo: Estrategias para fortalecer las comunidades de aprendizaje en entornos digitales” (Educational Leadership: Strategies to strengthen learning communities in digital environments).
Currently, Dr. Estrada is currently in the 2021 Leadership California Issues and Trends Program. Dr. Estrada’s dissertation, Evaluating the effects of diversity courses and student diversity experiences on undergraduate students’ democratic values at a private urban research institution, examines the findings from previous research on the benefits of diversity courses and diversity experiences on student democratic outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the extent to which diversity courses and student diversity experiences correlated with democratic values.
Dr. Estrada has had the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world for pleasure, business and academic conferences as well as sits on the board of directors and advisory board for two nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Dr. Estrada has presented at several international, national, and state-wide conferences and has published peered reviewed and journal articles.