Janis Velasquez Farmer
I am a first-generation American citizen and first-generation college graduate, navigating personal and higher education systems utilizing love, compassion, and survival training from two powerful influences, my Filipino immigrant parents. I teach my eight-year-old son daily lessons of social justice, cheering silently when he uses terms like “racist”, yet challenging him to articulate usable definitions. My husband is a law enforcement officer and although our professional worlds often collide, they also flex, balance, and grow with each critical and courageous conversation, allowing us to evolve and excel in our work and in our home.
As a social justice learner and advocate, my work promotes leadership and equity among students, staff, and faculty in higher education. I work to increase voice and recognition of populations marginalized within a dominant hegemonic system. I have a strong record of successful student advising experience, educational program planning, and curriculum development to advance equity and inclusion in educational systems. I facilitate co-creative student development, staff/team development, and community projects, workshops, and presentations to promote ethical, servant, adaptive, and inclusive leadership in social justice.