CCPA 2021 Elections:

Candidate Platforms

The following candidates are running for elected leadership positions with the California College Personnel Association for the 2021 calendar year. 


Dr. Tracy pascua dea

Platform: I grew up in Missouri, a place associated today with racial divide and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement as a result of police shootings in Ferguson, just 20 miles from my home. Missouri is a place I know holds on to those divisions, even as I tried to ‘pass’ as ‘one of them’ – someone who ‘looked American.’ The intersection of my multiple identities—first generation, Pilipina American, daughter of immigrants, sister, mother, professional—has often made me feel both a part of something and alone. I have often felt on the margins and invisible even amid all of my successes, setting the stage for my unwavering commitment to support those on the margins and reflecting my commitment to engage with and advocate for “othered” communities. This has guided my career path and my collective and strengths-based leadership style. In a leadership role for CCPA, I will bring forth these identities while also acknowledging and affirming other CCPA leaders and membership. My vision is to share my strengths and harness the strengths of my fellow colleagues, the community and the organization. Because my leadership style is focused on collectivism and strengths, I’d like to hear from the community about their needs while being an organization that is innovative and at the forefront of the ever changing landscape of higher education. I’d like to balance theory and practice, and research and being in authentic community with each other. We’re at a unique time where our membership spans multiple generations and identities and where there is active, racial reckoning going on in our country. We have a responsibility to not be status quo and rather be leaders in pushing that status quo. I look forward to serving each one of you and the organization.

Biography: Dr. Tracy Pascua Dea is currently the Senior Director of Student Services at University of California, Berkeley. She was the former Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success and Co-Director of the High Potential First Generation to College Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. She also teaches part-time at Northeastern University. Her research and teaching focus on student success with an emphasis on first generation and historically marginalized student populations, strengths-based institutional change, first generation professionals with special interest in the Asian Pacific Islander community, and the power of narratives for social change. She has developed on-ground and on-line, domestic and international graduate and undergraduate programs and collaborated with Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, Tracy has been active in service to the community and has held leadership roles in professional organizations. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines. She is the first in her family to attend college in the U.S. Tracy earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and B.A. in Psychology from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is co-author of

Director of Professional Development 

Dr. Aaron Jones

Platform: One of the most important things for me in my professional life was to seek out ways to build my network and build my knowledge base in the field. I did this in various ways, as a new professional it is vital but I have continued to learn it only becomes more important the longer you stay in the field. I have been involved in various professional organizations like ACPA, CCPA, and NASPA, in addition to serving in various roles on my campus and in my university system. I want to continue to both share the knowledge that I have gained as well as, create opportunities for others to achieve what I have and beyond. During this challenging time, I want to even more devise creative, low-to-no-cost ways to cultivate professional community and build your professional toolkit. 

Biography: Aaron Jones has spent the last 10 years within student affairs and educational spaces creating programs and advocating for social justice and inclusion at various institutions and non-profit organizations. Aaron currently serves as Interim Director for Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) at the University of California Santa Cruz. Aaron is an alumnus of the University of California Riverside, receiving his BA in English and MEd in Higher Education Administration and Policy. He completed his doctorate at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in Higher Education Leadership . His dissertation centered on creating spaces for thriving for incoming Black students at a Dominantly White Institution. Aaron joined UCSC to do academic advising, counseling, and equity-minded success initiatives as African/Black/Caribbean Retention Specialist, later as Associate Director for Black Student Success, reporting to the African American Resource and Cultural Center and EOP. Prior to UCSC, he served as a Residence Director at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He has served in various leadership roles in local and national organizations like Council of UC Staff Assemblies, UC Council on Student Fees, UC Student Association, NASPA, ACPA, and CCPA. As a graduate student in 2011, Aaron was the graduate student representative and later UC constituency representative. 

Open Position

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We are committed to creating a culture of recognition and annually acknowledge the accomplishments of staff, scholars, and graduate students across the state of California. Winners for the following state-wide awards will be announced in November 2020:
  • Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Outstanding New Professional
  • Outstanding Use of Technology
  • Outstanding Dedication to Equity & Social Justice
  • Outstanding Service to the Association