Student Life Coordinator, Golden West College

Therese Grande’s career in higher education spans over a decade at both public and private institutions and includes cross-functional experience in student affairs, curriculum and instruction, and institutional planning. In her current role as the Student Life Coordinator at Golden West College, she trains and advises student leaders, facilitates campus-wide programming, and helps foster an environment where students can meaningfully engage with peers, faculty, staff, and administration outside the classroom. Therese is passionate about creating access and equity in institutional governance and decision making structures, and has been recognized by both the California Community Colleges Classified Senate and the American Association for Women in Community Colleges for her leadership in this area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New York University and is currently completing a master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration at California State University, Long Beach.