Director of Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence
California Lutheran University
Dr. Lorri J. Santamaría is the Director of Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence for California Lutheran University. She is also a member of the university Core diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership team. She graduated from The University of Arizona with a BA in Bilingual Elementary School Education (1994), then received a MA (1997), and PhD in Bilingual (Spanish/English) Special Education Rehabilitation and School Psychology (2000) from The University of Arizona with an emphasis in Multicultural Multilingual Education. Lorri attained certification in Educational Administration (2002) in the state of California. Over the last 20+ years, Lorri has held a wide variety of positions in public education ranging from bilingual classroom teacher to special day class teacher to district administrator in Arizona and California, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, and Professor of Multicultural Multilingual Education. In 2012, Lorri was appointed to the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where she was Associate Professor Educational Leadership and Head of School for Learning, Development, and Professional Practice. In 2017 she became the Director and Principal Investigator for the Mixteco/ Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) in Oxnard, CA where she worked alongside, with, for, and on behalf of migrant indigenous community members studying indigenous healing modalities to address stress, anxiety, and depression. Her 60+ publications and record of research proceed her current appointment at Cal Lutheran where she shares years of experience in teaching, research, and service to inform faculty development initiatives to serve a new generation of culturally, linguistically, gender, and ability diverse faculty and students in a Liberal Arts university in Southern California.