Diversity Celebration Speaker Series

The college celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with invited speakers: Dr. Lilia Espinoza, PhD, MPH, of CSU Fullerton, Dr. Selenea Nguyen-Rodriguez, PhD, MPH, and Dr. Melawhy Garcia-Vega, PhD, MPH, both of CSU Long Beach.

Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez

Dr. Nguyen-Rodriguez is an Associate Professor of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach. She earned her PhD in Preventive Medicine and MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. Her career focuses on achieving health equity for minority populations; based on the principles of health psychology, she believes that to attain healthy outcomes, mental and physical well-being must both be addressed.

Lilia Espinoza

Dr. Espinoza received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from UCLA and her doctorate in Preventive Medicine specializing in Health Behavior Research from USC. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Fullerton, where she teaches undergraduate courses in multicultural health and research methods and advises graduate students on their Master projects and theses. Dr. Espinoza has conducted evidence-based, primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions with Spanish-speaking Latinx immigrants; probation youth; HIV-infected women and their children; and health care providers of patients living with HIV.

Melawhy Garcia-Vega

Dr. Garcia is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and a Research Associate at the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training. She received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.P.H. in Community Health Science from CSULB. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego/ San Diego State University (UCSD/SDSU) Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Behavior Research. Most recently, she completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD. Dr. Garcia’s work focuses on Latino health disparities, primarily obesity prevention and diabetes management among Latinos.