Connie Calderon-Jensen, MA

Associate Director, Latinx Center of Excellence

Connie Calderón-Jensen is an education professional with over 25 years' experience on issues affecting students of color, English language learners, and immigrants. Her work experience includes supporting college access for first and second-generation students through the University of California Puente Project, with graduate students at the California Institute of Technology, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and with Los Medanos College.

She most recently worked as a program coordinator for the Office of Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs at the UCSF School of Medicine, where she focused on assisting historically under-represented students gain acceptance to medical school.

Connie also developed and shaped multiple programs focused on educational issues and trends affecting college access for low-income and underserved students, including working as the Bay Area Director for the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), and as a consultant for the California State Parent Teacher Association where she was part of the team that developed the award-winning School Smarts Parent Engagement Program serving low-income families across the state with its multilingual curriculum.

She speaks fluent Spanish and Italian, and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Policy Studies and Spanish from the MIIS.