Season Five

Racial Justice in the Academy; Amplifying the voices of Black women S5 E6 & E7 (Part I & II)

Dr. Donna J. Nicol is an associate professor and chair of Africana Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills.  Dr. Nicol joined the faculty at CSUDH in Fall 2017 after a decade in the Women and Gender Studies Department at California State University Fullerton where she became the first woman of color to be granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2014.

Before joining the professoriate, Dr. Nicol spent seven years in higher education administration as a Program Coordinator, Program Manager and Director along with three years as a secondary social studies and language arts teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District.

Dr. Nicol is a proud alumna of California State University Fullerton (BA, History and African American Studies, 1995) and California State University Long Beach (MA, History, 1999) and The Ohio State University (MA, Higher Education Administration, 2002 and Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Education with specialization in the history of African American higher education, 2007).   Dr. Nicol’s research and teaching centers on history and politics of African American educational access with a focus on philanthropic foundations, university trustee boards and African American women as faculty and university administrators.

Dr. Nicol is a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, a life member of the Association of Black Women Historians, member of the California Faculty Association, social action committee chair of the Lambda Rho Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, President/CEO of the Faith, Hope and Trust Foundation, Inc. and a member of the Harbor Area (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

In her spare time, Dr. Nicol enjoys taking hip hop dance classes, cooking, debating politics and traveling with her husband.

A recognized leader in business and higher education, Dr. Natalie V. Nagthall currently serves as the Los Angeles/Orange County Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. She is also the founder and principal consultant at N2V Consulting, Inc., a boutique global consulting firm that provides equity-centered strategic and professional development solutions. Dr. Nagthall’s specialties includes professional development, innovative pedagogies including culturally relevant instruction, anti-racist education, curriculum design and workshop development. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology as well as with the Los Angeles Community College District.

The Brooklyn, New York native earned a BS in Marketing and Logistics/Transportation from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Nagthall received her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation explores the use of culturally relevant instructional practices in STEM under the title, “(Re)Imagining STEM Instruction: An Examination of Culturally Relevant Andragogical Practices to Eliminate STEM Inequities Among Historically Minoritized Students in Community Colleges.”

During her free time, Natalie enjoys traveling, binge-watching shows, cooking, entertaining, and learning Italian.


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