Ethnic Studies at College of San Mateo - Meet the Faculty
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Ethnic Studies
Meet the Faculty

Frederick GainesFrederick Gaines
Title: Professor, Chair of Ethnic Studies
Degrees: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Ethnic Studies, Ed.D. Educational Leadership
Teaching Experience: I was a principal for five years at Walden Academy and Education, Educational Coordinator at Samaritan House, Coordinator of the Urban Institutes' Stay In School Family Resource Center and Executive Director for Aspire, a college prep after school program in North Central San Mateo. While working in Leadership in the non-profit sector, I accumulated 10 years of adjunct teaching experience, before becoming full-time at College of San Mateo 4 years ago, at various community colleges like Contra Costa, Solano, City College of San Francisco, College of San Mateo and Alameda.
Career Highlights:
 have been watching students cross the stage and move on to the University or career empowered, confident and prepared to pursue their passions and dreams.
Hobbies: I enjoy acting, directing, conducting research on African American Male students and student-athletes in community colleges and community college student athletes in general.
Quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lewis KawaharaLewis Kawahara
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: Museum Studies, SFSU, MA; Asian American Studies, UCLA, MA; U.S. History/major, African History/minor, SFSU, BA; and History, Canada College, AA
Teaching Experience: Since 2006
Career Highlights: Teaching is my second profession. My first career (31 years) was in the airlines business. I have had a few articles published and authored a book on Northern California Japanese American gardeners. At CSMs 2009 Commencement we honored our former Japanese American students who had their educational dream derailed when person of Japanese ancestry was sent to internment camps during World War II. Currently the Asian Pacific American Film Festival Director which will be celebrating its 4th annual Film Festival in May 2013.
Hobbies: Love to travel and going to the movies.
Rudy RamirezRudy Ramirez
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. Ethnic Studies, M.A. in Ethnic Studies, Teaching Certificate in ESL

Teaching Experience: Since 1998
Career Highlights: Taught for the Teaching Abroad Program in Spain, Fall 2008. Put on "edu-tainment" presentations in the CSM theater every semester since 2006. Have been taking On Course workshops since 2010. On the Scholarship Committee. Faculty advisor to the Latinos Unidos Club as well as the Toastmaster's International Club. Took part in weekend workshop at the Museum of Tolerance in Beverly Hills in 2007.
Hobbies: Play guitar (acoustic/electric) and conga drums professionally. Love to walk in nature. Working out is a joy. Always learning and finding new teaching techniques. Big boxing fan.
Quote: "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."
David “Vika” PalaitaDavid “Vika” Palaita
Title: Instructor