Lopez joins Metro College Success Program as faculty coordinator
Metro College Success Program (Metro) welcomes Gustavo Lopez as the new faculty coordinator of two Metro academies, Health II & Health III, both based in the College of Health & Social Sciences.
Lopez will work to support a total of 280 historically underrepresented students (140 per academy) — inside and outside of the classroom — as they transition into the University and connect with majors within the College.
Lopez holds an M.A. in teaching from University of San Francisco, with a focus in urban education and social justice, and will bring his background in social justice pedagogy and student success to this new role.
“I became an educator in order to advocate for students that come from similar disenfranchised and under-resourced communities that I have grown up in,” Lopez said. “As a first-generation university student, it was a goal of mine to serve the community that fostered my skills as a community organizer, educator and advocate for social justice. I consistently strive to promote student empowerment through the principles of social justice and equity, as well as encourage students from marginalized communities to be successful in their path of higher education.”
For Lopez, the Metro coordinator role ties directly to his own experience as a student. He is himself a Gator alum, having graduated from SF State with a B.A. in political science and Raza Studies (now Latina/Latino Studies) after transferring from CCSF. Before joining the Metro team, Lopez taught history and ethnic studies at South San Francisco High School, where he supported student organizing, restorative justice implementation and violence prevention efforts. The CHSS Metro Academy of Health III is one of two new Metro academies SF State, as part of a Fall 2018 program expansion made possible by support from the Student Success and Graduation Initiative, which aims to bolster student success and graduation equity on campus.