Gabriela Gamiz joins us as the first Director for Community Engagement at HMC.
Gabriela brings to the position a wealth of experience working with area K – 12 schools, an understanding of HMC community and much creativity and energy. She served as the first administrator of the HMC Homework Hotline, a free, over-the-phone, tutoring service for fourth through 12th graders. Gabriela previously served as the Associate Director and then Director of the HMC Upward Bound program’s Math and Science Center.
Prior to HMC, Gamiz was the Project Director for a Title V grant to develop Hispanic-serving institutions in the Riverside Community College District, where she also served as an Adjunct Professor of Education.
Gabriela has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Pomona College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University.
As the Assistant Director for Community Engagement and Homework Hotline Coordinator, Brian Gray is responsible for the administration and management of the free tutoring programs that HMC offers to the community, including the Homework Hotline and the Dean of Students tutoring program. In addition, Brian works closely with the director of community engagement to develop programs that benefit both the HMC and surrounding communities.
Brian joined the Dean of Students Team in summer 2013. Prior to coming to HMC, Brian was a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Riverside, where he also served as a lecturer for biology courses and served as one of two coordinators of the award-winning outreach committee for his departmental graduate student association.
In addition, Brian possesses several years of educational experience. In the Office of TRiO Programs at UC Riverside, he worked as an academic advisor and summer residential supervisor for the Upward Bound Math/Science program, working with 50 low-income, first-generation high school students to help prepare them for postsecondary education.
He also worked for several years as a tutor and course instructor for a private tutoring firm, where he helped train tutors, developed curriculum, and served on the accreditation panel for a newly-formed private high school.
Gray earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside in 2006, including a quarter spent abroad at the Monteverde Institute (Costa Rica), and earned a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology from UC Riverside in 2013.
Gray won numerous honors and awards during his graduate career, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship from 2009 – 2013, a NSF East Asia-Pacific Summer Institute grant in 2010, a UCR Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship in 2009. He was named an outstanding teaching assistant by the UCR Graduate Division in 2011 and was recognized by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture with a Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2011. Finally, Gray has authored or co-authored several technical papers in addition to a number of op-eds published in regional newspapers.