Cirian Villavicencio
Board Member

Dr. Cirian Villavicencio has over 18 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Villavicencio currently serves on the California Community College Board of Governors as a faculty representative, appointed by Governor Newsom. He also serves as Co-Chair and Professor of the Department of Political Science at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. Before attaining a full-time, tenured position, Dr. Villavicencio served as a part-time political science instructor at American River and Folsom Lake Colleges in Sacramento, California. He was a faculty intern for the Los Rios Faculty Diversity Internship Program.

In his role as a California Community College Board of Governor, Dr. Villavicencio passionately advocates improving student outcomes while reducing equity gaps for students of color and other historically marginalized student populations. He believes in elevating the voice of all California community college students to ensure they thrive and succeed.

Active in local and state politics, Dr. Villavicencio served as a staffer for the California Asian American Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus in the State Capital. He briefly served on the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee and as an elected state delegate twice to the California Democratic State Convention. Locally, he served as a citizen member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee (EEOAC) for Sacramento County. Dr. Villavicencio was also appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and reappointed by Governor Newsom on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA) whose mission serves to elevate the political, economic, and social issues of California Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for two terms. In 2015-2017, Dr. Villavicencio served as CAPIAA’s chair. Under his direction, he helped pass data disaggregation legislation for the AAPI community, human trafficking legislation, and helped advocate for Filipino WWII Veterans at the federal level to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Because of his innovative leadership, Dr. Villavicencio was chosen as the inaugural Chair of CAPIAA’s Higher Education Equity Committee and led the advocacy effort to create the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Student Achievement Program ($16 million ongoing state funding for California Community Colleges and California State Universities) to support the needs of first-generation, low-income AANHPI students.

Cirian Villavicencio