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Dr. Robert "BJ" Snowden


Dr. BJ Snowden has over 20 years of experience in education with 18 of those years in the California Community College system.  Dr. Snowden currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Equity, Institutional Effectiveness, and Innovation at American River College. Prior to this role, he served as the Vice President of Enrollment Services and Student Success at the Los Rios Community College District Office, Dean of the West Sacramento Center for Sacramento City College, Dean of Instruction at Folsom Lake College, Director of Inmate Education for the California Community College Chancellor’s office, and as a tenured faculty member in Radio, TV and Film and former Academic Senate President.   


Dr. Snowden is an innovative leader that has a history of developing programs that foster both student access and success, including the development of targeted services for historically underserved populations as well as veterans. Most recently Dr. Snowden has garnered acclaim for trainings he has provided in equitable hiring practices, digital equity, and critical media literacy–the ability to analyze mainstream media and any inherent biases with the intention of developing alternatives that make information sharing a more authentic and humanizing. 


At the campus level Dr. Snowden has established student charters forA2mendand institutional memberships forThe Village Demandsand the Western Region Council on Black and African American Affairs.  Dr. Snowden is an A2mend Leadership award winner and has been extremely active in statewide initiatives supporting disproportionally impacted student populations. 

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