Michelle Batista has been an educator for over 18 years at the middle school, high school, community college, and 4 year college level. She currently serves as the Director of Student Support and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Skyline College. She has had the great privilege of being a facilitator for multiple Equity Academies, guiding conversations with colleagues on interrogating how to ground their work in being a student ready, equity minded, transformative educator within our California Community Colleges.
Michelle is proud to be one of the co-founders of COLEGAS (California Community College Organización de Latinx Empowerment, Guidance, Advocacy for Success) a statewide organization for Latinx professionals who, through intentional advocacy and coalition building, lead and influence transformative, systemic change within the California Community College system.
Michelle is a Latina, first generation college graduate, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Arts in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Saint Mary’s College of California. This year she is serving as the President of the Alumni Board of Directors at her alma mater. Michelle consciously lives and acts from an anti-racist, anti-sexist and queer solidarity lens in her personal and professional life. When not sheltering in place you can find her singing, salsa dancing and traveling the world.