Mitra Sapienza is committed to celebrating faculty obligation in dismantling institutional barriers that perpetuate disparity of opportunity among community college students. She has worked in higher education since 2000, as a classified staff member managing a community college Writing Center, as an adjunct faculty member at College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University, and since 2007 as a full-time tenured faculty at City College of San Francisco. Mitra has taught the range of pre-transfer, transfer and second-year English composition as well as literature elective courses. For six years, Mitra served as the CCSF English Department Accelerated Learning and Equity Professional Development coordinator where she designed and implemented a wide variety of professional development training focused on cultivating faculty equity-minded competencies, both in instructional content and methodology. She has presented her professional development training and faculty support tools at a variety of state and national conferences such as the Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education (CADE), Acceleration Across California, Chief Student Services Officers, and Strengthening Student Success. Currently, at City College of San Francisco, Mitra serves as the college Student Equity coordinator, AB705 coordinator, and is the Academic Senate Executive Council Secretary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; a Master of Arts in Literature and a Certificate in Teaching Composition, both from San Francisco State University.