About Me

As a former De Anza student, I do my best to work with my students to help them to understand the materials covered in my classes and to show them their own capabilities. My educational background is in environmental science and ecology, evolution, and marine biology. As a student, I participated in study abroad programs focused around tropical ecology, studied restoration ecology, with an emphasis on pollution prevention. I have worked in the private, public and academic sectors, which allows me to bring a unique perspective to my classroom. The primary focus of my career prior to becoming an instructor was in integrated waste management in the private sector. Upon my hire for my tenure track teaching position, I began exploring the intersection of environmental science and equity. My interest led me to continue my studies at the University of San Francisco, School of Education. In the Spring of 2018, I successfully defended my dissertation (link provided below) and earned my doctoral degree in Education in Organization and Leadership. 

The focus of my work post-doctorate is around applications of equity in the classroom, in the field, and in organizations. Below I have provided links to examples of the projects I have collaborated on with my students in addition to my independent work. 

Ed.D, Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco, 2018

M.S., Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara, 2004

B.S., Environmental Studies (Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology emphasis), University of California Santa Barbara, 2001

Examples of student work:

In Memoriam:

  • Healing Through Loss- Dia de Los Muertos Altar, De Anza Kirsch Center, Fall, 2019 (Photo 1, Photo 2)

Classes I Teach

Winter 2023

CRNCourseSec.Title
38116ES 104ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
37037ES 250ZIntroduction to Sustainability
35701ESCI 101ZEnvironmental Science
00633ESCI 102ZEnvironmental Science
37489ESCI 150ZEnvironmental Science
38260ESCI 1FY2Environmental Science

Fall 2022

CRNCourseSec.Title
25401ES 150ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
26061ES 250ZIntroduction to Sustainability
25414ES 77X65RSpecial Projects in Environmental Studies
25415ES 77Y65RSpecial Projects in Environmental Studies
27106ESCI 151ZEnvironmental Science

Faculty Info

Dr. De Toro

Alicia De Toro
FULL-TIME FACULTY

Environmental Studies

detoroalicia@deanza.edu

408.864.5317 

KC 214

Education

E.d.D. The University of San Francisco, Organization and Leadership

M.E.S.M., University of California Santa Barbara, 2004

 


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