Rebecca Guitierrez Keeton earned her Ph.D. in Education from the Claremont Graduate University, her M.A. in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University, and her B.M. and teaching credential in Music Education from Chapman University.
She has worked in higher education since 1986 and her research interests and publications involve diversity in higher education, multiple identity development, social justice, transition to college programs, women in student affairs, student perceptions of leadership, and Latina leadership. She is currently the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Dr. Gutierrez Keeton has taught courses in School and Society, the U.S. College Student, Student Development in Higher Education Fieldwork, Multicultural Leadership, Residential Leadership, Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Community Harmony, Fundamental Principles of Learning Skills, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Ethnic Women, Multiracial and Hybrid Identities at the Claremont Graduate University, CSU Long Beach, Mount St. Mary’s College, the University of La Verne, and Cal Poly Pomona.
In addition, she regularly presents invited lectures on multiple identities, interpersonal communication, ableism, heterosexism, racism, anti-Semitism, identity development, religious bigotry, ageism, immigration, sexism, leadership, conflict management, intergroup dialogue, building multicultural coalitions, and qualitative research.
She has actively volunteered with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and sailed around the world twice (1993 and 1997) with the Semester at Sea Program.