As a professor of education, Dr. Navarrete has worked in higher education for over 25 years, in both faculty and administrative positions. Her teaching and research interests are in special education teacher preparation, educator cultural competence, addressing teacher pipeline issues, and supporting first generation college students. Her professional practices in these areas have resulted in publications, conference presentations, and leadership positions at the state, national, and international level over several years. Students engage in action research, problem-based learning, and community volunteering opportunities in Dr. Navarrete’s courses. As an active NSC Nevada Faculty Alliance/AAUP member and past-president, Dr. Navarrete has organized and lead efforts to support faculty rights and promote access and equity in academia. Dr. Navarrete is a coach for Special Olympics basketball and track and field in Las Vegas. As well, she participates in planning and policy efforts to promote education and health equity for under-resourced families in the community.