Karen Crozer
Associate Professor of English, Los Angeles Mission College (LACCD)
Dr. Karen Crozer is an Associate Professor of English at Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC), where she was voted Faculty of the Year by CalWorks students in Spring 2020. She is devoted to student success and equity, and in Spring 2019, she was recognized by LAMC’s Associated Student Organization for continued dedication to improving students’ quality of life. When the pandemic began, she took on the additional role of Distance Education Specialist at LAMC, working closely with the Disabled Student Programs & Services Office to promote accessible teaching strategies. In addition, Dr. Crozer is the Founder of Justice 4 LACCD, a movement to empower, educate, and organize women interested in running for office within the Los Angeles Community College District. She supported a slate of four Black women in the 2020 election cycle and hopes to help more female candidates in the future. She holds three master’s degrees and completed a Ph.D. in English at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), where she was awarded CGU’s Transdisciplinary Research Award. She is also known for her leadership in nonprofit organizations and K-12 education. Dr. Crozer currently serves as Director of Development at STAR Education, a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit organization. She previously partnered with local GEAR UP programs in the San Fernando Valley and taught for Cal Poly’s Upward Bound program. Before moving to Los Angeles, she was a full-time math teacher at Intermediate School 195, a high-poverty public school in Harlem, New York. During her tenure there, she received two AmeriCorps Education Awards and was recognized by DonorsChoose for getting eighteen school projects funded. Dr. Crozer was married in 2012, and the ceremony was crashed by Bill Nye the Science Guy. You can find her as an extra on shows like The Office (US version). She has been to all 7 continents and over 40 countries on a shoestring budget. Her favorite part of the day is snuggling with her 5-year-old son, Lex, and her two rescue dogs. When she gets tired, she gains strength from remembering her mother, Ruth Ann, who fought tirelessly for marginalized students before she passed in 2010.