Meet Marion Winters, A Distinguished Educator
Seventeen-year De Anza instructor Marion Winters, who cites the diversity of the student body as what she most enjoys about teaching at the college, describes her teaching philosophy as a "transformative/liberatory approach to education."
"I strive to empower those with whom I work and those whom I teach to examine their situations, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors through their own lenses and to not allow others to interpret nor define who they are," Winters explained. "As well, I attempt to facilitate the acquiring of new knowledge because knowledge, beginning with self-knowledge, is the first step toward liberation from a myriad of societal oppressions." She cited her favorite quotation as one from writer and poet Audre Lord: "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change."
Winters is an active member of the African Ancestry Faculty, Staff and Student Association; Academic Senate; Equity Collaboration Team; Diversity Advisory Council; District Advisory Council; and Special Education Advisory Board. She serves as co-chair of the Student and Community Services Planning and Budget Team (PBT) and was a team leader for the Cultural Competence Institutional Initiative.
Winters describes herself as a latent artist, noting that she began her undergraduate studies as an art major. Ultimately, she earned a B.A. in sociology from San Jose State University, an M.S. in clinical psychology from San Francisco State University, and an Ed.D. in international/multicultural education from the University of San Francisco.
"Marion's commitment to student success is evident in everything she does in her classroom," said Dean of Academic Services Christina Espinosa-Pieb, who is team-teaching "Women of Color in the USA" with Winters this fall. "Although her students are required to do a lot of reading, writing and presentations, you will often find Marion surrounded by students after class seeking her sage advice about class discussions and wanting the class to go longer."
As for a fun fact you may not have known about the always well-dressed Winters: "I am the discount shopping queen!" she said.
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