Dr. Kristina Ruiz-Mesa is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and the Basic Course Director for
Oral Communication at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Ruiz-Mesa’s research interests and
publications focus on organizational and instructional practices for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in
higher education. Prior to joining the Cal State LA faculty, Dr. Ruiz-Mesa worked as a college bridge program
director, retention advisor, equity and inclusion researcher, and organizational trainer.