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Hillsborough Community College to Host Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Open Educational Resources Panel


(TAMPA, Fla. 5/16/22) – Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is hosting a Zero Textbook Cost Summer Institute featuring a virtual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Open Educational Resources (OER) Panel. Meaningful projects will be discussed that highlight how OER functions as a tool for social justice.

The HCC team participating in the AAC&U Institute on Open Educational Resources and Ms. Annazette Houston, HCC’s Chief Diversity Officer, welcome all members of the community to attend.

The panel will take place on Thursday, July 14, from 11 a.m. - Noon EST. Registration for the event is available here, and the list of distinguished presenters are listed below.


Annazette Houston: Moderator

Annazette is the Chief Diversity Officer for Hillsborough Community College. She has received numerous awards and served in various appointments throughout her distinguished career which include serving as the immediate past Chair of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Chair of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Tuskegee Next Board Member and a member of the Knoxville Mayor’s Council on Disability. She is currently a member of Leadership Tampa Bay and holds membership in organizations that advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Devika Ramsingh: Panelist

Devika has been a librarian for over 15 years. She joined Valencia College in 2017 and became involved in OER as the Liaison for Business. She is also the liaison for Math and Education and an adjunct professor in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership (BASBOL) program. Devika is a member of the college OER team focused on approaching OER from a collegewide perspective. LinkedIn Profile

Gina Oviedo-Martinez: Panelist

Gina has been a librarian at Hillsborough Community College for five years. She has been an Autism table representative for The Human Library events. She has presented on topics such as Managing Life with Autism during COVID-19 at faculty professional development events at HCC. She is a member of the Fulbright Association and the webmaster and co-creator of Open-Source ANT 2000, Introduction to Anthropology textbook. LinkedIn Profile

Joy Shoemate: Panelist

Joy is the Director of Online Education at College of the Canyons. She supports instructors' successful integration of technology into teaching and learning to promote student success, persistence and completion in online courses. She also oversees OER development and adoption and implements training on best practices in online teaching and learning. Joy proudly serves on CCCOER Executive Council as Co-VP of New Members and as Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education Open Textbook grant, California Consortium for Equitable Change in HSI OER (CC ECHO). More recently, Joy co-developed and co-facilitated the Open for Anti-Racism course to support California Community College faculty with leveraging open pedagogy and OER to make their courses antiracist. Director: Online Education College of the Canyons,
Open for Anti-Racism – CCCOER. LinkedIn Profile

Dr. Karen Cangialosi: Panelist

Dr. Cangialosi is the Program Director of the Regional Leaders of Open Education (RLOE), an OE Global/CCCOER network designed to build OE leadership in postsecondary institutions across North America. She is also a co-founder of the Institute for Racially Just, Inclusive and Open STEM (RIOS) and serves as the RIOS Director of Open Ed and Open Science. She is frequently invited to present and consult about open education in the U.S. and abroad and is a course developer for the new Open Education professional program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. A biology professor and fierce student advocate, she incorporates open pedagogy into all her courses, and she leads faculty development efforts in open and critical digital pedagogy. Because she believes that scientific investigation should be transparent, widely collaborative and designed to serve the public, she advocates for integrating the principles and practices of Open Science into the undergraduate STEM curriculum. She has also been a longtime street activist and community leader fighting for women's rights, LGBTQ rights, anti-racism and social justice. Dr. Karen Cangialosi website.

Hillsborough Community College serves more than 42,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. For more information, visit

HCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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