Student Profile

Abigail Patton

Ed.D student-CANDEL Cohort 17

Portrait of Abigail Patton


Abby Garcia Patton grew up in East Los Angeles and was the first in her family to pursue higher education.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Spanish and a Masters in Secondary Education. She has over 17 years of experience in the field of education, starting her career as a high school English teacher and union president.  She is an experienced educational consultant with expertise in bilingual, cross-cultural literacy development.  


Abby has served as an educational leader in many capacities, including currently as the Interim Dean of Academic Pathways and Student Success at Chabot College.  She also had the great pleasure of serving as the inaugural Hispanic Serving Institutional Director at Chabot College, leading El Centro, the Adult Education Program and the Dream Center.  She also served as a director for TRIO programs at UC Berkeley, serving low-income, first-generation-to-college students. 

Research Interests

Diversity in Hiring, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Liberatory Educational Spaces, Educational Policy, Bilingual Education

Recent Projects

She is most proud of the innovative programs she has spearheaded throughout her career that aim at reshaping systems of learning to better serve disproportionately impacted students, including helping lead the implementation of Guided Pathways, and creating the Chabot College Summer Bridge Program and the African American Male Pipeline Program and Womxn In Stem Education program at UC Berkeley as well as the Chabot College Summer Bridge program.  Last year, Abby co-founded the HSI-Leadership Network, a community of practice for HSI leaders in community colleges.

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