Fernanda Perdomo A. Karp
Fernanda Perdomo A. Karp is the Director of Campus and Community Relations in the Division of Student Affairs. In this role she serves as central liaison to the campus community and external university partners for community partnerships, student access, and communications related to Student Affairs. In addition, Fernanda works closely with the Chancellor's Office, Public Affairs, University Advancement, Academic Affairs, Administration & Finance and other Student Affairs departments to develop partnerships designed to promote access and success for underrepresented, first generation and veteran student populations. She plans campus-wide events such as the Advancing Latino/a Success (ALAS) Conference, Super Sunday, Es El Momento Fair, and activities related to the CSU Journey to Success (JTS) projects like the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative. Fernanda also has responsibility for the Division's website and uses social media to better promote the Division's activities and services.
Fernanda's career at San José State has spanned more than a decade. Prior to assuming her present role, she held the position of Manager of Special Projects in the Office of the VP for Student Affairs, beginning in 2008. In that position she directly assisted the Vice President and coordinated a variety of projects, communications and events. She was Manager of Undergraduate Admissions in the Office of Admissions & Outreach and held administrative analyst positions in the Biological Sciences and Mathematics departments. Fernanda serves on the CSU AAPI Executive Committee, Student Success Learning Community, Veterans Advisory Committee, Vision 2017 Helping and Caring Team, College Day, Semana Educativa (a partnership among Univision, College Board and SJSU), Promise Neighborhood Grant Initiative (Catholic Charities, Franklin-McKinley School District, Somos Mayfair and SJSU), Latina Coalition Silicon Valley (LCSV) Board and numerous hiring committees for the Division, Public Affairs, and HR. Additionally she is a Skelly-Coleman Review/Hearing Officer and a certificated mental health first aider.
Fernanda earned an MA in Public Administration and a BA in Mathematics (Statistics), both from San José State University. During her Masters studies she cofounded the MPA Student Association, an organization that for four years, planned and implemented orientations for future MPA students. Fernanda is currently part of the 2013 Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Community Civic Leadership, a program that brings together 25 emerging community leaders to expand the civic leadership pipeline for the Asian American and Latino American communities. Before pursuing her studies at SJSU, she studied law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia in her native country of Colombia. While there, Fernanda cofounded a multidisciplinary review called Textos Libres, a magazine that explored national and international politics, social justice and gender issues, poetry and investigative reporting. She also conducted research on the nascent history of Colombia's class action cases for a university publication.