Jamina Ovbude is an educator whose strengths sit at the intersection of curriculum-building, multimedia and materials design, logistics management and customer service. She honed her teaching and curriculum-building skills during the four years she spent working as an English instructor with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. There, she built curriculum that focused on teaching English as a second language through a cultural competency and personal empowerment lens, and also began to develop her passion for bridging knowledge gaps by uplifting learners to engage with their fullest selves.
After she finished her time overseas, she returned to the U.S. to work for the University of California, Irvine as an administrative coordinator for the Office of Global Engagement, where she continued to foster intercultural connections between on-campus leaders and visiting faculty from the campus' international partners. While there, she became a panelist and coordinating member of the Diversity Development Program 2015-2016 cohort, where she was able to infuse her passion for teaching into a more robust and engaging program for the participating UCI staff members.
Jamina grew up in southern California and received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Southern California in Communications and Spanish. She is a travel-obsessed fashion enthusiast who likes to spend her time adventuring around her new East Bay home, indulging in good eats, and singing all the 90s R&B songs.