Homicide Survivors’ Executive Director Carol Gaxiola at DGT

    October 19, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    Carol Gaxiola
    Carol Gaxiola

    HSI Director – Carol Gaxiola, http://www.azhomicidesurvivors.org/

    Carol Gaxiola taught kindergarten through middle school during a 35 year career as a bilingual educator.  She started her career in a small town in central California teaching first grade. For nine years she was a education program coordinator for the Migrant Education program, a program that works to improve schooling for children of migrant farm workers.  Carol then taught English as a Second language to children and adults in Mexico for ten years.  For six years during that time, she also worked as a consultant/teacher trainer for MacMillan Publishing Company, traveling extensively throughout Mexico, Central and South America, training teachers in language acquisition. From 1996 to 2010, Carol taught in the Tucson Unified School District. In October of 1999, Carol’s life path dramatically changed when her 14 year old daughter, Jasmin, was brutally murdered.  Homicide Survivors, Inc. reached out to her and supported her during this difficult time. Carol volunteered with Homicide Survivors for over 10 years by speaking on victim panels, reaching out to victims, speaking at prisons for the restorative justice program and serving on Homicide Survivors Board of Directors.  She was hired as the director of Homicide Survivors, Inc., in July of 2010. Homicide Survivors is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support, advocacy and assistance to meet the crisis and long term emotional needs of families and friends of murder victims.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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