About Paula McCroskey
Paula McCroskey is the Retired Dean of Counseling and Specially Funded Programs for Riverside City College where she was employed for 26 years.She holds a Bachelors Degree in Special Education and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Georgia.She is passionate about serving individuals from diverse backgrounds and strives to stay current on issues and trends in education, rehabilitation, student services, cross-cultural counseling, equal access and reasonable accommodations. This desire for continuing education led her to take advantage of additional Post-Graduate specialized training at the University of Tennessee, the University of California at Riverside; Utah State University, Western Oregon State University; and at the University of Southern California.
Over the years, Ms. McCroskey has been active in numerous local, state, and national professional and civic associations.She served as a member of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges during her tenure at RCC, is a former President of the Georgia Rehabilitation Counseling Association, a former President of the California Association of Postsecondary Education and Disabilities (CAPED), etc. Currently, in additional to her active role in IRC, Paula serves on the Mission Inn Foundation Board; is a member of Soroptimist International, Riverside; is a member of the Norco College DRC Advisory Board; and a Lifetime member of CAPED.
Paula, a world traveler who has visited 28 countries and has a sincere appreciation for cultural diversity, currently serves as the IRC’s Vice President of Events. She first became involved with Riverside’s International Relations Council, Sendai Committee in 1995 and was instrumental in the establishment of a Cultural Exchange Program between the Riverside Community College District and Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan where she served as a Guest Lecturer from 1995 -2000. Even before becoming involved with Riverside’s IRC, Paula relished in providing summer homestays for Japanese high school students beginning in 1990. Those lasting “Peopleto People” connections with citizens from differing cultures around the globe, and through the years, inspired her to continue hosting homestays for international students and/or international civic club representatives every year since!