As a candidate for Copper Mountain Community College District’s Board of Trustees, I hope to improve access and services to educational and economic opportunities to residents of the Morongo Basin. As a daughter of immigrants and first time college student, I am a product of the power of education in advancing socioeconomic mobility.

My diverse experience has provided me with growth opportunities and I’d like to share my skills and knowledge to dismantle systemic obstacles to break the cycle of poverty and open up opportunities for economic growth for all residents. Specifically, I’d like to support Copper Mountain College, its students  and the greater community from Morongo Valley to Landers to Twentynine Palms by:

  • Supporting efforts to shorten the time of completion for all academic and vocational degrees so students successfully transfer or obtain employment within 2-3 years of full-time study
  • Partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide work experience  to students with the goal of providing a strong workforce to our local economy
  • Collaborating with K-12 school districts to nurture a college going culture and creating opportunities for high school students to earn college credits

Having worked in higher education and the nonprofit sector for over 20 years, I have a proven track record of helping countless people and organizations realize their potential and reach their goals. As a nonprofit fundraiser, I’ve leveraged both traditional  and innovative ways to raise resources for community efforts. My experience in higher education, including five years in the California community college system has allowed me to help students navigate bureaucratic systems and develop self-advocacy and discipline to achieve their goals. As a yoga teacher, I’ve supported students in rediscovering their strength and stability in reaching their highest potential. As a birth worker, specifically serving low-income communities, I’ve empowered growing families to expect respect for their wishes for a positive birth experience.

I’m blessed to be born in Southern California to hardworking immigrant parents. My value for diversity stems from my childhood attending public schools in Queens, NY, one of the most diverse counties in the country. My rude awakening to the disparities between race and class came when I attended an international school in Bangkok, Thailand and a predominantly White college in suburban Philadelphia. My passion for education, diversity, health and social justice is reflected in my lifelong learning pursuits. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bond University in Australia, a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the New School in New York, NY and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University. My dissertation topic was about diversifying faculty in the California community college system. You can find my full credentials here.

I’m happy to call Twentynine Palms and the greater Morongo Basin home and serve the community as a yoga instructor and birth worker in the process of becoming a foster parent. I hope to utilize my skills, knowledge and experience in the nonprofit sector and community college system to improve the lives of members of the Morongo Basin.

I’m hoping to raise at least $3,000 to cover the cost of the $2,298 candidate filing fee and anything above and beyond will be used to cover campaign expenses including campaign marketing and supplies.

Thank you for your support and looking forward to continuing to serve the community.



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  • endorsed

    “Supinda is a dedicated young lady who seeks out ways to help this community. She is active and proud to be apart of our community. She has a beautiful heart for helping the less fortunate improve their lives. She has been through the struggles and desires to help others through theirs as well. She realizes social economic gain is important for individuals to help their community thrive.”

  • endorsed

    “Su is just a good, down to earth person, gentle, good listener, honest, kind, compassionate, sharp. I know she will do what is right and what is good.”

  • endorsed

    “She has a unique global perspective, and she has an understanding of the big picture of the many issues facing students in higher education. Furthermore, Dr. Sirihekaphong has familiarity with the operations of community colleges and their importance to members of the community.”

  • endorsed

    “She is a shining light of positive action in our community!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Supinda because I know first hand how qualified she is to work in higher education. She helped me come to the US to get my Master's degree and she was there with me from beginning to end. Her actions changed my life and I've seen her grow as a person and a professional over the years. She is very understanding, compassionate, and caring. I've seen 3 people that I admire put a pause to their successful careers to go help people in need for a minimum pay and embrace it without regrets and Supinda is one of them. Now that she is considering to get back to education, I know she is even more equipped than before.”

  • endorsed

    “I trust Supinda to represent my concerns for my high school age son - and the best interest of all of the students - in these challenging times, with great potential for transformation.”

  • endorsed

    “I worked with Supinda for a number of years, she is intelligent, hardworking, and very skilled in higher education. She will do a great job representing the interests of the Community College District.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Supinda Sirihekaphong because I am excited to have an educated woman of color wanting to help educate others.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Dr. Supinda Siri because I know that she will help to provide access, promote equity, and ensure that students are successful. I know that she cares and that she will be a wonderful advocate for all students.”

August 7, 2020

We Made it on the Ballot!

Dear Supporters,

We made it on the ballot! Thank you for your contribution towards my candidacy for Copper Mountain College Board if Trustees!

My candidacy paperwork has been submitted and I’m on the unofficial list of candidates, pending approval.  Despite all the hurdles to candidacy, your trust in me restores my trust in the political system. When we work together anything is possible!

I know it’s the beginning of the month when a lot of bills are due, so I wanted to give you a heads up that your pledges have been converted to donations, so your payment method will be charged today.

Thank you again, I wouldn’t be able to serve the community in the way that I do without your support and encouragement!

In solidarity,

Supinda Sirihekaphong, EdD ??????

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “Supinda is a dedicated young lady who seeks out ways to help this community. She is active and proud to be apart of our community. She has a beautiful heart for helping the less fortunate improve their lives. She has been through the struggles and desires to help others through theirs as well. She realizes social economic gain is important for individuals to help their community thrive.”

  • endorsed

    “Su is just a good, down to earth person, gentle, good listener, honest, kind, compassionate, sharp. I know she will do what is right and what is good.”

  • endorsed

    “She has a unique global perspective, and she has an understanding of the big picture of the many issues facing students in higher education. Furthermore, Dr. Sirihekaphong has familiarity with the operations of community colleges and their importance to members of the community.”

  • endorsed

    “She is a shining light of positive action in our community!”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Supinda because I know first hand how qualified she is to work in higher education. She helped me come to the US to get my Master's degree and she was there with me from beginning to end. Her actions changed my life and I've seen her grow as a person and a professional over the years. She is very understanding, compassionate, and caring. I've seen 3 people that I admire put a pause to their successful careers to go help people in need for a minimum pay and embrace it without regrets and Supinda is one of them. Now that she is considering to get back to education, I know she is even more equipped than before.”

  • endorsed

    “I trust Supinda to represent my concerns for my high school age son - and the best interest of all of the students - in these challenging times, with great potential for transformation.”

  • endorsed

    “I worked with Supinda for a number of years, she is intelligent, hardworking, and very skilled in higher education. She will do a great job representing the interests of the Community College District.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Supinda Sirihekaphong because I am excited to have an educated woman of color wanting to help educate others.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “I support Dr. Supinda Siri because I know that she will help to provide access, promote equity, and ensure that students are successful. I know that she cares and that she will be a wonderful advocate for all students.”

  • endorsed