Dr. Lygia Stebbing, is an instructor in the Child Development and Adolescent Development Department at San Francisco State University and the Director of EDvanceSF, an initiative aimed at increasing the diversity and improving the qualifications of the early childhood workforce. The program boasts an innovative pathway that has resulted in unprecedented student retention and graduation rates. In addition, Dr. Stebbing leads an annual study abroad program in Cape Town South Africa merging her passion for experiencing and serving other cultures through early childhood education. Dr. Stebbing has been working in the field of early childhood education for the past 15 years in San Francisco. Prior to that, she lived abroad for 5 years working as a Program Director of Educational Programs in developing countries.