March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Wednesday, March 6 • 3:45pm - 4:55pm
Social Justice Learning through Service: Diverse Disciplinary Perspectives

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Service learning practice has been criticized for emphasizing short-term fixes, charity, and superficial approaches to complex, deeply-rooted social challenges. It is also frequently critiqued for not sufficiently addressing issues of race and class privilege in the service relationship, and for not digging deeply into the systemic nature of power, privilege and oppression. Service learning is a required component of all undergraduate majors at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Building on its commitment to social justice, CSUMB has developed an approach to service learning that makes the examination of issues of systemic privilege and oppression a central component of the curriculum. In developing their service learning courses, each academic program has found ways to integrate these social justice concerns grounded in the knowledge of their discipline. This includes: 1) developing learning outcomes related to issues of identity, power and privilege; and, 2) developing assignments and classroom pedagogical strategies that help students to engage in these difficult, value-rich dialogues. In this session, faculty from diverse disciplines (Statistics, Biology and Psychology) will demonstrate how these social justice concerns are made explicit in their service learning courses. Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss these issues from their own distinctive disciplinary perspectives.

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Judith Canner

Professor of Statistics, California State University, Monterey Bay
Dr. Judith E. Canner received her B.S. in Mathematics from Shippensburg University, PA, in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Biomathematics and Zoology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. She joined the Mathematics and Statistics Department at CSUMB as the first Assistant Professor... Read More →
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Jennifer Lovell

Faculty, CSU Monterey Bay
Areas of interest include psychology service learning, multicultural psychology, and clinical child psychology. We are currently integrating virtual reality assignments into our psychology service learning class and assessing impact on empathy.
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Seth Pollack

Professor of Service Learning
We are forming a community in Monterey, CA. Very interested in elder-oriented cohousing.
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Alana Unfried

Faculty, California State University Monterey Bay

Christine Valdez

Faculty, California State University Monterey Bay

Wednesday March 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:55pm PST