March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Wednesday, March 6 • 2:15pm - 3:25pm
Validating Culturally Diverse Students: Facilitating Success Through Community Engagement, Service Learning, and Mentoring

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Using a Cultural Validation Theory framework, educational leaders from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) explore student learning within the community as a high-impact practice with demonstrated successes for academic achievement outcomes. Cultural Validation Theory asserts that students are more successful in achieving deep learning as well as improved retention and graduation levels when they receive affirmation about their unique identities within the educational process. With a focus on service learning, internships, research and mentoring of Latino students at a Hispanic Serving Institution, this workshop will interactively explore the ways in which community engaged educational practices provide a powerful pathway to success for students of color, low-income and first-generation students. Results from qualitative and quantitative analyses and insights from the extant literature will be shared as the foundation for a robust discussion of what might be driving the observed success. Questions explored in this workshop will include: (1) How do community engaged learning practices provide unique opportunities for students to experience themselves as successful learners and be validated/affirmed as such? (2) What role do faculty play as validating agents in these practices? and, (3) Whom or what seems to be valued in the community engaged learning setting?

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Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez

Associate Professor, California State University San Marcos
Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in Psychology. She has expertise in Mentoring Diverse Students (Entering Mentoring), Latino Communities and the role of stress and the environment on shaping Health Disparities in vulnerable underserved communities. She... Read More →
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Kendra Dyanne Rivera

Associate Professor, California State University San Marcos
An Associate Professor of Communication at Cal State San Marcos, Dr. Rivera has engaged in extensive research with everyone from the U.S. Border Patrol to a community health clinic, in order to understand how communication can both shape and reflect overall health and wellness. A... Read More →
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Sarah Villarreal

Associate Vice President, California State University San Marcos
Community Outreach, Economic Development, Research/Data Analysis, High Impact Practices, and Government Relations.

Wednesday March 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:25pm PST