March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Thursday, March 7

10:00am PST

The Cajitas Project: Exploring Identity Through Material Expression
A conversation about our innovative pedagogy to encourage participants to utilize material expression in exploring questions of personal and sacred identities. We utilize contemplative practices to address issues of micro and macro disjunctures and fissures in the lives of students, faculty and community workers.


Louis Komjathy

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of San Diego

Alberto López Pulido

Professor, University of San Diego

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:10am PST

2:30pm PST

The 4 Tezcatlipocas: Transformation Through Critical and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
This session will provide a brief overview of a critical & culturally relevant service learning approach that incorporates a Chicano Indigenous framework called the Four Tezcatlipocas. Participants in the session will learn about the elements of this approach, its connection to other research, the implementation process, and potential outcomes and implications. This work, rooted in inquiry, critical theory, and social and environmental justice, is significant to the field of service education because of its transformative capacity for personal/academic growth, as well as individual and collective agency. The Four Tezcatlipocas was first utilized within the context of education by the Mexican American Studies educators (Gonzalez & Enrique Acosta, 2006) in Tucson Unified School District. Within my own high school classroom, I incorporated the Four Tezcatlipocas into a form of student praxis with the decolonial intentions of self-direction and community-healing. This approach consists of four main steps that students follow: critical self-reflection (Tezcatlipoca), gaining perspective and precious knowledge (Quetzalcoatl), the will to act(Huitzilopochtli), and renewal and transformation (Xipe Totec). It is my hopes(but not necessary) to bring three high school students to participate in this session in order to provide personal testimony and stories about their experiences with the Four Tezcatlipocas.

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Ricardo Medina

Professor of Practice, University of San Diego

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST

4:00pm PST

Countering Assimilation in the Land of Mickey Mouse: Strengthening Latino/a Identities in Study Abroad
The session describes an approach that engages Latino/a first-generation college students in study abroad programs in Latin America as a way to counter assimilation to United States Whiteness and strengthen their own immigrant/Latino/a and other identities. Three instructors of the program will engage the audience in a discussion of the design and implementation of this novel program, including (i) a review the challenges that limit Latino/a students in participating in study abroad, (ii) a purposeful design of critical service-learning ‘beyond borders’, (iii) an approach to recruitment, (iv) the involvement of the students’ family and a (v) career counseling component. Through the use of video, interviews and participant observation, student voices will be used to illustrate the development of purposeful personal, academic and professional growth before and after the implementation of the programs. The session will delve into themes that arise from these experiences, such as (a) family conflict and negotiation about the value of study abroad and the role of college, (b) shame and pride about the loss and proficiency of the Spanish language and (c) how foster Latino/a cultural ways of knowing/being and at the same time navigate Whiteness in their lives; among others.

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Julián Jefferies

Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton
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Miguel Martinez

Career Center Specialist, California State University, Fullerton
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Blanca Rojas

Instructor, California State University, Fullerton

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST

4:00pm PST

Workers are Parents Too! Parent Engagement with Low-wage Workers, their Children and First-Generation Students
In the U.S today, over 6 million low-wage workers are parents with children under the age of 18. Over half of these low-wage worker parents are women and many are single mothers. People of color, African Americans, Latinos, and immigrant workers are overrepresented in nearly all low-wage sector jobs like domestic work, janitorial, child care, and garment production. Much of the research available on low-wage parents’ ability to engage in their children’s education has focused on inequitable workplace conditions (unpredictable schedules, wage theft, lack of workplace flexibility) and public policies that fail to support working mothers and fathers. Little public debate or community-based research, however, has positioned parent workers and their unions or workers centers from a vantage point of strength and as a resource to support working families in navigating the educational system for their public school learners. This workshop will highlight 3 parent-worker models and share how a first-generation service-learning mentorship project connected university students with low-wage families and their worker organizations. We intend to engage the audience in a dialogue focused on learner and parent-worker assets and success as well as program opportunities for educators. We will also view a newly released short video on the projects.

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Marisol Granillo Arce

Parent Engagement Coordinator, UCLA Labor Center
Marisol Granillo Arce graduated in June 2018 with her Master in Social Welfare from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and started a Master in Public Health in Community Health Sciences in September 2018 at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She migrated to the U.S. with her... Read More →
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Aida Cardenas

Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership, SEIU USWW
As executive director of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), Aida Cardenas leads a unique training collaboration between the janitors’ union (Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West or SEIU-USWW), responsible businesses, and the community to advance the... Read More →

Claudia Palacios

Parent Engagement Coordinator, Idespca-Mujeres en Accion
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Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles

Project Director, UCLA Labor Center
anna Shadduck-Hernández, Ed.D. is a Project Director at the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education. She teaches in UCLA’s Labor and Workplace Studies Minor and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Shadduck-Hernández’s research and teaching have focused... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST
KIPJ 220