March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego

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Equity and Social Justice [clear filter]
Wednesday, March 6

2:15pm PST

Validating Culturally Diverse Students: Facilitating Success Through Community Engagement, Service Learning, and Mentoring
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

3:45pm PST

Fostering Reciprocity in International Service-Learning Through Human-Centered Design
As we encourage more and more students to participate in international service-learning, we must intentionally design programs in collaboration and partnership with host communities to foster deeper engagement and reciprocity between students and hosts. This session explores how incorporating a human-centered design approach can support more sustainable relationships and development.


Kira Espiritu

Director, University of San Diego
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Peter Maribei

Global Center Coordinator, University of San Diego
Peter Maribei is the Global Center Coordinator for School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Peter has a PhD in leadership studies. Over the course of his career, he has developed and taught academic and co-curricular international internship and... Read More →
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Ravi Raj

Co-Founder & CEO, Authentica
Ravi is the Founder & CEO of Authentica, an experiential learning company that designs and delivers inspiring short-term study-abroad programs aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on Asia. Ravi works closely with community organizations to design equitable and... Read More →

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

3:45pm PST

Situating Ourselves as Feminist Activists of Color: Exploring Power and Positionality in Service-Learning Scholarship and Practice
Join us to learn how theorizing and publishing our Sustainable, Holistic, Interconnected Partnership (SHIP) Development Model emerged from being feminist activists of color. Participants will reflect critically on their own ways of knowing, feeling, being and doing and examine how their power and positionality impact their social justice scholarship/practice.


Ashley E. Cheri

Director, Early Academic Outreach Program, University of California, Irvine
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Jennifer A. Yee

Associate Professor, California State University, Fullerton
Professional interests: Transformative pedagogy, higher education, organizational change, service-learning, civic engagement, activism, Asian American & Pacific Islander feminisms and epistemology, and cancer survivorship.

Wednesday March 6, 2019 3:45pm - 4:55pm PST
KIPJ 215
Thursday, March 7

2:30pm PST

Dismantling the Walls: Facilitating Higher Learning in California Prisons and Jails
In the past 5 years, there has been a rapid expansion of opportunities for men and women who are incarcerated in California to further their education while in custody. The state is on it’s way to creating a prison to college pipeline that will impact students’ lives in a profound way. This workshop will provide an overview of the expansion of higher education in prisons and jails in the state of California. Two case studies will be presented: Cal State Los Angeles offers the only face to face BA degree program for incarcerated students in the state of California and also provides re-entry support via Project Rebound. Pitzer College (along with the Claremont Colleges) offers credit-bearing Inside-Out courses at the California Rehabilitation Center and is doing work to connect community college classes (from Norco) and their associate degree for transfer to their private college classes. They also work on reentry services and prison reform advocacy outside of the classroom. The workshop will explore the challenges of this work, the impact it has on students both in custody and on campus and what the potential is for this work to grow across the state.


Taffany Lim

senior director, California State University Los Angeles

Tessa Hicks Peterson

Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Pitzer College
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Ella Turenne

Associate Dean, Occidental College

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

4:00pm PST

Data, Demography, Democracy, Destiny
Given our current national political climate, there are valid and heightened concerns about the administration, integrity, and accuracy of the 2020 Census. The Census results will have a major impact on targeted resource allocations, the reapportionment of the US Congress, and legislative district boundaries; all of which can lead to policy changes that disrupt the pubic support systems and programs that underserved  communities, families and indivduals need. What can we learn from history? What actions can be helpful now as we prepare for Census 2020? What can we do as institutions of higher education to work along side our respective communities to increase awareness, to stay current on the latest Census related news; and together take action to ensure a representative count.

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Sefa Aina

Director, Associate Dean and Director of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Pomona College
Sefa Aina is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College.  He has served as an academic and student-organizational advisor, as well as an instructor for Asian American Studies programs at University of California, Los Angeles... Read More →
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Robert Franco

Director, Institutional Effectiveness, Kapi'olani Community College and University of Hawai'i
Dr. Robert Franco is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on contemporary Hawaiian, Samoan, and Pacific Islander sociocultural issues. As Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness (OFIE), he supervises institutional researchers who conduct quantitative studies... Read More →
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Gabriela Gamiz

Director, Community Engagement, Harvey Mudd College

Thursday March 7, 2019 4:00pm - 5:10pm PST
Friday, March 8

9:30am PST

Centering Racial Justice through Challenging White Supremacy Culture
Purpose: This anti-oppression workshop will focus on taking action to both identify and address common characteristics of white supremacy culture that manifest in organizations/institutions/communities. The widely known anti-racism tool, "white supremacy culture" developed by Dismantling Racism, lists out commonplace and unspoken norms that ultimately serve to reinforce systemic racism. As defined by Tema Okun, white supremacy culture characteristics are "damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being proactively named or chosen by the group…Because we all live in a white supremacy culture, these characteristics show up in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us – people of color and white people." Objectives: The workshop will introduce the concept of white supremacy culture and guide participants through discussion and reflection regarding how these characteristics show up within our communities (and ourselves). After the initial focus on identification/analysis, the workshop will transition into action planning to address white supremacy culture. This will include discussion of potential antidotes suggested by Dismantling Racism as well as holding space for participants to consider additional possible solutions. Impacts: Participants to come away with new analytical and action tools/ideas for transforming white supremacy culture to bring back to their communities.

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Kathleen Ferrick

Program Coordinator, University of Denver Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL)

Friday March 8, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am PST

9:30am PST

Service Learning with LGBTQ Populations: Beyond Heteronormative Borders
Service learning courses such as Queer Painting, Queer Hip Hop Pedagogies and Comparative Queer Literature center the rights of marginalized groups through: proximity through interpersonal relationships; reinforcement of partners’ core talents and assets; and participatory evaluations. Students, a number of whom identify as ‘marginalized’ witness the spirited advocacy of organizations that mobilize against inequity. Course evaluations have been positive. The panel discussion at COS is inspired by a public reflection facilitated by the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford in Fall 2018 that focused on issues such as reciprocity and sustainability in a partnership with the LGBT Youth Space and other organizations serving LGBTQ populations. In this follow up dialogue, the cohort of nontraditional educators, representing Stanford staff, adjunct and student instructors and community partners, will discuss their experience of cross-sector and multidisciplinary trespass that has allowed them to foster new praxis and platforms for open and ethical dialogue on community engagement and learning. They will promote the practice of participatory reflection and evaluation and argue that this is has been key to their development as emerging engaged scholars and practitioners.

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Petra Dierkes-Thrun

Lecturer, Stanford University
Humanities and Digital Pedagogy Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Contingent labor in an elite university

Adrienne Keel

Director of LGBTQ Programs, The LGBT Youth Space and LGBTQ Wellness
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Chiseche Mibenge

Director Community Engaged Learning, Stanford University
Dr. Mibenge is a human rights lawyer and educator. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level human rights courses at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and Lehman College in the Department of Political Science and more recently in the Human Rights Masters Program... Read More →

Ashley L. Newby

Lecturer, Stanford University

Tori Parrish

Stanford student pursuing a B.A. in Art Practice with Honors & (student instructor), Stanford University

Friday March 8, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am PST