Born Out Of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation and the Politics of Interruption A conversation with David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago

WHEN: Thursday, April 6 @ 4 pm
WHERE: SJSU, Sweeney Hall 331

David Stovall, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas: 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curricula that address issues of social justice.

Born Out of Struggle offers important lessons about school creation from the ground up. While the story of a 19-day hunger strike serves as the backdrop of the discussion, the focus of this talk will be on concrete examples of the challenges and contradictions of keeping young people, families, and community members central to community control of education. The discussion to follow will explore the relevance of these lessons for students, community, and families, as well as educational leaders & classroom teachers of all subjects & grade levels.

Sponsored by the College of Education and Mexican American Studies

2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series: The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration

The second lecture, The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration, will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 and will feature Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005) and candidate for president (2016); and Robert Reich, economic analyst, author and U.S. secretary of labor (1993-1997).  Leon Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Student Program: Through the generosity of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Institute is providing SJSU scholarships for at least 20 students to attend each of the lectures in this series.

These afternoon student programs will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m. at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel. At 12:45 p.m., Panetta Institute professors will facilitate an academic exercise focusing on the lecture topic until 2:15 p.m.  This session informs students about the issues to be discussed and encourages them to develop questions and comments for interactive dialogue with the speakers.  After a fifteen-minute break, the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m., with the guest speakers and Secretary Panetta presenting a discussion amongst themselves.  During the second half they will answer the students’ questions.  The program will end at 4:30 p.m. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event.

Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to Mariela Acevedo!

Mariela Acevedo, a second-year graduate student in our Clinical Program, was recently awarded a scholarship through the California MFT Stipend Program.

The California MFT Stipend Program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act and administered bu the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities of California.



South University Neighborhood Community Conversation & Open House


Saturday, November 21, 2015
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Drop in whenever you’re available!

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
405 S. 10th Street, San José
(Parking entrance on 10th St.)

Join the Conversation!

Come meet your neighbor and discuss the future of SUN
Food and children’s activities will be provided!
Hosted by SJSU Graduate Urban Planning Students

For more information, contact Galadriel Burr at or (408) 794-6759

George Miller 2015 Don Edwards Distinguished Lecturer

George Miller

George Miller has been a lifelong public servant.   A Bay Area native and son of a state senator, he graduated from San Francisco State University and then received his JD from UC Davis.  In 1974, in the wake of Watergate, he ran for the United States House of Representatives on a platform of transparency.  He won  with 56% of the vote – the first of 19 such victories.

During his 40 years in Washington, Representative Miller gained a reputation as one of the most liberal members of the House of Representatives.  Miller was a champion of environmental issues as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, serving as its chair from 1991 to 1994.  He was instrumental in the creation of Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park, and worked to protect wildlife in the California Delta.

As a member of the Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Miller was an author of No Child Left Behind.  He fought against cuts to student aid as well as in favor of expanding federal student loans.  He introduced a bill to ban corporal punishment in schools, and advocated increased access to educational opportunities for children with disabilities.  He was also a leader on labor issues.  He was instrumental in the passage in 2007 of the most recent increase in the federal minimum wage, from $5.15 to $7.25, and has been a tireless advocate in the fight to protect collective bargaining rights.

Despite his liberal reputation, Miller is known for his amiable nature and his willingness to work across the aisle.  After Miller announced that he would be retiring in 2015, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said, “No one would confuse me and George Miller for ideological soul mates. But during our years serving together … we got things done on behalf of the American people thanks in no small part to his dedication and willingness to work for the greater good.”

Rep. Miller currently resides in Martinez.

Date: November 19th 2015, 7:00pm
Location: New Student Union Theater, San José State Campus