Frances Edwards Receives Community Partnership Award

Congratulations to Professor of Political Science Frances Edwards, who was recognized by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) when it presented SJSU’s Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) with their Community Partnership Recognition award. Specifically, VTA recognized the efforts of MTI Research Associates, Dr. Frances Edwards and Mr. Dan Goodrich for the expert training they provided to VTA on emergency management. “We are recognizing the Mineta Transportation Institute for being a valued community partner. VTA reached out to MTI to educate VTA on its roles and responsibilities in the event of a wide scale emergency or disaster. The MTI Instructors brought multiple decades of Emergency Management and Security experience to VTA and provided a depth of knowledge of the four phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. VTA continues to partner with MTI to deliver quality Emergency Management Education to its employees,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and VTA Board of Directors Vice Chairperson. Dr. Edwards and Mr. Goodrich bring decades of experience in emergency management to their work with transportation agencies. Their most recent research, Emergency Management Training for Transportation Agencies, identifies best practices in providing training courses to adults, with a particular emphasis on the effectiveness of interactive training materials.

Faustina DuCros awarded Wilson Fellowship

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Sociology Faustina DuCros, who has been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation! Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Career Enhancement Fellowship Program seeks to increase the presence of underrepresented junior faculty who are committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program allows exceptional junior faculty to pursue scholarly research and writing during their fellowship period in an effort to facilitate the acquisition of tenure. DuCros received a year-long fellowship: June 2017 to June 2018.

DuCros’ fellowship project is entitled “Louisiana Migrants in California Oral History Project.” Louisianans were among millions of Black southerners who left their home region during the second phase of the Great Migration. The study documents the migration stream of Louisianans to California, and investigates migrants’ experiences creating community and identity in their destination. Like Southern California (the site of the study’s first phase), the San Francisco Bay Area was a significant destination for Black Louisiana migrants. Though Los Angeles’ Black population was numerically larger, the Bay Area’s Black population ballooned at much higher rates than Los Angeles’ during the World War II period, and cities like Oakland had higher proportions of Black residents. Different neighborhood contexts create variation in how members of racial and ethnic groups construct identities. Thus, the second phase of DuCros’ research — oral history interviews with first- and second-generation Louisianans who helped grow the Bay Area’s Black population at the height of the Great Migration — comparatively elucidates the role of local places in identity construction and documents the community-making experiences of Louisianans in this distinct destination.

Sourisseau Academy February 2017 Newsletter

Once upon a time, the only mechanical vehicles on our city streets (other than horse-drawn conveyances) were bicycles. Sourisseau Academy Board member Ralph Pearce, bike rider and antique bicycle restorer, takes us for a ride down an unpaved memory lane in the February 2017 Sourisseau Academy newsletter. The February 2017 Sourisseau news video (sponsored by Linda Lee Lester) explores the history of automobiles.