In Simple Gifts: A Portrait Series Celebrating SJSU’s Black Faculty, Black faculty at San José State University were asked to choose a personal keepsake, pose with that item for a formal portrait, and then explain how that item influenced their academic careers. Several CoSS faculty are featured:
Two Communication Studies faculty members have created a YouTube channel and blog about multicultural communication. Associate Professor Marquita Byrd and Lecturer Arjun Buxi created 10-17 minute shows that define important concepts and provide basic information in a nonpartisan way. Topics include:
- Living in a multicultural society.
- Are we biracial?
- Race and ethnicity.
- Gender means?
- What is marriage in same-sex marriage?
- Age discrimination: is age just a number?
- What is sexual orientation?
- How is immigration changing our world?
- What is it like to live with a disability?
- How does social class effect culture?
- How can we talk about religion?
Thank you for creating this valuable resource, professors Byrd and Buxi!
The drive between Morgan Hill and San Jose is now one of the most congested in Silicon Valley. Beth Wyman, Sourisseau Board member and former Mayor of Morgan Hill, recalls a gentler era (1905-1969) when Morgan Hill was known for its orchards, nurseries, and quiet suburban living. In this month’s Sourisseau Academy photo album Beth explores “Morgan Hill: The Bucolic Era!”
In this month’s Sourisseau Academy news video Heather David discusses fifty years of fashionable shopping.
Lauren Cordova, ’17 Behavioral Science and Sociology, has been named one of this year’s Outstanding Graduating Seniors. This award recognizes leadership on and off campus, contributions to the community, and academic achievement.
Lauren has worked in LGBTQ+ organizations throughout her time at SJSU and during a year at University College Dublin. She has held leadership positions at SJSU’s Queers Thoughtfully Interrupting Prejudice, Peers in Pride, and Peer Connections. She has also worked at San Jose’s LGBTQ+ Youth Space Speaker’s Bureau. While demonstrating a commitment to her fellow Spartans, she has maintained a 3.846 GPA. She conducted research on underrepresented minority students in the College of Social Sciences, alongside Professor Amy Leisenring. Their work led to a paper which they presented at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in April. Lauren will attend the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Mirroring cities all over the country, the early 20th century shopping experience in the Santa Clara Valley centered on downtown. And for the first half of the century, downtown San Jose was the valley’s main shopping destination. Following World War II, however, economic prosperity ignited the construction of suburban shopping centers all over the Valley, and it was not long before urban businesses followed the mass migration to the suburbs. In this month’s Sourisseau Academy photo album Heather David (author of Mid-Century by the Bay) explores the origins of modern consumerism.
This month’s Sourisseau Academy news video tours Los Gatos, which for decades was Sunset Magazine’s iconic version of life in the Santa Clara Valley.