Welcome Marcos Pizarro, Lurie College’s New Associate Dean!

Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s new Associate Dean, Marcos Pizarro, to the community!

Marcos Pizarro

Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of Lurie College

Marcos Pizarro joins Lurie College in his 20th year at San Jose State!  Most recently he was a Professor and Chair of SJSU’s Chicana and Chicano Studies. Graduating from Stanford as an undergrad, he began his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher in Inglewood, while pursuing his PhD in Education at UCLA.  Marcos’ research and community work has focused on supporting Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages in their schooling to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies to thrive in school and create social and racial justice in their communities.  He coordinates MAESTRXS, a social justice teacher collective developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latinx communities; works with schools on the development and implementation of Latinx Studies curricula to enhance Latinx student engagement; co-coordinates the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a project that provides an annual training for teachers invested in transformative practice for racial justice; and is a Faculty Fellow for Chicanx/Latinx Student Success at SJSU, a multi-faceted project that offers support to students and the university to enhance Latinx student engagement and academic success.  He is excited to join Lurie College and to both support the amazing faculty and staff, and offer his expertise to help the college fulfill its mission.

Lurie College Hosts Spring Forum for Faculty, Staff

To kick off the spring semester, Lurie College faculty and staff arranged for some learning of their own by participating in a Liberatory Design Thinking Workshop!  The workshop was led by Tania Annaisse, Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, and Corrina Hui, Founding Systemic Equity Designer at DSX, facilitating the group, and focused on the concept of design and how that can be utilized to address and mitigate inequities that exist in our communities as a result of previous designs.  Faculty and staff engaged in dialogue across disciplines and perspectives to gain deeper insights into one another, identify current designs that are inhibiting liberation, and develop a plan for the initial next steps to address those designs.

Tania Annaisse, Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, speaking

Tania Annaisse, Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, facilitating the group

Corrina Hui, Founding Systemic Equity Designer at DSX, speaking

Corrina Hui, Founding Systemic Equity Designer at DSX, facilitating the group

Lurie College faculty and staff discuss and formulate their problem statements

Lurie College faculty and staff discuss and formulate their problem statements

Lurie College faculty and staff share their plans for redesigning the future towards a more equitable one.

Lurie College faculty and staff share their plans for designing a more equitable future

Photos taken and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley