Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences Virtual Open House

Join us for a virtual open house on Friday, October 30, from 4-5:30pm to learn about how to become a transformative speech therapist through our graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology at San Jose State University, and learn about changes to the 2020-2021 admissions process.  Register to attend at https://tinyurl.com/y2qzz9bs

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Fall 2020 Open House

Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer | October 18, 2020

Congratulations!  You have made it more than halfway through the semester!   In a fall that has included a pandemic, remote learning, wildfires, air quality-related campus shutdowns, economic challenges, and intense political animosity, making it this far is an accomplishment.  Your efforts and your success need to be recognized and celebrated.

I want to reach out today with three messages –

  1. We are here for you! In know that many of you are in the midst of mid-term exams and papers.  In our virtual learning space, it can sometimes feel like you are isolated and alone.  Please know that you have faculty, staff, and colleagues throughout this college who care deeply about your success and are here to provide support.  Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.  Your professors, the advisors in our student success center, the staff and chair in your department, and our team in the dean’s office want to hear from you.
  2. We want you to share your experiences! We want to know what is working for you.  Understanding your experiences helps us to grow and strengthen our work as a college.  Share your ideas, successes, and appreciations using virtual sticky notes on our college Jamboard.  Read the posts of others to get ideas for finding balance, managing stress, and accessing resources.
  3. Vote! Election day is coming up on November 3.  Monday, October 19 is the last day to register.  If you are eligible to vote, please, please register and vote this year.  In addition to the presidential election, there are congressional, state, and local elected positions on the ballot as well as multiple ballot propositions that can have a direct impact on your life.  For more information on how to register and where to vote, please visit vote.org.   Your voice matters and voting is critical to determining our future.

I’ll close with gratitude.  I am so grateful to be a part of the Lurie College family.  The dedication and generosity of our students provides daily inspiration and hope.  Thank you for choosing to be part of our community and for all of the care, creativity, and commitment that you bring to each of your assignments and interactions.

Take good care and stay safe!

Deadline Extended: Student Social Justice Short Film Festival

In recent months, we’ve witnessed a significant amount of advocacy around social justice issues such as addressing racial injustice and systemic racism, greater access to healthcare, home and food insecurity, wealth inequality and unemployment, climate change, and more.  With that in mind, Lurie College is organizing a Student Social Justice Short Film Festival to amplify the voices of middle school, high school, community college, and university students around what social justice issues are significant to them.  Learn more and submit your 1-3 minute film by Monday, October 26, at sjsu.edu/education/film-festival

Watch Episode 4 of Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices.  In this episode, Anne leads a dialogue with Gabi, Jackie, Leslye, and Vinson as they dive deeper into cultures of power in the classroom.

The call to action for this episode: Take some time to invest in your own cultural responsiveness – utilize the resources below as a starting point!

Join us live for the next episode on Monday, October 26, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.  

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!

Join the NSSLHA Film Discussion

Join the SJSU Lurie College National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) on Fri., Oct. 23, at 12pm for a film discussion of I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin and Race in America.  To participate in the discussion, watch the film in advance at sjsu.kanopy.com and email NSSLHA at sjsunsslhachapter@gmail.com to get access to the Zoom link.

Upcoming Lurie College Program Info Sessions

SJSU Lurie College of Education Ed.D Leadership Program Students

The time to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader is now!  The SJSU Lurie College of Education is hosting several upcoming info sessions for prospective students to learn more about our academic opportunities and the details for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 application cycles.  Select any of the links below to learn more about how to join the Zoom session for each session and please help spread the word to anyone who you think will find these opportunities of interest.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration

While we at the Lurie College of Education are saddened that we are unable to have an in-person commencement ceremony during the Fall 2020 semester as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we also realize the importance of continuing to follow our current public health orders for the health and safety of our families, our communities, and society as a whole.  Despite these constraints, we still want to celebrate with all of our Lurie College graduates this semester to recognize their accomplishments and perseverance, even if we must do so in a virtual environment.

Plans are underway for a live, virtual Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration on Friday, December 18, at 4pm and we will send out an email invitation with more detailed information to our graduates, faculty, and staff in the near future.  Graduating students can still apply to become the graduation speaker by submitting a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form.  To nominate a Lurie College faculty member who you’d like to speak at the graduation celebration, please email luriecollege@sjsu.edu with the name of the faculty member and a 1-2 sentence description of why you are nominating them by Sunday, October 18.

More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.

Read the 2019-20 Lurie College of Education Annual Report

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.  We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service.  While this has been a challenging and tumultuous year, our annual report shines a light on the numerous ways that we’ve embodied these principles and the many reasons for gratitude, pride, and hope in the work of our Lurie College students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read the 2019-2020 annual report.

Help Shape Upcoming Lurie College LGBTQ+ Support and Inclusion Training Sessions

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty Kyoung Mi Choi and Robert Marx

Lurie College of Education faculty Robert Marx and Kyoung Mi Choi will conduct training sessions for SJSU faculty, administrators, and staff around LGBTQ+ support and inclusion at SJSU. In preparation for that training, they are seeking current SJSU students who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in their research about their experiences on campus and in class, as well as their suggestions for how SJSU could be improved. All the data they collect will be confidential, and your name will not be associated with any of your responses. Your responses may be shared with members of our campus community, including professors, staff, and administrators in the College of Education and across campus, but no identifying information will be included. To share your input with Dr. Marx and Dr. Choi, please complete this brief Google form.  If you’re taking this survey on a mobile device, please turn it sideways [landscape mode] so that you can see all response options.

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Call for Lurie College Fall 2020 Graduation Student Speaker

Video description: Lurie College student Giselle Arellano – BA, Child and Adolescent Development, speaks at our Spring 2020 ceremony.

Lurie College wants to select a graduating student to represent and speak on behalf of the Lurie College community at the Fall 2020 ceremony.  The date and time for the ceremony are still to be determined, but it will tentatively take place online on Friday, December 18, at 4pm.  In order to be eligible to apply to become the student speaker, you must also be eligible to graduate.  Your speech can take any number of approaches, but should be original and should resonate with the event attendees, which will be made up of Lurie College students of different academic levels and disciplines, SJSU and Lurie College faculty and staff, and family and friends of all ages and backgrounds.

To apply, submit a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form.  More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.

Upcoming Lurie College Student Org Meetings

Join our Lurie College student orgs for their upcoming meetings!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences National Speech Language Hearing Student Association

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department ChAD Student Club

Lurie College Hardship Fund Requests

Lurie College has a limited amount of grant funds available to support its students who have experienced an unforeseen financial hardship that will prevent them from continuing their enrollment at Lurie College and SJSU. Awards are processed fall and spring semesters only, but advisors are available year-round. If you are a currently-enrolled Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, or doctoral student who has experienced this type of hardship, please complete this brief Google form so that a Lurie College advisor can contact you.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Hardship Fund

Join us at the Lurie College Deans’ Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Deans Forum 3

Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Friday, September 25, from 3-4pm to share insights about your Fall 2020 semester experiences thus far!  The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.

Meet the Lurie College Student Orgs | NSSLHA

Meet the Lurie College National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)!  This SJSU chapter is for students who are interested in the study of speech language pathology or audiology and is active in creating and attending professional development opportunities, community service, and more. Their first Fall 2020 meeting will take place on Monday, September 21, at 12pm – learn more by connecting with them on Instagram @sjsunsslhschapter, emailing them at sjsunsslhachapter@gmail.com, or visiting their webpage sjsu.edu/cds/student-resources/nsslha

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences National Speech Language Hearing Student Association

Attend the Lurie College Fall 2020 Welcome

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Welcome Square

There’s no better time than now to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader, and so we would like to invite you to the SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall Welcome event on Tuesday, September 15, from 2:30-4:30pm to learn about our academic opportunities and resources. On that date and time, visit sjsu.edu/education/admissions to choose from any of the available Zoom links to meet with our faculty and staff representatives for the following:

Fall 2020 Welcome | By Office

  • Career Services
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Communicative Disorders & Sciences
  • Counselor Education
  • Credential Services
  • Ed.D. Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Liberal Studies
  • Special Education
  • Student Success Center
  • Teacher Education

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Connect with Lurie College and SJSU

Connect with the SJSU Lurie College of Education @sjsulurie

Get connected to helpful online resources as we prepare for the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester!  Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:

Lurie College Dean’s Forum Remarks and Social Justice Ambassadors

Watch the opening remarks from SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro from the first Dean’s Forum of the Fall 2020 semester. In this forum, they acknowledge the multiple crises we’re all juggling as we transition into the semester and begin to discuss first steps in moving forward in our determination to prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.  Join us for more upcoming Dean’s Forums at:

  • Friday, September 25, 3-4pm
  • Wednesday, October 21, 3-4pm
  • Thursday, November 19, 3-4pm

Dean Lattimer and Associate Dean Pizarro would also like to form a student social justice ambassador group that meets with the deans periodically throughout the semester to identify and discuss ways to advance the college’s social justice priorities.  To express interest in joining this group, please complete this brief Google form.

Join us at the Lurie College Dean’s Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Dean's Forum

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester, new and returning students! We hope your summer has been rejuvenating. Join us at this online forum for a conversation with Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro to help shape some of the college’s priorities for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.

Apply for a Lurie College Research Supplies Grant

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase Melody Mann

Lurie College is proud to provide financial support to its students who are in need of supplies to conduct their academic research.  Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $200 grant per fiscal year (July 1 – May 31) towards expenses for research supplies.  A limited amount of funding is available.  To apply, download, complete, and submit our Student Research Supplies Application form (PDF).

Welcome (Back), Lurie College Students!

Hi! I’m Heather Lattimer, Dean of the Lurie College of Education, and I’m delighted to welcome you to SJSU for the Fall 2020 semester.

Although circumstances prevent us from being able to be able to greet you in person and learn together on campus this fall, we want you to know that we are 100% here to support your success. Our faculty and staff have spent significant time over the summer making plans to ensure that you will have high-quality learning experiences in your courses, fieldwork, and co-curricular activities. We’re excited about the plans that are in place for interactive, relevant, and responsive learning opportunities here at Lurie College in the coming semester.

This summer, we saw calls for racial justice reverberate around the country and throughout our community in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. As a college of education, we are committed to equitable, anti-racist policies and practices and to preparing transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.

Over the past three months, our faculty and staff have engaged in hard conversations as we examine the racism and bias that persist in our own systems and structures, and work to reform the way in which we engage with each other, our students, and the larger educational ecosystem. During the coming semester, we’ll be eliciting your input on how we can better live our mission and our values. Please look for invitations to participate in the Deans’ racial justice and educational equity student advisory group. We hope you’ll join us.

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Apply to Co-Host Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices!

Student co-hosts from across Lurie College’s academic programs will meet regularly throughout the fall semester to engage in dialogue about critical topics in education and share those thoughts out with the Lurie College, SJSU, and local community.  Co-hosts will be compensated hourly for their participation and receive a high-quality USB microphone.

All current SJSU Lurie College of Education students are eligible to apply.  Watch the video tutorial below for information about how to complete this Google form by Saturday, August 22, to apply to become a co-host.

Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department Awarded $333k Grant

Congratulations to our Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, who earned a $333,000 grant from the CSU Chancellor’s Office earlier this year!  This grant couldn’t have come at a better time as there are so many priorities that have arisen in recent months in response to shortages of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, the impact of COVID-19, and ongoing acts of racial injustice.  We spoke with Department Chair Nidhi Mahendra to learn more about the grant and the impact it will have on the Communicative Disorders & Sciences program and beyond – listen to or read through the interview with Dr. Mahendra below.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences CSU Grant

“COVID has really upended the way we trained and did clinical practica for our students in the graduate and undergraduate programs, and having this pot of money has allowed us to very quickly move to spending on student memberships in a simulation platform and look at how we might use this as a resource to look at online platforms for clinical observation and telepractice resources.”

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New Lurie College Course: Social Media & Social Issues

SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty Ellen Middaugh and Mark Felton have organized a new experimental undergraduate course – “Social Media & Social Issues” – at SJSU for the Fall 2020 semester!  The course will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:45am, is open to undergraduates of all majors, and will explore the impact that social media is having on the next generation of voters, activists, and politicians.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department CHAD 196 Social Media and Social Issues

Lurie College Faculty Edits Issue of Topics in Language Disorders

Congratulations to Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences chair, Nidhi Mahendra, who served as the issue editor of the recently published “Palliative Care and Speech-Language Pathologists: From Training to Practice.” Lurie College student Ashlyn Tadokoro also contributed to the issue. Check it out at https://bit.ly/3hYcl4m

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Faculty Nidhi Mahendra