Watch our Lurie College faculty present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy!
5:16 – Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education – “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
30:04 – Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
53:12 – Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”
Join us for the next symposium on Thursday, November 12, from 3-3:45pm, on Zoom
Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment’”
Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”
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 –
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.
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.
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.
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
Shoutout out to Department of Educational Leadership faculty María Ledesma, who was recently featured on a panel hosted by the UCLA Division of Social Sciences to discuss the context and implications of California Proposition 16. Watch the panel recording on the LA Social Science YouTube channel.
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 email@example.com with the name of the faculty member and a 1-2 sentence description of why you are nominating them by Sunday, October 18.
At the SJSU LurieCollege 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 LurieCollege students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Read the 2019-2020 annual report.
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.
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.
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.
Shoutout to Educational Leadership faculty María Ledesma, who has been asked to speak at Stanford’s Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE) conference on Monday, October 19, at 3pm. Learn more and register to attend at bit.ly/32eM4cP
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
Congratulations to Department of Educational Leadership alumni Maria Clara Fernandez, who was recently named principal of Watsonville High School! We’re excited for Maria to take on a leadership role in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District during this pivotal moment in our society. Read the full announcement at pajaronian.com/watsonville-high-hires-new-leader/
We hope you each are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones. It has been an intense few months for all of us. The protests and calls for addressing institutional anti-black racism and white supremacy have inspired SJSU and the Lurie College of Education to dedicate resources and significant energy towards taking our work for racial justice and equity to a deeper level. We want to share what we are envisioning for the new year that we hope you will be involved in:
First of all, we want to hear from you, current students and recent alumni, with your ideas, needs, and priorities: we will hold a college-wide forum, you can reach out to us directly, you can share anonymously via this Google form, and departments will also provide program-specific opportunities for your input.
We are working with faculty and staff to confront all the different forms and manifestations of racism that have dominated higher education for far too long. We will identify and address the language, norms, policies, practices as well as the underlying thinking and ideologies that perpetuate racism and oppression within our college, departments, and programs. One specific example will be to increase access of historically under-represented students to Lurie College programs by rethinking admission requirements to reflect a holistic assessment of applicants’ potential and strengths rather than an over-reliance on standardized tests.
We will emphasize and grow existing and newly created opportunities to both learn about and engage in racial justice work, including:
a) an anti-racist Inquiry to Action Group (ITAG) that will build on key racial justice readings;
b) film discussion groups that will similarly use innovative racial justice themed films to explore how we can build on their insights through actions in our daily lives and collective work as a college;
c) launching the newest program in the college, the MA in Emancipatory School Leadership program, which will be a training ground for principals and other school leaders to do innovative equity work in our surrounding schools;
d) an Ethnic Studies Residency Program in East Side Union High School District where teacher candidates in secondary social science will be trained to implement transformative approaches to ethnic studies to enhance engagement and success of students of Color;
e) the Impact San Jose fellowship, which provides mentorship and scholarships for those dedicated to working in historically underserved communities in the San Jose area;
g) including students in shaping the vision for the college through the Strategic Plan work and other leadership initiatives;
Through our Student Success Center, we are also building a support network with one-on-one and group opportunities for those struggling with the realities of our past and on-going personal experiences with racism, as we create pathways for collective efforts to confront and upend the ways in which our own programs and SJSU as an institution have perpetuated inequities.
We are developing a resource guide to support the entire Lurie College community in our own learning to become racial justice educators, advocates and leaders because we see this as essential to our lifelong commitment to work for justice and equity through our learning, teaching, counseling, mentorship and advocacy. More details on this will be shared soon.
It is our collective responsibility to actively engage in anti-racist work through our daily lives as educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. Lurie College is committed to growing in this work and supporting all members of the college in being fierce anti-racist advocates. Please reach out to us with ideas, needs, suggestions, concerns or if you need any support in pursuing our shared goals for racial justice and equity, and feel free to use this anonymous Google form to give us feedback.
During the Spring 2020 semester, the SJSU Lurie College of Education adopted a new 3-year strategic plan after over a year of conversations, deliberations, and reflections among faculty, students, and staff. The strategic plan focuses on 4 priority areas – community engaged, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining, and holistic. Faculty, staff, and students were then able to apply for grant funding for projects that aligned with these priority areas. Congratulations to all of our teams who were awarded funding for the following projects for the 2020-2021 academic year!
“Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus”
If you’re hoping to make your class, office, or programming more accessible for and supportive of your queer and trans students and coworkers, be on the lookout for upcoming training sessions and a professional learning community supported by the Strategic Plan Seed Grant. “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus” represents a partnership between the Lurie College of Education and The LGBT Youth Space to offer introductory and advanced trainings at the department and college level around topics like pronouns and vocabulary terms, the hidden curriculum in our classes, and creating opportunities for authentic self-expression. We will also be hosting a Professional Learning Community for faculty and staff who want to more deeply engage in the work of transforming their corner of the campus into a queer-affirming space. For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Marx at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Dr. María C. Ledesma, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester to lead the establishment of our Higher Education Leadership program!
Dr. María C. Ledesma grew up in Oakland, California. As a first-generation college student, María earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in education from UCLA. She has previous experience as an undergraduate admissions reader for her undergraduate alma mater, UC Berkeley, and sat as the graduate student representative for the University of California’s faculty senate committee on undergraduate admissions—The Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools. As a doctoral student María was selected to sit as the 32nd Student Regent for the University of California, the first Latina to hold this post. Her research interests include equity oriented critical policy analysis, including contextualizing and historicizing the history and application of race-conscious social policy in higher education and the examination of leadership for social justice. She is also interested in exploring the experiences of faculty of color who identify as first-generation. Her work has appeared in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, Equity and Excellence in Education, Review of Higher Education, and Qualitative Inquiry.
This July, the SJSU Lurie College is launching our new Emancipatory School Leadership MA Program. The program has particular resonance as we grapple individually and collectively with issues of institutional racism and structural inequity in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Given this urgency, we are offering both of the program’s online summer courses (July 6 – August 7) through SJSU’s OpenUniversityfree of charge. If, after two weeks of active participation in the course, students are interested in joining the cohort, they may apply to the program at no cost. If accepted, they would be able to transfer the units towards the MA and continue with the cohort in the Fall semester (also online). If interested, please complete this preliminary application or contact Dr. Rebeca Burciaga.
Last week’s murder of an unarmed Black man was shocking, horrifying, and infuriatingly familiar. George Floyd and his family have now joined a grievously long list of Black and Brown Americans who have had their lives and their liberties taken away by individuals and systems that perpetuate injustice and inequality. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. Philando Castile. Freddie Gray. Terence Crutcher. Alton Sterling. Walter Scott. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. The list of names seems endless and the pain behind each one is overwhelming.
So many in our community are hurting. We’ve witnessed a modern-day lynching and it has brought fresh trauma to those who have suffered personal and generational wounds of injustice, racism, and oppression. These are not isolated incidents but part of a larger culture which privileges some and oppresses others in ways that manifest in everything from the disproportional rates of COVID-19 deaths in Black and Brown communities to the flagrant abuse of privilege by a white dog walker calling the police and falsely claiming that her life was threatened by a Black birdwatcher who had simply asked her to follow the posted leash laws.
Our college is committed to the preparation of transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. In the face of such glaring and graphic evidence of the deep roots of racism and the brokenness of our society, this work has taken on even greater importance and added urgency.
Our society needs transformative leaders in education-related fields now more than ever. We need teachers who recognize the racist and hegemonic roots of our society and seek to understand how that reality impacts the lived experiences of our students. We need counselors and therapists who believe that an integral part of being an advocate for the children and clients in our care is the willingness to call out discriminatory structures and systems that continue to breed inequity. We educators who are willing to interrogate our own assumptions and engage in hard conversations about privilege, marginalization, bias, and inequity. We need leaders who consistently and repeatedly stand with marginalized communities and vulnerable individuals and take bold action to make transformative change happen.
In the midst of heartache and outrage, I take solace in the knowledge that Lurie College is a community that is deeply committed to equity, inclusion, and racial and social justice. I see strength in the dedication of our faculty, staff, and community partners. I see hope in the passion and tenacity of our students and alumni. Together, we will continue to work toward the promise of transformative change and the realization of a more just and equitable society.
The Spring 2020 SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration took place on Friday, May 22, at 4pm! The full recording is available above and at sjsu.edu/education/graduation. You can also skip to a section of the recording below.
Order of Events
9:56 – Video acknowledgment of Spring 2020 Lurie College graduates (alphabetized by last name) and remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer
13: 29 – Remarks from Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro
18:14 – Remarks from Lurie College Commencement Speaker, Giselle Arellano (undergraduate, child development)
33:17 – Slideshow of collages submitted by graduates (alphabetized by last name)
If you have any questions about the Lurie College Graduation Celebration, please contact email@example.com.
Congratulations to our new SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni. We have no doubt that you are prepared to be transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders!
We would love for you to stay connected with us as you transition into your next chapters. Visit our Alumni webpage to take advantage of the many opportunities to connect with one another, stay connected with the college, and actively participate in the continued growth of the college.
Congratulations to all of our SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students for completing a very challenging and unconventional semester! Watch this video for a shoutout from Dean Heather Lattimer. The transcription of the message is available below.
Congratulations! You have made it through what has been one of the craziest, most unpredictable, most challenging semesters that I’ve experienced in more than 20 years as a member of a university community. I hope that you recognize your accomplishment and that you take great pride in the fact that you made it through.